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Rugby - Thursday 30 September, 2021

The AIL is finally back after a long, long wait
# Club Rugby
# Club Rugby

The AIL is finally back after a long, long wait

Sep 30th 2021, 8:00 PM 6,137 Views 1 Comment

Cork Con will be aiming to pick up where they left off in Division 1A.

Who are the Irish kids set to become stars in this 2021/2022 season?

Who are the Irish kids set to become stars in this 2021/2022 season?

Sep 30th 2021, 5:17 PM 22,740 Views 18 Comments

Nathan Doak is set to make his starting debut for Ulster tomorrow and across all four provinces a number of young starlets are ready to shine.

15 sports books longlisted for this year's prestigious William Hill prize
# Nominated
# Nominated

15 sports books longlisted for this year's prestigious William Hill prize

Sep 30th 2021, 2:06 PM 5,924 Views 0 Comments

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in December.

Rugby Weekly: Munster contracts, Connacht concern, Ireland's disaster
# Podcast
# Podcast

Rugby Weekly: Munster contracts, Connacht concern, Ireland's disaster

Sep 30th 2021, 1:29 PM 3,476 Views 0 Comments

Gavan Casey, Bernard Jackman, and Murray Kinsella chat all things URC and Ireland Women.

Connacht call upon Papali'i and Fifita for Bulls clash
# Ballast
# Ballast

Connacht call upon Papali'i and Fifita for Bulls clash

Sep 30th 2021, 1:10 PM 5,081 Views 6 Comments

New signing Fifita will look to make an impact off the bench, while Andy Friend has made three changes to his starting lineup.

Irish coaches abroad add another layer of interest for new URC season
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

Irish coaches abroad add another layer of interest for new URC season

Updated Sep 30th 2021, 9:36 AM 18,798 Views 5 Comments

Nigel Carolan, Hugh Hogan, and Noel McNamara moved abroad over the summer.

Six Argentine players barred from Wallabies clash after Covid breach
# Walkabout
# Walkabout

Six Argentine players barred from Wallabies clash after Covid breach

Sep 30th 2021, 7:51 AM 4,853 Views 2 Comments

It’s another major headache for coach Mario Ledesma, whose team have lost all five of their tournament games so far.

'I want to play to 40, that’s one of my goals' - Kilcoyne
# Feeling Fresh
# Feeling Fresh

'I want to play to 40, that’s one of my goals' - Kilcoyne

Sep 30th 2021, 6:30 AM 7,282 Views 5 Comments

The loosehead has played 192 times for Munster so far, scoring 21 tries along the way.

Connacht's Tom Daly energised by first taste of Ireland camp
# Out To Impress
# Out To Impress

Connacht's Tom Daly energised by first taste of Ireland camp

Sep 30th 2021, 6:00 AM 3,498 Views 4 Comments

The centre was part of Andy Farrell’s squad for the summer Tests, but didn’t get capped.

Rugby - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

Castres lock banned for 12 weeks for horror high tackle
# Top14
# Top14

Castres lock banned for 12 weeks for horror high tackle

Sep 29th 2021, 8:57 PM 9,807 Views 11 Comments

The disciplinary committee imposed a longer 24-week ban, but then trimmed it for extenuating circumstances.

Government urged to invest portion of sugar and betting tax in physical activity
# Budget
# Budget

Government urged to invest portion of sugar and betting tax in physical activity

Updated Sep 29th 2021, 5:21 PM 14,172 Views 10 Comments

The Federation of Irish Sport also has three other key ‘asks’ in its pre-budget submission.

Skelton puts 'hand up' for Wallabies selection after reported rule change
# Test Return
# Test Return

Skelton puts 'hand up' for Wallabies selection after reported rule change

Sep 29th 2021, 4:00 PM 8,629 Views 2 Comments

There are reports that Australia want to recall the France-based 29-year-old.

Rugby Championship teams in bubble after Australia virus outbreak
# Bubble Ball
# Bubble Ball

Rugby Championship teams in bubble after Australia virus outbreak

Sep 29th 2021, 8:23 AM 6,407 Views 0 Comments

The tournament is set to reach a finale this weekend.

'I'm as excited as I have been over the five years at Leinster'
# Go Again
# Go Again

'I'm as excited as I have been over the five years at Leinster'

Sep 29th 2021, 7:00 AM 10,000 Views 1 Comment

Stuart Lancaster knows his team needs to be better at beating ‘power-based teams’.

