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Rugby - Monday 4 January, 2021

'A huge battle' - Munster eager to shake off Ulster defeat as Connacht showdown looms
# Irish Derby
# Irish Derby

'A huge battle' - Munster eager to shake off Ulster defeat as Connacht showdown looms

Jan 4th 2021, 7:15 AM 7,291 Views 16 Comments

Another crucial inter-pro derby awaits Johann van Graan’s side this weekend.

Cullen tells his Leinster players to get their minds right for Ulster
# Dejected
# Dejected

Cullen tells his Leinster players to get their minds right for Ulster

Jan 4th 2021, 6:30 AM 4,356 Views 11 Comments

The defending champions’ 26-game unbeaten run in the Pro14 came to an end on Saturday against Connacht.

Rugby - Sunday 3 January, 2021

'Are we a better team than Leinster? Are we good enough? We can do it, definitely'
# Northern Lights
# Northern Lights

'Are we a better team than Leinster? Are we good enough? We can do it, definitely'

Updated Jan 3rd 2021, 5:00 PM 28,523 Views 16 Comments

Dan McFarland and Ulster’s attention switched to the RDS immediately after last night’s win over Munster.

Former France boss Philippe Saint-Andre appointed Montpellier head coach
# Take Me Up To Monto
# Take Me Up To Monto

Former France boss Philippe Saint-Andre appointed Montpellier head coach

Jan 3rd 2021, 3:38 PM 4,348 Views 1 Comment

The Top 14 club have sacked Xavier Garbajosa.

'They wanted it more - we have to put our hands up on that one'
# Home Truths
# Home Truths

'They wanted it more - we have to put our hands up on that one'

Updated Jan 3rd 2021, 12:00 PM 29,363 Views 38 Comments

Leinster flanker Dan Leavy says his side need to up their game ahead of Friday’s crunch Pro14 game against Ulster.

Rugby - Saturday 2 January, 2021

Connacht win thriller to secure first away win over Leinster in 19 years
# Pro14
# Pro14

Connacht win thriller to secure first away win over Leinster in 19 years

Jan 2nd 2021, 9:35 PM 50,761 Views 72 Comments

Johnny Sexton went off injured midway through the first half as Andy Friend’s side pulled off a famous victory.

Ulster sustain streak with drab inter-pro win over Munster
# 10 Out Of 10
# 10 Out Of 10

Ulster sustain streak with drab inter-pro win over Munster

Jan 2nd 2021, 7:23 PM 31,777 Views 72 Comments

Ulster scored two first-half tries, but were unable to build their way to a bonus point. Instead, Munster grabbed a late losing bonus.

As it happened: Leinster v Connacht, Pro14
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Leinster v Connacht, Pro14

Jan 2nd 2021, 6:40 PM 61,728 Views 50 Comments

We went minute-by-minute as provinces west and east met in Dublin.

As it happened: Ulster v Munster, Pro14
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Ulster v Munster, Pro14

Jan 2nd 2021, 4:00 PM 56,032 Views 13 Comments

We went minute-by-minute as the Conference leaders met in Belfast.

Lions to provide update on South Africa tour prospects in coming weeks
# Going Going...
# Going Going...

Lions to provide update on South Africa tour prospects in coming weeks

Jan 2nd 2021, 3:36 PM 7,442 Views 15 Comments

The statement comes after reports that the tour was ‘on the brink’.

20-year-old Leinster pair set for debuts as Connacht look for upset at the RDS
# Derby
# Derby

20-year-old Leinster pair set for debuts as Connacht look for upset at the RDS

Jan 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 13,185 Views 3 Comments

The westerners have lost three in a row leading into this inter-pro clash at the RDS.

Can Munster continue Clermont momentum away to McFarland's Ulster?
# Back In Action
# Back In Action

Can Munster continue Clermont momentum away to McFarland's Ulster?

Jan 2nd 2021, 6:00 AM 9,044 Views 12 Comments

The northern province have made 11 changes for the meeting at Kingspan Stadium.

Rugby - Friday 1 January, 2021

Connacht confirm 'a number of players' test positive for Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Connacht confirm 'a number of players' test positive for Covid-19

Jan 1st 2021, 3:21 PM 31,217 Views 19 Comments

The province say their upcoming Pro14 match away to Leinster will not need to be postponed.

Ben O'Donnell set for long-awaited Connacht debut, while O'Reilly and Smith make Leinster bows
# New Year's Interpros
# New Year's Interpros

Ben O'Donnell set for long-awaited Connacht debut, while O'Reilly and Smith make Leinster bows

Jan 1st 2021, 12:45 PM 9,653 Views 23 Comments

Leinster host Connacht at the RDS tomorrow evening.

