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Rugby - Today’s News

Darragh Fanning: ‘We can’t win the Munster match this week’

The winger has told his side not to get distracted by the upcoming Aviva Stadium clash.

New Leinster signing Kane Douglas to debut against Cardiff at the RDS

Having arrived in Dublin last Friday, the 25-year-old is fit and fresh.

Ulsterman Steenson fires Exeter to victory as Stringer’s Bath go top

We counted 25 Irish players involved in the English Premiership and Championship over the weekend.

‘I enjoy playing 13′ – Tommy Bowe raring to get back in Ireland colours

The 30-year-old has prioritised first-team selection in November, but would be happy to start at outside centre.

Ireland’s new Canterbury home kit features a retro white collar

The IRFU and Canterbury have unveiled the playing kit, including the ‘bosphorus’ green home jersey.

Peter Stringer finishes off a length-of-the-field Bath try against Leicester

The 36-year-old former Munster scrum-half is still in fine form.

‘You’ve got to get top six at the start’ – Muldoon’s Connacht on track

The western province’s captain was part of a superb defensive effort on Friday night at the Sportsground.

Grenoble back to winning ways while Coughlan’s Pro D2 charge continues

Here’s how the Irishmen based in France got on over the weekend.

Simon Zebo’s hat-trick and all the rest of the weekend’s Pro12 highlights

Catch up on all the scores as Connacht secured third position on the league table.

Boozy Cruden dropped from All Blacks for missed flight

The out-half went out on the tear and as a result, missed the team flight to Argentina.

Rugby - Saturday 20 September, 2014

Powerful Galwegians get try bonus point in Shannon

Elsewhere, Ballymena and UL Bohemians picked up impressive road wins.

Lansdowne snatch road win while ‘nure take local bragging rights

Elsewhere, Ballynahinch and Young Munster recorded their first wins of the season.

Another injury blow for Ulster as Tuohy set to miss up to 12 weeks

The second row suffered an arm injury during Ulster’s win in Cardiff last night

Calm belief pays dividends for Pat Lam’s Connacht against Leinster

The western province’s head coach feels that the culture within his group is beginning to shine through.

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Here are your division 1A and 1B Ulster Bank League previews

There are some tasty ties in the top two divisions of the Irish domestic game.

Munster looking to claim interpro title with home victory over Connacht

Laura Guest and her teammates are expecting an ‘absolute battle’ at Tralee RFC this afternoon.

Rugby - Friday 19 September, 2014

Ulster secure fine win in Cardiff to maintain unbeaten run

Tries from Dan Tuohy and Ian Humphreys helped the Irish side to triumph.

‘The whole place is different’ – Connacht and Marmion maintain momentum

The 22-year-old scored a superb second-half try to help his side to the top of the Pro12.

Zebo-inspired Munster secure comfortable victory over hapless Zebre

The Irish international registered a hat-trick of tries amid a comprehensive win.

Good times keep rolling for Connacht as they see off Leinster in Galway

Pat Lam’s men battled to a wonderful 10-9 victory at the Sportsground to make it three wins from three Pro12 games.

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As it happened: Connacht v Leinster, Pro12

We were at the Sportsground to find out if Pat Lam’s men can continue their encouraging start to the season.

Johnny Sexton’s place-kicking record is ‘massively impressive’ – Alred

The kicking coach who works with Sexton and Paddy Jackson discusses the Ireland internationals’ techniques.

Powerful Leinster team to provide firm test of Connacht’s progress

For all the positivity around the western province, a win this evening would be the greatest indicator of improvement.

5 reasons to watch the Irish provinces in tonight’s Pro12 action

International contention, Ulster’s backline, Munster move towards full strength and the form of Jack McGrath.

Marmion happy to lead Connacht’s young backline after first Ireland caps

June’s tour to Argentina saw the scrum-half getting up to speed with Joe Schmidt’s heavy demands.

Rugby - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Ireland legend Keith Wood joins TV3′s Rugby World Cup panel

The former hooker will work with presenter Matt Cooper for the global tournament.

Madigan stays at 12 for Leinster, while Connacht make one change

Matt O’Connor has made just two alterations to his starting team as Rhys Ruddock and Fergus McFadden come in.

Tommy Bowe on the wing for Ulster as Jackson takes over at 10

The northern province have made five changes to the team that beat Zebre last time out.

Toulon beat off Racing Métro offer to secure Matt Giteau’s future

The Parisian club had hoped the Australian would replace Johnny Sexton next season.

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O’Connell and Murray return for Munster’s clash with Zebre

The Ireland internationals make their first appearances of the season at Thomond Park tomorrow.

Ulsterman Chris Farrell enjoying fresh start in Top 14 with Grenoble

The 21-year-old left Ulster during the summer to join the growing Irish community in France.

‘I play to win’ – Rugby World Cup looms for Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip

Leinster’s No. 8 says he will head to the 2015 tournament with the intention of picking up a winner’s medal.

Lam’s infectious energy setting the tone for reinvigorated Connacht

The western province’s head coach explains the philosophy that drives his work in Galway.

How much should an athlete drink to prevent dehydration?

IRFU high performance nutritionist Nora Ní Fhlannagáin is glad you asked.

Heaslip eager to put his unique stamp on Leinster captaincy

The 30-year-old has taken over as the squad’s leader following the retirement of Leo Cullen.

Rugby - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

ROG escapes punishment for ‘challenging match officials’

The Racing Metro coach had to face a disciplinary committee after an incident against Toulon last month.

Aviva Premiership teams can have two ‘marquee’ players exempt from the salary cap from next season

There were a number of salary cap changes made today that are advantageous to the Premiership teams.

Think you could be Joe Schmidt? Give it a try when Pro Rugby Manager 2015 comes out Friday

Here’s hoping it is just as addictive as football manager.

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