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Rugby - Friday 9 April, 2021

Henderson absent again as Ulster side to face Northampton Saints is unveiled
# Suftum
# Suftum

Henderson absent again as Ulster side to face Northampton Saints is unveiled

Apr 9th 2021, 12:31 PM 8,588 Views 12 Comments

Head coach Dan McFarland has selected an unchanged starting XV from the win over Harlequins.

Fardy replaces Baird for Leinster as Exeter make two changes in front row
# Team News
# Team News

Fardy replaces Baird for Leinster as Exeter make two changes in front row

Apr 9th 2021, 12:08 PM 16,013 Views 26 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men didn’t play last weekend after their clash with Toulon was cancelled.

Battered Wales are out to prove they can keep pace with Ireland
# W6N
# W6N

Battered Wales are out to prove they can keep pace with Ireland

Apr 9th 2021, 8:00 AM 3,452 Views 0 Comments

Last season Wales lost all four of their games in the Six Nations and conceded a total of 166 points.

'They actually empower the players to do a huge amount of the strategy' - Jackman on Exeter
# The42 Rugby Weekly
# The42 Rugby Weekly

'They actually empower the players to do a huge amount of the strategy' - Jackman on Exeter

Apr 9th 2021, 7:15 AM 3,644 Views 2 Comments

Rob Baxter and co. have put the weight on their players to beat Leinster this weekend.

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'We have to get the ball into their hands' - Griggs wants his Ireland team to entertain
# Ireland Women
# Ireland Women

'We have to get the ball into their hands' - Griggs wants his Ireland team to entertain

Apr 9th 2021, 7:00 AM 5,735 Views 3 Comments

The head coach is hoping his squad can reap the benefits of all their time together on the training pitch.

'You want to be performing to a level where it’s not up for debate, you just have to be picked'
# Ambition
# Ambition

'You want to be performing to a level where it’s not up for debate, you just have to be picked'

Apr 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 9,219 Views 24 Comments

Ulster’s Eric O’Sullivan is eager to push his game on and hit new targets in his career.

Rugby - Thursday 8 April, 2021

'Best of the rest' should be Ireland's minimum target until sport takes shape around them
# Waiting Game
# Waiting Game

'Best of the rest' should be Ireland's minimum target until sport takes shape around them

Apr 8th 2021, 7:02 PM 3,871 Views 2 Comments

‘There’s no doubt about what’s being put in by individuals and how they’re maximising every resource they have, but you can always have more support.’

'We're going after wins' - Griggs calls for Ireland to deliver ahead of Six Nations opener
# Intent
# Intent

'We're going after wins' - Griggs calls for Ireland to deliver ahead of Six Nations opener

Apr 8th 2021, 3:30 PM 2,305 Views 2 Comments

The head coach believes his squad now have a better understanding of what is required to win Test matches.

Debut for Sevens star Eve Higgins in Ireland's Six Nations opener
# Starting XV
# Starting XV

Debut for Sevens star Eve Higgins in Ireland's Six Nations opener

Apr 8th 2021, 2:25 PM 3,117 Views 0 Comments

Ireland head coach Adam Griggs has unveiled his selection for Saturday’s game against Wales.

'My first time at Twickenham, I was literally shown the kitchen' - Rugby writer Kate Rowan details workplace ordeal
# BTL
# BTL

'My first time at Twickenham, I was literally shown the kitchen' - Rugby writer Kate Rowan details workplace ordeal

Apr 8th 2021, 9:05 AM 6,796 Views 0 Comments

Kate Rowan of the Daily Telegraph is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

Baxter has Leinster homework done as Exeter prepare to put Champions Cup title on the line
# Defence
# Defence

Baxter has Leinster homework done as Exeter prepare to put Champions Cup title on the line

Apr 8th 2021, 6:00 AM 8,496 Views 9 Comments

The Chiefs beat Racing in last season’s final to land their first European title.

Rugby - Wednesday 7 April, 2021

'It's about the here and now' - Baxter looking past Exeter's history with Leinster
# Chiefs
# Chiefs

'It's about the here and now' - Baxter looking past Exeter's history with Leinster

Apr 7th 2021, 2:29 PM 6,142 Views 10 Comments

Last year’s Champions Cup winners have lost all four previous meetings with the province.

Ulster assistant boss rejects claims Harlequins devalued the Challenge Cup
# Reaction
# Reaction

Ulster assistant boss rejects claims Harlequins devalued the Challenge Cup

Apr 7th 2021, 8:05 AM 22,316 Views 6 Comments

Roddy Grant has been one of the few to defend the English side.

