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Dublin: 14°C Saturday 31 October 2020

Rugby - Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Heffernan mining confidence from the work he puts in after long wait for second cap

The Connacht hooker is grateful to Andy Friend and Jimmy Duffy for guiding him back to peak form.

Rugby - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Analysis: 80 seconds that show how good Ireland Women's attack can be

Every single player had a role in Claire Molloy’s try just before half-time against Italy.

Beirne braced for breakdown battle in Paris with Barnes not ruled out as ref

Ireland and France both have strong jackal threats in their teams.

Robshaw and Barbarian team-mates will not face police investigation following Covid-19 breach

Footage emerged on social media over the weekend showing a group of players breaking the protocols.

France lock le Roux free to play against Ireland after avoiding ban at hearing

The Racing 92 second row had been cited for allegedly striking Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones.

'I got away with murder when I was younger' - Healy set for 100th Ireland cap

The 33-year-old nearly retired from rugby in 2015 but battled his way back to the top.

O'Halloran to see specialist after picking up groin injury

Connacht out-half Conor Fitzgerald is also dealing with a groin issue after the win over Edinburgh.

Henshaw and Aki set for titanic midfield battle against Fickou and Vakatawa

The Leinster man was sharp off the bench against Italy last weekend.

France wing Thomas ruled out of Ireland clash with fullback Bouthier a doubt

The Racing 92 man scored a superb try against Wales last weekend.

Rugby - Monday 26 October, 2020

Munster run in five tries with a brace for Coombes in thrilling win over Cardiff

It finished 38-27 in Munster’s favour at Thomond Park.

'My dad was thinking of sneaking in, I had to tell him not to do it'

Dan Leavy said his knee ‘felt perfect’ as he completed his long-awaited comeback for Leinster.

France's Haouas to be questioned about alleged robbery before next year's Six Nations

The incident took place at a tobacconist in 2014.

'That's what Ireland need, multiple first receivers and an unpredictability'

Ireland’s attack came in for praise on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.

'An incredibly enjoyable environment': POM relishing competition, skills work in Ireland camp

The blindside typified an apparent renewed focus on skills during the win over Italy.

England include Umaga in squad for title chase

The Wasps 10 is the nephew of All Black legend Tana.

Friend hails Connacht's control after big win in Edinburgh

‘I love the fact that the players, when they got into the red zone backed themselves and executed.’

Ireland rule out Ringrose for November, Cooney and Earls back in frame

Jamison Gibson-Park’s international debut was tempered with a tight hamstring.

'I kept trucking away. I knew my time would come if I just kept at it'

24-year-old Will Connors was man of the match on his Ireland debut against Italy.

Munster send West Cork crew to work in first Monday Night Rugby outing

Craig Casey and Ben Healy continue as the halfbacks for the clash with Cardiff Blues.

Farrell seems likely to stick with settled Ireland team for trip to Paris

There were lots of good performances in the 50-17 win over Italy on Saturday.

Rugby - Sunday 25 October, 2020

Connacht produce stunning five-try display to pick up bonus point and end bad away form

The Irish province came away from their trip to Edinburgh with an impressive win.

England win Women's Six Nations after France held to draw ahead of Ireland showdown

The French are coming to Dublin for their final game of the tournament next weekend.

Ireland's pack of jackals well suited to the refocused breakdown interpretations

Andy Farrell was most pleased with his side’s defensive work in the big win over Italy.

France lock Le Roux could miss Six Nations clash with Ireland after citing

The Racing 92 man was involved in an incident with Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones in the first-half last night.

Superb first half sends Reidy-inspired Ulster to bonus-point win over Dragons

Dan McFarland’s men were far poorer in the second half but got the job done.

Munster stick with Casey-Healy combo for Cardiff's visit to Thomond

Johann van Graan makes eight changes to the side which beat Edinburgh.

Conor Murray only box kicked twice for Ireland against Italy. This is why

Ireland had encouraging variety in their kicking game as they beat Italy in Dublin.

Jack Nowell out of England's Six Nations title tilt after Exeter double

Exeter wing needs surgery on his injured foot.

Ireland 'satisfied' with gritty Italy win and grateful for France gesture to play final Six Nations game in Dublin

Adam Griggs’ side has one more game to play after picking up another home win on Saturday night.

Andy Friend is stuck between a lock and a hard place

Connacht are missing five second-row forwards for this evening’s clash against Edinburgh.

Ireland face daunting task in Paris as Six Nations heads for Super Saturday finale

Andy Farrell’s men know that a bonus-point win could secure them the title but France are far from pushovers.

Ulster backline beginning to deliver for Peel and McFarland

The emergence of James Hume and Stewart Moore has added depth and class to Ulster’s midfield.

Rugby - Saturday 24 October, 2020

Dupont double as France beat Wales before Ireland showdown

France scrum-half Antoine Dupont scored twice in his side’s 38-21 victory over Wales tonight.

'These are trying times for people and we wanted to put in a big performance'

Andrew Porter is hoping Ireland can pull off a shock in Paris next week and give the nation a lift.

‘Blessed, privileged, incredible’ – how it feels to make your Ireland debut

At 28, Jamison Gibson-Park feared international rugby had passed him by. Today’s debut for Ireland caps off an incredible personal journey.

Exeter edge Wasps in Premiership final to seal double

The win follows up Exeter’s 31-27 victory over France’s Racing 92 in last week’s Champions Cup final.

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Three-try Ireland complete Italian job to maintain winning home Six Nations form

Adam Griggs’ charges got their campaign back underway with a win at Energia Park.

'They typified our performance' - Best mates Connors and Keenan shine for Ireland

Jamison Gibson-Park and Ed Byrne also won their first caps off the bench against Italy.

Garry Ringrose suffers broken jaw against Italy in blow for Ireland

The Leinster man could be sidelined for four to six weeks, according to Andy Farrell.

Sexton: 'We have it all to do in Paris - but we're a special group. We can win there'

Ireland can still win this year’s Six Nations title but it is advantage England as we head into next week’s final round of fixtures.