Ben Healy fit to start for Munster as Ulster load up on international experience
# Team News
# Team News

Ben Healy fit to start for Munster as Ulster load up on international experience

Jan 1st 2021, 12:18 PM 14,276 Views 33 Comments

Johann van Graan makes 14 changes to the Munster starting XV, while Dan McFarland makes 10 for Ulster.

Scotland suffer triple injury blow ahead of Six Nations
# Headache
# Headache

Scotland suffer triple injury blow ahead of Six Nations

Jan 1st 2021, 9:48 AM 8,650 Views 0 Comments

Fraser Brown, George Horne and Alex Allan have all been ruled out.

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Rugby - Thursday 31 December, 2020

Munster have made strides in 2020 - now they need to win something
# Year In Review
# Year In Review

Munster have made strides in 2020 - now they need to win something

Dec 31st 2020, 11:30 AM 19,808 Views 24 Comments

Munster have chalked up some big wins in 2020 – but they need a trophy in 2021 to end a decade of near misses.

Rugby - Wednesday 30 December, 2020

New dates announced for postponed Pro14 fixtures involving Irish provinces
# Rescheduled
# Rescheduled

New dates announced for postponed Pro14 fixtures involving Irish provinces

Dec 30th 2020, 3:26 PM 8,413 Views 3 Comments

Munster, Leinster and Connacht have all received fresh fixture details from competition organisers.

France's Ntamack out for up to eight weeks and set to miss Six Nations game against Ireland
# Sidelined
# Sidelined

France's Ntamack out for up to eight weeks and set to miss Six Nations game against Ireland

Dec 30th 2020, 2:53 PM 4,137 Views 11 Comments

Ntamack has undergone surgery on a double jaw fracture he suffered in a Top 14 match

How Leinster's dominance in 2020 was years in the making
# Year In Review
# Year In Review

How Leinster's dominance in 2020 was years in the making

Dec 30th 2020, 8:00 AM 8,419 Views 15 Comments

Leinster excelled in 2020 – winning 19 of their 20 games. The one that got away, however, still hurts.

TV Wrap of 2020 - The best, worst and WTF moments of the year sport became a television show
# On The Box
# On The Box

TV Wrap of 2020 - The best, worst and WTF moments of the year sport became a television show

Dec 30th 2020, 7:00 AM 13,935 Views 2 Comments

We look back at some of the best and the bizarre moments from a year of TV sport like no other.

Rugby - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Griggs confident behind-closed-doors work will stand to Ireland in 2021
# Interview
# Interview

Griggs confident behind-closed-doors work will stand to Ireland in 2021

Dec 29th 2020, 10:00 PM 6,237 Views 0 Comments

We chat to head coach Adam Griggs about a challenging 2020 and the goals that still stand for 2021.

Jake Ball ends 49-cap Wales career to return to Australia
# Decision
# Decision

Jake Ball ends 49-cap Wales career to return to Australia

Dec 29th 2020, 4:36 PM 13,778 Views 9 Comments

The Scarlets lock was born in Berkshire but grew up in Australia, qualifying for Wales through his father.

Jimmy O'Brien back for Leinster's clash with Connacht but Harry Byrne ruled out
# Latest
# Latest

Jimmy O'Brien back for Leinster's clash with Connacht but Harry Byrne ruled out

Dec 29th 2020, 1:34 PM 9,281 Views 10 Comments

There’s also uncertainty over the availability of Rhys Ruddock, whose rib injury requires further assessment.

Two Leinster players test positive for Covid-19
# Statement
# Statement

Two Leinster players test positive for Covid-19

Dec 29th 2020, 11:47 AM 35,824 Views 20 Comments

It comes just four days out from the Guinness Pro14 clash with Connacht at the RDS.

2020 revision: Ulster are on the march again but need to rise to the Challenge Cup
# Review Of The Year
# Review Of The Year

2020 revision: Ulster are on the march again but need to rise to the Challenge Cup

Dec 29th 2020, 8:00 AM 4,286 Views 5 Comments

Dan McFarland’s side posted some big wins in 2020 but Marcell Coetzee’s departure won’t help them bridge the gap to Europe’s elite.

Madigan says Ulster's players understand Coetzee's decision to leave
# Talisman
# Talisman

Madigan says Ulster's players understand Coetzee's decision to leave

Dec 29th 2020, 6:00 AM 6,054 Views 2 Comments

The South African will join the Blue Bulls next summer.

