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Rugby - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Leinster's Champions Cup semi v La Rochelle will not be shown on free-to-air TV
# TV Guide
# TV Guide

Leinster's Champions Cup semi v La Rochelle will not be shown on free-to-air TV

Tue 4:24 PM 32,889 Views 30 Comments

Leinster’s Champions Cup semi fixed for Sunday 2 May, with Ulster’s Challenge Cup trip to Leicester set for Friday 30 April.

Fixture details confirmed for opening three rounds of the Rainbow Cup
# Schedule
# Schedule

Fixture details confirmed for opening three rounds of the Rainbow Cup

Tue 1:00 PM 10,258 Views 25 Comments

The games begin a week from Friday.

Gatland knew 'a long time ago' that Farrell wouldn't be available to Lions
# Priorities
# Priorities

Gatland knew 'a long time ago' that Farrell wouldn't be available to Lions

Tue 11:56 AM 9,228 Views 0 Comments

Farrell will lead Ireland on their tour to the Pacific Islands if it goes ahead.

Coetzee granted early release from Ulster contract due to injury
# Exit
# Exit

Coetzee granted early release from Ulster contract due to injury

Tue 10:01 AM 9,517 Views 8 Comments

Last month’s Pro14 defeat to Leinster will now represent his last game for the provice.

Leinster's McBryde confirmed as part of Gatland's Lions coaching team
# Lions Lions Lions
# Lions Lions Lions

Leinster's McBryde confirmed as part of Gatland's Lions coaching team

Tue 9:30 AM 22,233 Views 22 Comments

Gregor Townsend, Steve Tandy, and Neil Jenkins have also been appointed.

Rugby - Monday 12 April, 2021

France hooker out until June with broken tibia
# Sidelined
# Sidelined

France hooker out until June with broken tibia

Mon 11:14 PM 8,955 Views 1 Comment

Camille Chat will be sidelined for up to two months with a leg injury suffered in Racing 92′s European Champions Cup loss.

Ireland v France clash set to go ahead with government exemption
# Quarantine
# Quarantine

Ireland v France clash set to go ahead with government exemption

Updated Mon 10:30 PM 9,028 Views 4 Comments

France is being added to the government’s quarantine list on Thursday.

'Maybe I'm naive, but I'm going out to play France and I want to put on a big performance'
# Don't Mind The Gap
# Don't Mind The Gap

'Maybe I'm naive, but I'm going out to play France and I want to put on a big performance'

Mon 9:30 PM 49,024 Views 8 Comments

Eyes? Pressure? Les Bleues? Bring them all on, says Ireland’s 19-year-old star woman, Béibhinn Parsons.

Leinster have signed Samoa prop Michael Alaalatoa ahead of next season
# Tighthead
# Tighthead

Leinster have signed Samoa prop Michael Alaalatoa ahead of next season

Mon 8:00 PM 36,548 Views 105 Comments

The 29-year-old tighthead will join from the Crusaders in New Zealand.

Munster and Ireland flanker Tommy O'Donnell announces retirement
# Tipp Top
# Tipp Top

Munster and Ireland flanker Tommy O'Donnell announces retirement

Mon 5:00 PM 36,989 Views 34 Comments

‘I feel it is the right time for me and my family to step away from rugby and this season will be my last.’

Has Josh van der Flier played himself into the Lions conversation?
# Form
# Form

Has Josh van der Flier played himself into the Lions conversation?

Mon 3:36 PM 13,486 Views 32 Comments

The Leinster openside’s form was discussed on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.

Leinster Rugby submit plans to assess use of rapid antigen testing for safe return of fans to the RDS
# Proposal
# Proposal

Leinster Rugby submit plans to assess use of rapid antigen testing for safe return of fans to the RDS

Mon 12:36 PM 17,824 Views 18 Comments

The capacity for this proof of concept match will be capped at 2,000 supporters.

'Ronan and Jono, two men we know very well, have been building a great side'
# Familiar Faces
# Familiar Faces

'Ronan and Jono, two men we know very well, have been building a great side'

Mon 11:57 AM 37,941 Views 17 Comments

Leo Cullen and Leinster will have to beat French opposition to win the Champions Cup.

Rainbow Cup to start this month with final call on South African sides to come
# Plans
# Plans

Rainbow Cup to start this month with final call on South African sides to come

Mon 10:57 AM 11,226 Views 5 Comments

The three rounds of derby games will go ahead as planned.

