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Rugby - Tuesday 19 October, 2021

Springboks out-half Morné Steyn retires from Test rugby
# Lion Tamer
# Lion Tamer

Springboks out-half Morné Steyn retires from Test rugby

Tue 3:10 PM 5,408 Views 2 Comments

The 37-year-old twice kicked series-winning penalties against the British and Irish Lions, in 2009 and this summer.

'I believe it will change a lot of people's lives because of that'
# Munster Man
# Munster Man

'I believe it will change a lot of people's lives because of that'

Tue 2:54 PM 9,515 Views 0 Comments

Munster boss Johann van Graan has praised Keith Earls for his bravery.

Small Aviva attendance expected for Connacht-Ulster, while Friend is yet to hear back on Cloete try
# Marginal Gains
# Marginal Gains

Small Aviva attendance expected for Connacht-Ulster, while Friend is yet to hear back on Cloete try

Tue 2:30 PM 12,749 Views 19 Comments

Initial projections of up to 30,000 for the URC clash were well wide of the mark, with 6,000 to 8,000 now expected to attend.

Sports stadia in Ireland to return to full capacity from Friday
# Crowds Are Back
# Crowds Are Back

Sports stadia in Ireland to return to full capacity from Friday

Tue 1:35 PM 21,286 Views 6 Comments

Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Portugal and the Irish rugby team’s Test with New Zealand will go ahead in front of a full house at the Aviva Stadium.

Springboks call up 'talented' Stormers captain to replace Snyman for northern hemisphere Tests
# Lock And Load
# Lock And Load

Springboks call up 'talented' Stormers captain to replace Snyman for northern hemisphere Tests

Tue 11:58 AM 5,499 Views 4 Comments

Several big names are absent through injury.

Rory Best appointed to Fiji coaching staff for November tour
# Best Foot Forward
# Best Foot Forward

Rory Best appointed to Fiji coaching staff for November tour

Tue 11:19 AM 8,202 Views 5 Comments

The former Ireland and Ulster hooker will serve as forwards coach under Gareth Baber.

'It's a real void' - Lancaster believes URC needs new referee manager
# Match Officials
# Match Officials

'It's a real void' - Lancaster believes URC needs new referee manager

Oct 19th 2021, 7:00 AM 6,801 Views 5 Comments

Greg Garner left the role during the summer.

Sexton set to be fit for November Tests as Henshaw makes progress
# Talisman
# Talisman

Sexton set to be fit for November Tests as Henshaw makes progress

Oct 19th 2021, 6:00 AM 7,107 Views 14 Comments

The 36-year-old suffered a hip injury last weekend while playing for Leinster.

Rugby - Monday 18 October, 2021

France name nine uncapped players for November Tests
# XLII De France
# XLII De France

France name nine uncapped players for November Tests

Oct 18th 2021, 7:45 PM 6,805 Views 5 Comments

A stand-in captain is expected to be named next week after long-term absentee Charles Ollivon announces it to the squad late on Sunday.

Michalak looking forward to 'element of madness' as he leaves Sydney Roosters to reunite with Toulon
# Le Fils Prodigue
# Le Fils Prodigue

Michalak looking forward to 'element of madness' as he leaves Sydney Roosters to reunite with Toulon

Oct 18th 2021, 7:32 PM 10,849 Views 0 Comments

The former out-half will return to Toulon in December in charge of ‘individual player development’, the French club announced on Monday.

Lower leg fracture set to rule Ulster's Addison out for lengthy period
# Injury Setback
# Injury Setback

Lower leg fracture set to rule Ulster's Addison out for lengthy period

Oct 18th 2021, 5:06 PM 6,837 Views 5 Comments

Addison was stretchered off in the 46th minute of Ulster’s victory at Kingspan Stadium last Friday.

Several big names absent from latest England squad
# Left Out
# Left Out

Several big names absent from latest England squad

Oct 18th 2021, 3:17 PM 9,746 Views 3 Comments

Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George and George Ford have all been overlooked.

Sexton to have further assessment on hip injury, while Henshaw returns to limited training
# Update
# Update

Sexton to have further assessment on hip injury, while Henshaw returns to limited training

Oct 18th 2021, 2:46 PM 4,029 Views 4 Comments

James Ryan will follow head-injury protocols this week, while Caelan Doris and Ciarán Frawley are good to go for Friday’s trip to Glasgow.

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs takes indefinite leave from club to care for his wife
# Best Wishes
# Best Wishes

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs takes indefinite leave from club to care for his wife

Oct 18th 2021, 2:13 PM 13,770 Views 2 Comments

The former England international has returned to his family home in Norfolk to care for his wife Tiffany, who is battling an illness.