Rugby - Monday 28 December, 2020

Connacht need to up their game in derbies to move to next level
# Year In Review
# Year In Review

Connacht need to up their game in derbies to move to next level

Dec 28th 2020, 10:00 PM 5,665 Views 10 Comments

Connacht’s record against the non-Irish teams in the Pro14 is impressive but their win ratio dips alarmingly when interpros are factored in.

France out-half Ntamack a doubt to be fit for start of the Six Nations
# Worry
# Worry

France out-half Ntamack a doubt to be fit for start of the Six Nations

Dec 28th 2020, 3:23 PM 6,124 Views 2 Comments

The 21-year-old fractured his jaw playing for Toulouse against Bordeaux.

The strangers we meet along the way - sport is the one great leveller in life
# Ties That Bind
# Ties That Bind

The strangers we meet along the way - sport is the one great leveller in life

Dec 28th 2020, 3:00 PM 23,883 Views 3 Comments

There are divisions in so many things, but sport is about what you belong to.

Rugby - Sunday 27 December, 2020

'Marcell is a great player and we would have loved him to stay for another year'
# Early Exit
# Early Exit

'Marcell is a great player and we would have loved him to stay for another year'

Dec 27th 2020, 10:32 PM 7,652 Views 2 Comments

Dan McFarland reflected on the imminent exit of Marcell Coetzee after his side beat Connacht in the Pro14.

Madigan leads the way as Ulster beat Connacht to extend Pro14 winning run
# A Steady Red Hand
# A Steady Red Hand

Madigan leads the way as Ulster beat Connacht to extend Pro14 winning run

Dec 27th 2020, 9:34 PM 28,591 Views 35 Comments

The out-half kicked 22 points as Dan McFarland’s side won 32-19 at the Sportsgrounds.

As it happened: Connacht v Ulster, Pro14
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Connacht v Ulster, Pro14

Dec 27th 2020, 6:58 PM 34,650 Views 6 Comments

Kick-off at the Sportsground is at 19:35, and the game will be shown live on TG4.

O'Gara's La Rochelle maintain Top 14 lead with Montpellier win
# On Top
# On Top

O'Gara's La Rochelle maintain Top 14 lead with Montpellier win

Dec 27th 2020, 6:05 PM 18,884 Views 16 Comments

They were 22-9 winners in spite of playing an hour with 14 men.

Ulster out to get back to winning ways after crushing news on Coetzee exit
# Record
# Record

Ulster out to get back to winning ways after crushing news on Coetzee exit

Dec 27th 2020, 6:00 AM 9,236 Views 8 Comments

Both sides are coming off the back of consecutive defeats in the Champions Cup.

Rugby - Saturday 26 December, 2020

Blues and Scarlets both win to close gap on Connacht in Pro14 Conference B
# Bragging Rights
# Bragging Rights

Blues and Scarlets both win to close gap on Connacht in Pro14 Conference B

Updated Dec 26th 2020, 7:32 PM 6,955 Views 10 Comments

Cardiff came from behind to beat Dragons 13-12 while Scarlets were two points winners over Ospreys.

Talisman Coetzee to depart 'deeply frustrated' Ulster at the end of the season
# Long Goodbye
# Long Goodbye

Talisman Coetzee to depart 'deeply frustrated' Ulster at the end of the season

Dec 26th 2020, 4:07 PM 33,162 Views 62 Comments

Ulster CEO Jony Petrie gave a candid assessment of his back row’s move to the Bulls on Twitter, describing it as ‘entirely player- (& Bulls)-driven.’

Connacht and Ulster named much-changed sides
# Team News
# Team News

Connacht and Ulster named much-changed sides

Dec 26th 2020, 1:07 PM 10,341 Views 11 Comments

Eoghan Masterson is set for his 100th appearance.

Rugby - Friday 25 December, 2020

Leinster players and staff return negative Covid tests following Munster postponement
# CONFIRMED
# CONFIRMED

Leinster players and staff return negative Covid tests following Munster postponement

Updated Dec 25th 2020, 12:00 PM 32,443 Views 38 Comments

The clash was due to take place tomorrow.

Rugby - Thursday 24 December, 2020

Munster's clash with Leinster in Thomond Park postponed
# Derby
# Derby

Munster's clash with Leinster in Thomond Park postponed

Updated Dec 24th 2020, 11:20 AM 55,575 Views 53 Comments

The game was due to take place in Limerick on 26 December.