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    Adeolokun try seals important home win for Connacht over Scarlets

    Adeolokun try seals important home win for Connacht over Scarlets


    Niyi Adeolokun's late try put the seal on Connacht's rousing 33-20 Guinness PRO14 win over Scarlets at the Sportsground, with Bundee Aki and 18-point fly-half Jack Carty starring for the...

    Niyi Adeolokun's late try put the seal on Connacht's rousing 33-20 Guinness PRO14 win over Scarlets at the Sportsground, with Bundee Aki and 18-point fly-half Jack Carty starring for the winners.
    Alan Quinlan: Versatility to be crucial point of difference when Schmidt makes tight calls for Japan

    Alan Quinlan: Versatility to be crucial point of difference when Schmidt makes tight calls for Japan


    The experimentation is all but complete, trophies have been accumulated along the way, and new depth has been developed - so all seems bright for Irish rugby 12 months ahead of the trip to the Land of the Rising...

    The experimentation is all but complete, trophies have been accumulated along the way, and new depth has been developed - so all seems bright for Irish rugby 12 months ahead of the trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.
    Versatility to be crucial point of difference when Schmidt makes tight calls for Japan

    Versatility to be crucial point of difference when Schmidt makes tight calls for Japan


    The experimentation is all but complete, trophies have been accumulated along the way, and new depth has been developed - so all seems bright for Irish rugby 12 months ahead of the trip to the Land of the Rising...

    The experimentation is all but complete, trophies have been accumulated along the way, and new depth has been developed - so all seems bright for Irish rugby 12 months ahead of the trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.
    Tony Ward: Joey Carbery is already a Tony Ward, the challenge is to see if he can become an Ollie Campbell

    Tony Ward: Joey Carbery is already a Tony Ward, the challenge is to see if he can become an Ollie Campbell


    Quite whether rugby going open has been good for the game on this island overall is another argument for another day. What cannot be denied is the progress made in preparing and competing consistently at the highest...

    Quite whether rugby going open has been good for the game on this island overall is another argument for another day. What cannot be denied is the progress made in preparing and competing consistently at the highest level.
    The expert view: With a year to go until Ireland's opener at the Rugby World Cup, our team give their verdict

    The expert view: With a year to go until Ireland's opener at the Rugby World Cup, our team give their verdict


    This fay next year, Joe Schmidt's Ireland team kick off their World Cup campaign against Scotland in Yokohama. Here's the view from our expert panel on the biggest tournament in rugby in...

    This fay next year, Joe Schmidt's Ireland team kick off their World Cup campaign against Scotland in Yokohama. Here's the view from our expert panel on the biggest tournament in rugby in 2019.
    Matured and energised Manu Tuilagi ready to relaunch England career after cleansing ritual from Samoan witch doctor

    Matured and energised Manu Tuilagi ready to relaunch England career after cleansing ritual from Samoan witch doctor


    Manu Tuilagi, cleansed of evils spirits by a local witch doctor in Samoa last November, revived and rehabilitated through the supportive company of his Leicester teammates, feels he is ‘getting better and better with every game,’ as he sets his...

    Manu Tuilagi, cleansed of evils spirits by a local witch doctor in Samoa last November, revived and rehabilitated through the supportive company of his Leicester teammates, feels he is ‘getting better and better with every game,’ as he sets his sights on a sustained period of play for club and country through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
    Leo Cullen warns of play-acting peril as tackle law muddle divides sport

    Leo Cullen warns of play-acting peril as tackle law muddle divides sport


    Leinster coach Leo Cullen believes fellow coaches, and players, have a crucial role in avoiding any "play-acting" in an attempt to exploit tackle directives which now include a zero-tolerance red card penalty for...

    Leinster coach Leo Cullen believes fellow coaches, and players, have a crucial role in avoiding any "play-acting" in an attempt to exploit tackle directives which now include a zero-tolerance red card penalty for offenders.

    Dominant Munster 'A' make it three on spin


    Munster 'A' continued their strong start to the Celtic Cup with a third consecutive victory, this time a 34-17 win over Dragons 'A' in Irish Independent...

