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Men's AIL: Lansdowne remain on Clontarf's tails after impressive win over Garryowen
# Dubs
# Dubs

Men's AIL: Lansdowne remain on Clontarf's tails after impressive win over Garryowen

11 hours ago 3,926 Views 0 Comments

Meanwhile, Cork Con survived a scare to maintain their strong recent form.

Dan McFarland: 'We were gritty, we were tough and we fought back'
# Dan The Man
# Dan The Man

Dan McFarland: 'We were gritty, we were tough and we fought back'

12 hours ago 4,709 Views 9 Comments

Ulster won 20-10 at the RDS and coach Dan McFarland was thrilled with their performance.

Ulster record their first away win over Leinster in eight years after tense finish at the RDS

Ulster record their first away win over Leinster in eight years after tense finish at the RDS

13 hours ago 28,568 Views 59 Comments

Ulster won 20-10 in the URC tonight.

Munster to link up with Scarlets and head for Cape Town as they await route back to Ireland
# Story Lads
# Story Lads

Munster to link up with Scarlets and head for Cape Town as they await route back to Ireland

Updated 15 hours ago 17,900 Views 7 Comments

The southern province hope to eventually travel home from Cape Town on a charter flight with URC counterparts Scarlets, Cardiff and Zebre.

Griffin and Peat bow out in style as Barbarians treat record crowd to big win at Twickenham
# Cherry On Top
# Cherry On Top

Griffin and Peat bow out in style as Barbarians treat record crowd to big win at Twickenham

16 hours ago 6,262 Views 1 Comment

Five Irish players featured as the Baa Baas ran out 60-5 winners.

Barbarians men's game against Samoa called off due to Covid cases
# Twickenham
# Twickenham

Barbarians men's game against Samoa called off due to Covid cases

21 hours ago 9,641 Views 5 Comments

The fixture was due to be Rob Kearney’s final appearance before retirement.

'It just kind of blindsided me and it took way longer than I thought'
# John Cooney
# John Cooney

'It just kind of blindsided me and it took way longer than I thought'

Sat 9:28 AM 8,963 Views 2 Comments

Ulster scrum-half John Cooney on putting his injury concerns behind him after overcoming disc damage in his neck.

Andy Friend plans to keep Connacht focussed in face of uncertainty
# Friendly Advice
# Friendly Advice

Andy Friend plans to keep Connacht focussed in face of uncertainty

Sat 9:13 AM 5,057 Views 4 Comments

After the postponement of eight games in the URC yesterday, doubts and fears exist about how the new Covid variant could impact the season’s schedule.

Heartbreak for Ireland's Men as Argentina strike late in Dubai Sevens quarter-final
# Late Blow
# Late Blow

Heartbreak for Ireland's Men as Argentina strike late in Dubai Sevens quarter-final

Sat 8:34 AM 5,093 Views 3 Comments

Pool B winners Argentina progress to the semi-finals after prevailing on a 17-12 score line in Dubai.

Keith Earls: 'After going on The Late, Late, I thought 'sh**, have I given too much away?’
# Fight Of The Earls
# Fight Of The Earls

Keith Earls: 'After going on The Late, Late, I thought 'sh**, have I given too much away?’

Sat 8:00 AM 35,946 Views 11 Comments

The Ireland international was initially nervous about speaking about his mental health issues but the public reaction to his heartfelt interview on The Late Late Show has been overwhelmingly positive.

Rugby - Friday 26 November, 2021

‘Everyone was freezing their balls off – so we wanted to put in a performance for our fans’
# Mack The Knife
# Mack The Knife

‘Everyone was freezing their balls off – so we wanted to put in a performance for our fans’

Fri 10:30 PM 13,039 Views 2 Comments

Mack Hansen defied the conditions to inspire Connacht to a seven-try win tonight.

Connacht secure bonus-point victory over the Ospreys to move up to sixth in the URC
# On Song
# On Song

Connacht secure bonus-point victory over the Ospreys to move up to sixth in the URC

Fri 9:25 PM 22,108 Views 28 Comments

Connacht defeated Ospreys 46-18 at the Sportsground tonight.

Munster still in South Africa and facing 10-day quarantine on return home
# URC
# URC

Munster still in South Africa and facing 10-day quarantine on return home

Fri 8:55 PM 31,451 Views 11 Comments

Health minister Stephen Donnelly has said that new restrictions for people travelling to Ireland from several southern African countries would apply ‘regardless of status’.

