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Rugby - Today’s News

Tom Farrell senses noticeable improvement after Ireland camp

The Connacht centre remains uncapped, but already feels his reaction time and decision-making improved in Carton House.

Van Graan sees bright future for Grand Slam-winners, but won't rush them into action

The head coach preached patience as he hinted last year’s U20s still lead the queue for first team honours.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'The whole game is completely dismantled' - Ex-boss on Ireland Women's rugby crisis Rapid Decline This post contains videos

'The whole game is completely dismantled' - Ex-boss on Ireland Women's rugby crisis

Philip Doyle delivered a passionate argument for change on Off The Ball this evening.

50/22 kicking and yellow card upgrades among possible World Rugby law trials

The global body is hoping to make rugby safer and simpler to play.

O'Gara linked with French coaching role for World Cup

Les Blues reportedly want to bring the Ireland legend on board for September’s tournament.

Ospreys-Scarlets merger scrapped as Welsh rugby chooses to continue with four regions

Wales will continue to be represented by Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets in domestic and European competition.

SANZAAR to clarify Super Rugby future amid reports of Sunwolves axe

Australian media reported that the Tokyo-based franchise will be cut after the 2020 season.

'One bad half and now everyone's questioning' - Vunipola defends captain Farrell

Owen Farrell has come in for criticism since the draw with Scotland, but Billy Vunipola says it’s unwarranted.

The Six Nations fixtures for 2020 and 2021 have just been announced

Scotland are up first for Andy Farrell’s Ireland.

Anscombe calls for end to Welsh club uncertainty

A proposed merger between the Scarlets and the Ospreys collapsed.

5 standout stars of Ireland's memorable U20 Grand Slam campaign

Noel McNamara’s squad have a bright future ahead of them.

McFadden focused on leaving injury woes behind him to kick on for Leinster

The 32-year-old has endured a difficult 12 months with hamstring trouble but is fit and ready to get back into Leo Cullen’s team.

Carty, Marmion and Dillane back to boost Connacht for Italian job

Andy Friend will have three of his Ireland internationals back in harness for Friday’s visit of Benetton.

Rugby - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

French rugby set to trial revolutionary tackle law changes

World Rugby chief executive officer Brett Gosper says outcomes could be released in 12 months’ time.

Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt

The outgoing head coach won’t tear up his gameplan and start anew, so Ireland will have to fight their way out of this corner.

Scarlets trio sign new contracts after Wales' impressive Grand Slam heroics

The Scarlets have signed up Wales trio Jonathan Davies, Ken Owens and Rob Evans to new deals.

Lancaster: 'Returning players will have no shortage of motivation for Leinster'

The province’s season resumes against Edinburgh this weekend, but it’s all eyes on Ulster on Saturday week.

Ireland legend Miller calls time on 10-year international career

The 34-year-old winger helped Ireland to two Six Nations titles, a Grand Slam and that famous win over New Zealand in 2014.

Injury concerns mount for Ulster ahead of Champions Cup quarter-final

Iain Henderson is a major doubt, while Will Addison and Craig Gilroy are set to miss next weekend’s showdown with Leinster.

Grand Slam success only the start for McNamara's band of brothers

Munster prop Josh Wycherley wants the side to push on and challenge at this summer’s U20 World Championship.

Carbery facing fitness battle to be fit for Munster's Champions Cup quarter

The 24-year-old’s hamstring injury has not fully healed.

Rugby - Monday 18 March, 2019

TV Wrap: FAI awards a damp squib while the tide begins to turn on Joe Schmidt

Irish football’s big night was dominated by absences as Matt Williams called for some honest conversations around Irish rugby.

Schmidt's Ireland drop below Wales in latest World Rugby rankings

Warren Gatland’s Grand Slam winners are now the highest-ranked northern hemisphere nation.

'We had high hopes of improving': Ireland endure miserable Six Nations

Adam Griggs’ side finished fifth in the Women’s Six Nations, their worst finish in 13 years.

Cruel injury blow puts Ghiraldini's World Cup in doubt

The Italian hooker suffered ruptured cruciate knee ligaments against France.

'The priority is to be a great club coach': Lancaster on easy decision to stay at Leinster

The Englishman has targeted more success with the province after signing on for another two seasons.

Henshaw, JVDF and Toner major doubts for Champions Cup quarter-final

The Ireland trio are unlikely to be fit for Leinster’s Aviva Stadium showdown against Ulster later this month.

Argentina scrum-half to join Harlequins after World Cup

Martin Landajo is on his way to the Premiership.

McGrath and Leavy set for Leinster return as Pro14 action resumes

Leo Cullen’s side face Edinburgh this weekend, and will be boosted by the return of two of their Ireland internationals.

England boss Jones to call in 'pressure coach' after Scotland slump

The England head coach is seeking outside help to address his side’s mental issues before the World Cup.

Leinster's Byrne and Molony go back to school to help Michael's reign again

Emmet MacMahon’s side handled the weight of expectation to lift their third Leinster Senior Schools Cup on Sunday.

'We're hurting' - Schmidt hopes Six Nations lessons work out at World Cup

The Ireland boss must be honest in his reflection on this year’s Six Nations.

'Seeing my mother with tears in her eyes - that's when I realised this is huge'

There were scenes of pure joy in north Wales on Friday night as Ireland U20s wrote their own piece of history.

Rugby - Sunday 17 March, 2019

U20 Grand Slam winners included in Ulster 'A' squad for US trip

David McCann, Callum Reid and Iwan Hughes have travelled to Boston with the northern province for next week’s Cara Cup action.

Grand Slam winners Wales dominate Six Nations Player of the Championship shortlist

The six-man shortlist for the Six Nations’ Player of the Championship award features four Wales players and two from England.

CBC edge past arch rivals PBC in low-scoring Munster Senior Schools Cup final

Scott Buckley scored the all-important try for CBC as they won a 30th title at Musgrave Park.

Boyle's brace powers St Michael's to Leinster Senior Schools Cup victory

Gonzaga’s first appearance in the final ended in disappointment, as Michael’s landed a third title at the RDS.

Ireland defeated in Cardiff as Six Nations campaign ends with underwhelming defeat

Beibhinn Parsons opened the scoring, but after that Ireland failed to score a point in Cardiff.

AWJ +14: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Championship

Here’s who stood out for us since the start of February.

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