    Munster 'A' continued their strong start to the Celtic Cup with a third consecutive victory, this time a 34-17 win over Dragons 'A' in Irish Independent Park.
    Copeland debut can help spark Connacht's season

    Copeland debut can help spark Connacht's season


    For all of the positive noises about the first months of life after Kieran Keane, Connacht need a statement win to kick their campaign into...

    For all of the positive noises about the first months of life after Kieran Keane, Connacht need a statement win to kick their campaign into gear.
    Reds fail to build on Conway brace as they suffer second-half shut-out

    Reds fail to build on Conway brace as they suffer second-half shut-out


    Munster blew the opportunity to hit the top of their Guinness PRO14 conference as a Gareth Anscombe masterclass condemned them to a 37-13...

    Munster blew the opportunity to hit the top of their Guinness PRO14 conference as a Gareth Anscombe masterclass condemned them to a 37-13 defeat.
    Byrne and Reid boost Leinster 'A'

    Byrne and Reid boost Leinster 'A'


    Free-scoring Leinster 'A' have notched an average of 50 points in their two Celtic Cup games thus far, and they will be looking to maintain their scintillating form when they take on the Scarlets...

    Free-scoring Leinster 'A' have notched an average of 50 points in their two Celtic Cup games thus far, and they will be looking to maintain their scintillating form when they take on the Scarlets today.

    Comment: Why It's time for rugby to introduce black card


    Their headquarters may be walking distance from Croke Park but it's not clear how much heed is paid to Ireland's national games in Rugby House in Dublin...

    Their headquarters may be walking distance from Croke Park but it's not clear how much heed is paid to Ireland's national games in Rugby House in Dublin 2.
    Leinster name formidable team to face Edinburgh while Bundee Aki returns for Connacht

    Leinster name formidable team to face Edinburgh while Bundee Aki returns for Connacht


    Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named a strong side to face Edinburgh at the RDS this Saturday, with Dan Leavy set to make his first appearance of the season off the...

    Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named a strong side to face Edinburgh at the RDS this Saturday, with Dan Leavy set to make his first appearance of the season off the bench.
    Ireland U20 team to play Six Nations games in Irish Independent Park in 2019

    Ireland U20 team to play Six Nations games in Irish Independent Park in 2019


    The Ireland U20 team will play their home Six Nations games in a new venue in 2019 after the announcement that the side will take on England and France at Irish Independent...

    The Ireland U20 team will play their home Six Nations games in a new venue in 2019 after the announcement that the side will take on England and France at Irish Independent Park.

    Cockerill bang out of order with his cheap claim of cheating by Connacht


    Some big hits went in at Murrayfield last weekend, and fair play to both teams who served up a cracker despite the lack of atmosphere with such a small crowd in the massive...

    Some big hits went in at Murrayfield last weekend, and fair play to both teams who served up a cracker despite the lack of atmosphere with such a small crowd in the massive stadium.
    Irish rugby players asked to hide tattoos at World Cup

    Irish rugby players asked to hide tattoos at World Cup


    Irish players competing in next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan have been asked to cover up their tattoos as a mark of respect for the Japanese...

    Irish players competing in next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan have been asked to cover up their tattoos as a mark of respect for the Japanese culture.
    New alternate jersey proving a perfect fit

    New alternate jersey proving a perfect fit


    Connacht's superb new alternate jersey, which was launched last week, is proving a huge hit with...

    Connacht's superb new alternate jersey, which was launched last week, is proving a huge hit with supporters.
    Gow praises heroic U-18 Girls after first interprovincial title

    Gow praises heroic U-18 Girls after first interprovincial title


    Last Saturday will go down as one of the most historic for women's rugby in the province when, for the first time, the Connacht U-18 Girls were crowned interprovincial...

    Last Saturday will go down as one of the most historic for women's rugby in the province when, for the first time, the Connacht U-18 Girls were crowned interprovincial champions.

    Ashbourne signal intent in impressive opening show


    Champions Ashbourne got their Leinster League Division 1A campaign off to the best possible start with a bonus-point 36-17 win against neighbours Boyne, Terenure College beat St Mary's College 39-19 in the Dublin 6W derby to qualify for tonight's Senior...