'Enormously powerful' Leva Fifita backed to make big impact at Connacht
# New Face
# New Face

'Enormously powerful' Leva Fifita backed to make big impact at Connacht

Sep 29th 2021, 6:30 AM 7,392 Views 0 Comments

Senior coach Pete Wilkins also discusses the challenges of his new role having moved from defence coach.

Leinster believe Frawley can 'start knocking on the door' with Ireland
# Ballplayer
# Ballplayer

Leinster believe Frawley can 'start knocking on the door' with Ireland

Sep 29th 2021, 6:00 AM 8,354 Views 6 Comments

The 23-year-old is an intelligent presence at inside centre.

Rugby - Tuesday 28 September, 2021

Analysis: Sexton and Leinster start the season in slick, sharp form
# Variety
# Variety

Analysis: Sexton and Leinster start the season in slick, sharp form

Sep 28th 2021, 7:03 PM 8,338 Views 2 Comments

There was fluidity and variety to the province’s attacking play in a strong win over the Bulls.

'The attitude is the problem for us' - Cork club mounts case for issues in women's rugby
# Balance
# Balance

'The attitude is the problem for us' - Cork club mounts case for issues in women's rugby

Updated Sep 28th 2021, 5:00 PM 13,574 Views 2 Comments

Patrick O’Connor of the Bantry Bay RFC speaks to The42 about the current state of the game.

Stephen Larkham hoping for new deal to extend his stay with Munster
# Latest
# Latest

Stephen Larkham hoping for new deal to extend his stay with Munster

Sep 28th 2021, 3:15 PM 7,505 Views 21 Comments

The Australian coach is currently contracted to the province until the end of the season.

Simon Broughton appointed as Leinster Academy manager
# Move
# Move

Simon Broughton appointed as Leinster Academy manager

Sep 28th 2021, 1:23 PM 5,650 Views 0 Comments

The Kiwi replaces Noel McNamara.

Promising back row returns to Munster training after rupturing Achilles
# Comeback
# Comeback

Promising back row returns to Munster training after rupturing Achilles

Sep 28th 2021, 12:33 PM 13,554 Views 6 Comments

John Hodnett underwent surgery last November.

Dupont named Top 14 Player of the Year after leading Toulouse to historic double
# Awards Night
# Awards Night

Dupont named Top 14 Player of the Year after leading Toulouse to historic double

Sep 28th 2021, 11:00 AM 2,847 Views 1 Comment

The French scrum-half succeeds Cheslin Kobe in claiming the award.

‘We have a brilliant squad - we want to win every trophy we can’
# Ambition
# Ambition

‘We have a brilliant squad - we want to win every trophy we can’

Sep 28th 2021, 8:09 AM 6,749 Views 20 Comments

Munster’s Craig Casey is aiming high this season.

Change of role for Gatland at Super Rugby's Chiefs
# Gats
# Gats

Change of role for Gatland at Super Rugby's Chiefs

Sep 28th 2021, 7:57 AM 9,405 Views 2 Comments

Gatland will be director of rugby rather than head coach.

Rugby - Monday 27 September, 2021

Irish rugby great Claire Molloy announces retirement from international duty
# Go Well
# Go Well

Irish rugby great Claire Molloy announces retirement from international duty

Sep 27th 2021, 7:29 PM 21,899 Views 5 Comments

‘So many memories, priceless highs and some rock-bottom lows,’ said Molloy, who played at three World Cups for Ireland, reaching a semi-final in 2014.

'He was exceptionally good and picked up where he left off'
# VDF
# VDF

'He was exceptionally good and picked up where he left off'

Sep 27th 2021, 7:00 PM 9,337 Views 6 Comments

Josh van der Flier was named player of the week on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast.

Ulster send Cooney for MRI scan to reveal extent of hamstring injury
# Being Assessed
# Being Assessed

Ulster send Cooney for MRI scan to reveal extent of hamstring injury

Sep 27th 2021, 4:30 PM 3,775 Views 3 Comments

The scrum-half joins a lengthy list of players currently unavailable to the province ahead of Saturday’s trip to Italy.