'Addison is probably unparalleled in Irish rugby in terms of that ability'
# Luckless
# Luckless

'Addison is probably unparalleled in Irish rugby in terms of that ability'

Oct 18th 2021, 1:16 PM 8,542 Views 1 Comment

The Ulster fullback’s misfortune was discussed on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.

Maori All Black Wainui killed in car accident aged 25
# RIP
# RIP

Maori All Black Wainui killed in car accident aged 25

Oct 18th 2021, 12:09 PM 9,053 Views 3 Comments

Sonny Bill Williams has led tributes to the Super Rugby star.

Van Graan hints that Conor Murray may be given a run-out next weekend
# Plans
# Plans

Van Graan hints that Conor Murray may be given a run-out next weekend

Oct 18th 2021, 7:43 AM 8,355 Views 2 Comments

Lions scrum-half has not played for Munster so far this season.

Friend: 'We don’t have a referees’ manager, so I’m assuming that URC will be looking at that'
# Irked
# Irked

Friend: 'We don’t have a referees’ manager, so I’m assuming that URC will be looking at that'

Oct 18th 2021, 7:30 AM 10,976 Views 42 Comments

Connacht coach has asked URC to appoint a referees’ manager in aftermath of Saturday’s controversial defeat.

Leinster will look to 'A' games and AIL during 'different' international window
# Spreading The Load
# Spreading The Load

Leinster will look to 'A' games and AIL during 'different' international window

Oct 18th 2021, 7:00 AM 8,890 Views 4 Comments

The United Rugby Championship will break for a month following this weekend’s fixtures.

The next David Wallace? Tommy Bowe has compared Ulster's Timoney to the Ireland great
# Copycat
# Copycat

The next David Wallace? Tommy Bowe has compared Ulster's Timoney to the Ireland great

Oct 18th 2021, 6:00 AM 8,771 Views 7 Comments

Ulster flanker has hit rich vein of form – scoring two tries for Ulster on Friday.

Rugby - Sunday 17 October, 2021

Van Graan gives his backing to Carbery after out-half’s mixed night
# Reaction
# Reaction

Van Graan gives his backing to Carbery after out-half’s mixed night

Oct 17th 2021, 10:00 AM 25,501 Views 36 Comments

The Munster No10 won the game with a late conversion just minutes after seeing his clearance kick charged down for a Connacht try.

'It might have been a World Cup quarter-final but we were prepared to go on strike'
# Moral Victory
# Moral Victory

'It might have been a World Cup quarter-final but we were prepared to go on strike'

Oct 17th 2021, 8:00 AM 32,751 Views 6 Comments

This weekend 30 years ago, Ireland’s rugby players considered strike action before their World Cup quarter-final. Instead they nearly caused a sensational upset.

Forwards get the job done as Leinster continue to build towards bigger tests
# Packing A Punch
# Packing A Punch

Forwards get the job done as Leinster continue to build towards bigger tests

Oct 17th 2021, 7:30 AM 6,412 Views 9 Comments

The province had five different try-scorers against the Scarlets, all of them coming from the pack.

Rugby - Saturday 16 October, 2021

Andy Friend: 'If it is a 50/50 call, it very rarely goes our side. It's hard, it's frustrating'
# A Friend In Need
# A Friend In Need

Andy Friend: 'If it is a 50/50 call, it very rarely goes our side. It's hard, it's frustrating'

Oct 16th 2021, 10:32 PM 15,072 Views 29 Comments

Connacht head coach was irked by decision of the referee to allow Munster’s opening try tonight.

Carbery goes from villain to hero to win it for Munster right at the death
# Joey
# Joey

Carbery goes from villain to hero to win it for Munster right at the death

Oct 16th 2021, 9:46 PM 42,392 Views 114 Comments

Munster defeated Connacht with a late Joey Carbery conversion in the first Irish derby of the season in Thomond Park.

Cullen optimistic on Sexton injury with Ireland internationals looming
# Fingers Crossed
# Fingers Crossed

Cullen optimistic on Sexton injury with Ireland internationals looming

Oct 16th 2021, 8:16 PM 9,510 Views 11 Comments

The out-half came off with a hip problem during the 50-15 win over Scarlets.

Cusack steals show in Young Munster's win over Terenure, while Con's title defence takes another hit
# Ail Review
# Ail Review

Cusack steals show in Young Munster's win over Terenure, while Con's title defence takes another hit

Oct 16th 2021, 8:15 PM 8,236 Views 5 Comments

Garryowen still sit top of the Division 1A table after surging to their third straight bonus-point victory.

