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Rugby - Friday 2 April, 2021

Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle reach quarter-finals of Champions Cup
# ROG
# ROG

Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle reach quarter-finals of Champions Cup

Apr 2nd 2021, 10:45 PM 21,037 Views 60 Comments

La Rochelle saw off Gloucester 27-16 at Kingsholm.

Declan Kidney's London Irish stage remarkable fightback to reach Challenge Cup quarters

Declan Kidney's London Irish stage remarkable fightback to reach Challenge Cup quarters

Apr 2nd 2021, 8:27 PM 17,558 Views 24 Comments

There was a tougher night for Michael Bradley’s Zebre who lost to Bath.

Jason Leonard says planning for the Lions tour continues apace
# All Systems Go
# All Systems Go

Jason Leonard says planning for the Lions tour continues apace

Apr 2nd 2021, 7:46 PM 3,997 Views 2 Comments

Coronavirus restrictions are making for a challenging project.

Leinster's quarter-final spot confirmed as Toulon rage at 'scandal'
# Next Step
# Next Step

Leinster's quarter-final spot confirmed as Toulon rage at 'scandal'

Apr 2nd 2021, 6:22 PM 71,176 Views 33 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men will face Exeter or Lyon next weekend.

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Ireland U18 international Karl Martin signs for Top 14 club Montpellier
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

Ireland U18 international Karl Martin signs for Top 14 club Montpellier

Apr 2nd 2021, 5:43 PM 11,403 Views 4 Comments

The Drogheda man will pursue a professional career in France.

'This is one they should have blocked' - Jackman and Kinsella on Munster's signing of Jenkins
# Somebody Think Of Limerick
# Somebody Think Of Limerick

'This is one they should have blocked' - Jackman and Kinsella on Munster's signing of Jenkins

Apr 2nd 2021, 4:58 PM 50,466 Views 60 Comments

Bernard Jackman and Murray Kinsella believe Johann van Graan’s recruitment of the South African is the wrong move on numerous levels.

Hamish Watson named Six Nations player of the tournament
# Jock Of All Trades
# Jock Of All Trades

Hamish Watson named Six Nations player of the tournament

Apr 2nd 2021, 2:54 PM 9,677 Views 14 Comments

Watson won the prize ahead of Irish nominees Robbie Henshaw and Tadhg Beirne.

Friend insists Connacht out to break 'hoodoos' as he names side for Welford Road
# Tiger Raid
# Tiger Raid

Friend insists Connacht out to break 'hoodoos' as he names side for Welford Road

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:50 PM 5,832 Views 4 Comments

It’s a showdown with Leicester tomorrow night.

Leinster's game against Toulon has been cancelled due to a positive Covid case
# Off
# Off

Leinster's game against Toulon has been cancelled due to a positive Covid case

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:35 PM 57,205 Views 87 Comments

The Champions Cup round-of-16 clash was due to kick off at 5.30pm this evening.

CJ Stander to skipper Munster against Toulouse as O'Mahony misses out through injury
# Team News
# Team News

CJ Stander to skipper Munster against Toulouse as O'Mahony misses out through injury

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:08 PM 14,559 Views 28 Comments

The sides meet at Thomond Park tomorrow afternoon.

Ulster boosted by Burns' return for do-or-die clash with Harlequins
# Billy
# Billy

Ulster boosted by Burns' return for do-or-die clash with Harlequins

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:07 PM 6,375 Views 15 Comments

Star men Iain Henderson and Marcell Coetzee are missing from the match day squad but Quins have rested nine key players including Joe Marler and Danny Care.

Women's Six Nations: 10 players to watch as the tournament kicks off at last
# The Big Kick-Off
# The Big Kick-Off

Women's Six Nations: 10 players to watch as the tournament kicks off at last

Updated Apr 2nd 2021, 10:48 AM 4,423 Views 0 Comments

We look at some of the most exciting players ready to take the stage in this year’s tournament.

Highlanders overcome 'tough week' to shock Crusaders
# South Island
# South Island

Highlanders overcome 'tough week' to shock Crusaders

Apr 2nd 2021, 9:56 AM 5,845 Views 0 Comments

The Otago side bounced back to spring a shock defeat of the table toppers.

