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Rugby - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Munster's search for a fifth coach still active but not main priority

Johann van Graan has been keen to bring in an additional member of coaching staff.

Rugby - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Munster CEO says the province is 'overly reliant on matchday income'

Selling the naming rights for Thomond Park remains a possibility.

21-year-old Daniel Brennan promoted to Montpellier's senior squad

The former France U20 international has already played in the Top 14 and Champions Cup.

5 young players who have impressed in Super Rugby Aotearoa

Hoskins Sotutu, Caleb Clarke, Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Will Jordan and Cullen Grace have looked good.

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Ringrose and Healy fit again as Leinster's Lowe remains in New Zealand

Dan Leavy is now in the final stages of his running rehabilitation.

Quiz: How well do you remember Ireland's tour success in Australia?

Ireland were hot property in 2018 and they scorched to a landmark tour success down under.

Wallaby Kurtley Beale released from Waratahs contract

Beale is headed for Racing 92 earlier than planned.

Rugby - Monday 22 June, 2020

'Nerves and butterflies' as Leinster resume training with fitness tests after three-month hiatus

‘It’s good to be back, great seeing some of the faces coming in today,’ said Leo Cullen.

Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game

Scott Robertson’s side used a variety of kicks to cause major problems in Wellington.

Sidestep by Eimear Ryan, coach Carsley and an American sportswriting great: this week for The42 members

We’ve failed to socially distance these podcasts and newsletters.

SA Rugby take control of Southern Kings to keep cash-strapped Pro14 side afloat

All staff and players of the franchise have been retained.

Beirne, Earls and de Allende all expected to be fit for Munster's August fixtures

The squad returned to training in Limerick today, with CJ Stander and Chris Cloete absent as they self-isolate following a return from South Africa.

Ex-Wallabies boss Cheika plays down link with English club Gloucester

The former Leinster head coach is currently a consultant for rugby league’s Sydney Roosters.

Rugby - Sunday 21 June, 2020

Leinster and Munster players free to return to training after Covid-19 tests come back clear

The second phase of testing with Connacht and Ulster will commence this week.

Champions Crusaders return to Super Rugby action with 14-point win over Hurricanes

The visitors scored five tries to get their campaign back up and running.

The Hawaiian prop, the Sunday Game producer and Irish rugby’s tug of war

Eddie O’Sullivan and Wesley Liddy haven’t just discovered a potential star but also a talent factory better known for its production line of NFL players.

Rugby - Saturday 20 June, 2020

Gatland's Chiefs lose again as Kiwis enjoy another taste of big time rugby

The Blues win in Hamilton for the first time since 2011 and nail a record fifth straight road win with 12-point victory over Warren Gatland’s side.

Quiz: How much do you remember about Celtic League finals?

The tournament has gone by a few names over the decade, but the Guinness Pro14 final was due to be played today.

Sevens speedster Kennedy waiting patiently for another tilt at Tokyo

Under very different circumstances, this weekend would have been the central focus of Ireland’s Sevens season.

Rugby - Friday 19 June, 2020

From TheJournal.ie All sports, including close-contact sports, can resume from 29 June Phase Three

All sports, including close-contact sports, can resume from 29 June

“This includes team leagues for adults and children,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced this evening.

Brian Moore backs calls for English rugby to ditch 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'

‘Things that were normal then should not necessarily be normal now,’ said the former England hooker.

Gatland hints South Africa tour will be his Lions swansong

Coach wants to continue his impressive record in South Africa and then provide ‘an opportunity for someone else to take the mantle’.

Rugby - Thursday 18 June, 2020

English rugby chiefs reviewing historical context of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’

The English rugby anthem’s credited author is Wallace Willis – a freed slave from 19th century Oklahoma.

'Toulouse went back and the skills coach is working more hours than he's ever worked in his life'

Bernard Jackman discussed the provinces’ impending return to training on Thursday’s podcast.

Pro14 set to resume in August

The format has changed too, with two rounds of local derbies prefacing the semi-finals.

Ex-Wallabies coach Cheika hits out at World Cup criticism

Michael Cheika quit in October after Australia’s quarter-final exit against England.

Rugby - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

IRFU to begin Covid-19 testing with Leinster and Munster setups set to return next week

Connacht and Ulster are scheduled to return on 29 June.

Why numbers on jerseys matter less than ever as rugby progresses

The return of rugby in New Zealand underlined that Eddie Jones might have been ahead of the curve again.

Ian McKinley among 8 players ready for Benetton exit

The Italian club may well field some of the players released again if the 2019/20 season is to resume.

All Blacks goal on hold as league sensation Kalyn Ponga signs new NRL deal

The 22-year-old has agreed a new four-year contract with the Newcastle Knights.

Australia steps up bid to host 2027 Rugby World Cup with new board

Russia are currently the only other nation to have declared their bid.

Final decision on Test windows in 2020 to be confirmed by World Rugby on 30 June

A World Rugby meeting yesterday failed to find consensus on the long-term global calendar.

Rugby - Monday 15 June, 2020

'I didn't want to be in the game just for the sake of saying I'm a pro rugby player'

Ricky Andrew played for Ulster 21 times but now coaches and plays in Valencia in Spain.

Aussie centre Godwin returns to Western Force after Connacht departure

The 27-year-old spent two seasons with the western province.

Blues captain Tuipulotu the latest Kiwi to pen new deal until next World Cup

The 27-year-old lock helped his side to a win over the Hurricanes yesterday.

Rugby - Sunday 14 June, 2020

Irish rugby players' group 'very disappointed' in reports about possible salary cuts

Rugby Players Ireland released a statement today.

Ex-Ulster player and Wallabies winger joins French club Biarritz

Henry Speight has signed a three-year deal with the French second division outfit.

Blues introduce Barrett to 43,000 crowd with impressive Super Rugby win

The Blues overran the Hurricanes 30-20 at Eden Park.

Rugby - Saturday 13 June, 2020

Gatland 'not happy' after his son's late drop goal thwarts the Chiefs

Things could get a little bit awkward at the breakfast table in the Gatland household tomorrow morning.

Quiz: Name the provincial rugby stalwart from the 10s

There’s been frig all rugby played in this decade, so cast your mind back to the last one.