Rugby - Tuesday 6 April, 2021

'We can cause upsets in this tournament' - Ireland revved up for Six Nations after six-month wait
# Ready To Rock
# Ready To Rock

'We can cause upsets in this tournament' - Ireland revved up for Six Nations after six-month wait

Apr 6th 2021, 6:54 PM 2,727 Views 3 Comments

Adam Griggs’ side travel to face Wales this Saturday.

Mixed update from Ulster as Izuchukwu to undergo scan and Henderson to be 'monitored'
# Suftum
# Suftum

Mixed update from Ulster as Izuchukwu to undergo scan and Henderson to be 'monitored'

Apr 6th 2021, 6:47 PM 6,721 Views 4 Comments

The northern province face Northampton Saints in Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Munster hopeful Beirne will return in time for start of Rainbow Cup
# Injury Update
# Injury Update

Munster hopeful Beirne will return in time for start of Rainbow Cup

Apr 6th 2021, 4:57 PM 10,244 Views 9 Comments

However, Thomas Ahern and Scott Buckley have picked up knee injuries.

'I'd love to see him play Test rugby' - Michael Lowry continues to shine
# Potential
# Potential

'I'd love to see him play Test rugby' - Michael Lowry continues to shine

Apr 6th 2021, 3:49 PM 11,796 Views 33 Comments

The 22-year-old Ulster playmaker scored a cracking try against Harlequins on Sunday.

Ealing confirm appointment of former Ireland U20 head coach Kieran Campbell
# London Calling
# London Calling

Ealing confirm appointment of former Ireland U20 head coach Kieran Campbell

Apr 6th 2021, 1:49 PM 5,202 Views 3 Comments

The ex-Ireland scrum-half will take up a new role with the English club next season.

Rugby - Monday 5 April, 2021

Exeter one of a few teams Leinster are 'kind of constantly watching, seeing what they're doing'
# Top Tier
# Top Tier

Exeter one of a few teams Leinster are 'kind of constantly watching, seeing what they're doing'

Apr 5th 2021, 10:20 PM 25,694 Views 24 Comments

‘We’ve learned lessons from that Sarries game that we’ll hopefully be able to bring into this weekend,’ says Rory O’Loughlin.

Vakh Abdaladze returns for Leinster after 18-month injury absence
# Latest
# Latest

Vakh Abdaladze returns for Leinster after 18-month injury absence

Apr 5th 2021, 2:45 PM 21,499 Views 22 Comments

The 25-year-old prop, who hasn’t played since October 2019, has recovered from a back injury.

Munster are 'improving every single season’ insists head coach Van Graan
# Moving On
# Moving On

Munster are 'improving every single season’ insists head coach Van Graan

Updated Apr 5th 2021, 12:00 PM 25,486 Views 69 Comments

The South African is adamant that his team can reach the next level.

Rugby - Sunday 4 April, 2021

Ulster thump woeful Quins to keep their season alive
# They're Gr-eight
# They're Gr-eight

Ulster thump woeful Quins to keep their season alive

Apr 4th 2021, 10:17 PM 18,956 Views 21 Comments

Eight tries from Dan McFarland’s men sets up a Challenge Cup quarter-final date with Northampton Saints next Saturday.

Dates and times confirmed for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals
# Last 8
# Last 8

Dates and times confirmed for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Apr 4th 2021, 9:33 PM 15,104 Views 14 Comments

Leinster’s meeting with Exeter on Saturday will clash with the Wales v Ireland game in the Women’s Six Nations.

Miserable weekend for Pro14 clubs after Scarlets and Edinburgh thumped
# Racing Clear
# Racing Clear

Miserable weekend for Pro14 clubs after Scarlets and Edinburgh thumped

Updated Apr 4th 2021, 7:11 PM 19,391 Views 21 Comments

Leinster – courtesy of a walkover – and Benetton are the Pro14′s only victors so far this weekend.

'They are just desperate to play now' - Ireland count down to Women's Six Nations opener
# Here We Go
# Here We Go

'They are just desperate to play now' - Ireland count down to Women's Six Nations opener

Apr 4th 2021, 5:11 PM 3,173 Views 0 Comments

Adam Griggs’ team begin their campaign away to Wales on 10 April.

Mike Brown on the move after 16 years with Harlequins
# The Mighty Quin
# The Mighty Quin

Mike Brown on the move after 16 years with Harlequins

Apr 4th 2021, 12:16 PM 13,559 Views 3 Comments

The England fullback, who has 72 international caps, is the all-time appearance record-holder for Quins.

