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Rugby - Sunday 10 January, 2021

Here's what is coming up for members of The42 this week
# On The Menu
# On The Menu

Here's what is coming up for members of The42 this week

Jan 10th 2021, 9:30 PM 10,691 Views 0 Comments

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Women's Six Nations facing postponement due to escalating Covid crisis
# Disaster
# Disaster

Women's Six Nations facing postponement due to escalating Covid crisis

Jan 10th 2021, 4:54 PM 4,304 Views 4 Comments

The PA news agency understands tournament organisers have been forced to concede defeat in their bid to stage it in February and March.

Munster feel 'lucky' to come away with win after late scare against Connacht
# Resolve
# Resolve

Munster feel 'lucky' to come away with win after late scare against Connacht

Jan 10th 2021, 9:38 AM 11,513 Views 32 Comments

Johann van Graan’s men nearly lost out in a dramatic endgame.

Rugby - Saturday 9 January, 2021

'A scrum against 13 men and we weren’t smart' - Connacht boss Friend
# Regrets
# Regrets

'A scrum against 13 men and we weren’t smart' - Connacht boss Friend

Jan 9th 2021, 10:29 PM 17,515 Views 16 Comments

The western province had a late, late chance to grab a win against Munster.

Beirne shines as Van Graan's Munster cling on for gritty win away to Connacht
# Battle
# Battle

Beirne shines as Van Graan's Munster cling on for gritty win away to Connacht

Jan 9th 2021, 9:36 PM 35,749 Views 83 Comments

Chris Farrell’s first-half try was crucial while JJ Hanrahan kicked 11 points off the tee.

Champions Cup set to be postponed amidst latest wave of Covid-19
# Postponed
# Postponed

Champions Cup set to be postponed amidst latest wave of Covid-19

Jan 9th 2021, 12:33 PM 33,399 Views 16 Comments

French authorities are believed to have major concerns about cross-border competition at present.

If you have a younger sibling, they're probably better at sport than you are
# Family Business
# Family Business

If you have a younger sibling, they're probably better at sport than you are

Jan 9th 2021, 12:06 PM 36,318 Views 12 Comments

Mark Williams explains how the ‘little sibling effect’ works.

Keenan, Larmour and Kearney look sharp in Leinster's back three
# Wide Men
# Wide Men

Keenan, Larmour and Kearney look sharp in Leinster's back three

Jan 9th 2021, 9:30 AM 6,950 Views 16 Comments

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Ethan McIlroy continues to show his promise for Ulster.

Connacht bid to back up Leinster win against strong visiting Munster side
# Interprovincial
# Interprovincial

Connacht bid to back up Leinster win against strong visiting Munster side

Jan 9th 2021, 7:00 AM 18,403 Views 15 Comments

Johann van Graan has brought his frontliners back for this evening’s clash in Galway.

Rugby - Friday 8 January, 2021

'It's in our hands now' - Leinster's win could be key in race for Pro14 final spot
# Ambition
# Ambition

'It's in our hands now' - Leinster's win could be key in race for Pro14 final spot

Jan 8th 2021, 10:32 PM 10,290 Views 19 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side landed an important victory in the battle for top spot in Conference A.

Leinster back to winning ways as Cullen's men notch bonus point against Ulster
# Derby
# Derby

Leinster back to winning ways as Cullen's men notch bonus point against Ulster

Jan 8th 2021, 9:27 PM 14,310 Views 66 Comments

Three second-half tries helped the home side to overturn a 9-5 deficit at the break.

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

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz

Jan 8th 2021, 5:00 PM 32,020 Views 12 Comments

How closely have you been paying attention to this week’s sporting headlines?

Champions Cup under threat as EPCR wait on French government decision
# Concerns
# Concerns

Champions Cup under threat as EPCR wait on French government decision

Updated Jan 8th 2021, 3:00 PM 16,726 Views 7 Comments

The Top 14 clubs could be forced to withdraw from two rounds of games this month.

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Munster's big guns return as Connacht make four changes for inter-pro clash
# Team News
# Team News

Munster's big guns return as Connacht make four changes for inter-pro clash

Jan 8th 2021, 12:12 PM 15,086 Views 33 Comments

Bundee Aki hasn’t recovered from a knee injury to feature at the Sportsground.

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport
# TV Guide
# TV Guide

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport

Jan 8th 2021, 12:05 PM 27,091 Views 14 Comments

Soccer, rugby, NFL and plenty more big events are set for the coming days.

