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    Irish skipper Mulhall set to realise new dream


    When Lucy Mulhall won an All-Ireland junior football medal with Wicklow in 2011, she thought she had reached the pinnacle of her sporting...

    When Lucy Mulhall won an All-Ireland junior football medal with Wicklow in 2011, she thought she had reached the pinnacle of her sporting career.

    Warburton forced to retire at 29


    Sam Warburton, Wales' record-breaking captain and one of the most successful figures in the history of the Lions, has been forced to retire through injury at the early age of...

    Sam Warburton, Wales' record-breaking captain and one of the most successful figures in the history of the Lions, has been forced to retire through injury at the early age of 29.
    Welsh star and former Lions captain Sam Warburton forced into retirement at 29

    Welsh star and former Lions captain Sam Warburton forced into retirement at 29


    British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29, a joint statement from the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues has...

    British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29, a joint statement from the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues has announced.
    On-pitch success helps IRFU record healthy €1.2m profit

    On-pitch success helps IRFU record healthy €1.2m profit


    Irish Rugby's stunning season has significantly helped to boost the IRFU coffers as the union recorded a lucrative €1.2m profit at their AGM...

    Irish Rugby's stunning season has significantly helped to boost the IRFU coffers as the union recorded a lucrative €1.2m profit at their AGM yesterday.
    Ulster targeting Australia star on short-term deal to ease backline injury woes

    Ulster targeting Australia star on short-term deal to ease backline injury woes


    Ulster are believed to be interested in bringing Wallabies winger Henry Speight to Kingspan Stadium for next season as short-term injury cover for Louis Ludik and Luke...

    Ulster are believed to be interested in bringing Wallabies winger Henry Speight to Kingspan Stadium for next season as short-term injury cover for Louis Ludik and Luke Marshall.
    Eddy: Focus remains on both women's sevens and 15s

    Eddy: Focus remains on both women's sevens and 15s


    The IRFU's director of women's and sevens rugby Anthony Eddy has admitted that he was "surprised" by the fallout from the union's decision not to take up an offer from their Australian counterparts to send the women's union team on tour last...

    The IRFU's director of women's and sevens rugby Anthony Eddy has admitted that he was "surprised" by the fallout from the union's decision not to take up an offer from their Australian counterparts to send the women's union team on tour last month.
    Rugby star McGrath ties the knot in Portugal

    Rugby star McGrath ties the knot in Portugal


    Leinster and Ireland rugby prop Jack McGrath has married his long-term girlfriend Sinead Corcoran in front of his team mates in...

    Leinster and Ireland rugby prop Jack McGrath has married his long-term girlfriend Sinead Corcoran in front of his team mates in Portugal.
    Zimbabwe team slept on the street in Tunisia ahead of Rugby World Cup qualifier

    Zimbabwe team slept on the street in Tunisia ahead of Rugby World Cup qualifier


    Rugby Africa and Tunisia rugby chiefs have offered "sincere apologies" to the Zimbabwe team and management after players slept on streets ahead of a World Cup...

    Rugby Africa and Tunisia rugby chiefs have offered "sincere apologies" to the Zimbabwe team and management after players slept on streets ahead of a World Cup qualifier.
    Easterby answers Ulster call

    Easterby answers Ulster call


    Ulster have still not given up hope of having Dan McFarland in situ before January, despite Simon Easterby taking on an interim role until their new head coach...

    Ulster have still not given up hope of having Dan McFarland in situ before January, despite Simon Easterby taking on an interim role until their new head coach arrives.

    Comment: Ability to get over the line in tight finishes sees Joe Schmidt's side second only to All Blacks


    It's hard to see how Ireland's tour to Australia could have gone much better. They could of course have won the series 3-0 rather than 2-1, but the loss in Brisbane was to an extent invaluable. It showed Joe Schmidt how his team reacted to adversity and...

    It's hard to see how Ireland's tour to Australia could have gone much better. They could of course have won the series 3-0 rather than 2-1, but the loss in Brisbane was to an extent invaluable. It showed Joe Schmidt how his team reacted to adversity and it scotched any delusions of grandeur which might have followed the Six Nations campaign.
    'Ireland were going for the Grand Slam and I was in Rotherham' - Ian Madigan on adjusting to life away from Irish rugby

    'Ireland were going for the Grand Slam and I was in Rotherham' - Ian Madigan on adjusting to life away from Irish rugby


    Former Leinster fly-half Ian Madigan says it has been a 'long journey' back to the highest level with Bristol, and admitted there were some difficult times when he was playing in the second-tier of English...