'The Pro14 hasn't been competitive outside the Irish teams. It's the worst I have seen it'
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

'The Pro14 hasn't been competitive outside the Irish teams. It's the worst I have seen it'

Apr 2nd 2021, 9:49 AM 17,119 Views 7 Comments

Former Munster man Jerry Flannery is now in charge of the Harlequins defence.

Ulster determined to 'take step forward' insists Rob Herring
# Euro Vision
# Euro Vision

Ulster determined to 'take step forward' insists Rob Herring

Apr 2nd 2021, 8:43 AM 2,837 Views 9 Comments

Ulster face Quins at The Stoop on Sunday.

Leinster's all-Ireland team look to set European marker against Toulon
# Goals
# Goals

Leinster's all-Ireland team look to set European marker against Toulon

Apr 2nd 2021, 6:00 AM 7,520 Views 16 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men have never beaten Toulon but aim to set the record straight at the RDS.

Rugby - Thursday 1 April, 2021

Connacht promote from within as they reshape coaching team for next two seasons
# Next Men Up
# Next Men Up

Connacht promote from within as they reshape coaching team for next two seasons

Apr 1st 2021, 6:17 PM 7,838 Views 12 Comments

Meanwhile, the western province say they are still in the process of recruiting a new forwards coach.

From the gainline to the frontline: Niamh Briggs on the huge opportunity for women's rugby
# Spotlight
# Spotlight

From the gainline to the frontline: Niamh Briggs on the huge opportunity for women's rugby

Apr 1st 2021, 5:02 PM 5,014 Views 6 Comments

The tournament will be ‘front and centre’ for the next few weeks, according to the Irish rugby legend, who has been working as a garda through the pandemic.

'They're a team that we've struggled with' - Cullen wary of old foes Toulon
# History
# History

'They're a team that we've struggled with' - Cullen wary of old foes Toulon

Apr 1st 2021, 3:17 PM 6,606 Views 7 Comments

The Leinster boss has experienced defeat to Toulon as both a player and a coach.

Ulster's Coetzee named Pro14 Players' Player of the Season
# Award
# Award

Ulster's Coetzee named Pro14 Players' Player of the Season

Apr 1st 2021, 2:56 PM 7,143 Views 24 Comments

The Springbok has been voted the top performer in this year’s tournament.

Johnny Sexton returns to captain Leinster against Toulon in Champions Cup
# BIG GUNS
# BIG GUNS

Johnny Sexton returns to captain Leinster against Toulon in Champions Cup

Apr 1st 2021, 12:27 PM 13,974 Views 27 Comments

Leo Cullen makes four changes to his XV, with James Lowe, Tadhg Furlong and Ryan Baird also starting.

Lancaster and POC encourage Van der Flier's ball-carrying progress
# Impact
# Impact

Lancaster and POC encourage Van der Flier's ball-carrying progress

Updated Apr 1st 2021, 8:32 AM 19,780 Views 29 Comments

The Leinster flanker will hope to show his quality against Toulon tomorrow.

All Blacks captain to miss rest of Super Rugby season with chest injury
# On The Sidelines
# On The Sidelines

All Blacks captain to miss rest of Super Rugby season with chest injury

Apr 1st 2021, 8:07 AM 7,023 Views 2 Comments

Sam Cane will undergo surgery after suffering a pectoral muscle tear.

Boyle outlines lofty ambitions ahead of first visit to 'proper old school' Welford Road
# Challenge Cup
# Challenge Cup

Boyle outlines lofty ambitions ahead of first visit to 'proper old school' Welford Road

Apr 1st 2021, 6:30 AM 5,340 Views 1 Comment

Connacht take on Leicester Tigers in the Challenge Cup this Saturday.

'We're definitely going to come out swinging... That's what Munster do'
# Front Up
# Front Up

'We're definitely going to come out swinging... That's what Munster do'

Apr 1st 2021, 6:00 AM 7,408 Views 20 Comments

Niall Scannell is relishing going up against a heavyweight Toulouse pack on Saturday.

Rugby - Wednesday 31 March, 2021

12 years on from Sixways success Connacht still hampered by English issue
# Hard Road
# Hard Road

12 years on from Sixways success Connacht still hampered by English issue

Mar 31st 2021, 8:30 PM 15,184 Views 3 Comments

Andy Friend’s side take on Leicester Tigers in Welford Road this weekend, but wins on English soil are rare indeed for the Westerners.

