# New Challenge

Last year
'It’s so hard to leave a successful team' - Lancaster explains Leinster exit
The former England head coach discusses why he has decided to join Racing 92 next summer.
Van Graan brings 'big dreams' to Bath after 'phenomenal' five years with Munster
The former Munster boss has given his first interview since joining the English side.
Jimmy Duffy enjoying life with Ireland U20s after 'epic' Tonga experience
Richie Murphy’s side head to France this week after thrashing Wales in their opening fixture of the U20 Six Nations.
All time
Springboks star Kolbe left Toulouse to get out of 'comfort zone'
Kolbe scored 31 tries in 82 Toulouse appearances but with two years left on his contract opted to move to Toulon in August.
Hugo Keenan hopes 'serious' South African sides can push Leinster on
The province play the Bulls at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Ribery joins Serie A newcomers aged 38
Salernitana, based to the south of Naples, have returned to the Italian top-flight after relegation in 1999.
Massey makes move to newly-promoted Drogheda after leaving rivals Dundalk
The 32-year-old full-back will be a welcome addition to Tim Clancy’s squad.
One of the country's top ladies football stars is also playing inter-county camogie this year
Tipperary ace Aishling Moloney told The42 it’s something she’s ‘wanted to do for a few years’ – though her debut was certainly a mixed one.
Japan women's football great joins men's team
Yuki Nagasato, who will return to the Red Stars for the 2021 season, will play as a professional with Hayabusa Eleven.
Scrum-half Stafford joins Premiership club Harlequins after leaving Munster
The 23-year-old has signed on for the rest of the 2019/20 Premiership season.
'There are times you're going to lose motivation. It’s normal to have those bad days'
James McCarthy discusses life under lockdown and how he’s balancing trying to get fitter and stronger, while also staying fresh.
Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood becomes board member at non-league side Cheadle Town
The 34-year-old Sheffield Wednesday shot-stopper has joined the Manchester club’s executive board.
'In my head, I'd finish my career at Leinster but you've to do what's best for you'
The opportunity to start a new chapter in Italy and play more rugby was one too good to turn down for Mick Kearney.
Sale pull off major coup with signing of Springbok second row
Lood de Jager is to leave the Bulls and join the Premiership side on a three-year contract.
Former Munster man Buckley on the move in English Championship
The number eight has signed a deal with the Ealing Trailfinders ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Former NRL star Holmes the latest to cross codes and signs deal with NY Jets
Australian Valentine Holmes, 23, follows former rugby union player Christian Wade to the States.
'I wouldn't change one thing about my time at Munster. It has made me a better person'
In his first interview since ending his eight-year stay with Munster, Ian Keatley tells The42 why he had to make the difficult decision to leave Limerick.
'There'd be games where I'd be telling her to eff off... it's not anything malicious, it's just our passion'
Gráinne Dywer has linked up with her assistant coach-player sister Niamh as Fr Mathews chase Cup history.
'I need the sea to live': France captain Guirado leaves Toulon for Top14 rivals
The hooker will join Montpellier on a three-year deal.
'I was wasting away... falling apart' – Maradona ready to lead Dorados after off-field issues
The Argentine great replaced Francisco Gomez at Dorados last week.
Irish defender O'Connor drops down to League One in search of regular first-team football
The 20-year-old signed a new deal with Leeds United last week, but will spend next season on loan at Blackpool.
Former UFC champion Hendricks retires with plans to pursue wrestling coaching
‘Everything I set my mind to, I achieved,’ he said of his 10-year professional MMA career.
James McClean on the verge of €6 million move to Stoke
Former Ireland international Rory Delap has also been appointed to the club’s backroom team.
One of the stars of Fulham's play-off win becomes Pellegrini's first Hammers signing
Ryan Fredericks has decided to move to West Ham after helping Fulham to top-flight promotion.
Girvan Dempsey to leave Leinster for new attack coach role at Bath
‘We will miss him greatly but wish him the very best for the future.’
Sale announce departure of Irish-qualified centre to Ulster
Will Addison, who represented England at U20 level, is moving to the northern province next season.
'It’s good to run around that dirty pitch': Aki more than happy to ground himself after Slam success
‘At the moment it feels like I’m the new player in the squad,’ says the centre ahead of Saturday’s European quarter-final clash with Gloucester.
Ronda Rousey joins WWE, refuses to say she's retired from MMA
The athlete confirmed she has signed a full-time deal with the organisation after making a surprise appearance during Sunday’s Royal Rumble.
Munster hooker Casey leaves home province to join French club
The 27-year-old hasn’t played for Van Graan’s side this season.
Highly-rated Irish midfielder secures loan move to Championship club
Harry Charsley could make his Bolton debut at Brentford tomorrow.
Ireland will come up against a familiar face when they face Afghanistan in 2018
Phil Simmons will lead the country into Test cricket.
Scotland out-half Russell says Dan Carter exit played no part in Racing move
The Glasgow 10 will move to France at the end of this season.
'An exciting next step in my coaching career and one my family and I are ready to make'
Ronan O’Gara has been confirmed as the Crusaders backs coach.
Wesley Sneijder is on the move again as he heads for France
The Dutch midfielder is on the brink of signing for Nice.
Man United announce permanent departure of Adnan Januzaj
The Belgian winger has completed a move to Real Sociedad.
Mertesacker to retire in 2018 to become Arsenal's academy manager
The German will hang up his boots at the end of next season.
No regrets as Mo Farah calls time on track racing career
The British distance running star will now focus on road racing.
Bernard Jackman has Lions coach to thank after landing head coach role with Dragons
The former hooker arrives in Wales with the ‘highest recommendations’ of Warren Gatland.
Former Wexford hurling boss takes reins at Dublin club
Liam Dunne has teamed up with Ballinteer St John’s for the coming season.
Ireland U21 international Jack Byrne leaves Man City to join Wigan
The Dubliner has ended his five-year association with the Eastlands outfit.