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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Reece in the limelight as World Cup looms large over international rugby season kick-off

The tick-tock of Rugby World Cup countdown is getting louder, though New Zealand and South Africa are holding back on opening weekend.

Addison's return adds to 'incredibly hard' selection decisions for Ireland

Joe Schmidt and his coaches must whittle down an extended panel of 45 to just 31 for Japan.

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Wayne Barnes installed as referee for Ireland's pivotal RWC clash with Scotland

The veteran English official hasn’t always been a good omen for Ireland.

Cullen's Leinster to play Champions Cup pool opponents in pre-season friendly

The Pro14 champions will continue their preparations for the new season with a trip to face Northampton Saints.

Ireland continue to manage 'frustrated watcher' Sexton after thumb injury

A number of players, including the out-half, trained away from the main group in Limerick this morning.

IRFU records best-ever financial year with revenues of €87.5 million

The men’s international game now accounts for 81% of all IRFU revenues.

Rugby - Thursday 18 July, 2019

Ireland U20 stars Flannery and Hodnett enter Munster academy

The southern province have added four new players to their academy for the 2019/20 season.

All Blacks hand Reece debut against Pumas after injury to SBW

The Crusaders winger is named in Steve Hansen’s side for this weekend’s Rugby Championship opener.

AIL players link up with Leinster as Cullen boosts pre-season squad

Tony Ryan, Rowan Osborne and David Aspil have been training with Leo Cullen’s squad.

Leinster fullback Kelly captains experimental Ireland 7s squad

Both men and women’s squads contain three uncapped players for this weekend’s Grand Prix action.

Rugby - Wednesday 17 July, 2019

James O'Connor wanted behavioural clauses in Rugby Australia deal

The 29-year-old is set for a first Wallabies appearance in six years.

Mathieu Bastareaud has a new club

The discarded French centre has joined Lyon until the end of the World Cup.

Ireland U20 international Scannell signs for French club Biarritz

The 19-year-old hooker joins after a season in the Munster sub-academy.

Ulster's Coetzee returns to Springboks 23 for first time in four years

The powerful back row has been named on the bench for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with Australia.

Cullen's Leinster to open Pro14 title defence with a trip to Italy

Competiton organisers have confirmed dates and kick-off times all the way up to round 20.

Front row blow for Ulster as Milasinovich sidelined for 9 months

The Irish-qualified, South African born prop suffered a torn ACL in training with his new club.

Rugby - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Two November Tests and extended inter-pros in Ireland Women's 13-month plan

The plan aims to have Ireland in ideal shape for the World Cup Qualifiers in September 2020.

McAllister feeling the heat of Connacht's pre-season, but excited for all to come after

Approaching his 30th birthday, the Ulster native is intent on making his experience count for his new club.

Van Graan looks forward to new coaches bringing fresh ideas to Munster

Stephen Larkham will arrive in Limerick next month, while Graham Rowntree will link up with the province after the World Cup.

Ireland 7s star Greg O'Shea enters the Love Island villa

From playing in Sunday’s Olympic qualifier, to entering the villa, it has been a busy few days for the 24-year-old.

Leinster announce first-ever men and women's double-header

Leo Cullen’s side will start their pre-season with a clash against English outfit Coventry.

O'Connor edges closer to stunning Wallabies return after Reds move

The utility back was released by Sale Sharks earlier this month as he bids to play in the World Cup.

Former Connacht flanker joins growing Irish contingent at Nottingham

James Connolly has joined the English Championship side for the 2019/20 season.

Rugby - Monday 15 July, 2019

Best offers input as World Rugby outlaws dangerous 'axial loading' in scrums

The governing body has announced an amendment to its law book.

Kidney's London Irish returning to Cork for pre-season friendly with Munster

The newly-promoted Premiership club are a regular feature on the southern province’s pre-season fixture list.

Tokyo ambition still alive for men's 7s but women's squad come up short

Billy Dardis and his squad will have one last shot at Olympic qualification next year.

Rugby - Sunday 14 July, 2019

Ireland 7s Olympic dream remains intact after men's side secure 2020 World Repechage place

The women’s side crashed out this morning after defeat to England.

Simon Zebo captures Donnacha Ryan's modelling skills and more Tweets of the week

Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.

'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.

Rugby - Saturday 13 July, 2019

Both Irish sides qualify for 7s quarter-finals with Olympic spot on the line

The men’s team will face Germany tomorrow morning, while the women’s side have earned themselves a clash with England.

'It's special. There's no other feeling like playing in a World Cup for your country'

After a frustrating injury-disrupted Six Nations, Robbie Henshaw is back fit and ready to play a big role for Ireland in Japan.

Rugby - Friday 12 July, 2019

'You need to be a happy squad': Ireland aim for balance between work and fun

Conor Murray says the squad are enjoying pre-season, despite being pushed to their limits on the pitch.

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Schmidt has no concerns over Sexton's fitness after thumb injury

The Ireland out-half is expected to be fit for the first World Cup warm-up against Italy next month.

IRFU and Canterbury unveil Ireland's jerseys for the Rugby World Cup and beyond

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Ulster's Addison links up with Ireland's World Cup training squad

The 26-year-old had originally been left out of Joe Schmidt’s panel because of injury.

All Blacks star Barrett swaps Hurricanes for Super Rugby rivals Blues

The 28-year-old will remain in New Zealand until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Wallabies' Bernard Foley to leave Waratahs and Australia after World Cup

The 29-year-old is set to move to Japan’s Top League.

Rugby - Thursday 11 July, 2019

'First and foremost, Paddy is a good rugby player' - London Irish head coach Kiss defends Jackson signing

The former Ulster chief also said he believed that most fans backed the fly-half joining the club.

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