    Champions Ashbourne got their Leinster League Division 1A campaign off to the best possible start with a bonus-point 36-17 win against neighbours Boyne, Terenure College beat St Mary's College 39-19 in the Dublin 6W derby to qualify for tonight's Senior League Division 1 Final against Lansdowne in Donnybrook and Navan became the fourth Division 2 semi-finalist after their 24-7 victory over MU Barnhall where they join Old Wesley, Wanderers and Greystones in this weekend's penultimate stage.

    Future is bright again after putting tough times behind them


    BGF Ravens are on their second lease of life. Ballymun, Glasnevin and Finglas Ravens RFC was originally founded in 1958 as Unidare RFC but in 2014, the club changed its name to the BGF...

    BGF Ravens are on their second lease of life. Ballymun, Glasnevin and Finglas Ravens RFC was originally founded in 1958 as Unidare RFC but in 2014, the club changed its name to the BGF Ravens.

    Ruddock honoured to take on new leadership role at Blues


    It's a second game in the RDS Arena in two weeks for Leinster and for Rhys Ruddock, having watched on from the stands last week, he's hoping to play a part this...

    It's a second game in the RDS Arena in two weeks for Leinster and for Rhys Ruddock, having watched on from the stands last week, he's hoping to play a part this week.

    Senior stars throw support behind 31st MS Readathon


    Leinster Rugby have helped charity partner Multiple Sclerosis Ireland to launch the 31st MS Readathon, entering a new era for the sponsored reading...

    Leinster Rugby have helped charity partner Multiple Sclerosis Ireland to launch the 31st MS Readathon, entering a new era for the sponsored reading initiative.
    Sammy Arnold: Tough test in Cardiff but we're up for it and anxious to push on

    Sammy Arnold: Tough test in Cardiff but we're up for it and anxious to push on


    One of the best things about playing at home on a Friday night is that you wake up in your own bed on Saturday morning with a day of relaxation ahead of...

    One of the best things about playing at home on a Friday night is that you wake up in your own bed on Saturday morning with a day of relaxation ahead of you.
    Club notes: Women surrender title on scoring difference

    Club notes: Women surrender title on scoring difference


    Munster Women, sponsored by Keane's Jewellers, came close to retaining their interprovincial title following a dramatic 14-14 draw with Leinster at Energia Park last...

    Munster Women, sponsored by Keane's Jewellers, came close to retaining their interprovincial title following a dramatic 14-14 draw with Leinster at Energia Park last weekend.
    Malone's men chalk up another good victory

    Malone's men chalk up another good victory


    Munster 'A' will hope to make it three wins on the trot in the Celtic Cup when they take on Dragons 'A' at Irish Independent Park this Friday evening...

    Munster 'A' will hope to make it three wins on the trot in the Celtic Cup when they take on Dragons 'A' at Irish Independent Park this Friday evening (5.30pm).
    'We will do much better this year' - Alex Wootton

    'We will do much better this year' - Alex Wootton


    Alex Wootton was in lethal form last season, but despite a try in every second game in the PRO14, the end of the 2017-18 campaign left a sour taste in his...

    Alex Wootton was in lethal form last season, but despite a try in every second game in the PRO14, the end of the 2017-18 campaign left a sour taste in his mouth.

    Senior Cup quarter-finals will provide exciting fare


    Champions Garryowen clash with Young Munster in a massive Limerick derby in the first of the Munster Senior Challenge Cup quarter-finals at Dooradoyle this...

    Champions Garryowen clash with Young Munster in a massive Limerick derby in the first of the Munster Senior Challenge Cup quarter-finals at Dooradoyle this evening.

    All three European Challenge Cup foes suffer away-day blues


    It was a poor weekend for all three of Connacht's European Challenge Cup opponents as all of them fell to away...

    It was a poor weekend for all three of Connacht's European Challenge Cup opponents as all of them fell to away defeats.

    Chiefs devour Sharks for their best opening to Premiership


    A 35-18 win over Sale Sharks ensured a best-ever start to the Premiership for Exeter Chiefs as they made it three bonus-point wins in a...

    A 35-18 win over Sale Sharks ensured a best-ever start to the Premiership for Exeter Chiefs as they made it three bonus-point wins in a row.
    Armstrong revels in dramatic interprovincial title triumph

    Armstrong revels in dramatic interprovincial title triumph


    Leinster head coach Ben Armstrong was delighted to wrestle the women's inter-provincial crown back from Munster's grasp as his side claimed the title in dramatic fashion last...