Garryowen and Lansdowne clash in top four as they aim to keep pace with Clontarf
# AIL Preview
# AIL Preview

Garryowen and Lansdowne clash in top four as they aim to keep pace with Clontarf

Fri 8:28 PM 3,196 Views 0 Comments

Cork Con, meanwhile, have their sights on a top-four spot having arrested their early-season slide.

Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz
# Let's Get Quizzical
# Let's Get Quizzical

Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz

Fri 5:58 PM 28,348 Views 8 Comments

How closely have you been following the sports news this week?

This is the nightmare before Christmas that Ireland's provinces and the URC didn't need
# URC
# URC

This is the nightmare before Christmas that Ireland's provinces and the URC didn't need

Fri 4:57 PM 7,331 Views 2 Comments

Rugby fans will be praying for good news but the Nu variant has the potential to create a fixture crisis in the URC.

Victory over Japan sees Ireland's Men through to Dubai Sevens quarter-finals
# Dubai Sevens
# Dubai Sevens

Victory over Japan sees Ireland's Men through to Dubai Sevens quarter-finals

Fri 2:14 PM 5,892 Views 3 Comments

33-0 win ensures that Ireland will be one of the two best third-placed sides.

Munster's URC clash in South Africa postponed amid Covid variant news
# URC
# URC

Munster's URC clash in South Africa postponed amid Covid variant news

Updated Fri 1:12 PM 32,387 Views 16 Comments

The province are in Pretoria for a planned game against the Bulls this weekend but are now working to get home urgently.

Furlong and Henshaw to start as teams named for Leinster/Ulster URC clash
# Selection
# Selection

Furlong and Henshaw to start as teams named for Leinster/Ulster URC clash

Fri 12:57 PM 8,446 Views 18 Comments

John Cooney returns to the Ulster team.

Easy on the eye but hard on their opponents - Connacht eye another win to move up the table
# Friday Night Lights
# Friday Night Lights

Easy on the eye but hard on their opponents - Connacht eye another win to move up the table

Fri 6:10 AM 4,254 Views 3 Comments

Andy Friend’s team take on the Ospreys in the Sportsground this evening.

Rugby - Thursday 25 November, 2021

Rassie Erasmus withdraws appeal against World Rugby ban
# A Saga Ends
# A Saga Ends

Rassie Erasmus withdraws appeal against World Rugby ban

Thu 9:37 PM 4,661 Views 9 Comments

He also issued a public apology to referee Nic Berry over his comments ahead of the Springboks’ Test with the Lions earlier this year.

Ireland/England/France/Wales November reviews, and who should replace Larkham at Munster?
# The42 Rugby Weekly
# The42 Rugby Weekly

Ireland/England/France/Wales November reviews, and who should replace Larkham at Munster?

Thu 6:49 PM 3,617 Views 0 Comments

Gavan Casey and Bernard Jackman are joined by The42′s Garry Doyle to reflect on the autumn and look ahead to a massive weekend in the URC.

Ireland forward Fryday signs with Exeter in England's Premier 15s
# Tgif
# Tgif

Ireland forward Fryday signs with Exeter in England's Premier 15s

Thu 6:05 PM 4,797 Views 4 Comments

‘It’s a great opportunity to come over here and play a high standard of rugby and get some quality rugby time under my belt.’

Summer signing Shayne Bolton handed Connacht debut against Ospreys
# Shayne's World
# Shayne's World

Summer signing Shayne Bolton handed Connacht debut against Ospreys

Thu 12:27 PM 9,135 Views 2 Comments

The 21-year-old South African — who is Irish qualified through his Dublin grandmother — starts in midfield alongside Sammy Arnold.

Furlong extends IRFU deal until 2025
# Tadhger Tadhger Burning Bright
# Tadhger Tadhger Burning Bright

Furlong extends IRFU deal until 2025

Thu 11:11 AM 19,471 Views 15 Comments

The Wexford native made his Ireland debut in 2015 and has since amassed 52 caps, as well as six Test starts for the Lions.

'You do miss it when you're watching it, but then I do like having free weekends as well'
# Perspective
# Perspective

'You do miss it when you're watching it, but then I do like having free weekends as well'

Thu 7:00 AM 11,056 Views 8 Comments

Devin Toner says he’s caught in two minds during international weekends in which he’s not involved with Ireland.

