This week
26th March 2023 - 31st March 2023
# Coming Home
John Muldoon to join Connacht coaching team next season
The former Connacht player will join Pete Wilkins’ coaching team with responsibility for the lineout and maul.
# talking point
The biggest myth of the Stephen Kenny era was exposed last night
Ireland can no longer be considered all style and no substance, writes Paul Fennessy.
# johnny
'It's a case of getting better as quickly as possible with the World Cup looming'
Leinster captain Sexton looks likely to miss the rest of the province’s season.
Galway-Mayo rivalry and Dublin aim to make amends: Allianz Football League talking points
Four huge games in store this weekend in Croke Park.
# response
Harrington issues statement after refusing to answer questions during Off The Ball interview
The Olympic champion has issued a statement this evening.
# Reaction
Kenny: 'Out of this world' save denied Ireland on a night when Mbappe was shackled
Reaction from Stephen Kenny and Didier Deschamps.
# Agony
‘That's the difference, the quality. I'm heartbroken’ – Nathan Collins feels the pain
The Ireland defender was denied by a sensational late save from goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
# brace
Man City's Ake on the double as Netherlands overcome 10-man Gibraltar
Gibraltar and Netherlands are also in Ireland’s group for the Euro 2024 qualifiers.
# inches
Despair for Josh Cullen as Ireland’s beacon is punished for a pass that lost its way
Spirit of fightback gives signs of hope for rest of Euros campaign.
Cluxton's shock return, Monaghan's remarkable run: Allianz Football League talking points
The action came to a close on the final weekend.
# narrow loss
Brave Ireland fall to undeserved French defeat
Benjamin Pavard’s long-range strike earned France a narrow 1-0 win.
# Always Sunny In San Diego
Man United to face Hollywood duo's Wrexham in San Diego friendly
The clash will take place on 25 July.
Ireland v France, Euro 2024 qualifier
Ireland faced France in what was a big test for Stephen Kenny’s side.
# Get Well Soon
Ex-England midfielder Palmer in hospital following 'suspected small heart attack'
The 57-year-old suffered the health scare during the Sheffield Half Marathon.
# All the best
Conte thanks fans for sharing his 'passion' after Spurs exit
The Italian left his position at the Premier League club on Sunday.
# on board
European clubs back Fifa's plans for expanded Club World Cup
The new event is set to feature 12 European teams and be played every four years from 2025.
# strength in depth
'The squad that Rowntree inherited, I didn’t feel it was equipped for silverware'
Munster’s loss against Glasgow was discussed on Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Selection
Ferguson to lead the line alongside Ogbene as Irish team to face France is named
France have made three changes to their selection.
# Chittagong
Bangladesh beat Ireland by 22 runs after Taskin burst
Taskin forced the visitors to slow down with his three-wicket burst in the fourth over, eventually finishing 4-16.
# Back in action
Dublin's standard-bearer: No one but Cluxton could have pulled off a return like this
The Dublin number one is back in Dessie Farrell’s squad.
# Hanging up the boots
'I've always wanted to finish at the top end of the game' - Hogg to retire after World Cup
The Scottish star turns 31 in June.
# Cruel Blow
Leinster confirm Sexton is likely to miss the rest of this season
The 37-year-old will undergo groin surgery tomorrow.
# fixture update
Mayo-Galway and Dublin-Derry double header fixed for Sunday at Croke Park
GAA confirm fixture details for Allianz league finals.
# Reaction
'It was a chaotic week' - Stand-in manager Aidan O'Rourke unsure of Donegal future
O’Rourke and Paddy Bradley took charge of the squad on an interim basis after Paddy Carr resigned as manager last week.
# statement
'Making change does not happen overnight' - Cavan board respond over player dispute
The Cavan senior ladies team withdrew from a league game yesterday.
# Comeback
Cluxton return 'a distraction for Dublin' - Keegan
The legendary goalkeeper is back in Dessie Farrell’s set-up.
# Deise Departure
Waterford on hunt for new manager after sacking Searle
The Englishman had been in charge since last June.
# Legend
Cora Staunton calls time on remarkable AFLW career
‘Staunton leaves as one of the best to have ever played in the AFLW competition and her sporting achievements across two countries are astounding.’
# WGC Match Play
Rory McIlroy disappointed to miss out on final as Sam Burns wins in Austin
McIlroy went on to beat Scheffler 2&1 in the third/fourth place play-off.
# Leo Cullen
'It can all be over very quickly' - Cullen wary ahead of Leinster-Ulster Champions Cup derby
The two provinces are set for a Champions Cup round of 16 Irish derby on Saturday.
# Preview
Preview: Ireland will be brave and refuse 'a slow death' in the greatest test of them all
Ireland begin with their Euro 2024 qualification campaign against France tonight, the biggest test there is in international football.
# Wayward shooting
Michael O’Neill rues missed chances as Northern Ireland suffer Finland setback
Benjamin Kallman’s first-half goal earned the visitors victory at Windsor Park.
# Euro 2024 wrap
Ronaldo scores twice to take international goals tally to 122
Striker is closing in on 200th cap.
# managerial casualty
Antonio Conte leaves Tottenham 'by mutual agreement'
The Italian leaves with Spurs in fourth place in the Premier League but set for another trophyless season.
# Reunion
Bayern Munich make approach to ex-Ireland coach Anthony Barry
Stephen Kenny’s former assistant looks set to team back up with Thomas Tuchel at the German club.
# Recovery
Manchester City ‘unclear’ how long Phil Foden will be out for with acute appendicitis
The midfielder missed England’s Euro 2024 qualifying win over Ukraine after having his appendix out on Sunday morning.
# Guess who's back
Stephen Cluxton returns to Dublin senior football panel
Stephen Cluxton was on the bench for Dublin’s Division 2 meeting with Louth on Sunday.
Kerry defeat Galway to seal top spot, Dublin too strong for Waterford
A round-up of round seven in the Lidl Ladies National Football League.
# Two from two
Kane and Saka fire England to qualifying victory over Ukraine
Gareth Southgate’s men made it two qualifying wins from two with a 2-0 victory at Wembley.
# top cats
Kilkenny see off Cork to set up Division 1 final with Limerick
Kilkenny will face Limerick in a repeat of the All-Ireland final.
# U21
Cannon and Kenny strike as 10-man Ireland overcome Iceland
Jim Crawford’s side come from behind to earn victory in Cork friendly.
# Five star display
Mayo outgun Donegal in relegation shootout
Michael Moyles’ side built up commanding lead by half-time.