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Rugby - Sunday 10 October, 2021

Cusack's kicking key as Young Munster survive flurry of yellow cards to hand champs Cork Con another defeat
# AIL
# AIL

Cusack's kicking key as Young Munster survive flurry of yellow cards to hand champs Cork Con another defeat

Oct 10th 2021, 10:34 AM 7,055 Views 0 Comments

Garryowen, meanwhile, pushed a point clear at the top of the table.

'He really turned up on the big days' - What Simon Zebo learned at Racing
# Older And Wiser
# Older And Wiser

'He really turned up on the big days' - What Simon Zebo learned at Racing

Oct 10th 2021, 10:00 AM 12,114 Views 12 Comments

Racing attack coach Mike Prendergast says Zebo brings a lot more to the table than just X-factor moments.

'I'm Craig Casey's grandmother, my grandson is playing in there, will you please let me in?'
# Le Petit General
# Le Petit General

'I'm Craig Casey's grandmother, my grandson is playing in there, will you please let me in?'

Oct 10th 2021, 8:00 AM 74,762 Views 9 Comments

Once he was Munster’s mascot – now he is their leader. An in-depth look at Irish rugby’s rising star.

Sexton provides the quality on another frustrating day for Harry Byrne
# Tale Of Two 10s
# Tale Of Two 10s

Sexton provides the quality on another frustrating day for Harry Byrne

Oct 10th 2021, 6:45 AM 8,339 Views 7 Comments

Leo Cullen is hopeful Byrne’s injury isn’t too bad after the 22-year-old was forced off against Zebre on Saturday.

Healy gets chance to steer heavily-rotated Munster team against Scarlets
# Away Day
# Away Day

Healy gets chance to steer heavily-rotated Munster team against Scarlets

Oct 10th 2021, 6:00 AM 8,043 Views 12 Comments

Johann van Graan’s much-changed side face a tough task in Wales.

Rugby - Saturday 9 October, 2021

Andy Friend: 'What you saw tonight is certainly not the team that we want to be'
# Frustration
# Frustration

Andy Friend: 'What you saw tonight is certainly not the team that we want to be'

Oct 9th 2021, 8:29 PM 10,062 Views 8 Comments

The Connacht coach was reacting to his side’s 35-22 defeat to Dragons tonight.

Dragons fire four tries to seal bonus point win and puncture Connacht's balloon
# Burst Bubble
# Burst Bubble

Dragons fire four tries to seal bonus point win and puncture Connacht's balloon

Oct 9th 2021, 7:21 PM 8,038 Views 13 Comments

Connacht lost 35-22 to the Dragons at the Sportsground this evening.

'He's delighted, it means so much to him' - Cullen full of praise as Byrne marks return in style
# Back With A Bang
# Back With A Bang

'He's delighted, it means so much to him' - Cullen full of praise as Byrne marks return in style

Oct 9th 2021, 4:32 PM 8,839 Views 2 Comments

Cullen also provided an update on out-half Harry Byrne, who was removed with a hip injury,

Adam Byrne gets his moment in the sun as 7-try Leinster crush Zebre
# Byrne Baby Byrne
# Byrne Baby Byrne

Adam Byrne gets his moment in the sun as 7-try Leinster crush Zebre

Oct 9th 2021, 2:51 PM 22,763 Views 13 Comments

The wing scored two tries on his first apperance for the province since December 2019.

'We have a perfect storm... The game is changing and we need to change with it'
# Foundation
# Foundation

'We have a perfect storm... The game is changing and we need to change with it'

Oct 9th 2021, 10:00 AM 12,602 Views 0 Comments

As Irish women’s rugby rebuilds, the AIL and inter-pros will play a key role.

Byrne told to 'back himself' as Leinster wing returns from 21-month lay-off
# Welcome Sight
# Welcome Sight

Byrne told to 'back himself' as Leinster wing returns from 21-month lay-off

Oct 9th 2021, 8:45 AM 5,042 Views 7 Comments

Adam Byrne will make his first apperance for Leinster since December 2019 against Zebre today.

New-look Leinster out to make a statement against Zebre
# Opportunity Knocks
# Opportunity Knocks

New-look Leinster out to make a statement against Zebre

Oct 9th 2021, 7:45 AM 5,326 Views 0 Comments

A number of players will make their first apperance of the season at the RDS today.

'Nathan is a very confident young man and so he should be'
# Nathan Doak
# Nathan Doak

'Nathan is a very confident young man and so he should be'

Oct 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 5,690 Views 2 Comments

Ulster have a new star but keeping his feet on the ground won’t be a problem, says Dan McFarland.

