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Rugby - Thursday 24 December, 2020

'Whatever happens, happens' - Ulster's Kiwi winger relaxed with future plans up in the air
# Uncertainty
# Uncertainty

'Whatever happens, happens' - Ulster's Kiwi winger relaxed with future plans up in the air

Dec 24th 2020, 9:30 AM 11,271 Views 9 Comments

Matt Faddes: ‘I’ve turned off social media and I’m not looking at what’s going on in New Zealand.’

Rugby - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

Northampton's Tom Wood handed three-week ban for JVDF hit
# SAINTS SINNER
# SAINTS SINNER

Northampton's Tom Wood handed three-week ban for JVDF hit

Dec 23rd 2020, 8:37 PM 8,897 Views 15 Comments

He’ll be free to play again when the sides meet in round three.

Wayne Barnes named referee for Ireland's Six Nations 2021 opener
# Official Business
# Official Business

Wayne Barnes named referee for Ireland's Six Nations 2021 opener

Dec 23rd 2020, 3:26 PM 9,213 Views 13 Comments

Mathieu Raynal will take charge of two Ireland games, including the final round clash with England.

South African sides to join 'Rainbow Cup' after Pro14 concludes in March
# CONFIRMED
# CONFIRMED

South African sides to join 'Rainbow Cup' after Pro14 concludes in March

Dec 23rd 2020, 3:00 PM 26,966 Views 20 Comments

The new competition will kick-off in April after the 2020/21 Pro14 final in March.

McFarland defends Ulster form after Ferris questions province's quality
# Woes
# Woes

McFarland defends Ulster form after Ferris questions province's quality

Dec 23rd 2020, 9:05 AM 7,598 Views 18 Comments

Ulster have had suffered two defeats in the Champions Cup over the past fortnight.

Big-name South African franchises set to join expanded Pro16 in April
# New Additions
# New Additions

Big-name South African franchises set to join expanded Pro16 in April

Dec 23rd 2020, 8:29 AM 16,531 Views 12 Comments

The Bulls, Stormers, Sharks, and Lions will bring some world-class players with them.

Connacht boss Friend tells players to stay away from social media feedback
# Critics
# Critics

Connacht boss Friend tells players to stay away from social media feedback

Dec 23rd 2020, 7:45 AM 7,898 Views 5 Comments

Loosehead prop Paddy McAllister has defended captain Paul Boyle on Twitter.

Rugby - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

Irish lock Regan earns training contract with Super Rugby's Highlanders
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

Irish lock Regan earns training contract with Super Rugby's Highlanders

Dec 22nd 2020, 10:00 PM 12,230 Views 3 Comments

The 23-year-old was formerly part of the Ulster academy.

Northampton's Wood cited for clearout on Van der Flier
# Hearing
# Hearing

Northampton's Wood cited for clearout on Van der Flier

Dec 22nd 2020, 5:44 PM 13,028 Views 33 Comments

The 34-year-old escaped punishment for the 70th-minute incident during which contact was made between his shoulder and the Leinster back row’s head.

Professional and elite sport to continue under new Covid-19 restrictions
# Latest
# Latest

Professional and elite sport to continue under new Covid-19 restrictions

Dec 22nd 2020, 2:49 PM 15,447 Views 26 Comments

The restrictions, which come into effect on Christmas Eve, could have little impact on sport.

Munster boosted by return of Kilcoyne ahead of showdown with Leinster
# Bulletin
# Bulletin

Munster boosted by return of Kilcoyne ahead of showdown with Leinster

Dec 22nd 2020, 1:33 PM 9,630 Views 10 Comments

The 32-year-old prop hasn’t featured since August after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.

Rugby referee and role model Nigel Owens whistles new tune as farmer
# Pastures New
# Pastures New

Rugby referee and role model Nigel Owens whistles new tune as farmer

Dec 22nd 2020, 11:22 AM 11,929 Views 3 Comments

The Welshman is looking forward to a quieter life away from the international spotlight.

Figures show concussion in English rugby at an all-time high
# Worry
# Worry

Figures show concussion in English rugby at an all-time high

Dec 22nd 2020, 10:16 AM 2,983 Views 8 Comments

A total of 407 games were included in the analysis.

'Joe really does get a bit emotional and it doesn’t feel right. Like seeing your dad cry'
# EXTRACT
# EXTRACT

'Joe really does get a bit emotional and it doesn’t feel right. Like seeing your dad cry'

Dec 22nd 2020, 7:00 AM 13,667 Views 6 Comments

Rob Kearney recalls the end of an era with the Irish team.