Ulster must play the territory to avoid suffocation of inevitable Leinster backlash
# Summit Meeting
# Summit Meeting

Ulster must play the territory to avoid suffocation of inevitable Leinster backlash

Updated Jan 8th 2021, 8:30 AM 13,396 Views 20 Comments

Bernard Jackman, Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey looked ahead to tonight’s top-of-the-table clash on our Rugby Weekly podcast.

Hanrahan hopes re-shaped leadership group can lead to more Munster progress
# Player Led
# Player Led

Hanrahan hopes re-shaped leadership group can lead to more Munster progress

Jan 8th 2021, 8:25 AM 7,425 Views 14 Comments

‘Johann was brilliant in that he stepped back and handed it to the players.’

Rugby - Thursday 7 January, 2021

World Rugby advised to implement stricter checks on elected officials
# Independent Review
# Independent Review

World Rugby advised to implement stricter checks on elected officials

Jan 7th 2021, 8:43 PM 4,767 Views 1 Comment

The move follows accusations of backroom deals in the vote for a new chairman.

How Paul O'Connell might go about resolving Ireland's lineout issues
# Game Of Throw-ins
# Game Of Throw-ins

How Paul O'Connell might go about resolving Ireland's lineout issues

Updated Jan 7th 2021, 8:01 PM 19,097 Views 16 Comments

‘I know the Stade Francais players who worked with him — the forwards — thought he was world-class,’ said Bernard Jackman of O’Connell on The42 Rugby Weekly.

Dai Young returns to replace John Mulvihill as Cardiff Blues boss
# Only The Good Dai Young
# Only The Good Dai Young

Dai Young returns to replace John Mulvihill as Cardiff Blues boss

Jan 7th 2021, 7:32 PM 4,772 Views 6 Comments

The 53-year-old former Wasps chief is back for a second stint in charge of the Guinness Pro14 outfit.

McFarland commits to Ulster for a further two years
# Extension
# Extension

McFarland commits to Ulster for a further two years

Jan 7th 2021, 3:29 PM 3,409 Views 5 Comments

The new deal will keep the Englishman at the helm until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Sexton starts with Ross Byrne at 13 as Ulster make six changes for crucial Pro14 clash
# Team News
# Team News

Sexton starts with Ross Byrne at 13 as Ulster make six changes for crucial Pro14 clash

Jan 7th 2021, 12:29 PM 19,004 Views 43 Comments

A host of big names return for tomorrow’s game at the RDS, though Jacob Stockdale misses out with injury.

Paul O'Connell joins Ireland set-up as forwards coach
# Addition
# Addition

Paul O'Connell joins Ireland set-up as forwards coach

Jan 7th 2021, 10:55 AM 32,263 Views 47 Comments

‘I am really looking forward to working with Andy (Farrell) and the rest of the coaching group’, said the Irish legend.

'We have to go down and fire our shot, regardless of how good they are'
# Friday Night Rugby
# Friday Night Rugby

'We have to go down and fire our shot, regardless of how good they are'

Jan 7th 2021, 8:38 AM 7,403 Views 0 Comments

Matty Rea and Ulster are ready for a high-stakes clash against Leinster on Friday evening.

'The move to Connacht came at a point in my career where I was kinda lost'
# In Form
# In Form

'The move to Connacht came at a point in my career where I was kinda lost'

Jan 7th 2021, 8:00 AM 20,192 Views 4 Comments

Carlow man Tom Daly is playing the best rugby of his career under Andy Friend.

'I've a long history with Friendy, he's always been good to me'
# Compatriots
# Compatriots

'I've a long history with Friendy, he's always been good to me'

Jan 7th 2021, 7:00 AM 7,825 Views 1 Comment

Munster coach Stephen Larkham laments a ‘short’ working relationship with Friend in 2011, but has fond memories meeting as a young player.

James Ryan treating Ulster clash as an early 'cup final'
# Make Or Break
# Make Or Break

James Ryan treating Ulster clash as an early 'cup final'

Jan 7th 2021, 6:00 AM 3,123 Views 2 Comments

The second row admits it’s ‘surreal’ but the games importance is writ large for the reigning champions.