    Leinster head coach Ben Armstrong was delighted to wrestle the women's inter-provincial crown back from Munster's grasp as his side claimed the title in dramatic fashion last weekend.

    'There was a bite all week in training and that was good to see'


    Although I wasn't involved in the Dragons game, it was great to be back at the RDS Arena. It really is a great buzz to hear a crowd cheering for you again especially after the two away games to start the season in...

    Although I wasn't involved in the Dragons game, it was great to be back at the RDS Arena. It really is a great buzz to hear a crowd cheering for you again especially after the two away games to start the season in Wales!

    Experienced lock says competition for places will drive results


    James Cannon turns 30 next Monday and he's fast approaching the half-century mark for Connacht, having become a key player as he heads into his third season at the...

    James Cannon turns 30 next Monday and he's fast approaching the half-century mark for Connacht, having become a key player as he heads into his third season at the Sportsground.

    Contepomi expecting 'difficult' Scots test


    Edinburgh may have lost two of their three games thus far this season, but Felipe Contepomi has warned that the Scots will pose a serious challenge to Leinster tomorrow...

    Edinburgh may have lost two of their three games thus far this season, but Felipe Contepomi has warned that the Scots will pose a serious challenge to Leinster tomorrow evening.

    It should be a cracking game against highflying Scarlets side


    We didn't aim for just a losing bonus point ahead of our clash with Edinburgh last weekend but considering we were 17-0 down, and the six-day turnaround, we will take that and move...

    We didn't aim for just a losing bonus point ahead of our clash with Edinburgh last weekend but considering we were 17-0 down, and the six-day turnaround, we will take that and move on.

    Women finish on high note


    After a bad loss to Leinster in Round 2, the Connacht Women were able to finish their interprovincial campaign on a high, defeating Ulster 31-17 to secure a third-place finish in the...

    After a bad loss to Leinster in Round 2, the Connacht Women were able to finish their interprovincial campaign on a high, defeating Ulster 31-17 to secure a third-place finish in the series.

    Thurles RFC: Keeping the game alive in the home of hurling in Tipperary


    Based in the hurling stronghold of Tipperary, Thurles RFC have built a solid platform and continue to thrive on the rugby scene as they approach their...

    Based in the hurling stronghold of Tipperary, Thurles RFC have built a solid platform and continue to thrive on the rugby scene as they approach their centenary.
    Ulster's fast start to prove too much for wounded Cheetahs

    Ulster's fast start to prove too much for wounded Cheetahs


    When Jared Payne was asked during the week whether Ulster would be making many changes to their side for their second successive South African venture, he replied that he didn't think...

    When Jared Payne was asked during the week whether Ulster would be making many changes to their side for their second successive South African venture, he replied that he didn't think so.

    Tests will get tougher but plenty of stars to be slotted in as jigsaw comes together


    Munster needed a big response following their loss in Glasgow, and what a retort that was against conference rivals Ospreys last weekend. Now they need to deliver the same sort of aggressive display on the road at the Arms...

    Munster needed a big response following their loss in Glasgow, and what a retort that was against conference rivals Ospreys last weekend. Now they need to deliver the same sort of aggressive display on the road at the Arms Park.
    Days of clearing sheep off pitch are long gone

    Days of clearing sheep off pitch are long gone


    Ballyhaunis RFC have come a long way since the days when sheep would have to be rushed off the field in order for a match, or even just a training session, to get under...

    Ballyhaunis RFC have come a long way since the days when sheep would have to be rushed off the field in order for a match, or even just a training session, to get under way.

    Improving Munster can show their mettle on plastic pitch


    It's a third successive outing on a plastic pitch but Munster will be striving to prove that there is nothing artificial about their recovery from their harrowing experience against Glasgow a fortnight...

    It's a third successive outing on a plastic pitch but Munster will be striving to prove that there is nothing artificial about their recovery from their harrowing experience against Glasgow a fortnight ago.
    I pushed my body to the limit, thankfully it held up - Sherry

    I pushed my body to the limit, thankfully it held up - Sherry


    Such has been the extent of Mike Sherry's injury nightmare, it's easy to forget how much of a force he was when he won his one and only Ireland cap, against the United States in...