    Former Leinster fly-half Ian Madigan says it has been a 'long journey' back to the highest level with Bristol, and admitted there were some difficult times when he was playing in the second-tier of English rugby.
    Evergreen Peter Stringer bows out having inspired a new generation

    Evergreen Peter Stringer bows out having inspired a new generation


    Four years earlier, at the opposite end of the same Millennium Stadium pitch, Peter Stringer fed a Munster scrum, only to cry foul after the infamous 'Hand of Neil Back' brushed the ball from his...

    Four years earlier, at the opposite end of the same Millennium Stadium pitch, Peter Stringer fed a Munster scrum, only to cry foul after the infamous 'Hand of Neil Back' brushed the ball from his grasp.
    Contepomi returning to build on his legacy at Leinster

    Contepomi returning to build on his legacy at Leinster


    When Felipe Contepomi packed his stethoscope and left Dublin for pastures new, he did so having laid such strong foundations that returning to the place he called home for six years always felt like a real...

    When Felipe Contepomi packed his stethoscope and left Dublin for pastures new, he did so having laid such strong foundations that returning to the place he called home for six years always felt like a real possibility.
    Contepomi will add huge amount to Leinster set-up, insists Cullen

    Contepomi will add huge amount to Leinster set-up, insists Cullen


    Leo Cullen has hailed the appointment of Felipe Contepomi as Leinster's new backs coach after it was confirmed that the legendary former out-half will return to the province for whom he played 116 times across a six-year...

    Leo Cullen has hailed the appointment of Felipe Contepomi as Leinster's new backs coach after it was confirmed that the legendary former out-half will return to the province for whom he played 116 times across a six-year spell.
    Australian tour proves Sexton is the real leader of this group

    Australian tour proves Sexton is the real leader of this group


    He never wore the armband on to the field, but one thing is clear as the Irish team disperse throughout the globe in search of a break: Johnny Sexton is the man driving this Irish...

    He never wore the armband on to the field, but one thing is clear as the Irish team disperse throughout the globe in search of a break: Johnny Sexton is the man driving this Irish team.
    RFU refuses to rule out sacking Eddie Jones before World Cup if England results continue to slide

    RFU refuses to rule out sacking Eddie Jones before World Cup if England results continue to slide


    The Rugby Football Union says Eddie Jones remains “the man” to lead England to the World Cup in Japan – but warned it would not be afraid to make a late change if ­results were to slide again ahead of next year’s...

    The Rugby Football Union says Eddie Jones remains “the man” to lead England to the World Cup in Japan – but warned it would not be afraid to make a late change if ­results were to slide again ahead of next year’s tournament.
    Tony Ward: Ireland ready to make history at World Cup as upward curve continues under best coach on planet

    Tony Ward: Ireland ready to make history at World Cup as upward curve continues under best coach on planet


    In terms of quality it was never going to be a classic but Saturday's result is further proof that this Ireland squad is ready to make history at next year's World Cup by reaching the semi-finals - at...

    In terms of quality it was never going to be a classic but Saturday's result is further proof that this Ireland squad is ready to make history at next year's World Cup by reaching the semi-finals - at least.
    Jordan Larmour: Andy Farrell's 'ticker' challenge turned the series

    Jordan Larmour: Andy Farrell's 'ticker' challenge turned the series


    In the wake of Ireland's first-Test defeat to Australia, defence coach Andy Farrell laid down a challenge to the Irish players, saying "now we'll find out what the good old-fashioned Irish ticker is...

    In the wake of Ireland's first-Test defeat to Australia, defence coach Andy Farrell laid down a challenge to the Irish players, saying "now we'll find out what the good old-fashioned Irish ticker is about".
    'You have got to try to get better' - Joe Schmidt admits being 'intimidated' by season ahead

    'You have got to try to get better' - Joe Schmidt admits being 'intimidated' by season ahead


    A lot can change in the 454 days between now and Ireland's World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama but at this remove it is impossible not to feel optimistic about what Joe Schmidt's side can achieve in...

    A lot can change in the 454 days between now and Ireland's World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama but at this remove it is impossible not to feel optimistic about what Joe Schmidt's side can achieve in Japan.
    Test of memories: Aussie star Pocock and Murray reunited

    Test of memories: Aussie star Pocock and Murray reunited


    For two opposing players in Ireland's titanic test series against Australia, it was merely a catch-up from earlier in their rugby...

