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Rugby - Today’s News

5 pressing questions as Connacht head into Pat Lam’s second season

Promising backs, forward’s consistency, Champions Cup qualification and high-profile signings are all addressed.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Argentinian international Guinazu joins Munster on short-term contract

The 36-times capped hooker will provide cover in a position where the province have been injury-hit.

5 big questions for Ulster ahead of the new rugby season

So much change means very little is certain for the northern province.

Strong form the best way for Munster to put report furore to bed

Anthony Foley will be keen for an emphatic win over Edinburgh on Friday to quash doubts over squad morale.

From TheJournal.ie Parents of 14-year-old rugby player who died during match describe their devastating loss Concussion

Parents of 14-year-old rugby player who died during match describe their devastating loss

“People say time’s a healer. I don’t agree with that. It just adds to the pain ‘cos you realise ‘no, this is real. He’s gone’”.

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Leinster looking for improvement ‘across the board’ after critical inward look

Matt O’Connor is braced for a serious test to start the new season this weekend.

Ready to get pumped up for the Rugby World Cup? Tywin Lannister can help

The IRB have released a star-studded video to promote the international tournament.

Jonny Sexton fractures jaw and is ruled out for four to six weeks

The Irish international suffered the injury while playing for Racing Metro on Saturday night.

Rugby - Sunday 31 August, 2014

James Coughlan’s Pau lead Pro D2 after O’Sullivan’s Biarritz lose

The former Munster No. 8 has had a good start to life under Simon Mannix in France.

All Black Steven Luatua shows why forwards shouldn’t kick

The Auckland back row made up for his error by scoring a try later in the clash against Tasman.

Sexton’s Racing down champions Toulon as Grenoble get off the mark

It was a good day all round for the Irish exiles in the Top 14.

Rugby - Saturday 30 August, 2014

Ulster grind out close win over Leinster in Tallaght

An early Jared Payne try set Ulster on their way to victory.

Israel Folau’s 19-year-old brother makes a big hit in rugby league

John Folau is currently on the books of the NRL’s Parramatta Eels.

This pass from an All Blacks scrum-half will make your knees weak

You best watch this sumptuous behind the back pass sitting down.

Law variations lead to heavy try-scoring in Australia’s new NRC competition

Two-point penalties and three-point conversions are chief among the changes.

Ludik targetting fullback slot with hopes of emulating Pienaar at Ulster

The South African left his home country after falling out of the Springboks picture.

O’Connor gets ‘second chance’ as Australian union bankroll Hunt capture JOC

O’Connor gets ‘second chance’ as Australian union bankroll Hunt capture

The ARU have revealed their financial assistance to the Reds in securing the former AFL and NRL player.

Trinh-Duc holds nerve to condemn Clermont to another home defeat

Suddenly, the Auvergne-based club don’t look so dangerous at the Stade Marcel-Michelin.

Rugby - Friday 29 August, 2014

Anthony Foley got his first win as Munster coach tonight

His side recorded a 17-5 win over London Irish in Waterford.

Joe Marler doesn’t like being asked about his pet ducks

The Harlequins prop was at his disruptive best during this version of “teammates”.

Sean O’Brien and Stuart Olding will start tomorrow’s Leinster v Ulster friendly

Tullow’s finest flanker will get plenty of opportunity to carry from number eight.

‘The problem with rugby players in Ireland is that they’re comparing every coach to Joe Schmidt’

We caught up with London Irish’s new prop Tom Court to talk about the turmoil in Ulster and the end of his international career.

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From The Daily Edge Even Brian O’Driscoll fears the Ryanair check-in fee Just Like Us

Even Brian O’Driscoll fears the Ryanair check-in fee

Ryanair: The Great Leveller.

Walsh banking on balance as Munster’s attack moves in new direction

After two years of ‘Penneyball’, Brian Walsh is looking for more variety from the southern province.

Pre-season training just ain’t what it used to be for rugby players

Rob Kearney points out how shorter, sharper sessions are better for everyone.

Could law changes help the IRB to make rugby a more entertaining spectacle?

Eoghan Hickey proposes two minor alterations to speed up the game and provide more tries.

Rugby - Thursday 28 August, 2014

Lam keen to maintain Connacht culture as Muliaina settles in

The former Samoa international is excited to welcome his new signings to the province.

Meet Hugo Porta: The Argentine rugby legend who turned down Boca Juniors

Instead of being the next Argentine football star, he wanted to be the first Hugo Porta.

Jerry Flannery living his dream as part of Munster’s coaching team FLA

Jerry Flannery living his dream as part of Munster’s coaching team

The former hooker is now scrum coach at the province where he won two Heineken Cups.

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IRB to become World Rugby as global game continues to grow

Rugby union’s international governing body will have a new moniker from the 19th of November onwards.

Tomás O’Leary leaving a legacy with London Irish

The scrum-half accepts his finest achievements are already behind him, but he’s the leader of a growing Irish movement in the Premiership.

Sean O’Brien fitter, stronger and not the least bit concerned about his shoulder

The flanker is raring to go in a new season after playing only three times in 2014.

Rugby - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

With Sexton on the brink, what now for Madigan and Gopperth?

Matt O’Connor’s got a call to make.

Leinster: ‘We’ve put our best foot forward’ to bring Sexton home

CEO Mick Dawson confirms that Leinster have offered Jonny Sexton a four-year deal to take him up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

‘Rugby – it really consumes everything’: Jamie Heaslip on his nerdy pre-season

Leinster’s new captain chats about leadership and life abroad as the opening weekend of the Guinness Pro12 draws near.

Australia’s McCabe on verge of retirement after fracturing neck for a third time

A specialist has advised the 26-year-old utility back to hang up his boots.

‘Everyone says we’re in transition, but players are here to win trophies’ – Axel Foley

‘Everything in Munster is about being competitive’, says the legendary number eight.

Rugby - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

Celtic Manor, St George’s Park confirmed as two of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bases

Ireland open their campaign against Canada at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 19 September.

Rugby - Monday 25 August, 2014

England’s RFU to hand out 20 professional contracts in women’s rugby

The Sevens-focused group contains 12 World Cup winners.

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