Scrum-half rejoins Leinster from Munster
# Return
# Return

Scrum-half rejoins Leinster from Munster

Mon 10:44 AM 19,735 Views 19 Comments

Nick McCarthy is returning to Leinster where his career started.

'They like to get in your face': Griggs' Ireland steel themselves for French pressure test
# W6N
# W6N

'They like to get in your face': Griggs' Ireland steel themselves for French pressure test

Apr 12th 2021, 6:30 AM 2,558 Views 1 Comment

After their flying start in Wales, Ireland are preparing for a much tougher examination against France.

Rugby - Sunday 11 April, 2021

Ex-Italy rugby captain Cuttitta dies aged 54
# RIP
# RIP

Ex-Italy rugby captain Cuttitta dies aged 54

Apr 11th 2021, 9:50 PM 11,245 Views 2 Comments

He competed in two World Cups in 1991 and 1995, and his country’s first matches in the Six Nations tournament which they joined in 2000.

Jalibert against Ntamack as Bordeaux to play Toulouse in Euro Cup semis
# On Song
# On Song

Jalibert against Ntamack as Bordeaux to play Toulouse in Euro Cup semis

Updated Apr 11th 2021, 7:27 PM 16,647 Views 21 Comments

Jalibert kicked a dramatic injury-time winning penalty for Bordeaux-Begles against Racing 92.

Mouthwatering Champions Cup draw as Leinster pitted against La Rochelle in semis
# French Exchange
# French Exchange

Mouthwatering Champions Cup draw as Leinster pitted against La Rochelle in semis

Apr 11th 2021, 5:33 PM 46,460 Views 60 Comments

Ulster will travel to Leicester Tigers in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

Rainbow Cup under threat due to Covid-19 restrictions - report
# Over For Rainbow
# Over For Rainbow

Rainbow Cup under threat due to Covid-19 restrictions - report

Apr 11th 2021, 12:06 PM 12,957 Views 16 Comments

Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee says cross-hemisphere tournament will be cancelled.

'It is cup rugby, it is all or nothing, and the lads have risen to the occasion'
# Final Four
# Final Four

'It is cup rugby, it is all or nothing, and the lads have risen to the occasion'

Apr 11th 2021, 10:16 AM 12,251 Views 24 Comments

Ulster booked a place in their first European semi-finals for nine years with victory in Franklin’s Gardens.

Van der Flier, Kelleher, and Henshaw among the Leinster standouts
# Turnaround
# Turnaround

Van der Flier, Kelleher, and Henshaw among the Leinster standouts

Apr 11th 2021, 6:00 AM 13,967 Views 26 Comments

Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster’s side were superb in Sandy Park yesterday.

Rugby - Saturday 10 April, 2021

Ulster progress to Challenge Cup semis with comeback win over Northampton
# Marching On
# Marching On

Ulster progress to Challenge Cup semis with comeback win over Northampton

Apr 10th 2021, 10:01 PM 14,553 Views 40 Comments

Dan McFarland’s side beat the Saints by eight points to secure place in the last four.

'We were raring to go' - Ireland set sights on France after dominant win over Wales
# Tyrrell
# Tyrrell

'We were raring to go' - Ireland set sights on France after dominant win over Wales

Apr 10th 2021, 9:04 PM 5,594 Views 1 Comment

Adam Griggs’ side blew Wales away with a blistering first-half display.

Cullen hails Byrne's impact for Leinster after Sexton suffers head injury
# Composure
# Composure

Cullen hails Byrne's impact for Leinster after Sexton suffers head injury

Apr 10th 2021, 8:47 PM 17,438 Views 34 Comments

Leinster overturned a 14-point deficit to beat Exeter in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Leinster storm into European semi-final after overcoming 14-point deficit in Exeter
# Turnaround
# Turnaround

Leinster storm into European semi-final after overcoming 14-point deficit in Exeter

Apr 10th 2021, 7:33 PM 57,054 Views 132 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men beat the defending champions to surge into the final four of the Champions Cup.

Parsons shines as seven-try Ireland blow Wales away in Cardiff
# W6N
# W6N

Parsons shines as seven-try Ireland blow Wales away in Cardiff

Apr 10th 2021, 7:11 PM 26,201 Views 12 Comments

The visitors built up a commanding 31-0 lead in the first-half.