    For two opposing players in Ireland's titanic test series against Australia, it was merely a catch-up from earlier in their rugby careers.
    Wallabies point finger at lift as Folau cited

    Wallabies point finger at lift as Folau cited


    Australia have questioned whether CJ Stander's one-man lift of Peter O'Mahony put the Ireland captain at risk of a heavy fall after star full-back Israel Folau was cited in the wake of Saturday's series...

    Australia have questioned whether CJ Stander's one-man lift of Peter O'Mahony put the Ireland captain at risk of a heavy fall after star full-back Israel Folau was cited in the wake of Saturday's series decider.
    Relentless defensive shift late on sums up Ireland's character

    Relentless defensive shift late on sums up Ireland's character


    Big moments decide big games, and in the closing stages of yet another enthralling Test in Australia, Ireland ultimately managed to come up with more than the Wallabies...

    Big moments decide big games, and in the closing stages of yet another enthralling Test in Australia, Ireland ultimately managed to come up with more than the Wallabies did.
    Boks 'in with a chance' of World Cup title - Erasmus

    Boks 'in with a chance' of World Cup title - Erasmus


    South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus is already looking to next year's World Cup in Japan after their series victory over England confirmed for him that his side are ready to launch a...

    South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus is already looking to next year's World Cup in Japan after their series victory over England confirmed for him that his side are ready to launch a challenge.

    The days of preordained failure left far behind


    Before heading for home from the 1994 version of this tour we took one last trot along Manly Beach, one of the many beautiful vistas in this part of the world. And there we happened upon a scene so entertaining it was not just fall-down funny but a...

    Before heading for home from the 1994 version of this tour we took one last trot along Manly Beach, one of the many beautiful vistas in this part of the world. And there we happened upon a scene so entertaining it was not just fall-down funny but a metaphor for the trip itself.

    Ireland make light of travel traumas


    Joe Schmidt has hailed his side's capacity to thrive in adversity as they overcame a slew of injuries and a delay in getting to Sydney's Allianz Stadium to beat Australia and claim a first series win over one of the traditional Southern Hemisphere big...

    Joe Schmidt has hailed his side's capacity to thrive in adversity as they overcame a slew of injuries and a delay in getting to Sydney's Allianz Stadium to beat Australia and claim a first series win over one of the traditional Southern Hemisphere big three since 1979.

    Schmidt's dogs of war battle to decisive victory


    An epic finish to an enthralling series: if you were framing a three-match set-piece then top of your wishlist is that it's still alive when the hooter goes in the last game. So that was a bonus, never mind who won it. But if you were the Wallabies,...

    An epic finish to an enthralling series: if you were framing a three-match set-piece then top of your wishlist is that it's still alive when the hooter goes in the last game. So that was a bonus, never mind who won it. But if you were the Wallabies, desperate to avoid losing another series having drawn a blank against England here two years ago, then it would have been hard to find value in the drama of it all.
    Neil Francis: Historic series win sets up a compelling November clash that will bring Ireland to a standstill

    Neil Francis: Historic series win sets up a compelling November clash that will bring Ireland to a standstill


    I feel a huge sense of pride in Ireland's rugby team. When it was easier to lose this game, Ireland displayed remarkable reserves of courage all the way to the finish line. The nation should applaud their appetite for the contest and their heroic virtue...

    I feel a huge sense of pride in Ireland's rugby team. When it was easier to lose this game, Ireland displayed remarkable reserves of courage all the way to the finish line. The nation should applaud their appetite for the contest and their heroic virtue throughout the Test series.

    'Tough to watch that' - Joe Schmidt on excruciating TMO finale as Irish history makers clinch series win


    Ireland turned a dodgy start into winning finish in front of a record crowd for Sydney's Allianz Stadium of 44,085 to make history by winning the first ever three-Test series with Australia. It was their first series win here since the 2-0 success of...

    Ireland turned a dodgy start into winning finish in front of a record crowd for Sydney's Allianz Stadium of 44,085 to make history by winning the first ever three-Test series with Australia. It was their first series win here since the 2-0 success of 1979.
    Joe Schmidt delighted with Ireland's ability to cope with adversity after injuries and bus delays

    Joe Schmidt delighted with Ireland's ability to cope with adversity after injuries and bus delays


    Joe Schmidt has hailed his side’s capacity to thrive in adversity as they overcame a slew of injuries and a delay in getting to Sydney’s Allianz Stadium to beat Australia and claim a historic first series over one of the traditional Southern...

