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Rugby - Friday 18 December, 2020

Billy Burns back from injury to captain Ulster against his former club
# Suftum
# Suftum

Billy Burns back from injury to captain Ulster against his former club

Dec 18th 2020, 12:16 PM 5,309 Views 12 Comments

The northern province travel to Gloucester in a bid to rebound from last weekend’s defeat to Toulouse.

Ringrose returns for Leinster and Harry wins battle of the Byrne brothers
# Brotherly Love
# Brotherly Love

Ringrose returns for Leinster and Harry wins battle of the Byrne brothers

Dec 18th 2020, 12:13 PM 11,970 Views 37 Comments

Ryan Baird starts a European game for the first time in the RDS Arena tomorrow and is joined by James Ryan in the second row.

21-year-old prop Wycherley gets first European start for Munster in Clermont
# Team News
# Team News

21-year-old prop Wycherley gets first European start for Munster in Clermont

Dec 18th 2020, 12:03 PM 11,759 Views 22 Comments

Johann van Graan has made three changes to his starting XV for the trip to France.

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport
# Feet Up
# Feet Up

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport

Updated Dec 18th 2020, 8:32 AM 23,665 Views 20 Comments

Get that couch groove going.

'It's been my ambition for a long time and to get out there was awesome'
# Top Of The Props
# Top Of The Props

'It's been my ambition for a long time and to get out there was awesome'

Dec 18th 2020, 7:05 AM 8,350 Views 5 Comments

It has been ‘a crazy month’ for 25-year-old Ulster and Ireland loosehead prop Eric O’Sullivan.

Connacht's young guns make impact and 'there's definitely more to come'
# Prospects
# Prospects

Connacht's young guns make impact and 'there's definitely more to come'

Dec 18th 2020, 6:30 AM 6,229 Views 5 Comments

The likes of Jordan Duggan, Jack Aungier, Sean Masterson, and Cian Prendergast took their chances.

'It’s down to me to keep playing well and hold on to the jersey' - Murray
# Nine
# Nine

'It’s down to me to keep playing well and hold on to the jersey' - Murray

Dec 18th 2020, 6:00 AM 5,819 Views 19 Comments

The 31-year-old continues as the first-choice for Munster and Ireland.

Rugby - Thursday 17 December, 2020

6 more former players take action against rugby union in concussion lawsuit
# Development
# Development

6 more former players take action against rugby union in concussion lawsuit

Dec 17th 2020, 5:24 PM 29,877 Views 0 Comments

Ex-internationals are amongst the number.

Irish men's sevens team learn details of Olympic qualifiers
# Road To Tokyo
# Road To Tokyo

Irish men's sevens team learn details of Olympic qualifiers

Dec 17th 2020, 10:52 AM 4,962 Views 7 Comments

Anthony Eddy’s side are among 12 nations vying for the last remaining spot in Tokyo.

'It was illegal' - Munster dismiss Harlequins 'rolling around and diving' claims
# Fallout
# Fallout

'It was illegal' - Munster dismiss Harlequins 'rolling around and diving' claims

Updated Dec 17th 2020, 8:26 AM 33,261 Views 20 Comments

Ben Healy was left injured by two late hits at Thomond Park.

Crowley and Flannery hope for Munster chances over festive inter-pro season
# Prospects
# Prospects

Crowley and Flannery hope for Munster chances over festive inter-pro season

Dec 17th 2020, 7:00 AM 11,416 Views 7 Comments

The academy out-halves could be set for opportunities after Ben Healy’s injury.

'I'd be really hungry to get back in the squad and be starting for Ireland'
# Playmaker
# Playmaker

'I'd be really hungry to get back in the squad and be starting for Ireland'

Dec 17th 2020, 6:30 AM 11,235 Views 11 Comments

28-year-old Jack Carty is determined to add to his 10 Ireland caps.

Leinster wary of Saints after applying Saracens lesson on opening weekend
# Win Or Learn
# Win Or Learn

Leinster wary of Saints after applying Saracens lesson on opening weekend

Dec 17th 2020, 6:29 AM 6,771 Views 4 Comments

‘When you lose it’s important you don’t lose the lesson.’

Rugby - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

Two Champions Cup games cancelled due to Covid-19 cases in Exeter squad
# Upheaval
# Upheaval

Two Champions Cup games cancelled due to Covid-19 cases in Exeter squad

Dec 16th 2020, 2:46 PM 10,193 Views 20 Comments

There could be huge ramifications for Munster, Ulster, and Connacht in Pool B.