    Such has been the extent of Mike Sherry's injury nightmare, it's easy to forget how much of a force he was when he won his one and only Ireland cap, against the United States in 2013.
    Analysis: How Joey Carbery is reshaping Munster's attack - and why fans should be excited by the possibilities

    Analysis: How Joey Carbery is reshaping Munster's attack - and why fans should be excited by the possibilities


    The sight of Joey Carbery in the red of Munster is slowly becoming more normal, and if the early signs are anything to go by, the province have finally landed a top-class out-half that they can base their game-plan around for the foreseeable...

    The sight of Joey Carbery in the red of Munster is slowly becoming more normal, and if the early signs are anything to go by, the province have finally landed a top-class out-half that they can base their game-plan around for the foreseeable future.
    Leicester director of rugby Geordan Murphy regrets making 'the game's gone too PC' comment

    Leicester director of rugby Geordan Murphy regrets making 'the game's gone too PC' comment


    Leicester director of rugby, Geordan Murphy, regrets saying that the game had gone ‘too PC’ in the aftermath of the red card shown to Will Spencer on Sunday for a high tackle and believes instead that the scrutiny could be ‘a watershed moment’...

    Leicester director of rugby, Geordan Murphy, regrets saying that the game had gone ‘too PC’ in the aftermath of the red card shown to Will Spencer on Sunday for a high tackle and believes instead that the scrutiny could be ‘a watershed moment’ for the sport as it looks to reduce head injuries.
    Comment: Long PRO14 season is a test of a squad's depth above all else

    Comment: Long PRO14 season is a test of a squad's depth above all else


    All last week, Johann van Graan and the Munster squad prepared to face the Ospreys. At noon on Thursday, their plans went out the...

    All last week, Johann van Graan and the Munster squad prepared to face the Ospreys. At noon on Thursday, their plans went out the window.
    Going pro next forward step for women's game, insists Claffey

    Going pro next forward step for women's game, insists Claffey


    The shifting sands of the international women's game were in evidence again this week with news that the England XVs team are back on professional contracts after being downgraded following the last World...

    The shifting sands of the international women's game were in evidence again this week with news that the England XVs team are back on professional contracts after being downgraded following the last World Cup.
    Sam Burgess 'happy for truth to come out' over sexting allegations

    Sam Burgess 'happy for truth to come out' over sexting allegations


    England forward Sam Burgess insists he wants the truth to come out over sexting allegations surrounding his NRL club South Sydney...

    England forward Sam Burgess insists he wants the truth to come out over sexting allegations surrounding his NRL club South Sydney .
    Former All Blacks boss John Mitchell named as Eddie Jones' new defence coach

    Former All Blacks boss John Mitchell named as Eddie Jones' new defence coach


    Former New Zealand head coach John Mitchell has been appointed as England's defence coach until the end of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said in a statement on...

    Former New Zealand head coach John Mitchell has been appointed as England's defence coach until the end of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said in a statement on Tuesday.
    Tony Ward: Marmion ahead of McGrath and Cooney in pecking order to replace injured Murray

    Tony Ward: Marmion ahead of McGrath and Cooney in pecking order to replace injured Murray


    You throw, I'll catch - the immortal words of 'King' Barry John to half-back partner Gareth Edwards when he and his fellow half were in their pomp driving the greatest phase in Welsh rugby...

    You throw, I'll catch - the immortal words of 'King' Barry John to half-back partner Gareth Edwards when he and his fellow half were in their pomp driving the greatest phase in Welsh rugby history.
    Former Munster boss Rassie Erasmus to coach the Barbarians

    Former Munster boss Rassie Erasmus to coach the Barbarians


    All Blacks-toppling South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus will coach the Barbarians for the first time in December's clash with Argentina at...

    All Blacks-toppling South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus will coach the Barbarians for the first time in December's clash with Argentina at Twickenham.

    Munster deny links with Kildare football boss Cian O'Neill


    Munster have dismissed reports linking them with the appointment of Kildare senior football manager Cian...

    Munster have dismissed reports linking them with the appointment of Kildare senior football manager Cian O'Neill.
    Contepomi: Nothing is ever perfect but rugby is moving in the right direction

    Contepomi: Nothing is ever perfect but rugby is moving in the right direction


    The All Blacks may have courted glory and married failure but for this Latin lover, the romantic quest signified just why Union is the game he...

