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Rugby - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

'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.

Beibhinn Parsons organising her next steps after 'rollercoaster' year of Leaving Cert stress

The 18-year-old was due to skip the second half of the Six Nations, but its postponement means she is back in Ireland’s ranks.

'Conor Murray's pass is the best pass in Ireland' - Brian O'Driscoll

The former Ireland captain believes some criticism of the scrum-half has been unwarranted.

Return of 'world-class' Molloy adds experience to Ireland's exciting young squad

Emerging stars like Beibhinn Parsons and Dorothy Wall showed their promise earlier this year.

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Training with a sheep has jackal specialist CJ Stander in fine fettle

The Munster back row is heading into the restarted Six Nations in superb form.

Rugby - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

'I get on people's nerves': Bundee Aki refuses to quieten down

‘My team-mates at Connacht are well used to my loud voice and to me screaming at them, giving them crap here and there.’

Connacht academy player positive for Covid-19 and isolating

The player has been isolating since Wednesday after being a close contact of a confirmed case.

Here's what we have coming up for members of The42 this week

Melissa Reddy, Len Gaynor, newsletters, podcasts and more.

Sexton feeling greater responsibility and gratitude as ireland prepare to play through Level 5

The exemption granted to elite sport has the Ireland skipper feeling privileged.

Champagne Football among six-strong shortlist for Sports Book of the Year

The42′s Niall Kelly has also been nominated for his work on Barry Geraghty’s autobiography ‘True Colours’.

Uncertainty for Ireland Women as Rugby Europe suspends games

It’s unclear if the World Cup Qualifying competition in December will be affected.

All Blacks call up two uncapped players for Tri Nations trip to Australia

Du’Plessis Kirifi and prop George Bower have been included in Ian Foster’s latest squad.

'I think my game is coming along really nicely, to be honest' - Stockdale

The 24-year-old has been playing at fullback for Ulster in recent times.

Rugby - Monday 19 October, 2020

Leavy continues ‘bumpy journey’ to full fitness as he takes full part in Leinster training

The flanker has been close to making a return in recent weeks, but the path has not been a straightforward one.

Bristol on standby for Saturday's Premiership final as Wasps report four more Covid-19 cases

There have now been 11 cases in five days at the club.

Ireland 'gutted' for Larmour but newcomers Keenan and Daly settling into camp well

Garry Ringrose has also welcomed the addition of James Lowe to the set-up.

Clean bill of health for Ireland in lead-up to Italy clash as Lowe remains with Farrell's squad

Peter O’Mahony and Chris Farrell have joined the squad following periods of self-isolation while five training invitees have returned to their provinces.

Frawley and Kearney in line for Leinster returns against Zebre

Academy graduate Dan Sheehan is also back in full training following a fractured cheekbone.

Canterbury and IRFU launch new Ireland women's home jersey ahead of Six Nations conclusion

It’s the first time that supporters can buy a replica version of the women’s jersey in a non-World Cup year.

Resuming Six Nations the beginning of a crucial window for Ireland Women

Captain Ciara Griffin insists the efforts made to curb the spread of Covid-19 have been no sacrifice for the squad.

Doris relishing restart with an Ireland team playing 'heads-up rugby'

The Leinster number 8 will be eager to bank 80 Test minutes after injury limited his time in the first three rounds.

Rugby - Sunday 18 October, 2020

Change must come at the top in Italian rugby, says Castrogiovanni

As for the prospects of Georgia replacing Italy in the Six Nations, well, talk is cheap.

Clarke shines as New Zealand overpower Australia at packed Eden Park

The All Blacks scored four tries to bounce back after last week’s Bledisloe draw.

Injuries and form calls mean Ireland will have a refreshed look against Italy

Andy Farrell’s men restart their 2020 Six Nations campaign next weekend in Dublin.

Rugby - Saturday 17 October, 2020

Ringrose named Players’ Player of the Year at Irish players awards ceremony

Meanwhile, his Leinster and Ireland team-mate Caelan Doris is the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year.

Exeter edge to first European crown after stunning final battle with Racing

Simon Zebo scored two tries for the Top 14 side as they came up short in Bristol.

Exeter's Irish stalwarts victorious but Simon Zebo superb in defeat for Racing

Gareth Steenson and Ian Whitten have been key men in the English club’s rise.

Adeolokun among the ex-Connacht men involved in Bristol's European success

The likes of Conor McPhillips and John Muldoon have been influential behind the scenes.

An ode to the lifeblood of the nation's sporting anatomy

Let coaches know how much they’re appreciated, because the importance of participation in sport for young people has never been more clear.

Man for the big occasion Zebo in place to realise Racing dream

The Munster man moved to Paris for opportunities like this.

‘Exeter are English rugby’s version of Munster and Connacht rolled into one’

At one stage they were not even the best team in Devon but today Exeter Chiefs can become the No1 side in Europe.

'Why wouldn't we go hunting?': Farrell targets evolution along with a Six Nations title chase

International rugby is scheduled to return to these shores next week.

Rugby - Friday 16 October, 2020

Pat Lam's Bristol see off Toulon to lift Challenge Cup

The Bears were 32-19 winners tonight, having scored a try in the opening 15 seconds of the game.

'I am proud of my three caps for Ireland but could have had a few more'

Stuart McCloskey opens up about his frustration at missing out on opportunities with Ireland during the Schmidt years.

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Andy Farrell: ‘There are bigger things than finishing the Six Nations’

Ireland coach says the health and safety of the country has to take priority over the completion of a rugby tournament.

Zebo and Whitten start as Exeter and Racing name Champions Cup final line-ups

There’ll be a new name on the silverware after tomorrow’s final, which will be played at Bristol’s Ashton Gate.

World Cup holders South Africa pull out of Rugby Championship

They could face the Lions next July having not played since the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

Rugby - Thursday 15 October, 2020

The alternative XV Andy Farrell could pick for Ireland Depth Chart This post contains videos

The alternative XV Andy Farrell could pick for Ireland

If Ireland were hit with an injury or Covid crisis this autumn would they be able to cope? The answer is a resounding yes.

IRFU suspend club competition across four provinces

Rising Covid-19 numbers have brought a return to tightened restrictions for contact sport.