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Dublin: 7 °C Sunday 21 December, 2014

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Ulster’s indifferent form continues as mistakes cost them dear in Wales

Neil Doak’s side were far from their best with confidence levels clearly low.

Paulie leads Ireland and the minor Munster title – Limerick’s 2014 sporting highlights

Memorable days in Thomond Park, camogie champions and beating the Black Ferns.

Ferris’ last stand as Ulster dig deep against Saracens – My 2014 sporting moment

Sean Farrell looks back on a painful day that signalled the end of an era for Ulster.

Dylan Hartley’s taste for trouble sees him land in hot water once again

Irish referee JP Doyle sent the England international for an early bath this afternoon.

Munster sunk in Glasgow after letting a nine-point half-time lead slip

The visitors were held scoreless in the second half.

Toulon’s backline could be unstoppable next season after they signed these two wrecking balls

They also announced who will succeed Bernard Laporte as coach from 2016.

‘Tremendous leaders’ helped Leinster edge past Connacht – O’Connor

The coach singled out Shane Jennings and Kevin McLaughlin as being influential in the win.

A lack of accuracy in attack cost Connacht dearly at the RDS last night

Connacht made plenty of breaks, but struggled to turn their attacks into points.

Saracens’ policy for extra tickets for their Munster match is basically ‘no Irish need apply’

Saracens are treating Irish requests for extra tickets with ‘suspicion’.

Toulon might be taking a punt on yet another flawed rugby genius

Mourad Boudjellal has been itching to get his club back in the spotlight.

John Delaney is cool, Clare hurlers love brown shoes and the rest of the week’s best comments

Also, someone was scarily accurate in their pre-match prediction for Man United vs Liverpool.

Reid stands out as Leinster’s attack progresses in win over Connacht

The 24-year-old centre was named man of the match after the inter-pro clash at the RDS.

Geezer’s grappling and Rory’s Best year yet – Armagh’s 2014 sporting highlights

And there was an All-Ireland quarter-final appearance to shout about as well.

Who deserves to win the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year? Poll This post contains a poll

Who deserves to win the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year?

Six nominees have been selected for the prestigious annual prize.

Munster look to Hanrahan and co. to maintain European positives in Glasgow

Gregor Townsend’s side are a formidable proposition in Scotstoun.

On this day in 2009… Munster recorded one of their greatest European triumphs Flashback This post contains videos

On this day in 2009… Munster recorded one of their greatest European triumphs

Tony McGahan’s side ended Perpignan’s five-year unbeaten streak at home in the Heineken Cup with a bonus-point win at the Stade Aime Giral.

Rugby - Friday 19 December, 2014

4 talking points after Leinster see off Connacht at the RDS

Noel Reid’s class, power from Aki and Douglas, Connacht’s losing start and no festive fireworks.

Leinster’s game-sealing try tonight was an early Christmas present from Connacht

Matt Healy was trying to keep the game alive, but he killed it.

Noel Reid shines at 12 in Leinster win over Pat Lam’s Connacht

Zane Kirchner and Shane Jennings scored tries for Matt O’Connor’s men.

Here’s your ‘Bundee Aki is a Beast’ Pic of the Day

Connacht had Leinster on the back foot in the first half in the RDS.

No new injury concerns for Ulster as Neil Doak names full-strength side for Ospreys clash

Stuart Olding has recovered from injury but is named on the bench.

We’ll Leave It There So: Katie’s award, Captain Morgan and all the day’s sport

Also, Johnny Sexton won’t play rugby again until February.

As it happened: Leinster vs Connacht, Guinness Pro12

This is the first of many inter-pros over the festive period.

The athletes who became successful politicians

We look at some of the top athletes Bernard Brogan might follow into politics.

BOD retires, Keane’s goals and the UFC – Dublin’s 2014 sporting highlights

It was also a good year for James McGee, St Vincent’s and Stephanie Roche.

Know your sport? Then take our weekly quiz

You better have been paying attention this week.

Racing Metro rule Jonathan Sexton out until mid-February, when Ireland host France

After his fourth concussion in a year, his club confirmed that he will be stood down from contact training for 12 weeks.

Sonny Bill Williams and Quade Cooper get approval to fight again

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen gave his blessing for SBW to fight, while Cooper got sign-off from the ARU.

Saracens call for £5.5m Premiership salary cap to be abolished

The English club’s chief executive feels the league needs to remove the restrictions in order to stay competitive.

Anthony Foley shuffles his pack after taxing European double-header

Things don’t get any easier for Munster as they travel to Scotstoun tomorrow in the Pro12.

Who are you backing for the RTÉ Manager of the Year prize? Have Your Say This post contains a poll

Who are you backing for the RTÉ Manager of the Year prize?

The 10 nominees include Joe Schmidt, Brian Cody and Peter Taylor.

‘Huge amount of positivity’ in Leinster squad as Connacht come to town

Kevin McLaughlin admits the players need to start delivering on the pitch.

Rugby - Thursday 18 December, 2014

If Adam Jones ever tries to give you drop goal advice, you run, you run far away

It was an admirable attempt the first time Adam, but this is a bit much.

‘People will write what they write’ – O’Connor defends Leinster’s season

The Australian head coach says his side are measured by a ‘different yardstick’ to the other Irish provinces.

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