Rugby - Monday 21 December, 2020

Ringrose, Sexton and Doris ruled out of St Stephen's Day clash with Munster
# Latest
# Latest

Ringrose, Sexton and Doris ruled out of St Stephen's Day clash with Munster

Dec 21st 2020, 3:06 PM 12,464 Views 19 Comments

Better news for Leo Cullen is that Jack Conan and Ed Byrne will both return to full training this week.

'I went from playing golf with the local electrician to playing rugby with the best player in the world in 3 weeks'
# The Bear McCabe
# The Bear McCabe

'I went from playing golf with the local electrician to playing rugby with the best player in the world in 3 weeks'

Dec 21st 2020, 8:36 AM 57,570 Views 19 Comments

Peter McCabe was considering applying for the guards or focusing on the family strawberry farm when a phonecall from Pat Lam breathed new life into his first-choice career.

Baird honing in on fundamentals for Leinster
# Big Hitter
# Big Hitter

Baird honing in on fundamentals for Leinster

Dec 21st 2020, 8:30 AM 6,691 Views 21 Comments

Ireland’s call will surely come soon enough for the powerful lock.

'It's probably as dark a changing room as I've been in. A lot of soul searching is needed'
# Ulster
# Ulster

'It's probably as dark a changing room as I've been in. A lot of soul searching is needed'

Dec 21st 2020, 7:30 AM 8,424 Views 3 Comments

Billy Burns shares his side’s disappointment after their gut-wrenching Champions Cup exit.

'It was not the smartest decision - a mistake that is on me'
# Missed Opportunity
# Missed Opportunity

'It was not the smartest decision - a mistake that is on me'

Dec 21st 2020, 7:02 AM 7,662 Views 2 Comments

Connacht captain Paul Boyle regrets the decision not to take a last minute kick at goal and secure a losing bonus point last night.

Rugby - Sunday 20 December, 2020

'We did some dumb stuff, I'm annoyed, cranky, frustrated'
# Regrets
# Regrets

'We did some dumb stuff, I'm annoyed, cranky, frustrated'

Dec 20th 2020, 10:54 PM 7,748 Views 2 Comments

Connacht coach Andy Friend says he is annoyed by the mistakes which led to his side losing 27-18 in Galway tonight.

Connacht on the brink of European exit after losing to Bristol
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Connacht on the brink of European exit after losing to Bristol

Dec 20th 2020, 7:37 PM 25,428 Views 15 Comments

Pat Lam’s team win 27-18 in the Sportsground leaving Connacht effectively out of the Champions Cup.

Zebo scores one of seven tries as Racing thrash Harlequins in London
# Masterclass
# Masterclass

Zebo scores one of seven tries as Racing thrash Harlequins in London

Dec 20th 2020, 7:31 PM 10,373 Views 9 Comments

Racing have achieved maximum points from the first two rounds.

'He's a very special player and a very special bloke. He wants an Irish jersey'
# Skipper
# Skipper

'He's a very special player and a very special bloke. He wants an Irish jersey'

Dec 20th 2020, 11:58 AM 42,875 Views 14 Comments

23-year-old Paul Boyle captains Connacht against Bristol in the Champions Cup today.

The perfect almost-last-minute gift for The42 reader
# Members Club
# Members Club

The perfect almost-last-minute gift for The42 reader

Dec 20th 2020, 10:28 AM 1,758 Views 0 Comments

Give them access to lots of great benefits.

Dementia fears in rugby, Mayo's everlasting spirit and more of the week's best sportswriting
# Good Reads
# Good Reads

Dementia fears in rugby, Mayo's everlasting spirit and more of the week's best sportswriting

Dec 20th 2020, 8:30 AM 4,415 Views 0 Comments

Stick on the kettle and get stuck into this lot.

Rugby - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Toulon study appeal after Scarlets given European win for 'harrowing' Covid-19 withdrawal
# Controversy
# Controversy

Toulon study appeal after Scarlets given European win for 'harrowing' Covid-19 withdrawal

Dec 19th 2020, 8:57 PM 10,826 Views 2 Comments

Scarlets were awarded a 28-0 bonus-point victory after Toulon did not fulfil last night’s fixture due to covid concerns.

Munster produce their greatest comeback in years to beat Clermont
# Comeback Kings
# Comeback Kings

Munster produce their greatest comeback in years to beat Clermont

Dec 19th 2020, 7:45 PM 72,951 Views 124 Comments

Munster come from 28-9 down to win 39-31 against Clermont in the Champions Cup.