    The All Blacks may have courted glory and married failure but for this Latin lover, the romantic quest signified just why Union is the game he loves.
    Leavy and O'Brien hand Ireland and Leinster double fitness boost

    Leavy and O'Brien hand Ireland and Leinster double fitness boost


    Dan Leavy will hand Joe Schmidt a timely boost before the official year-long countdown to the Rugby World Cup kicks off on Thursday after the back-rower was declared fit for Leinster's weekend clash against...

    Dan Leavy will hand Joe Schmidt a timely boost before the official year-long countdown to the Rugby World Cup kicks off on Thursday after the back-rower was declared fit for Leinster's weekend clash against Edinburgh.
    Alan Quinlan: High-tackle laws must be enforced to reduce risk of concussion

    Alan Quinlan: High-tackle laws must be enforced to reduce risk of concussion


    "World Rugby has further strengthened its commitment to injury prevention by announcing details of a zero-tolerance approach to reckless and accidental head contact in the...

    "World Rugby has further strengthened its commitment to injury prevention by announcing details of a zero-tolerance approach to reckless and accidental head contact in the sport.
    'I don’t think Joe has my number!' - Gibson-Park happy to bide his time for Ireland call-up

    'I don’t think Joe has my number!' - Gibson-Park happy to bide his time for Ireland call-up


    Jamison Gibson-Park is keeping his cards close to his chest for now, but the wry smile that comes across his face when he is asked about the potential of playing for Ireland at next year’s World Cup suggests that it is more than a mere fleeting thought...

    Jamison Gibson-Park is keeping his cards close to his chest for now, but the wry smile that comes across his face when he is asked about the potential of playing for Ireland at next year’s World Cup suggests that it is more than a mere fleeting thought at the back of his mind.
    Shocks Down Under paper over deep-seated cracks

    Shocks Down Under paper over deep-seated cracks


    A rare New Zealand loss and the first win in 35 years for Argentina in Australia on Saturday brought much talk of a changing of the rugby world order, and so entertaining were the games that it was posited that all was good in the rugby...

    A rare New Zealand loss and the first win in 35 years for Argentina in Australia on Saturday brought much talk of a changing of the rugby world order, and so entertaining were the games that it was posited that all was good in the rugby firmament.
    Ulster make indisciplined Kings pay

    Ulster make indisciplined Kings pay


    After the Springboks shocked the world by beating the All Blacks on Saturday, Ulster utilised three second half scores against the Kings to ensure there would only be one surprise result involving South African sides over the...

    After the Springboks shocked the world by beating the All Blacks on Saturday, Ulster utilised three second half scores against the Kings to ensure there would only be one surprise result involving South African sides over the weekend.
    Van Graan happy with recruits and intensity

    Van Graan happy with recruits and intensity


    Neil Cronin and Alby Mathewson aside, Friday's hammering of Ospreys in Cork was Johann van Graan's first chance to see all of his new faces on the pitch from the start and the South African was happy with how the recruits...

    Neil Cronin and Alby Mathewson aside, Friday's hammering of Ospreys in Cork was Johann van Graan's first chance to see all of his new faces on the pitch from the start and the South African was happy with how the recruits went.
    Last-kick agony for Reds as Leinster reclaim title

    Last-kick agony for Reds as Leinster reclaim title


    Leinster regained the Women's Interprovincial Championship after a dramatic 14-14 draw with defending champions Munster at Energia...

    Leinster regained the Women's Interprovincial Championship after a dramatic 14-14 draw with defending champions Munster at Energia Park.
    Three late tries help Ulster secure victory over Southern Kings

    Three late tries help Ulster secure victory over Southern Kings


    Ulster made it three wins from three in the Guinness PRO14 as three late tries saw them ease to a 28-7 win over the Southern Kings in Port...

    Ulster made it three wins from three in the Guinness PRO14 as three late tries saw them ease to a 28-7 win over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.
    Murphy determined to make Leicester job his own

    Murphy determined to make Leicester job his own


    When Geordan Murphy took over as Leicester's interim head coach after the sacking of Matt O'Connor a couple of days into the season, he gathered his players together and told them that, while he had secured a job he coveted by means he had not wanted, he...