Larkham insists Munster are still evenly matched with Leinster
# Positives
# Positives

Larkham insists Munster are still evenly matched with Leinster

Updated Mar 31st 2021, 5:00 PM 23,205 Views 39 Comments

The southern province must now turn their attention to the visit of Toulouse.

Rugby's European finals moved from Marseille once again
# Switches
# Switches

Rugby's European finals moved from Marseille once again

Mar 31st 2021, 4:01 PM 7,842 Views 7 Comments

The Covid-19 pandemic has again forced the changes.

More change at Connacht as forwards coach Jimmy Duffy confirms exit
# Reshuffle
# Reshuffle

More change at Connacht as forwards coach Jimmy Duffy confirms exit

Mar 31st 2021, 1:57 PM 8,222 Views 8 Comments

The news follows last week’s announcement that attack coach Nigel Carolan is also leaving.

Leinster's Scott Penny named Pro14 Next-Gen Star of the Season
# The Future
# The Future

Leinster's Scott Penny named Pro14 Next-Gen Star of the Season

Mar 31st 2021, 12:57 PM 10,621 Views 35 Comments

The award has been won by a Leinster player four times in the last five seasons.

Toulouse forward Rynhardt Elstadt to miss Munster game due to quarantine rules
# Ruled Out
# Ruled Out

Toulouse forward Rynhardt Elstadt to miss Munster game due to quarantine rules

Mar 31st 2021, 12:21 PM 7,653 Views 13 Comments

The French side fly to Ireland on Thursday, 12 days since Elstadt left South Africa.

Munster believe new signing Jenkins will be 'immense for the young guys'
# Development
# Development

Munster believe new signing Jenkins will be 'immense for the young guys'

Mar 31st 2021, 7:15 AM 10,968 Views 31 Comments

The southern province hope the South African can influence the likes of Fineen Wycherley and Thomas Ahern.

'I'm not looking for better... I'm looking for a challenge' - Carolan explains Connacht exit
# Fresh Start
# Fresh Start

'I'm not looking for better... I'm looking for a challenge' - Carolan explains Connacht exit

Mar 31st 2021, 7:00 AM 6,183 Views 3 Comments

The Connacht attack coach says he does not have a new job lined up yet.

Leinster 15 Keenan's influence against Munster shows his growing skillset
# Second Receiver
# Second Receiver

Leinster 15 Keenan's influence against Munster shows his growing skillset

Mar 31st 2021, 6:30 AM 8,588 Views 10 Comments

The 24-year-old has been encouraged to get involved as a distributor.

Rugby - Tuesday 30 March, 2021

Munster were close to signing World Cup winner Du Toit before Jenkins deal
# Big Name
# Big Name

Munster were close to signing World Cup winner Du Toit before Jenkins deal

Mar 30th 2021, 7:24 PM 29,512 Views 62 Comments

The 2019 World Cup player of the year had been lined up to join after the Lions tour.

'The one thing we really take out of it is that we've got the game plan and the skill'
# Belief
# Belief

'The one thing we really take out of it is that we've got the game plan and the skill'

Mar 30th 2021, 3:29 PM 10,366 Views 27 Comments

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham feels the Pro14 final was “fairly evenly matched.”

'I'd love to come back, and to keep that door open I need to keep relevant'
# Moving On
# Moving On

'I'd love to come back, and to keep that door open I need to keep relevant'

Mar 30th 2021, 1:16 PM 13,132 Views 1 Comment

Connacht attack coach Nigel Carolan is set to leave the province this summer.

Munster confirm signing of South African forward Jenkins on one-year deal
# Done Deal
# Done Deal

Munster confirm signing of South African forward Jenkins on one-year deal

Mar 30th 2021, 1:00 PM 7,663 Views 60 Comments

The 25-year-old will join this summer from Toyota Verblitz in Japan.

'It's so hard to leave' - Lancaster says best ahead of Leinster after signing new deal
# Staying Put
# Staying Put

'It's so hard to leave' - Lancaster says best ahead of Leinster after signing new deal

Updated Mar 30th 2021, 12:00 PM 46,670 Views 46 Comments

The Englishman is staying on for another two years at least.

Munster sweating over Peter O'Mahony's availability for Toulouse clash
# Latest
# Latest

Munster sweating over Peter O'Mahony's availability for Toulouse clash

Mar 30th 2021, 10:59 AM 7,068 Views 28 Comments

The southern province’s captain sustained damage to his thigh during Saturday’s defeat to Leinster.