How the AIL's inaugural season created a superstar and the modern Munster
# The 42 Reads
# The 42 Reads

How the AIL's inaugural season created a superstar and the modern Munster

Apr 4th 2021, 9:26 AM 33,076 Views 24 Comments

Three decades on from Cork Con’s triumph in the first AIL, Garry Doyle reflects on the impact that season had on Irish rugby.

Pressure on Ulster to deliver against a side whose priorities lie elsewhere
# Stoop To Conquer
# Stoop To Conquer

Pressure on Ulster to deliver against a side whose priorities lie elsewhere

Apr 4th 2021, 9:02 AM 9,558 Views 25 Comments

Harlequins are missing a lot of talent for this evening’s last-16 clash in the Challenge Cup.

Rugby - Saturday 3 April, 2021

England and France overpower opposition on Six Nations opening day
# Red Roses
# Red Roses

England and France overpower opposition on Six Nations opening day

Updated Apr 3rd 2021, 10:16 PM 10,594 Views 10 Comments

Jess Breach scored the pick England’s eight tries against Scotland,while Caroline Boujard ran in a hat-trick for France against Wales.

Connacht's European season ends with high-scoring defeat to Leicester
# Over And Out
# Over And Out

Connacht's European season ends with high-scoring defeat to Leicester

Apr 3rd 2021, 10:03 PM 17,680 Views 25 Comments

Andy Friend’s men scored 32 points but conceded 48 in their Challenge Cup clash.

Exeter storm back from slow start to set up quarter-final against Leinster
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Exeter storm back from slow start to set up quarter-final against Leinster

Apr 3rd 2021, 7:49 PM 10,285 Views 6 Comments

The reigning champions found themselves 14-0 down, but advance to meet the four-time champs.

Van Graan: 'I am tremendously proud - our players gave everything'
# CJ's Last Stand
# CJ's Last Stand

Van Graan: 'I am tremendously proud - our players gave everything'

Apr 3rd 2021, 6:51 PM 14,948 Views 48 Comments

Munster fell short in a thriller.

As Stander heads for retirement, Munster have already found their new talisman
# Big Game Player
# Big Game Player

As Stander heads for retirement, Munster have already found their new talisman

Apr 3rd 2021, 5:36 PM 24,728 Views 42 Comments

Gavin Coombes has been outstanding in the defeats to Leinster and Toulouse.

Heartbreak for Munster as Toulouse win a classic under the Limerick sun
# Munster
# Munster

Heartbreak for Munster as Toulouse win a classic under the Limerick sun

Apr 3rd 2021, 5:11 PM 48,027 Views 104 Comments

Toulouse now meet Clermont in the quarter-finals.

Clermont await Munster or Toulouse in Champions Cup quarter-finals

Clermont await Munster or Toulouse in Champions Cup quarter-finals

Apr 3rd 2021, 3:56 PM 6,927 Views 3 Comments

The Top 14 side will have home advantage next weekend.

As it happened: Munster v Toulouse, Champions Cup last 16
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Munster v Toulouse, Champions Cup last 16

Apr 3rd 2021, 2:08 PM 71,203 Views 32 Comments

We went minute-by-minute as Munster took on another European giant.

New Zealand TV presenter apologises for using mock accent while describing Japanese player's display
# Statement
# Statement

New Zealand TV presenter apologises for using mock accent while describing Japanese player's display

Apr 3rd 2021, 11:34 AM 14,053 Views 28 Comments

Joe Wheeler was referring to Japanese international Kazuki Himeno after a Super Rugby Aotearoa match on Friday.

Connacht have no reason to fear much-changed Leicester at Welford Road
# Second String
# Second String

Connacht have no reason to fear much-changed Leicester at Welford Road

Apr 3rd 2021, 9:30 AM 7,110 Views 12 Comments

The Tigers have left out a raft of first-team players for tonight’s game.

Munster and Toulouse both looking to move past weight of European history
# Backs To The Wall
# Backs To The Wall

Munster and Toulouse both looking to move past weight of European history

Apr 3rd 2021, 8:15 AM 8,039 Views 27 Comments

The high-flying French side have genuine ambitions of winning a fifth Champions Cup title.

'He's one of the great players in the history of the club... the definition of a warrior'
# Barnhall Bruiser
# Barnhall Bruiser

'He's one of the great players in the history of the club... the definition of a warrior'

Apr 3rd 2021, 8:00 AM 44,929 Views 24 Comments

Trevor Brennan made a massive success of his move to Toulouse and remains part of the club’s fabric.