    Joe Schmidt has hailed his side’s capacity to thrive in adversity as they overcame a slew of injuries and a delay in getting to Sydney’s Allianz Stadium to beat Australia and claim a historic first series over one of the traditional Southern Hemisphere big three since 1979.
    Women rugby players' kiss prompts outpouring of solidarity after criticism: 'Welcome to 2018'

    Women rugby players' kiss prompts outpouring of solidarity after criticism: 'Welcome to 2018'


    The Australian National Rugby League has thrown its support behind two female rugby players from opposing teams who kissed after a game, after an image of the embrace prompted...

    The Australian National Rugby League has thrown its support behind two female rugby players from opposing teams who kissed after a game, after an image of the embrace prompted criticism.

    Loss of Leavy and Ringrose tips balance towards Wallabies in series decider


    Gone are the days when Ireland reserved their worst performance for the last game of the season as the lure of the beach proved too strong. Joe Schmidt put paid to Irish eyes being taken off the...

    Gone are the days when Ireland reserved their worst performance for the last game of the season as the lure of the beach proved too strong. Joe Schmidt put paid to Irish eyes being taken off the ball.
    Scannell in for Ireland as hamstring injury rules Cronin out of series decider

    Scannell in for Ireland as hamstring injury rules Cronin out of series decider


    Niall Scannell will start Ireland's series decider against Australia this morning (11.0) after Sean Cronin was forced to pull out with a hamstring...

    Niall Scannell will start Ireland's series decider against Australia this morning (11.0) after Sean Cronin was forced to pull out with a hamstring injury.
    Hughes backs 'world-class' Cipriani to shine

    Hughes backs 'world-class' Cipriani to shine


    Nathan Hughes believes former Wasps team-mate Danny Cipriani is ready to mark his international return by orchestrating the end of England's losing...

    Nathan Hughes believes former Wasps team-mate Danny Cipriani is ready to mark his international return by orchestrating the end of England's losing run.
    Alan Quinlan: Fearless O'Mahony epitomises the strength of ground-breaking group

    Alan Quinlan: Fearless O'Mahony epitomises the strength of ground-breaking group


    It was the spring of 2011 and while the finish line for my playing career was in sight, I found myself in the all-too-familiar position of working my way back from injury - a dislocated elbow the affliction on this particular...

    It was the spring of 2011 and while the finish line for my playing career was in sight, I found myself in the all-too-familiar position of working my way back from injury - a dislocated elbow the affliction on this particular occasion.
    'Calm' Byrne backed to thrive if handed Ireland debut

    'Calm' Byrne backed to thrive if handed Ireland debut


    Of the three Leinster out-halves in this Ireland squad, Ross Byrne attracts the least fanfare and minimal column...

    Of the three Leinster out-halves in this Ireland squad, Ross Byrne attracts the least fanfare and minimal column inches.
    Comment: World Cup planning at the forefront of Joe Schmidt’s mind as Kiwi rolls the dice for decisive Test

    Comment: World Cup planning at the forefront of Joe Schmidt’s mind as Kiwi rolls the dice for decisive Test


    As Ireland arrive at the final game of what has been a long season, Joe Schmidt was never likely to have a full deck to pick from, but there are merits to the head coach having his hand somewhat...

    As Ireland arrive at the final game of what has been a long season, Joe Schmidt was never likely to have a full deck to pick from, but there are merits to the head coach having his hand somewhat forced.

    Joe Schmidt to decide on Ireland future by end of the year


    Joe Schmidt will wait until after the November internationals to make a decision on his future beyond the 2019 Rugby World...

    Joe Schmidt will wait until after the November internationals to make a decision on his future beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

    Ireland happy to play waiting game with Schmidt's future


    It is good to have options and when he eventually takes some time to consider his future towards the end of this year, Joe Schmidt will have...

    It is good to have options and when he eventually takes some time to consider his future towards the end of this year, Joe Schmidt will have plenty.

    Cheika: You can't win a final without scoring tries


    Michael Cheika is sticking to his all-out-attacking policy for tomorrow's series decider in...