Rugby - Wednesday 24 November, 2021

Larkham lands new head coach role with Brumbies after declining new Munster deal
# New Chapter
# New Chapter

Larkham lands new head coach role with Brumbies after declining new Munster deal

Wed 9:24 PM 10,091 Views 12 Comments

The senior coach will remain with the Irish province for the rest of the season before joining the Brumbies in July.

England's RFU facing £120 million drop in revenue due to pandemic
# Forecast
# Forecast

England's RFU facing £120 million drop in revenue due to pandemic

Wed 8:48 PM 4,063 Views 2 Comments

The union said financial stability had been achieved through 119 redundancies, a debenture donation and emergency backing from the British government.

World Rugby approves 'birthright' rule change to allow players to switch allegiance
# Trading Places
# Trading Places

World Rugby approves 'birthright' rule change to allow players to switch allegiance

Updated Wed 6:42 PM 36,278 Views 34 Comments

New criteria, which will be ‘a real boost to the competitiveness of emerging nations’, come into force from 1 January 2022.

Ireland men's and women's squads announced for World Rugby Sevens Series opener
# Dubai
# Dubai

Ireland men's and women's squads announced for World Rugby Sevens Series opener

Wed 11:19 AM 8,946 Views 5 Comments

Anthony Eddy has selected two 13-player panels ahead of the new season, which begins in Dubai this weekend.

Paul O'Connell's influence continues to grow as Ireland's pack dominates
# Analysis
# Analysis

Paul O'Connell's influence continues to grow as Ireland's pack dominates

Updated Wed 9:00 AM 32,800 Views 11 Comments

The former Munster and Ireland lock has made a big impact since joining in January.

Rugby - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

Fears Iain Henderson could miss Ulster Champions Cup games
# Worry
# Worry

Fears Iain Henderson could miss Ulster Champions Cup games

Tue 8:56 PM 6,266 Views 1 Comment

The Ireland lock is a doubt for matches against Clermont and Northampton Saints.

Keith Earls' 'Fight Or Flight' wins Sports Book of the Year
# Good Read
# Good Read

Keith Earls' 'Fight Or Flight' wins Sports Book of the Year

Tue 7:23 PM 8,031 Views 4 Comments

It overcame competition from five other nominees.

Larkham to leave Munster after declining contract extension offer
# Exit
# Exit

Larkham to leave Munster after declining contract extension offer

Tue 6:03 PM 43,874 Views 30 Comments

The senior coach will return home to Australia with his family.

Rob Kearney set for Barbarians swansong as he confirms retirement from rugby
# The Last Dance
# The Last Dance

Rob Kearney set for Barbarians swansong as he confirms retirement from rugby

Tue 5:00 PM 34,604 Views 22 Comments

The 35-year-old former Leinster and Ireland fullback will sign off this weekend at Twickenham.

Andy Farrell steers a happy Ireland camp to an outstanding autumn
# Faz
# Faz

Andy Farrell steers a happy Ireland camp to an outstanding autumn

Updated Tue 3:00 PM 15,000 Views 20 Comments

The 2022 Six Nations now looms into view.

Friend hails new deal for 'special' Carty as a statement of Connacht's intent
# A Friend In Need
# A Friend In Need

Friend hails new deal for 'special' Carty as a statement of Connacht's intent

Tue 2:58 PM 3,586 Views 5 Comments

The 29-year-old Ireland out-half has shunned interest from elsewhere to sign a three-year extension.

'I'm so glad I took that opportunity... I really haven't looked back'
# Pride Of Tullamore
# Pride Of Tullamore

'I'm so glad I took that opportunity... I really haven't looked back'

Tue 12:58 PM 12,216 Views 0 Comments

Megan Burns and the Ireland Women’s 7s return to World Series action in Dubai this weekend.

'Loftus has been my home' - Van Graan makes emotional return to South Africa with Munster
# Strong Ties
# Strong Ties

'Loftus has been my home' - Van Graan makes emotional return to South Africa with Munster

Tue 12:37 PM 11,069 Views 15 Comments

Some of the province’s Ireland internationals are expected to fly in and link up with the squad for their second of two URC games.

'I'm not going anywhere' - Healy determined to remain part of Farrell's plans
# Still Got It
# Still Got It

'I'm not going anywhere' - Healy determined to remain part of Farrell's plans

Tue 7:30 AM 8,507 Views 4 Comments

The 34-year-old prop says that 12 years into his international career, he remains as driven as ever.

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