IRFU must be brutally self-critical as review into World Cup failure begins
# Low Point
# Low Point

IRFU must be brutally self-critical as review into World Cup failure begins

Sep 27th 2021, 3:58 PM 4,523 Views 5 Comments

The union must work hard to harness the potential of the domestic game in order to better prepare players.

Scotland boss hails last-gasp hero after targeting Irish indiscipline to end World Cup hopes
# Reaction
# Reaction

Scotland boss hails last-gasp hero after targeting Irish indiscipline to end World Cup hopes

Sep 27th 2021, 1:42 PM 3,327 Views 1 Comment

Bryan Easson and captain Rachel Malcolm were in flying form in their post-match press conference.

Rugby bosses apologise to Argentina for photo shoot 'error'
# Snub
# Snub

Rugby bosses apologise to Argentina for photo shoot 'error'

Sep 27th 2021, 8:10 AM 15,248 Views 2 Comments

A fuming Mario Ledesma slammed the decision to go ahead with the shoot.

'I certainly rate RG very highly, that’s why I signed him - he’s a massive part of our group'
# Comeback
# Comeback

'I certainly rate RG very highly, that’s why I signed him - he’s a massive part of our group'

Sep 27th 2021, 7:37 AM 12,096 Views 4 Comments

South African lock RG Snyman returned to Munster colours on Saturday after a year out with injury.

Rugby - Sunday 26 September, 2021

Argentina 'felt really disrespected' by Rugby Championship photoshoot
# Complaint
# Complaint

Argentina 'felt really disrespected' by Rugby Championship photoshoot

Sep 26th 2021, 11:36 AM 20,086 Views 4 Comments

‘All of a sudden we’re 1,400km away, cannot get here and they take the freaking picture.’

'It's a killer blow, a low-point for Irish rugby'
# Postmortem
# Postmortem

'It's a killer blow, a low-point for Irish rugby'

Updated Sep 26th 2021, 10:19 AM 42,110 Views 28 Comments

Ireland’s World Cup qualifying dream came to a gut-wrenching end last night.

Rugby - Saturday 25 September, 2021

Casey: ‘It is about time we brought a trophy back here’
# New Kid On The Block
# New Kid On The Block

Casey: ‘It is about time we brought a trophy back here’

Sep 25th 2021, 9:41 PM 13,133 Views 6 Comments

Player of the match Craig Casey has backed his Munster team-mates to end the province’s 10-year trophy drought.

Casey shines on a night when Zebo, Snyman and Munster's fans returned to Thomond Park
# Zeebs
# Zeebs

Casey shines on a night when Zebo, Snyman and Munster's fans returned to Thomond Park

Sep 25th 2021, 9:27 PM 42,583 Views 30 Comments

Munster scored six tries to beat the Sharks at Thomond Park this evening.

'Devastating. It's hugely heartbreaking' - Ireland boss Griggs after World Cup dream dies
# Gutting
# Gutting

'Devastating. It's hugely heartbreaking' - Ireland boss Griggs after World Cup dream dies

Sep 25th 2021, 9:06 PM 10,954 Views 1 Comment

Scotland ended their bid with the very last kick of the European qualifying tournament.

Leinster start as they mean to go on with convincing win over Bulls
# URC
# URC

Leinster start as they mean to go on with convincing win over Bulls

Sep 25th 2021, 7:25 PM 16,985 Views 14 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side started their URC campaign with a bonus-point victory.

Heartbreak for Ireland as World Cup qualification dream ended at the very death
# Gut-wrenching
# Gut-wrenching

Heartbreak for Ireland as World Cup qualification dream ended at the very death

Sep 25th 2021, 7:06 PM 54,657 Views 12 Comments

Scotland’s Sarah Law nailed a last-gasp conversion, which had everything riding on it.

Maiden Kerr-Barlow hat-trick claims first win of season for O'Gara's La Rochelle's
# Top 14
# Top 14

Maiden Kerr-Barlow hat-trick claims first win of season for O'Gara's La Rochelle's

Sep 25th 2021, 4:41 PM 6,665 Views 1 Comment

They beat promoted Biarritz at home on a scoreline of 59-17.

Zebo is back, fans are back, Snyman is back - so can Munster bring the good times back?

Zebo is back, fans are back, Snyman is back - so can Munster bring the good times back?

Updated Sep 25th 2021, 3:37 PM 10,247 Views 14 Comments

Johann van Graan’s side take on the Sharks tonight in Thomond Park.