As it happened: Leinster stun champions Exeter in Champions Cup quarter-finals
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Leinster stun champions Exeter in Champions Cup quarter-finals

Apr 10th 2021, 5:02 PM 78,077 Views 34 Comments

Leinster came from 14-0 down to defeat Exeter in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Ronan O'Gara heads to yet another European semi-final as La Rochelle win
# La ROGhelle
# La ROGhelle

Ronan O'Gara heads to yet another European semi-final as La Rochelle win

Apr 10th 2021, 4:57 PM 19,035 Views 5 Comments

La Rochelle reach their first Champions Cup semi-final with a 45-21 win over Sale.

As it happened: Wales v Ireland, Women's Six Nations
# W6N
# W6N

As it happened: Wales v Ireland, Women's Six Nations

Updated Apr 10th 2021, 4:23 PM 25,903 Views 5 Comments

Follow all the action live from Cardiff Arms Park.

England march into Women's Six Nations final with bonus-point win in Italy
# Title Defence
# Title Defence

England march into Women's Six Nations final with bonus-point win in Italy

Apr 10th 2021, 4:20 PM 2,857 Views 0 Comments

The defending champions proved far too strong for the Italians.

Papali’i prominent as Connacht Eagles overcome Leinster A in Galway
# Impact
# Impact

Papali’i prominent as Connacht Eagles overcome Leinster A in Galway

Apr 10th 2021, 2:53 PM 7,489 Views 5 Comments

Vakh Abdaladze made his return in blue but the visitors were second best.

'It was a lot of hard graft’: The groundbreakers who paved the way for Irish women's rugby
# Trailblazers
# Trailblazers

'It was a lot of hard graft’: The groundbreakers who paved the way for Irish women's rugby

Updated Apr 10th 2021, 12:18 PM 24,474 Views 4 Comments

In the first part of our new series, Trailblazers, we hear about their humble beginnings, merging with the IRFU and the journey still ahead.

'In Beibhinn, Ireland have someone who can do things that other people can't do'
# Player Profile
# Player Profile

'In Beibhinn, Ireland have someone who can do things that other people can't do'

Updated Apr 10th 2021, 9:19 AM 35,983 Views 7 Comments

19-year-old Ballinasloe RFC product Beibhinn Parsons is a rising star of Irish rugby.

'We want to be the ones being the aggressors' - Slade has Leinster scalp in his sights
# Chiefs
# Chiefs

'We want to be the ones being the aggressors' - Slade has Leinster scalp in his sights

Apr 10th 2021, 7:30 AM 7,836 Views 17 Comments

The Exeter centre is looking to make a statement ahead of the impending Lions squad announcement.

D-Day for Leinster as they prepare for trench warfare with Exeter
# Exet Strategy
# Exet Strategy

D-Day for Leinster as they prepare for trench warfare with Exeter

Apr 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 7,078 Views 3 Comments

The 2018 European champions meet last year’s Champions Cup winners in the European quarter-finals tonight.

McCloskey: 'It is a new goal for us - we'll try our best to win it'
# Ulster
# Ulster

McCloskey: 'It is a new goal for us - we'll try our best to win it'

Apr 10th 2021, 6:45 AM 3,765 Views 10 Comments

Ulster face Northampton in tonight’s Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Cardiff offers Ireland an ideal stage to put months of frustration behind them
# W6N
# W6N

Cardiff offers Ireland an ideal stage to put months of frustration behind them

Apr 10th 2021, 6:30 AM 1,309 Views 0 Comments

Today’s Six Nations meeting with Wales is Ireland’s first outing since last October.

Rugby - Friday 9 April, 2021

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz
# Let's Get Quizzical
# Let's Get Quizzical

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz

Apr 9th 2021, 5:10 PM 27,136 Views 8 Comments

How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week?

Cullen: ‘The group is as motivated as ever – Exeter is a huge challenge’
# Clash Of The Titans
# Clash Of The Titans

Cullen: ‘The group is as motivated as ever – Exeter is a huge challenge’

Apr 9th 2021, 2:18 PM 9,239 Views 17 Comments

Leinster take on Premiership and Champions Cup winners Exeter Chiefs tomorrow at Sandy Park.