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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

‘I ended up feeling sorry for myself, now I’m ready to take my second chance’

Dave Heffernan is determined to make his mark with Ireland after fearing his international career was over.

‘Everyone is chomping at the bit to get a starting spot’ - Andrew Porter

The Ireland tight-head has achieved so much since switching from loose-head but still has big ambitions.

A new hooker and props applying pressure - Ireland's front row for the Six Nations

Who would you like to see Andy Farrell pick in jerseys number one to three in a week’s time?

'From physiotherapist to Springboks head coach' - Ex-Munster defence coach set to replace Erasmus

47-year-old Jacques Nienaber has been part of Rassie’s backroom staff in his past four jobs and won the World Cup in November.

Ulster's Treadwell to face disciplinary hearing after tackle against Bath

The second row has been cited for a challenge on Tom Ellis.

'Stuart told me to be more demanding of the ball... that I should be getting a bit more involved'

Josh van der Flier is working on taking his game to the next level.

'We want to be remembered as the greatest team to ever play rugby'

Eddie Jones has heaped pressure on his England team and told them to reproduce their World Cup semi-final performance on a regular basis.

Murphy moves to director of rugby role as Leicester bring in Borthwick

The former Ireland fullback has been the club’s head coach since 2018.

McNamara driving zero-talent traits to leave 'no ceiling' on latest Ireland U20 crop

Only seven players remain from last year’s crop, but hard work will underpin their ‘defence’ of the Six Nations title.

Rugby - Monday 20 January, 2020

'I love Munster, I invested so much of myself into the place, and I still do love it'

Felix Jones was part of the Springboks’ coaching team as they won the World Cup last year.

Farrell adds Ulster's McCloskey to Ireland squad ahead of Portugal trip

The 27-year-old has won three Test caps so far in his career.

20-year-old Craig Casey's energy an exciting prospect for Munster

The Shannon scrum-half showed his potential in a cameo off the bench at Thomond Park yesterday.

Ireland to further assess foot injury to Leinster fullback Jordan Larmour

The 22-year-old’s form has been excellent since the World Cup.

Ulster's McCann named captain as McNamara unveils 37-strong Ireland U20 squad

Leinster prop Tom Clarkson will be vice-captain and one of seven men who helped seal a Grand Slam last year.

Cole gets the chop as Jones rings the changes

Jack Nowell joins Billy Vunipola on the injury list as Eddie Jones names his squad for the Six Nations.

More problems for England with Steve Borthwick set to join Leicester

It is unclear what impact Borthwick’s arrival will have for Tigers’ head coach Geordan Murphy.

Broken arm rules Vunipola out of Six Nations

When Eddie Jones names his England squad later today, Billy Vunipola’s name won’t be on it.

European campaign long gone for Munster and the future starts now

Without a Champions Cup quarter-final ahead, Munster have room to prime their squad to chase the Pro14 title.

Andy Farrell faces into Six Nations camp eager to build some early momentum

A home clash against Scotland provides the new boss with a chance to get off to a good start.

'I'm in the squad but that doesn't mean I'm an international. I've to prove my worth'

'I'm in the squad but that doesn't mean I'm an international. I've to prove my worth'

Ulster out-half Billy Burns is aiming to make his Test debut during the Six Nations.

Rugby - Sunday 19 January, 2020

Leinster to face Saracens as Champions Cup quarter-final ties are confirmed

Ulster will play Toulouse away from home.

Late heartbreak for Connacht in thriller with Montpellier

The Westerners recovered from a 21-0 deficit but were ultimately beaten in a dead-rubber in Pool 5.

'Freak' training ground knock kept Farrell from lining out for Munster

Meanwhile, Johann van Graan lamented the ‘moments’ that ensured Munster fell just short of the knock-out stages.

14-man Saracens grind out Racing win to put themselves in frame for European quarter-finals

The victory came at an – ahem – cost, with Billy Vunipola forced off with a reported broken arm.

Cold comfort as Munster force five-try win over Ospreys

Craig Casey’s try-scoring cameo was a highlight as Munster played out a final pool match with knockout hopes already dashed.

LIVE: Munster v Ospreys, Champions Cup

Qualification is out of their reach, but can Munster end a disappointing Champions Cup campaign on a high?

Saracens accept 'unprecedented' automatic relegation following salary cap breaches

Sarries board want to restore confidence and rebuild trust after accepting punishment.

'A lot of countries would choose Stuart McCloskey in their Six Nations squad'

Ulster boss Dan McFarland said the centre is ‘really disappointed’ after missing out.

Anthony Foley, the ESPN editor who joined the priesthood, and the rest of the week's best sportswriting

Put your feet up and dive into some of the best pieces of writing we’ve enjoyed over the past week.

'We are all looking forward to a clean slate with Ireland'

Chris Farrell is hoping to bounce back from the pain of Munster’s Champions Cup exit and Ireland’s dismal World Cup.

Connacht's Marmion sets out to ensure he's not Ireland's forgotten man at 9

The scrum-half returns to the Connacht team for the first time since November against Montpellier today.

Rugby - Saturday 18 January, 2020

Glasgow victory confirms Munster's Champions Cup exit

Warriors ran in six tries against Sale to consign Johann Van Graan’s side to an early elimination.

Premiership Rugby confirm Saracens will be relegated at end of the season

The club will play in the RFU Championship in 2020/21.

Addison, Stockdale, and The Cat impress as 'very happy' Ulster advance to quarters

Tom O’Toole suffered a rib injury in his side’s 22-15 win over Bath.

Ulster see off Bath to secure second consecutive Champions Cup quarter-final

Dan McFarland’s men were sloppy in victory but they advance into the knock-outs again.

As it happened: Ulster v Bath, Heineken Champions Cup

Follow all the action live as Dan McFarland’s side welcome Bath to Belfast.

Leinster overcome gritty Benetton to seal top seeding in Champions Cup quarter-finals

Leo Cullen’s side ran in two crucial second-half tries to secure the win.

As it happened: Benetton v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup Minute-by-Minute This post contains a poll

As it happened: Benetton v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup

Leo Cullen’s side did enough to clinch the number one seeding for the quarter-finals.

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