Jake White has done Andy Friend a favour - his team don't need motivation for the Dragons
# All White On The Night
# All White On The Night

Jake White has done Andy Friend a favour - his team don't need motivation for the Dragons

Oct 9th 2021, 6:00 AM 3,345 Views 3 Comments

White’s comments about Connacht last Friday are sure to motivate Friend’s side ahead of today’s game against Dragons.

Rugby - Friday 8 October, 2021

Harlequins fight back from 21 points down to beat Bristol
# Deja Vu
# Deja Vu

Harlequins fight back from 21 points down to beat Bristol

Oct 8th 2021, 11:14 PM 5,658 Views 5 Comments

In June, Bristol led Quins by 28 points in the Premiership semi-final before the Londoners fought back to win 43-36.

"If you’d asked me this morning, would you take that result? The answer would have been yes'
# Bonus Point
# Bonus Point

"If you’d asked me this morning, would you take that result? The answer would have been yes'

Oct 8th 2021, 10:47 PM 5,872 Views 2 Comments

Dan McFarland was pleased with his Ulster side as they got another bonus point win over Benetton.

Nathan Doak shines yet again as Ulster brush aside Benetton to maintain unbeaten start
# Italian Job
# Italian Job

Nathan Doak shines yet again as Ulster brush aside Benetton to maintain unbeaten start

Oct 8th 2021, 9:32 PM 16,892 Views 21 Comments

Doak scored two of his side’s four tries as Ulster defeated Benetton Treviso 28-8 at Kingspan Stadium this evening.

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

Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz

Oct 8th 2021, 6:27 PM 33,814 Views 3 Comments

Let’s see how closely you were following the sports news this week.

Munster derby for defending champions Cork Con and the rest of this weekend's AIL previews
# Club Rugby
# Club Rugby

Munster derby for defending champions Cork Con and the rest of this weekend's AIL previews

Oct 8th 2021, 5:50 PM 6,335 Views 3 Comments

Dave Mervyn looks ahead to all the action from the men’s Division 1A and 1B.

Connacht make three changes for home clash with Dragons

Connacht make three changes for home clash with Dragons

Oct 8th 2021, 1:05 PM 5,934 Views 5 Comments

The sides will meet in the Sportsground tomorrow.

Munster ring in the changes for trip to Scarlets
# Starting XV
# Starting XV

Munster ring in the changes for trip to Scarlets

Oct 8th 2021, 12:31 PM 14,469 Views 17 Comments

Johann van Graan has rotated his squad ahead of Sunday’s United Rugby Championship clash in Wales.

Byrne returns for first time since 2019 as Leinster ring the changes for Zebre
# And The Team Is...
# And The Team Is...

Byrne returns for first time since 2019 as Leinster ring the changes for Zebre

Oct 8th 2021, 12:31 PM 9,385 Views 5 Comments

Byrne slots into the back three alongside Jimmy O’Brien and Jordan Larmour.

Here's your essential TV guide to this weekend's live sport
# On The Box
# On The Box

Here's your essential TV guide to this weekend's live sport

Oct 8th 2021, 12:00 PM 23,268 Views 3 Comments

There’s a World Cup qualifier for Ireland, URC games and loads more action over the next few days.

Propping runs in the family for Leinster's new Samoan tighthead Alaalatoa
# Heritage
# Heritage

Propping runs in the family for Leinster's new Samoan tighthead Alaalatoa

Oct 8th 2021, 6:30 AM 4,902 Views 2 Comments

The 30-year-old has found similarities between the Crusaders and Leinster.

Rugby - Thursday 7 October, 2021

Stormers lock hit with eight-match ban after incident in game against Munster
# Suspension
# Suspension

Stormers lock hit with eight-match ban after incident in game against Munster

Oct 7th 2021, 9:27 PM 9,180 Views 21 Comments

The incident occurred during Munster’s 34-18 win over the Stormers last Saturday night.

'I never thought I would play in Thomond Park. It was just awesome'
# Hotshot
# Hotshot

'I never thought I would play in Thomond Park. It was just awesome'

Oct 7th 2021, 7:30 PM 20,951 Views 20 Comments

21-year-old Evan Roos is a major prospect for South African rugby.

Rugby Weekly: Connacht silence Jake, Leinster's blip, hail the AIL
# Podcast
# Podcast

Rugby Weekly: Connacht silence Jake, Leinster's blip, hail the AIL

Oct 7th 2021, 1:36 PM 1,759 Views 0 Comments

The latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly is out now.

