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Rugby - Today’s News

5 talking points after Munster drive to victory over Saracens

Excellent forwards, clever kicking, the yellow card, Keatley off the tee and set-piece power.

Despite being cleared to play Australia omit disgraced Beale from tour squad

Michael Cheika’s side face Ireland in Dublin next month.

Instinctive Olding looks to make the difference for Ulster against Toulon

The 21-year-old has played a variety of positions throughout his young career.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

‘It was harsh to ever call out that group of lunatics’ – Peter O’Mahony

Thomond Park was a sell-out as Anthony Foley’s Munster delivered on the pitch.

Aggressive Munster outmuscle Saracens in Thomond Park dogfight

It was tight for long periods but once again Munster’s forward power proved the difference.

We’ll Leave It There So: AllStars Awards night, Dundalk win the title and all today’s sport

Conor McGregor also has his next fight confirmed and Luke Fitzgerald returns to Leinster’s starting line-up.

As it happened: Munster v Saracens, Champions Cup

We were live from Thomond Park as Anthony Foley’s side strove to make it two wins from two in Pool 1.

13-year old Ronan Fitzgerald had 120 seconds of life left after a clash of heads

Thankfully, the Kerry youngster made a full recovery.

Wallaby Kurtley Beale fined but cleared to play for Wallabies after text message fiasco Soz

Wallaby Kurtley Beale fined but cleared to play for Wallabies after text message fiasco

Michael Cheika’s side will line out in Dublin next month.

Ben Te’o will make his Leinster debut for the A team this weekend

The Australian centre will get his first run out against Carmarthen Quins.

Japan win race to host new Super Rugby franchise

The JRFU has beaten off competition from Singapore to become the preferred candidate for the 18th team.

Connacht ring in the changes for tough trip to Exeter

It’s two games in six days for Pat Lam’s men.

Two changes as Ulster look to take out European kings Toulon

Roger Wilson and Stuart Olding will both start at Kingspan Stadium tomorrow.

Luke Fitzgerald named for his first Leinster start in almost seven months

Matt O’Connor makes three changes for Sunday’s Champions Cup clash with Castres.

Bono makes BOD blush on the BBC

The U2 singer was full of praise for the former Irish international.

5 reasons to believe Ulster will beat Toulon

Neil Doak’s side have to defeat the back-to-back champions to keep hope of qualification alive.

Ruddock aiming to shut down Diarra when Leinster renew rivalry with Castres

The Castres back row thrived even as a marked man when the sides last met.

All-rounders Saracens resemble Munster teams of the past – O’Mahony

Despite going into Friday’s game on the back of three successive victories, the Munster skipper insists his side are the underdogs.

What ever happened to the Ronan O’Gara-esque spiral kick?

‘I actually woke up the other night thinking about it,’ says the former Munster and Ireland out-half.

Rugby - Thursday 23 October, 2014

‘One bad performance doesn’t make you a bad team’ – Rory Best

The Ulster hooker says his team will learn from last week’s defeat.

Pienaar, penalties and late poaches: Munster’s history with Saracens Round Six This post contains videos

Pienaar, penalties and late poaches: Munster’s history with Saracens

Can the southern province get back to winning ways against the Premiership side?

Clermont flanker Bardy banned for Munster trip after knee on Vunipola Cited This post contains videos

Clermont flanker Bardy banned for Munster trip after knee on Vunipola

The replacement clashed with the Saracens number eight twice during their defeat in England.

Keane: I knew the All Blacks would go after ROG – when I met him for dinner, I warned him

Roy Keane was an unlikely double-agent when the Irish rugby team played New Zealand in 2008.


Foley shuffles Munster front row for Saracens test

James Cronin and BJ Botha both start in Thomond Park tomorrow.

650,000 want England v Australia tickets as World Cup organisers report record demand

Anxious fans will find out on Saturday if they were lucky.

11 things we learned from BOD’s big new book

A shocking revelation about a snooze button, developing Ireland’s defence and his attachment to that number 13 shirt.

‘Nobody owns the jersey’ – Ireland’s injuries present opportunities

Joe Schmidt is frustrated not to have key men available, but points to chances for the ‘next tier.’

‘I’m shook, a sitting duck’: How Brian O’Driscoll talked his way back onto the field against France

The centre was treated for suspected in concussion in a gruelling Six Nations clash with France in 2013.

Ballymena man Andrew Warwick making powerful impression at Ulster

The 23-year-old loosehead prop made his European debut for the province last weekend in Leicester.

Schmidt alert to Connacht’s resurgance as five make Ireland group

Robbie Henshaw, Kieran Marmion, Rodney Ah You, Nathan White and Darragh Leader have made the November squad.

Foley needs Munster to find crucial 5% as Saracens visit Thomond

The southern province are likely to stick with Denis Hurley and Andrew Smith in the midfield.

Henshaw or Payne: Who is Ireland’s next outside centre? 13

Henshaw or Payne: Who is Ireland’s next outside centre?

Joe Schmidt had positive words about the two players who will battle it out for a midfield spot in November.

Loss of referee control at the heart of 2007’s ‘Battle of Bayonne’ — O’Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll appealed to Wayne Barnes to restore calm in an infamously unruly World Cup warm-up.

Rugby - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Schmidt: In-form Keatley won out over ‘tough young man’ Jackson 10s

Schmidt: In-form Keatley won out over ‘tough young man’ Jackson

The Ireland head coach outlines his decision to leave the Ulster out-half out of his squad for November.

We’ll Leave It There So: Keane lashes United, Schmidt on Irish squad and all of today’s sport

Dessie Farrell, John Caulfield, Chris Ashton, Ched Evans and Steven Gerrard are all in the news as well.

Check out Brian O’Driscoll’s brilliant analysis on BT Sport last night

Should Hooky and Popey be quaking in their boots?

It’s ‘absolutely untrue’ that I influence provincial selection – Schmidt

The Ireland head coach refuted the notion that he has told Ulster to pick Jared Payne at outside centre.

Ashton drops out of England squad again as Lancaster prefers Rokoduguni

The Fijian soldier is one of three uncapped players in England’s 33-man squad.

Uncapped five in Michael Cheika’s first Wallaby squad

The Aussies come to Dublin next month.

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