    Michael Cheika is sticking to his all-out-attacking policy for tomorrow's series decider in Sydney.
    Neil Francis: Without Joe Schmidt and Johnny Sexton, Ireland would have none of this success

    Neil Francis: Without Joe Schmidt and Johnny Sexton, Ireland would have none of this success


    In January 49BC, Julius Caesar received instructions from the senate to leave Gaul and return home to Rome. He received explicit instructions not to travel with his army and that no legion should cross the Rubicon which was situated at Italy's northern...

    In January 49BC, Julius Caesar received instructions from the senate to leave Gaul and return home to Rome. He received explicit instructions not to travel with his army and that no legion should cross the Rubicon which was situated at Italy's northern border.
    Andy Farrell is Plan B for Ulster as wait for Dan McFarland goes on

    Andy Farrell is Plan B for Ulster as wait for Dan McFarland goes on


    Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell could join Ulster as interim head coach if the Scottish Rugby Union refuse to release Dan McFarland before...

    Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell could join Ulster as interim head coach if the Scottish Rugby Union refuse to release Dan McFarland before January.

    Ex-Ireland prop Wallace: It's a travesty if Cronin was dropped for scrum penalty


    The curious case of Seán Cronin and his quest to force himself into Joe Schmidt's plans as Ireland's starting hooker continued in Melbourne last week when he was left out of the match-day...

    The curious case of Seán Cronin and his quest to force himself into Joe Schmidt's plans as Ireland's starting hooker continued in Melbourne last week when he was left out of the match-day squad.

    Battle to rule the air could decide winner of Test series


    One issue has dominated the local media this week and it is Ireland's success in taking Israel Folau out of the equation for large parts of Saturday's win over...

    One issue has dominated the local media this week and it is Ireland's success in taking Israel Folau out of the equation for large parts of Saturday's win over Australia.
    Leinster braced for 'incredibly tough' Champions Cup pool

    Leinster braced for 'incredibly tough' Champions Cup pool


    Leo Cullen has warned that Leinster face an "incredibly tough" pool in next season's Champions Cup after the defending champions were drawn alongside previous winners Wasps, Toulouse and...

    Leo Cullen has warned that Leinster face an "incredibly tough" pool in next season's Champions Cup after the defending champions were drawn alongside previous winners Wasps, Toulouse and Bath.

    Leinster drawn in intimidating Champions Cup pool alongside four-time winners and English pair


    Leinster have been drawn in an intimidating group containing four-times winners Toulouse as well as English sides Wasps and Bath ahead of their Champions Cup title defence next...

    Leinster have been drawn in an intimidating group containing four-times winners Toulouse as well as English sides Wasps and Bath ahead of their Champions Cup title defence next season.

    Australia v Ireland, third test: Curious case of Dave Kilcoyne muddies selection picture


    Days after starting loosehead prop Cian Healy was forced off early in the second half of Ireland's win over Australia with an injury to his AC joint, Dave Kilcoyne joined the squad's training session at the North Sydney Oval...

    Days after starting loosehead prop Cian Healy was forced off early in the second half of Ireland's win over Australia with an injury to his AC joint, Dave Kilcoyne joined the squad's training session at the North Sydney Oval yesterday.

    Sydney decider a perfect dry run for World Cup last-eight showdown


    For all that he is focused on winning this series in Australia, there is no doubt that Joe Schmidt is keeping a close and increasingly worried eye on events in South Africa where Rassie Erasmus is already having an effect on the down-at-heel...

    For all that he is focused on winning this series in Australia, there is no doubt that Joe Schmidt is keeping a close and increasingly worried eye on events in South Africa where Rassie Erasmus is already having an effect on the down-at-heel Springboks.
    The Left Wing: Fergus McFadden on Leinster's historic season and Grand Slam glory

    The Left Wing: Fergus McFadden on Leinster's historic season and Grand Slam glory


    On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Leinster and Ireland wing Fergus McFadden to discuss a historic season for Irish...

    On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Leinster and Ireland wing Fergus McFadden to discuss a historic season for Irish rugby.
    'We can't let the provinces' history get in the way of World Cup goal' - Nucifora

    'We can't let the provinces' history get in the way of World Cup goal' - Nucifora


    David Nucifora's name is taken in vain liberally in provincial boardrooms up and down the land, but the water runs smoothly off this duck's back as he works towards his 2019...

    David Nucifora's name is taken in vain liberally in provincial boardrooms up and down the land, but the water runs smoothly off this duck's back as he works towards his 2019 vision.