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We'll Leave It There So: Best named Ireland skipper, Ashton hit with 10-week ban and all of today's sport

Plus, Conor O’Shea will leave his role as Harlequins director of rugby at the end of the season.

Tim Spencer with Michael Woods Wesley College's Tim Spencer escapes the grasp of Skerries' Michael Woods. Source: Gary Carr/INPHO



Saracens v Oyonnax - European Champions Cup - Allianz Park Chris Ashton was found guilty of eye-gouging. Source: Paul Harding

The Best Thing We Shared

Matt Healy

Matt Healy pulled off this spectacular double chip for Connacht against Brive at the weekend. They may have lost in the end but this instinctive play by Healy was a joy to watch. Serious skills.

Where we were today

Fintan O’Toole was speaking to Dublin’s Paul Flynn and Kerry midfielder David Moran at Setanta Sports’ Dublin launch for their coverage of the national leagues.

 On The Record

It feels like he never left. You go in there most days and he’s sitting on the computer. He’s still one of us and he’s never gone away.

Anthony Foley on Felix Jones’s role as a Munster sports psychologist since his injury-enforced retirement last October.

The Fixture List

  • Ard Scoil Rís will take on St Munchin’s in the first round of the Munster Schools Senior and Junior Cup. Elsewhere, reigning Senior Cup champions Rockwell will host Bandon Grammar School at Clanwilliam Park.
  • Rory McIlroy gets his season under way in Abu Dhabi amongst a strong field that contains Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson. Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey will also tee it up in the United Arab Emirates.

Showbiz, Baby!

Italy Fashion Giorgio Armani Source: AP/Press Association Images

Russell Crowe has been forced to publicly apologise to one of his South Sydney Rabbitohs stars for targeting him with a tirade of abuse at a pre-season drinking session.


Exciting backline options, three-in-a-row possibility and more Ireland talking points

Just who is Ultan Dillane, Ireland’s newest Six Nations squad member?

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