Herring set for 200th appearance as Ulster make two changes for Benetton battle
# Friday Night Lights
# Friday Night Lights

Herring set for 200th appearance as Ulster make two changes for Benetton battle

Oct 7th 2021, 1:20 PM 3,623 Views 6 Comments

Sam Carter captains the northern province tomorrow night at Kingspan Stadium.

Irish provinces learn schedules for 2021/22 Champions Cup
# Fixture Details
# Fixture Details

Irish provinces learn schedules for 2021/22 Champions Cup

Oct 7th 2021, 12:46 PM 5,496 Views 0 Comments

Leinster and Connacht are at home on opening weekend, with Munster and Ulster on the road.

Gilroy determined to 'light it up every time' as he closes in on 200 Ulster caps
# The Climb
# The Climb

Gilroy determined to 'light it up every time' as he closes in on 200 Ulster caps

Oct 7th 2021, 8:46 AM 3,243 Views 3 Comments

The 30-year-old is also slowly creeping up on the overall try-scoring record in the Celtic League under its various guises.

Improved squad depth will push standards at Munster - Rowntree
# Competition
# Competition

Improved squad depth will push standards at Munster - Rowntree

Oct 7th 2021, 7:15 AM 4,191 Views 1 Comment

The Munster forwards coach also discussed the team’s style of play.

'I'm loving my rugby at the moment' - Bealham looking to build on strong start to the season
# Prop Life
# Prop Life

'I'm loving my rugby at the moment' - Bealham looking to build on strong start to the season

Oct 7th 2021, 6:30 AM 4,863 Views 6 Comments

The Connacht tighthead feels he is yet to reach his prime.

Rugby - Wednesday 6 October, 2021

Kidney brings Redmond and ex-Munster prop Parker to London Irish
# Signings
# Signings

Kidney brings Redmond and ex-Munster prop Parker to London Irish

Oct 6th 2021, 6:55 PM 8,877 Views 0 Comments

The Exiles have added to their squad ahead of Saturday’s game against Leicester Tigers in the Premiership.

'Optimistic we'll reach that 100%' - Ireland's November internationals set for full crowds
# Take Your Seat
# Take Your Seat

'Optimistic we'll reach that 100%' - Ireland's November internationals set for full crowds

Oct 6th 2021, 5:15 PM 15,595 Views 12 Comments

Ireland’s international rugby and football teams have important fixtures at home this autumn.

World Rugby looks to ban kit clashes that affect colour-blind people
# Clarity
# Clarity

World Rugby looks to ban kit clashes that affect colour-blind people

Oct 6th 2021, 3:35 PM 8,706 Views 7 Comments

Colour Blind Awareness says approximately one in 12 men and one in 200 women in the world have the condition.

New man Jenkins in contention for debut but will have to earn Munster starting spot - Rowntree
# Blessed With Options
# Blessed With Options

New man Jenkins in contention for debut but will have to earn Munster starting spot - Rowntree

Oct 6th 2021, 2:18 PM 11,099 Views 12 Comments

‘He’s certainly trained well, but I’m very, very pleased with the resources we’ve got there in the back five of our scrum. Selection is hard, believe me.’

Tom Farrell's impressive return boosts Connacht's centre stocks
# Take Your Pick
# Take Your Pick

Tom Farrell's impressive return boosts Connacht's centre stocks

Oct 6th 2021, 7:30 AM 5,106 Views 2 Comments

The 28-year-old has impressed since returning from a long-term injury.

'You want your best players on the pitch at the same time'
# Front Row Union
# Front Row Union

'You want your best players on the pitch at the same time'

Oct 6th 2021, 7:15 AM 7,953 Views 9 Comments

Leinster hope to have even more impact from their front row this season.

'It happens too much' - Friend says Connacht deserve more respect
# Frustrated
# Frustrated

'It happens too much' - Friend says Connacht deserve more respect

Oct 6th 2021, 6:00 AM 3,373 Views 5 Comments

The Connacht head coach has passionately defended the club following disparaging comments by Bulls boss Jake White.

Munster legend Leamy takes next step in coaching career with Leinster
# Competitor
# Competitor

Munster legend Leamy takes next step in coaching career with Leinster

Oct 6th 2021, 5:30 AM 3,935 Views 0 Comments

The 39-year-old turned to coaching after his enforced retirement from playing in 2012.