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Rugby - Today’s News

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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Irish revolution at Grenoble continues as Farley confirms management role

The former Connacht lock has decided to call time on his playing career but will remain with the Top 14 club.

Snapshot: The Irish Defence Forces in Syria show their support for Munster

The province will be cheered on from the Golan Heights during their clash with Toulon in the Heineken Cup.

Old Belvedere’s Danny Riordan scoops top prize at Ulster Bank League awards

Division 1A champions Clontarf picked up no less than four trophies after their superb league success.

Yellow for ROG, Wally’s late try and hurt; the last time Munster played Toulon

The province’s defeat to the Philippe Saint-André’s men meant they failed to reach the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup.

Ulster land Lions lock Van Der Merwe as McAllister commits to France

The loosehead prop will join up with Jeremy Davidson’s Aurillac in the second tier of French rugby.

Robin Copeland given two-week ban for stamp on Liam Williams

The Welsh fullback was also suspended for tackling Alex Cuthbert in the air.

‘We’ll have to go to a special place internally’ – Zebo ready for Toulon test

The 24-year-old wing says he learned from last season’s Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Clermont.

Rugby - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

‘The match is 51 to 49% in our favour’ – Toulon head coach Laporte

The former France boss has highlighted the threat of Munster’s maul and line-out ahead of Sunday’s semi-final.

A look back at Munster’s European campaign ahead of Marseille invasion

This pirate-themed video runs through the highlights that have led to the province reaching a Heineken Cup semi-final.

Analysis: Toulon combine freakish power with clever twists, but Munster can cope

We’ve examined the Toulon attack, using GIFs and videos to illustrate the threat Rob Penney’s men face on Sunday.

‘Conor Murray can handle out-half pressure if Munster come calling’ – James Hart

The Grenoble scrum-half knows a thing or two about facing the Top 14′s best following his breakthrough season with Grenoble.

Simon Hick: Big men, big budgets — rugby won’t survive 10 years of Toulon domination

If Mourad Boudjellal’s side win a second straight European title, others will start following their gameplan.

Paul O’Connell compares Toulon with All Blacks ahead of Munster semi final

The veteran lock says the Heineken Cup champions are better than the side that beat his province heavily in France in 2011.

VIDEO: Samoan rugby player sparks roars of laughter after his dive is exposed

Let us hope the reaction of the crowd prevents any copycat attempts in the future.

JJ Hanrahan, Rob Kearney and Jonny Sexton up for 2014 Try of the Year Best Tries This post contains a poll

JJ Hanrahan, Rob Kearney and Jonny Sexton up for 2014 Try of the Year

We have video clips of the three scores and want to know which one you think is best.

Rugby - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Hanrahan making ‘really good progress’ as Munster get set for Toulon

The 21-year-old was at the squad’s training session in Cork today, while Casey Laulala’s recovery has gone to plan.

McGrath and Murphy hoping to wrest young player award from Henshaw Bright Sparks This post contains a poll

McGrath and Murphy hoping to wrest young player award from Henshaw

The three players all made their Ireland debuts this season and have excelled for their provinces.

O’Mahony, Trimble and Toner nominated for Irish players’ Player of the Year Awards Season This post contains a poll

O’Mahony, Trimble and Toner nominated for Irish players’ Player of the Year

The trio will discover who their peers have voted for on 7 May.

In pictures: Munster’s players in training ahead of Heineken Cup semi final

22-year-old academy out-half Jonathan Holland trained with the senior squad as JJ Hanrahan underwent fitness tests.

‘We took a guy off the bar to play 10 minutes for Connacht, that’s where we’re at’

Connacht coach Pat Lam lamented his squad’s injury crisis after another heavy defeat all but ended his side’s European Cup hopes.

VIDEO: Technology plays a big part in Leinster’s day-to-day life

The province’s players and backroom staff explain how tablets are used to supplement their training schedule.

Munster should resist calls to start Simon Zebo at fullback against Toulon

There have been suggestions that Munster should go with an attacking back three of Zebo, Conway and Earls.

Liam Williams cited for Payne-like mid-air tackle on Alex Cuthbert

The Scarlets fullback was sin binned for his challenge, but may face harsher consequences.

Toulon captain Jonny Wilkinson fit to face Munster in Marseille

The English out-half has recovered from the injury he picked up against Leinster, but Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams are doubts.

Benji Marshall to make NRL return

A man must have a code.

Habana getting set to make up for lost time in Toulon shirt

But first, he’s hoping to be part of ‘a long day at the office’ against Munster.

Rugby - Monday 21 April, 2014

VINE: Simon Zebo’s weight room dance is what Bank Holidays are all about

Watch out, Toulon. The winger was ‘Poppin Them Thangs’ in between sets today.

From The Daily Edge Brian O’Driscoll burned Jamie Heaslip with a 12-year-old girl’s fan letter Burrrrnn

The Heineken Cup semi-finals are here, and any one of these four teams could win it

Toulon or Munster, Clermont or Saracens. Where’s your money going?

‘Some Munster players will have to go beyond where they have been before to beat Toulon’

Head coach Rob Penney is calling on his team to play the best game in their history to knock off the reigning champions.

Rugby - Sunday 20 April, 2014

Munster-bound Robin Copeland sent off for stamping on Liam Williams’ head

The Cardiff Blues No.8 may have played his last game for the Welsh club.

Prince William catches the Izzy Folau show and Brodie Retallick goes topless

Gareth Anscombe, meanwhile, left his last-ditch penalty attempt against Crusaders a few, crucial yards short.

‘We’ll need to be at our very best, and then some, to beat Toulon’ – Rob Penney

The Munster coach was pleased that his side picked up a bonus point win, and no injuries, in Galway.

Fez checks out the merchandise as Dubliner finishes third at Circuit of Ireland Rally

Robert Barrable and his teammate Stuart Loudon finished just under two minutes back from the eventual winners.

From The Daily Edge It’s OK, Brian O’Driscoll is having chocolate for breakfast too Easter Boddy

‘This is a market people seriously need to look at’ – US rugby combine a success

The NFRL hosted its inaugural rugby combine event in Minneapolis two weekends ago, with a number of former NFL players attending.

Rugby - Saturday 19 April, 2014

Sexton and Racing Métro secure European Cup rugby as Toulon hit Perpignan for 46

James Hart kicked 11 points for Grenoble but they Bayonne back into a game they really should have won.

Munster on verge of home semi final after bonus point win over Connacht

Robbie Henshaw and Eoin McKeon errors have been well and truly punished by their interprovincial rivals.

Clontarf win Ulster Bank League as Old Belvedere crumble at relegated Garryowen

The Dubliners are the top dogs in Irish club rugby for the first time in their 138-year history.

‘Yellow card the catalyst’ for Glasgow win while Ulster injury toll rises again

The northern province will be nursing six front row injuries during the upcoming bye-week.

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