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Rugby - Saturday 24 October, 2020

As it happened: Ireland v Italy, Six Nations

Andy Farrell’s side run in seven tries to hammer Italy at the Aviva.

Ireland aim to complete Italian job and get third home win of the season

Adam Griggs’ side are on a revenge mission after losing 29-27 to Italy last year.

Ulster name experienced pack for visit of Dragons as Madigan continues at 10

Dan McFarland has made six changes to his team from the win away to Ospreys two weekends ago.

Masterson moves to second row as Connacht's lock stocks run very low

Andy Friend has reshuffled his team for tomorrow’s visit to Edinburgh in the Pro14.

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'I was a player who served bread and butter when people wanted cake'

Rob Kearney has won two Grand Slams, four Six Nations titles and four Champions Cups but he tells Garry Doyle that luck was a key factor in his success.

Scanning, kicking, more playmakers, solid set-piece - Ireland's attack aims this autumn

Attack coach Mike Catt says teams ‘can’t just be one-dimensional anymore.’

'It's going to be fun': Conway revelling in the competition under Farrell

Training and form carry a great deal more weight under Andy Farrell, the Munster wing says.

Marcus Rea up and running again for Ulster after injury and ice-cream

The 23-year-old waited 18 months between his first and second Ulster caps. He is intent on building momentum for his third.

'It feels like having a new player really, he's been gone that long'

Dan Leavy nearly grabbed a late try as he made his Leinster comeback at the RDS.

Rugby - Friday 23 October, 2020

McFadden apologises after he was among group of 12 Barbarians to breach coronavirus protocols

Several Barbarians players left the team hotel in London earlier in the week resulting in the cancellation of Sunday’s game against England.

Leavy makes strong Leinster return as two-try hooker Sheehan impresses

Leo Cullen’s men hammered a poor Zebre side at the RDS, scoring nine tries in total.

France agree to play Women's Six Nations against Ireland in Dublin instead of Lille

Ireland’s final game of the competition was due to take place in Stadium Lille Métropole on Saturday.

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IRFU suffers €35.7 million deficit as Irish rugby tries to 'buy time' financially

CEO Philip Browne says the union must make drastic budget cuts if crowds cannot return to games next year.

'We don't just see him as a chop tackler' - Ireland back Connors' attacking skills

Attack coach Mike Catt also believes newcomer Hugo Keenan has “a huge future.”

Leinster sub-academy scrum-half Murphy set to join Munster on a short-term basis

With Conor Murray away and Neil Cronin injured, the 19-year-old adds another option at nine.

End of the road as ex-Wallabies captain Pocock calls time on rugby career

Australian great David Pocock is looking to the future after opting against a return to Japan.

Ireland coach Adam Griggs leaves door open for Louise Galvin to walk through

Griggs has already had talks with Galvin who was a star on the Sevens circuit.

John Hayes backs Andrew Porter to pass Italian and French exams

Porter struggled for Leinster against Saracens in last month’s Champions Cup quarter-final but Munster and Ireland legend Hayes believes the tight-head will thrive in the Six Nations.

'He's big and very powerful' - Highly-rated Sheehan set for Leinster debut tonight

Meanwhile, Liam Turner gets a starting debut, while David Hawkshaw and Ciaran Parker are on the bench.

Rugby - Thursday 22 October, 2020

Ireland Women trio cleared to return to training after follow-up Covid test

Three players had been self-isolating after one returned an inconclusive result in Covid-19 screening.

Barbarians coronavirus protocol breaches leaves England game in doubt

A decision on whether Sunday’s match at Twickenham can go ahead is set to be made by 3pm on Friday.

'They're wise heads' - A first start for Ireland in experienced company as Six Nations resumes

Dorothy Wall has been named to start against Italy after some impressive appearances earlier this year.

Wasps missing 11 players for Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs

Wasps’ participation in the Twickenham showpiece was in jeopardy due to a number of players testing positive for coronavirus.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones to equal McCaw's appearance record

The 35-year-old will win his 148th cap on Saturday when Wales take on France.

'Absolutely scary... We're grateful it was found early' - Ireland welcome back Naoupu after health scare

The star centre is among a list of key players that have returned to the squad in time for their Six Nations clash with Italy.

Italy make five changes for Saturday's date with Ireland

Italians change both half-backs as they bid for first win on Irish soil this century.

'People need to be patient and have realistic expectations' - Leavy set for Leinster return

The 26-year-old has been sidelined for 19 months after a horrific knee injury.

Dan Leavy back in Leinster matchday squad after long injury layoff

The Grand Slam winner has had a tough road back.

Dorothy Wall to make first Ireland start against Italy

Adam Griggs’ side get their Six Nations back up and running this weekend in Dublin.

'If you can't deal with the pressure of a selection day, you're not right for the job'

Ireland players are feeling the heat of competition in training for longer as they are made wait to see the starting XV.

Rugby - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Ed Byrne on verge of cap to reward his immense feat of perseverance

The Carlow loosehead spent 28 months on the sideline before starting his rise to this point in 2017.

POM provides Ireland back-up but van der Flier 'doing nothing wrong'

Will Connors will make his Test debut at openside flanker against Italy on Saturday.

Lions managing director hopes fans will be able to attend 2021 South Africa tour

The Lions’ eight-match trip is planned to begin on 3 July.

McFadden set for last hurrah with the Barbarians against England on Sunday

The 34-year-old is set for retirement but will feature this weekend in Twickenham.

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'We think Jacob has all the attributes to push forward at fullback' - Farrell

The 24-year-old Ulsterman has been picked in Ireland’s number 15 shirt against Italy.

Keenan and Connors handed debuts as Stockdale moves to 15 for Ireland

Ed Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park are set for their first caps off the bench against Italy.

Wasps given all-clear to play in Premiership final following coronavirus cases

Wasps’ place in the showpiece finale had been in doubt after 11 positive coronavirus tests.

Gatland's Lions to face Japan before departing on South Africa tour

The game is set to be played at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in June 2021.

'It's an honour to do it and when he asked me to do it again, I was delighted'

Johnny Sexton has been reflecting on his captaincy of Ireland as the Six Nations gets underway again.