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Dublin: 16 °C Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Rugby - Monday 10 June, 2019

Ireland's U20 World Championship semi-final hopes hang by a thread

Noel McNamara was ‘proud’ of his team’s effort against Australia, but defeat leaves them with a lot of work to do.

Diageo voices 'serious concerns' over London Irish signing of Paddy Jackson

The company who own the Guinness brand say the recruitment of Jackson is ‘not consistent with our values’.

'The big thing for me is to lead by example in terms of a healthy lifestyle'

Ireland women’s captain Ciara Griffin is taking part in this year’s Ring of Kerry.

Ireland's Baird faces anxious disciplinary wait after red card for high tackle U20 World Championship This post contains videos

Ireland's Baird faces anxious disciplinary wait after red card for high tackle

The Leinster second row appears in front of a disciplinary committee in Rosario today.

Rugby - Sunday 9 June, 2019

It's Sunday so here are 10 of our favourite images from the sporting week

All the action from a different angle.

Flawless Laidlaw steers Clermont into next weekend's Top 14 final

Franck Azema’s side will face Toulouse in the decider after proving too strong today for Lyon.

Rugby Australia slams Folau 'media campaign' after leaked letter

The governing body say they have acted with ‘professionalism and integrity at all times’.

Rugby - Saturday 8 June, 2019

England U20 made to sweat before sealing nervy win over Italy

Italy twice fought their way to a nine-point lead.

Toulouse advance into Top 14 decider as Springbok Kolbe shines

Toulouse are chasing their first league title since 2012.

Fierce 14-man effort unravels for Ireland U20 against Australia

Stewart Moore’s magic individual score gave Ireland hope of an upset, but the Junior Wallabies made their man advantage count.

As it happened: Ireland v Australia, World Rugby U20 Championship

We’re going minute-by-minute as Ireland aim to build on their brilliant opening day win over England.

Impressive Australia offer Ireland U20 another chance to flex

Both sides have retained most of their starters after excellent wins on day one.

Rugby - Friday 7 June, 2019

Sean French ruled out of rest of U20 World Cup as Ireland hold firm for Australia clash

Fullback Iwan Hughes will also head for home as Leinster duo Max O’Reilly and Aaron O’Sullivan are called to Argentina.

Naholo double not enough as Highlanders forced to hold off Bulls' late charge Super Rugby This post contains videos

Naholo double not enough as Highlanders forced to hold off Bulls' late charge

The sides played out a thrilling Super Rugby draw on Friday.

Rugby - Thursday 6 June, 2019

England U20 hooker handed five-week ban for upending Ireland's Hodnett Banned This post contains videos

England U20 hooker handed five-week ban for upending Ireland's Hodnett

Alfie Barbeary’s U20 World Championship is over after a moment of madness.

Inches mentality the 'massive positive' as McFarland takes stock after first year as a head coach

The former Scotland forwards coach helped Ulster make massive strides forward this season.

Ireland captain Best calls for expanded World Cup squads

‘At a World Cup you shouldn’t have to have makeshift people in there,’ the hooker says.

Flying Fijians, excellent England and the best tries from the U20 World Cup Young Guns This post contains videos

Flying Fijians, excellent England and the best tries from the U20 World Cup

There were no shortage of tries to pick from in the opening round of the U20 Championship.

Leinster's Penny has double shoulder surgery after breakthrough season

It is hoped the 19-year-old flanker will be back in time for pre-season.

Folau's younger brother released from Waratahs contract

The elder Folau is today launching Aus$10 million legal action against Rugby Australia.

'There's no point going 'oh sure it'll be right when we get to Japan''

Ireland captain Rory Best knows his side need to find form and intensity in this summer’s warm-up games.

Rugby - Wednesday 5 June, 2019

Leinster carry out investigation into alleged incident 'to the satisfaction of all parties'

The province say the academy player involved has made a full recovery.

Wales to face Gatland's Barbarians in Pivac's first game in charge

Gatland will make a swift return to Cardiff to take on his former side this November.

Ireland head coach sees room for improvement as focus shifts to 'physical' Australia

Noel McNamara’s side made a positive start to the World Rugby U20 Championship by seeing off England.

Check out the highlights from Ireland's brilliant win in U20 World Cup opener against England

Ireland ran in six tries en route to a 42-26 victory against England.

Sacked Israel Folau expected to launch legal action this week - report

The devoutly Christian NSW Waratahs star had his contract terminated last month.

Bowe surprised by McCloskey's omission from Schmidt's World Cup training squad

The Ulster centre enjoyed an excellent season but was overlooked for Ireland’s extended summer panel.

Sexton insists Ireland have not already peaked as he takes aim at World Cup

With a Grand Slam and a first-ever home win over New Zealand, 2018 was a tough act to follow for Ireland.

Rugby - Tuesday 4 June, 2019

Hodnett shines as Ireland U20 again show off invaluable flexibility

Noel McNamara’s men continually find a way to tilt ties in their direction.

Ireland hit England for six to grab sensational victory in U20 World Cup opener

David McCann, Jake Flannery, Stewart Moore, Ben Healy and John Hodnett all crossed as Ireland secured another impressive win over England.

Louth native McDonald helps Australia U20s to thumping win over Italy U20 World Cup This post contains videos

Louth native McDonald helps Australia U20s to thumping win over Italy

The Western Australia scrum-half will face the country of his birth next up on Saturday.

Former England prop Graham Rowntree joins Munster as forwards coach until 2022

The 48-year-old will link up with Johann van Graan’s backroom staff after this summer’s World Cup in Japan.

'Eight as one': Ireland pack braced for U20 World Cup opener against England

Noel McNamara’s men have left the Grand Slam behind them as they travelled to Argentina.

Rugby - Monday 3 June, 2019

Academy trio set for Ireland U20 debuts in World Championship opener against England

Noel McNamara’s side will play their first Pool B game on Tuesday.

Moore ready to make a mark for Ireland U20 after concussion kept him out of Six Nations

The Ulster talent is aiming to make sure there is a seamless transition in the centre for Ireland.

Rugby - Sunday 2 June, 2019

It's Sunday so here are 10 of our favourite images from the sporting week

All the action from a different angle.

Top-10 finish for Ireland 7s in 30-degree Paris heat as Olympic qualification countdown continues Feel The Burn This post contains videos

Top-10 finish for Ireland 7s in 30-degree Paris heat as Olympic qualification countdown continues

Anthony Eddy’s side were hit with injuries heading into the Challenge Trophy final where they lost out to Canada.

Hourihane's 'stuff of dreams', Bjorn bites back and more Tweets of the Week

Including Jack Grealish, Rafa’s Supercut and a very protective GAA club.

'It was relentless pain, a continuous circle and I couldn't find a way out of it'

Munster wing Ronan O’Mahony was forced to retire from rugby after suffering severe injury.

The remarkable Rui Pinto, 'nobody knows Rock' and more of the week's best sportswriting

Plus, there are great pieces on Mesut Ozil, the American soccer system and the weird world of embargoes.