Munster move past Healy frustration as Carbery makes 'really good' progress
# Sidelined
# Sidelined

Munster move past Healy frustration as Carbery makes 'really good' progress

Dec 16th 2020, 2:17 PM 15,914 Views 19 Comments

The 21-year-old out-half is set to be out of action for two to four weeks.

Connacht hit a new level of collision success in their close-call against Racing
# Physicality
# Physicality

Connacht hit a new level of collision success in their close-call against Racing

Dec 16th 2020, 12:00 PM 18,780 Views 13 Comments

However, the lineout and maul needs to be much better against Bristol this weekend.

Van der Flier has bit between his teeth in battle for 'disputed' 7 shirt
# Competitor
# Competitor

Van der Flier has bit between his teeth in battle for 'disputed' 7 shirt

Dec 16th 2020, 9:32 AM 6,947 Views 18 Comments

Competing for a starting slot is different at 27 than it was at 23 for Josh van der Flier.

Rugby - Tuesday 15 December, 2020

Healy has shoulder scan and is ruled out of Munster's Clermont trip after late hits by 'Quins
# Cynical Stuff
# Cynical Stuff

Healy has shoulder scan and is ruled out of Munster's Clermont trip after late hits by 'Quins

Dec 15th 2020, 8:02 PM 25,738 Views 30 Comments

Munster have confirmed Healy will ‘begin rehabilitation for a shoulder injury’ following a rough introduction to European competition last Sunday.

Gloucester confirm Hastings signing as Glasgow continue Healy pursuit
# Domino Effect
# Domino Effect

Gloucester confirm Hastings signing as Glasgow continue Healy pursuit

Updated Dec 15th 2020, 2:20 PM 20,499 Views 53 Comments

The Scottish club are chasing Munster academy out-half Ben Healy.

US-qualified out-half Luke Carty signs for the Los Angeles Giltinis
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

US-qualified out-half Luke Carty signs for the Los Angeles Giltinis

Dec 15th 2020, 11:57 AM 12,728 Views 13 Comments

The former Connacht academy man is now hoping to push his career forward in America.

'Can I visualise myself here in the long term? I can, yes' - Ulster boss McFarland
# Contract
# Contract

'Can I visualise myself here in the long term? I can, yes' - Ulster boss McFarland

Dec 15th 2020, 9:37 AM 4,096 Views 4 Comments

The Ulster head coach’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

'The best prep you could have prior to a World Cup': Henshaw excited by series in NZ
# Tough Tests
# Tough Tests

'The best prep you could have prior to a World Cup': Henshaw excited by series in NZ

Dec 15th 2020, 7:00 AM 6,195 Views 8 Comments

The centre scored the try that sealed Ireland’s first ever win over the All Blacks and is looking forward to another clash.

Rugby - Monday 14 December, 2020

'It will be phenomenal' - Pro16 expansion even more timely before RWC2023
# Plans
# Plans

'It will be phenomenal' - Pro16 expansion even more timely before RWC2023

Dec 14th 2020, 8:05 PM 16,758 Views 32 Comments

The four new South African franchises are set to join next year.

'It certainly gets you thinking about next steps': Farrell hopes to face 'Boks ahead of 2023 showdown
# Road To France
# Road To France

'It certainly gets you thinking about next steps': Farrell hopes to face 'Boks ahead of 2023 showdown

Dec 14th 2020, 7:04 PM 3,788 Views 3 Comments

Farrell has brought about a transition in Ireland’s international side and the sight of the ‘Boks at the end of the cycle makes his task all the tougher.

Knee injury to keep Ulster captain Henderson out until Six Nations
# Lock Out
# Lock Out

Knee injury to keep Ulster captain Henderson out until Six Nations

Dec 14th 2020, 6:15 PM 5,211 Views 12 Comments

The second row’s injury is major blow for Ulster in their Champions Cup pool campaign.

Another quarter-final exit? Ireland's World Cup draw isn't straightforward
# RWC2023
# RWC2023

Another quarter-final exit? Ireland's World Cup draw isn't straightforward

Dec 14th 2020, 4:53 PM 11,864 Views 19 Comments

New Zealand or hosts France look likely to be waiting in the quarter-finals.

Sexton and Ringrose back in contention for Leinster ahead of Saints' visit to the RDS
# Update
# Update

Sexton and Ringrose back in contention for Leinster ahead of Saints' visit to the RDS

Dec 14th 2020, 3:02 PM 6,100 Views 11 Comments

Leinster say Ringrose is in the final stages of recovery from a broken jaw, while Sexton’s dead leg will be assessed further this week.