Leinster turn on the style to put 50 points on Scarlets
# Looking Sharp
# Looking Sharp

Leinster turn on the style to put 50 points on Scarlets

Oct 16th 2021, 7:17 PM 23,844 Views 27 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side delivered a performance full of power and skill as they welcomed back some big-hitters.

Keith Earls: 'I went down to see a guy in Cork, a psychiatrist and diagnosed me with Bipolar 2'
# Speaking Out
# Speaking Out

Keith Earls: 'I went down to see a guy in Cork, a psychiatrist and diagnosed me with Bipolar 2'

Oct 16th 2021, 1:16 PM 14,325 Views 8 Comments

The Munster and Ireland rugby player was speaking about his new book on The Late Late Show last night.

'Once you turn up to Shannon, you know Anthony's memory will always be alive'
# Axel
# Axel

'Once you turn up to Shannon, you know Anthony's memory will always be alive'

Oct 16th 2021, 8:00 AM 21,107 Views 3 Comments

On the fifth anniversary of Anthony Foley’s passing, The42 explores his love for Shannon RFC.

Audition night in Thomond Park for Carty and Carbery as Ireland coach Farrell looks on
# Perfect Ten
# Perfect Ten

Audition night in Thomond Park for Carty and Carbery as Ireland coach Farrell looks on

Oct 16th 2021, 6:33 AM 9,759 Views 15 Comments

Munster take on Connacht tonight at Thomond Park.

Leinster welcome back Lions but doubts over Henshaw as centre misses out again
# Mixed News
# Mixed News

Leinster welcome back Lions but doubts over Henshaw as centre misses out again

Oct 16th 2021, 6:30 AM 6,641 Views 7 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side host the Scarlets at the RDS this evening.

Rugby - Friday 15 October, 2021

Ulster confirm that Will Addison has been hospitalised with ‘nasty’ looking injury
# Get Well Soon
# Get Well Soon

Ulster confirm that Will Addison has been hospitalised with ‘nasty’ looking injury

Oct 15th 2021, 10:26 PM 13,054 Views 33 Comments

The Irish international was injured at the start of the second half during tonight’s win for Ulster over Lions.

Ulster win again but Will Addison carried off on a stretcher with serious-looking injury
# Luckless
# Luckless

Ulster win again but Will Addison carried off on a stretcher with serious-looking injury

Oct 15th 2021, 9:23 PM 22,364 Views 13 Comments

Ulster defeated the Lions with a bonus-point win at Kingspan Stadium tonight.

Garryowen and Young Munster look to build upon superb starts while Con must arrest early slide
# AIL Preview
# AIL Preview

Garryowen and Young Munster look to build upon superb starts while Con must arrest early slide

Oct 15th 2021, 7:41 PM 3,599 Views 1 Comment

Cork Con have won their last four games against this weekend’s opponents, Clontarf, including the 2019 final.

Springboks star Kolbe left Toulouse to get out of 'comfort zone'
# New Challenge
# New Challenge

Springboks star Kolbe left Toulouse to get out of 'comfort zone'

Oct 15th 2021, 5:38 PM 10,405 Views 6 Comments

Kolbe scored 31 tries in 82 Toulouse appearances but with two years left on his contract opted to move to Toulon in August.

Munster learn fixture details as South African sides given green light to host URC fixtures
# All Systems Go
# All Systems Go

Munster learn fixture details as South African sides given green light to host URC fixtures

Oct 15th 2021, 5:03 PM 5,763 Views 5 Comments

Contingency plans had been drawn up to host the games in Europe, before South Africa’s removal from the UK’s red list.

Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz
# Let's Get Quizzical
# Let's Get Quizzical

Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz

Oct 15th 2021, 5:00 PM 29,589 Views 7 Comments

Let’s see how much you remember from the past week.

Connacht boosted by Aki selection for interpro derby with Munster
# Starting XV
# Starting XV

Connacht boosted by Aki selection for interpro derby with Munster

Oct 15th 2021, 1:45 PM 6,318 Views 4 Comments

Andy Friend has made five changes to the team that lost out to the Dragons a week ago.

Beirne returns for Munster in much-changed side for Connacht clash
# Interpro Derby
# Interpro Derby

Beirne returns for Munster in much-changed side for Connacht clash

Oct 15th 2021, 1:20 PM 10,878 Views 25 Comments

Peter O’Mahony captains the province on his 150th appearance.