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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'Without the Munster fans, we are nothing. Without them, we play for nothing'

Freddie Pucciariello won two Heineken Cups and a Magners League with the southern province.

Quiz: How well do you remember the major sporting moments of 2006?

Test your memory to mark the launch of our new show, Really into Years.

Gatland wants the Lions to face the All Blacks before South Africa tour

The former Wales boss will be head coach on a third Lions tour next year.

Rugby - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Munster Rugby doctor joins frontline fight against Covid-19 as remote training continues

In addition to his role with the southern province, Dr Jamie Kearns has just returned to work at University Hospital Galway.

The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Craig Casey

The 20-year-old scrum-half will move onto a senior contract next season.

A British and Irish League? An aligned global calendar? Maybe...

Hannah Bowe of Esportif explains why rugby is on the ‘cusp of change.’

'Somebody called it the last of the great drinking tours'

Members of the 1994 Irish team recall the the horrific trip to Mount Isa.

Rugby - Monday 6 April, 2020

EPCR say Club World Cup could 'complement' Champions Cup

The Champions Cup organisers have said that a global club tournament is already under consideration.

Crusaders respond to video footage of players training together in public during lockdown

‘All of the players involved have acknowledged they made a mistake by sharing equipment.’

Bernard Laporte wants an annual Club World Cup instead of the Champions Cup

The French Rugby Federation president says ‘it could be a breath of fresh air for the whole of world rugby.’

Here's what you can expect from your membership of The42 this week

We’ve welcomed a huge number of new supporters over the past week.

Fijian rugby stars arrested after failing to isolate

Fiji have strict quarantine rules for people arriving in the country.

Rugby - Sunday 5 April, 2020

When Leinster went to Toulouse and toppled the reigning European champions

Michael Cheika’s men delivered a stunning performance in their 2006 Heineken Cup quarter-final.

Rugby actually enforcing the current breakdown laws is long overdue

World Rugby issued a ‘law application guideline’ for referees earlier this week.

'I had to fight a bit harder... I sort of grew up despising the big private schools'

Connacht wing John Porch could have retired from rugby as an U20 player.

McHenry making step up with Munster after benefiting from AIL exposure

The 22-year-old centre has been excellent for Cork Con.

McKinley bunkered but buoyant with new skills on his mind more than new contract

The Italian international is holed up in Treviso and keeping his mind and body as busy as possible.

Rugby - Saturday 4 April, 2020

Scotland exile Russell targets summer Tour return, should it go ahead

‘The stuff in the Six Nations is done now, it is just how can we move forward.’

Rugby - Thursday 2 April, 2020

'I've seen plenty of guys being spat out of the game because of that'

Former Ulster and Ireland U20s hooker Niall Annett is now well settled with Worcester Warriors.

'All she cares about is when she sees you on the pitch, you can hear her going 'Dada''

Ian Keatley doesn’t need sports psychology tools right now, his family keep him firmly grounded in the here and now.

Connacht need a unit at eight, and Jasper Wiese might fit the bill

‘That’s the one area of the squad that you could say they probably need to go foreign and bring somebody in of a different profile,’ said Bernard Jackman.

Official: Newcastle will replace relegated Saracens in the Premiership

The Falcons had won 15 games from 15 in the Championship before it was cancelled.

'We talked about it being a one campaign thing' - Sexton says captaincy may be reviewed due to disrupted season

Johnny Sexton discussed his Ireland captaincy, dealing with critisicm, and how he is staying fit during the lockdown.

Eddie Jones agrees new England deal until 2023 Rugby World Cup

Jones wants his side to be remembered as “the greatest team the game has ever seen”.

World Rugby aims to stamp out side entry and players off feet at breakdown

The governing body wants referees to clamp down on side entry and players diving off their feet.

'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat'

In this extract from ‘Behind the Lions,’ the gut-wrenching 2009 loss is recalled.

Rugby - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Here's how Connacht are making the best of training from home WFH

Here's how Connacht are making the best of training from home

The province’s head of athletic performance, David Howarth, explains the new norm.

Your support for The42 means more than ever

We’re committed to telling the story of Irish sport each day despite these uncertain times.

Quiz: How's your memory of the provinces' Champions Cup quarter-finals?

This is the week when our attention usually turns from Test rugby to the business end of the European

Earls to raffle Ireland jersey from historic win over All Blacks for children's charity

The Munster star is hoping to raise €15,000 for Barnardos Ireland.

'We can see how fragile rugby is... there's going to be a big readjustment'

Ex-Grenoble and Dragons boss Bernard Jackman isn’t surprised to see rugby struggling financially.

New Zealand rugby slash salaries and make emergency grants with fears over huge losses in 2020

It has been warned the coronavirus pandemic could cost it up to NZ$100 million (US$60 million) in lost revenue.

Rugby - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

The Ireland and Lions legend running a Top 14 club under house arrest

This may be the most surreal period of Jeremy Davidson’s career but the former Irish star has not lost his focus as rugby faces its biggest battle yet.

Uncertainty abounds but rugby has chance to change for the better

World Rugby, unions, leagues, and the players’ union have been involved in discussions.

‘This is like a war - Irish sport and the Irish economy will need a Marshall Plan’

Fianna Fáil sports spokesperson warns that it could be months before we see top-level sport again in Ireland.

'The future of our people is in our hands' - 16 iconic Irish sports stars send rallying call to the nation Unite By Staying Apart This post contains videos

'The future of our people is in our hands' - 16 iconic Irish sports stars send rallying call to the nation

A powerful video and a clear message from some household names.

'I’m tired but then I think about what I see in the hospital' - Italy flanker vows to help until pandemic ends

Zebre back-rower Maxime Mbanda has volunteered to drive an ambulance with the Yellow Cross.

'They can look back with pride... their effort wasn't null and void'

Defending champions Cork Con ended an unbeaten season with 14 wins from 14 in the AIL.

'The doctor said 'have you still got that boot? Put it back on, your leg is still badly broken''

Niamh Briggs speaks to The42 about her recent injury setback.

Lions ease concerns over South Africa series clash with rescheduled Olympics

Ben Calveley says kick-off times will prevent sports lovers from missing any of the action.

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