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Rugby - Today’s News

Jonny Sexton to decide on future within weeks

The Ireland out half stayed in Paris this summer, where his wife gave birth to their first child.

Opinion: Is the Clermont dynasty over before it ever really began?

They came, they saw, they squandered- the tale of Clermont rugby.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Brad Thorn is coming north again to play another season of rugby

The World Cup winner might get to play ’til 40 with Leicester this season.

Munster hooker Sherry set for six more months on the sidelines

Keith Earls, Luke O’Dea, Damien Varley and Gerhard van den Heever are also injured.

Otago come up with a beauty of a set-piece try in the ITM Cup

Fa’asiu Fuatai finished off a clever move from the New Zealand side after a line-out attack.

‘I need to work harder than everyone else’ – Ulster’s Franco van der Merwe

The South African second row has been tasked with replacing Johann Muller this season.

O’Sullivan’s Biarritz with biggest Pro D2 budget, while Toulouse lead Top 14

The LNR has revealed the provisional figures for all French professional clubs this season.

Ambitious McWilliams pursues American Dream of coaching with Yale

The young Irish coach is heading for the States after four years with Ireland Women.

Rugby - Monday 18 August, 2014

Fitzpatrick feels underage structures are key to ensuring Irish progress

The St. Mary’s back row was a standout performer for Ireland at the World Cup.

Three Irish players in the IRB team of the Women’s Rugby World Cup

Player of the tournament nominee Niamh Briggs was named a fullbck.

IRB promise to do ‘everything’ possible to continue growth of women’s rugby On The Up This post contains videos

IRB promise to do ‘everything’ possible to continue growth of women’s rugby

Meanwhile, Canada’s Magali Harvey edged out Niamh Briggs to be named world player of the year.


Ulster appoint from within as Allen Clarke named new forwards coach

The ex-hooker will continue to oversee the Ulster academy.

Murphy a key part of the future as Ireland look for new leaders

The 25-year-old inside centre is likely to be an important part of the Ireland team for years to come.

Rugby - Sunday 17 August, 2014

You never saw Andy Farrell or Martin Offiah finish a try like this

Another reminder that southern hemisphere rugby league can be outrageously skillful

Scarratt class drives England to World Cup final success over Canada

The Lichfield centre scored 16 of the English points in a 21-9 victory at Stade Jean-Bouin.

Doyle buoyed by Irish resilience in face of formidable French size

The retiring head coach rated his side’s performances at this World Cup as positive overall.

Ireland captain Coghlan retires on losing note but with immense pride

The 33-year-old prop has played her last game for her country, finishing on 85 caps.

Ireland squeezed out by French power in World Cup third place play-off

Despite tries for Niamh Briggs and Grace Davitt, Ireland were out-muscled by les Bleues in Paris.

Doyle steps away hoping to see IRFU drive women’s rugby forward

The Ireland head coach has brought about major improvements since first taking the job in 2003.

‘You feel like you’ve let everyone down’ – Ireland out to finish on a high

Philip Doyle’s side face France for third place at the World Cup in Paris this afternoon.

Rugby - Saturday 16 August, 2014

Sexton nails 45-metre penalty to fire Racing to victory over Montpellier

The Ireland out-half kicked 11 points for the Parisians on the first weekend of the new French season.

‘I love defence, I love tackling’ – Ireland hooker Bourke suited to French test TNT

‘I love defence, I love tackling’ – Ireland hooker Bourke suited to French test

The UL Bohemians and Munster front row works as a performance analyst when she’s not playing.

A day in the life: Behind the scenes in Ireland’s World Cup camp tagged along with Philip Doyle’s squad as they prepare to face France for third place.

All Blacks’ 17-game winning streak ends as Wallabies earn Sydney draw

Weather conditions were far from ideal as all the scoring came from kicks in the 12-12 fixture.

Jenny Murphy starts as Ireland make two changes ahead of France clash

Philip Doyle and his coaching team have made two changes ahead of Ireland’s closing World Cup fixture.

Rugby - Friday 15 August, 2014

Wallabies vow to target Fekitoa as All Blacks chase 18th straight win

Australia take on New Zealand tomorrow and it’s going to be an absolute cracker.

‘This is for dad’: Brad Thorn’s Bledisloe Cup preview is absolutely perfect Hard Yards This post contains videos

‘This is for dad’: Brad Thorn’s Bledisloe Cup preview is absolutely perfect

If Brad Thorn doesn’t get you pumped, nobody will.

Munster always a draw but O’Gara feels there is still much to pick up in Paris

The Racing Métro assistant coach would love to work with the likes of Conor Murray and Simon Zebo.

‘I’d need a day to go through what I’ve learned’ – Ronan O’Gara

The Racing Métro coach is gradually growing comfortable with life off the pitch, he tells in Paris.

Rugby - Thursday 14 August, 2014

Sky or BT? Here’s where you can watch your province in European action

Ulster and Leinster fans will be watching their side live on BT in the opening round of fixtures.

English opposition for three Irish provinces in opening fixtures of Champions Cup Not The Heineken Cup This post contains images

English opposition for three Irish provinces in opening fixtures of Champions Cup

And Connacht will host La Rochelle in the Challenge Cup.

Women’s rugby makes major progress and Ireland have played their part

The quality of play in this tournament has drawn in new fans to the sport.

5 questions we have going into the Top 14 season

The Top 14 is back this weekend and we took a look at some key storylines

Jonny Sexton’s younger brother on trial with Premiership side Exeter

21-year-old Jerry has been given until November to impress.

All Blacks zero in on record wins against Wallabies

The Kiwis are equal with the 17-Test winning runs of the 1965-69 All Blacks and 1997-98 Springboks. Impressive.

Defensive disappointment hurts most for Ireland after World Cup defeat

England thrived as Ireland’s ‘passive’ defence gave up metres all evening.

Ireland hopeful that World Cup journey has inspired female players

Their campaign came to a bitter end in Stade Jean Bouin, but Ireland have made a positive impact overall.

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