Springboks wing Dyantyi handed four-year doping ban
# Suspension
# Suspension

Springboks wing Dyantyi handed four-year doping ban

Dec 14th 2020, 2:03 PM 7,992 Views 10 Comments

The 26-year-old tested positive for three banned substances.

Farrell confirms Ireland will head to New Zealand for a three-Test tour in 2022
# Challenge
# Challenge

Farrell confirms Ireland will head to New Zealand for a three-Test tour in 2022

Dec 14th 2020, 1:47 PM 6,703 Views 10 Comments

Ireland have yet to beat the Kiwis on New Zealand soil.

Former Munster out-half Bleyendaal returns to New Zealand to join Hurricanes coaching team
# New Chapter
# New Chapter

Former Munster out-half Bleyendaal returns to New Zealand to join Hurricanes coaching team

Dec 14th 2020, 12:19 PM 9,157 Views 3 Comments

Bleyendaal will be linking up with Munster stalwart Jason Holland.

Ireland draw champion Springboks and Scotland in 2023 World Cup pool
# CONFIRMED
# CONFIRMED

Ireland draw champion Springboks and Scotland in 2023 World Cup pool

Dec 14th 2020, 12:15 PM 35,138 Views 35 Comments

If they can get out of the pool, Ireland are set to face France or New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

Munster already chasing as Leinster take control of European pool
# Standings
# Standings

Munster already chasing as Leinster take control of European pool

Dec 14th 2020, 6:00 AM 19,755 Views 40 Comments

Three of the Irish provinces are already playing catch up in the new Champions Cup format.

Rugby - Sunday 13 December, 2020

'It was quite clearly a tactic' - Munster fume at late tackles on Ben Healy
# Unacceptable
# Unacceptable

'It was quite clearly a tactic' - Munster fume at late tackles on Ben Healy

Dec 13th 2020, 8:22 PM 62,825 Views 33 Comments

Johann van Graan was not happy about the two late shots on the 21-year-old out-half.

Coombes try on European debut helps Munster to win over Harlequins
# Job Done
# Job Done

Coombes try on European debut helps Munster to win over Harlequins

Dec 13th 2020, 7:25 PM 17,793 Views 78 Comments

The southern province scored two tries in wet conditions at Thomond Park.

Connacht dig in to give Racing 92 one hell of a fright
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Connacht dig in to give Racing 92 one hell of a fright

Dec 13th 2020, 5:23 PM 20,213 Views 15 Comments

The French giants seemed to be cruising for a bonus point win, but tries from Matt Healy, Alex Wootton and Conor Oliver gave Connacht a hard-won losing bonus.

In another action-packed week of sport, here's what's coming up for members of The42
# Join The Club
# Join The Club

In another action-packed week of sport, here's what's coming up for members of The42

Dec 13th 2020, 4:03 PM 2,770 Views 0 Comments

It’s a sports journalism superspreading event.

Liam Brady's Sunday dinners with an Italian World Cup hero and more of the week's best sportswriting
# Wined And Dined
# Wined And Dined

Liam Brady's Sunday dinners with an Italian World Cup hero and more of the week's best sportswriting

Dec 13th 2020, 8:30 AM 9,306 Views 0 Comments

We’ve picked out some recommended reading for you to enjoy.

The Premiership is a land of hype and glory and Munster will prove that
# Battle Lines
# Battle Lines

The Premiership is a land of hype and glory and Munster will prove that

Dec 13th 2020, 7:30 AM 20,147 Views 16 Comments

Munster’s consistency in Europe over the last 10 years has been disregarded. They are good enough to reach another semi-final.

Racing strong favourites but Friend wants 'the might of Connacht' to test them
# Big Ask
# Big Ask

Racing strong favourites but Friend wants 'the might of Connacht' to test them

Dec 13th 2020, 7:00 AM 6,244 Views 4 Comments

The westerners are underdogs today in Paris as their Champions Cup campaign gets underway.

Rugby - Saturday 12 December, 2020

Leinster begin European campaign with five-star win in Montpellier
# Drive For Five
# Drive For Five

Leinster begin European campaign with five-star win in Montpellier

Dec 12th 2020, 7:40 PM 39,623 Views 36 Comments

Tries by Josh van der Flier, Ciaran Frawley, Dave Kearney, Dan Leavy and Jimmy O’Brien were more than enough for Leo Cullen’s men.