Cullen content to wait for offical channels to discuss dangerous hit on Van Der Flier
# The Clash
# The Clash

Cullen content to wait for offical channels to discuss dangerous hit on Van Der Flier

Dec 19th 2020, 6:40 PM 14,096 Views 18 Comments

Tom Wood’s clear-out attempt caught the Ireland flanker full in the face.

Ulster blow lead and bow out after 9-try thriller in Gloucester
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Ulster blow lead and bow out after 9-try thriller in Gloucester

Dec 19th 2020, 6:08 PM 10,998 Views 13 Comments

George Barton’s try on the last play of the game consigned Ulster to back-to-back defeats in Europe.

Baird to the fore as re-jigged Leinster see off Saints
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Baird to the fore as re-jigged Leinster see off Saints

Dec 19th 2020, 2:55 PM 25,033 Views 42 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side notched another bonus point win despite a spate of pre and post kick-off injury issues.

Pat Lam says Bristol’s Champions Cup hopes ‘on the line’ against Connacht
# Crunch Time
# Crunch Time

Pat Lam says Bristol’s Champions Cup hopes ‘on the line’ against Connacht

Dec 19th 2020, 11:59 AM 4,303 Views 0 Comments

His side are boosted by the return from injury of their captain Steven Luatua, who makes his first appearance this season.

McCloskey a key man in all aspects as Ulster look for crucial away win
# Suftum
# Suftum

McCloskey a key man in all aspects as Ulster look for crucial away win

Dec 19th 2020, 8:30 AM 2,484 Views 1 Comment

The English side have brought back most of their frontliners for the clash at Kingsholm.

Saints alive now but Leinster will kill their European hopes by 3pm
# Byrne Ultimatum
# Byrne Ultimatum

Saints alive now but Leinster will kill their European hopes by 3pm

Dec 19th 2020, 8:08 AM 7,207 Views 14 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side will see off their English challengers today to move a step closer to the Champions Cup quarters.

'Ben Healy is Dan Carter-ish; Craig Casey is The Real McCoy'
# Breakthrough Boys
# Breakthrough Boys

'Ben Healy is Dan Carter-ish; Craig Casey is The Real McCoy'

Dec 19th 2020, 7:00 AM 15,903 Views 16 Comments

Munster’s new kids on the block face a French exam today in Clermont but Eddie O’Sullivan and Marcus Horan believe they can pass it.

Rugby - Friday 18 December, 2020

Wasps see off 14-man Montpellier to top Champions Cup pool
# Stinging
# Stinging

Wasps see off 14-man Montpellier to top Champions Cup pool

Dec 18th 2020, 11:12 PM 5,526 Views 7 Comments

Over to you, Leinster…

No 'blame' but Bath, Glasgow and champions Exeter handed 4-try defeats for Covid cancellations
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

No 'blame' but Bath, Glasgow and champions Exeter handed 4-try defeats for Covid cancellations

Dec 18th 2020, 7:33 PM 12,713 Views 11 Comments

La Rochelle, Lyon and Toulouse have been given bonus-point victories after their opponents were deemed unable to safely field teams.

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz
# Let's Get Quizzical
# Let's Get Quizzical

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz

Dec 18th 2020, 5:00 PM 23,830 Views 7 Comments

How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week?

Toulon pull out of Champions Cup clash in Wales citing Covid-19 concerns
# Chaos
# Chaos

Toulon pull out of Champions Cup clash in Wales citing Covid-19 concerns

Updated Dec 18th 2020, 4:59 PM 9,240 Views 12 Comments

The French club said the health of their players and staff is of the utmost importance.

‘Sometimes I feel like ringing up their parents to ask who I should select’

‘Sometimes I feel like ringing up their parents to ask who I should select’

Dec 18th 2020, 2:42 PM 8,855 Views 2 Comments

Leinster coach Leo Cullen admits it was a hard call deciding which Byrne brother to pick for tomorrow’s Champions Cup tie against Northampton.

Aki and Oliver come into Connacht starting XV for visit of Pat Lam's Bristol
# Changes
# Changes

Aki and Oliver come into Connacht starting XV for visit of Pat Lam's Bristol

Dec 18th 2020, 12:21 PM 6,906 Views 3 Comments

Andy Friend’s men hope to deliver more of the good stuff from Paris last weekend.