    When Geordan Murphy took over as Leicester's interim head coach after the sacking of Matt O'Connor a couple of days into the season, he gathered his players together and told them that, while he had secured a job he coveted by means he had not wanted, he intended to grasp his opportunity and secure the position on a full-time basis.

    Import getting back to his roots


    If Will Addison's plan to get some green on his back comes to fruition then Cillian Willis should be claiming a finder's...

    If Will Addison's plan to get some green on his back comes to fruition then Cillian Willis should be claiming a finder's fee.

    Leinster's big guns flex their muscles to slaughter Dragons


    It's safe to say that when Dragons coach Bernard Jackman was doing his win/loss budget for the first tranche of Guinness Pro14 games he had this one down in the pointless column. Even though he brought 13 Test players in his 23-man squad the visit...

    It's safe to say that when Dragons coach Bernard Jackman was doing his win/loss budget for the first tranche of Guinness Pro14 games he had this one down in the pointless column. Even though he brought 13 Test players in his 23-man squad the visit coincided with the home team rolling out a fair bit of glamour themselves.

    Boks shock shows that every team is beatable


    Not many people saw that result in Wellington coming yesterday. I know I didn't. The All Blacks had won 15 consecutive Rugby Championship fixtures heading into that clash with the Springboks, going two years undefeated in the...

    Not many people saw that result in Wellington coming yesterday. I know I didn't. The All Blacks had won 15 consecutive Rugby Championship fixtures heading into that clash with the Springboks, going two years undefeated in the competition.

    IRFU presses on in face of contracted players row


    The IRFU have threatened to plough ahead with a new cross-border competition despite staunch club opposition to the increase in the number of contracted players in the All-Ireland...

    The IRFU have threatened to plough ahead with a new cross-border competition despite staunch club opposition to the increase in the number of contracted players in the All-Ireland League.

    Focus turns to image rights as corporate vultures join scrap for game's soul


    Two developments in the last week drew our attention to signposts on rugby's road forward. A bit like going off the beaten track in this country, you wouldn't be sure if they were giving you a dig out or leading you further into the...

    Two developments in the last week drew our attention to signposts on rugby's road forward. A bit like going off the beaten track in this country, you wouldn't be sure if they were giving you a dig out or leading you further into the unknown.
    Leinster crack 50-point mark as stars turn on the style at the RDS in comprehensive win over the Dragons

    Leinster crack 50-point mark as stars turn on the style at the RDS in comprehensive win over the Dragons


    The inevitable turkey-shoot that everyone had arrived at the RDS expecting to see, duly arrived as Leinster demolished a Dragons side who never looked like breathing fire into an utterly one-sided...

    The inevitable turkey-shoot that everyone had arrived at the RDS expecting to see, duly arrived as Leinster demolished a Dragons side who never looked like breathing fire into an utterly one-sided contest.
    All Blacks beaten as Rassie Erasmus' Springboks secure victory in epic clash

    All Blacks beaten as Rassie Erasmus' Springboks secure victory in epic clash


    Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two tries as the Springboks upset the form book to record a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash at Wellington Regional Stadium on...

    Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored two tries as the Springboks upset the form book to record a 36-34 victory over New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.
    Carty kicks late penalty to secure unlikely bonus point for Connacht

    Carty kicks late penalty to secure unlikely bonus point for Connacht


    Connacht did well to stage a last-quarter fightback and claim an unlikely bonus point after ceding the majority of territory and possession to an Edinburgh side determined to make a statement in their first home game of the...

    Connacht did well to stage a last-quarter fightback and claim an unlikely bonus point after ceding the majority of territory and possession to an Edinburgh side determined to make a statement in their first home game of the season.

    Carbery sublime as Munster reach seventh heaven


    This was a night of celebration and ceremony in Cork, though not one for drawing any major...

    This was a night of celebration and ceremony in Cork, though not one for drawing any major conclusions.
    Cave targeting two wins in South Africa after arduous trip

    Cave targeting two wins in South Africa after arduous trip


    Ulster's Darren Cave insists the province's trip to South Africa is no safari holiday and that results are the only order of the...

    Ulster's Darren Cave insists the province's trip to South Africa is no safari holiday and that results are the only order of the day.