Rugby - Wednesday 6 January, 2021

'It’s a bit like shopping in Aldi as opposed to Brown Thomas'
# Recruitment
# Recruitment

'It’s a bit like shopping in Aldi as opposed to Brown Thomas'

Updated Jan 6th 2021, 8:00 PM 55,319 Views 12 Comments

Andy Friend says Connacht are always open to good players joining from other provinces.

Rugby - Tuesday 5 January, 2021

Lions Tests in Ireland and UK among three backup plans ahead of final decision next month
# Staycation
# Staycation

Lions Tests in Ireland and UK among three backup plans ahead of final decision next month

Updated Jan 5th 2021, 8:21 PM 22,296 Views 17 Comments

Postponing the series until 2022 or moving the tour behind closed doors in South Africa this summer are also possibilities being discussed.

Connacht hoping Aki recovers from knee issue for crucial Munster clash
# Talisman
# Talisman

Connacht hoping Aki recovers from knee issue for crucial Munster clash

Jan 5th 2021, 1:51 PM 5,261 Views 2 Comments

The Ireland centre has been absent over the past two weekends.

Ulster assessing Stockdale injury as lengthy lay-off is confirmed for Reidy
# Update
# Update

Ulster assessing Stockdale injury as lengthy lay-off is confirmed for Reidy

Jan 5th 2021, 1:46 PM 4,477 Views 15 Comments

The northern province are preparing to take on Leinster at the RDS on Friday night.

Six Nations ‘planning to go ahead as scheduled’ despite worsening Covid-19 crisis
# Onwards
# Onwards

Six Nations ‘planning to go ahead as scheduled’ despite worsening Covid-19 crisis

Updated Jan 5th 2021, 12:00 PM 17,461 Views 13 Comments

Andy Farrell’s Ireland are due to open their campaign against Wales in Cardiff on 7 February.

'Playing like absolute giants' - How Connacht caused an upset against Leinster
# Analysis
# Analysis

'Playing like absolute giants' - How Connacht caused an upset against Leinster

Jan 5th 2021, 10:49 AM 9,557 Views 16 Comments

Andy Friend’s side defended aggressively and kicked intelligently to pull off their victory in Dublin.

Leinster poising to bounce back against 'the best team in the Pro14'
# Showdown
# Showdown

Leinster poising to bounce back against 'the best team in the Pro14'

Jan 5th 2021, 6:31 AM 8,045 Views 11 Comments

Leinster are in the unfamiliar position of looking up at Ulster in the standings ahead of Friday’s showdown.

Rugby - Monday 4 January, 2021

Bayonne withdraw from their remaining European fixtures
# Challenging Times
# Challenging Times

Bayonne withdraw from their remaining European fixtures

Updated Jan 4th 2021, 8:00 PM 33,763 Views 8 Comments

Other French clubs are pushing for a change to testing protocol for European competition, while there are reports of a suggested boycott.

Van der Merwe joins Scotland exodus to English Premiership
# Change
# Change

Van der Merwe joins Scotland exodus to English Premiership

Jan 4th 2021, 6:11 PM 12,531 Views 13 Comments

The winger, who only joined Edinburgh in 2017, will arrive at Midlands club Worcester in time for the start of the 2021/22 European season.

Will Connacht have more players in Andy Farrell's Ireland squad in 2021?
# RISE UP
# RISE UP

Will Connacht have more players in Andy Farrell's Ireland squad in 2021?

Jan 4th 2021, 3:36 PM 8,998 Views 23 Comments

The latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra breaks down Connacht’s big win over Leinster.

Ruddock fit and Larmour back training but Leinster have a host of injury doubts
# Injury List
# Injury List

Ruddock fit and Larmour back training but Leinster have a host of injury doubts

Jan 4th 2021, 2:36 PM 6,822 Views 9 Comments

The province’s injury list remains lengthy and features some key men.

'I've never seen Jack kick like that - it was unbelievable'
# Jack The Lad
# Jack The Lad

'I've never seen Jack kick like that - it was unbelievable'

Jan 4th 2021, 11:02 AM 32,785 Views 20 Comments

Connacht’s historic win over Leinster on Saturday came down to the brilliance of Jack Carty and the resilience of a team who are now used to operating at the top of the league.

Simon Zebo scores late winning try in the snow for Racing against Clermont
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

Simon Zebo scores late winning try in the snow for Racing against Clermont

Jan 4th 2021, 9:08 AM 13,628 Views 7 Comments

The Cork man gathered Finn Russell’s cross-field kick to seal the victory.