Interpros ‘defining part of our season’, says Leinster coach Fogarty

Leinster forwards coach John Fogarty has described the upcoming interpros as “a defining part of our season.”

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Dave Heffernan hopeful Connacht can continue winning form

It’s turning out to be a season of noticeable achievements for Connacht, and now stand-in skipper Dave Heffernan is hopeful they can continue their winning ...

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Van Graan: I’m proud of how our players behaved against Castres

Having had 48 hours to think over the ramifications of Saturday’s feisty, often dirty, European Champions Cup game at Castres, Munster head coach Johann van ...

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Iain Henderson to miss majority of Ireland's Six Nations title defence

Henderson has been in fantastic form of late, scoring a pair of tries in Ulster's Heineken Champions Cup win over Scarlets on Friday.

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Chris Farrell ruled out of Munster's trip to Ulster

Farrell, a native of Ulster, has been desperately unfortunate with injuries.

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Rory Best convinced Joe Schmidt would lead Lions to South Africa tour triumph

The Ireland coach is taking a break from rugby after the 2019 World Cup.

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'It's not football. You can't slide tackle': Brian O'Driscoll calls for end to 'blight on the game'

Brian O'Driscoll has appealed to World Rugby to address the "blight on the game" of slide tackles.

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How did the Leicester Tigers lose their bite so badly?

Tigers’ interim boss Geordan Murphy feels that Leicester have sunk to their lowest point in his two decades at the club as a player and coach.

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Munster's defeat to Castres 'a disgraceful throwback to the nineties', says Alan Quinlan

"We're always talking about the great values of rugby, there were no great values there on Saturday I can tell you."

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We got what we deserved, reflects honest Peter O’Mahony

The frustration in the Munster camp was not difficult to trace as they reflected on the defeat at Stade Pierre-Fabre and the impact it could have on their Heineken ...

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Johann van Graan: "We stayed within the values of the rugby"

Munster will learn this evening whether they have a chance of receiving some retrospective justice via the Heineken Champions Cup citing commissioner following their ...

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Munster’s work-ons for the interpros

Rarely can Munster have come up against all three of their fellow provinces in such great form while having themselves taken a backward step at the weekend. With ...

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Leicester suffer Champions Cup blow with defeat to Racing 92

Finn Russell was impressive at Welford Road with 14 points.

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Losing bonus point gives Munster three-point cushion in Champions Cup Pool

Munster lost their unbeaten record in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup as they lost a nail-biting clash at Stade Pierre-Fabre tonight.

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Leinster get into festive spirit with win against Bath

Dublin city was awash with Christmas parties tonight but few could have matched Leinster's Heineken Champions Cup knees-up at Bath's expense for intoxicating thrills. ...

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Saracens strengthen grip on Champions Cup Pool with win over Cardiff

Unbeaten Saracens continued their push for a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final place by beating Cardiff Blues 26-14 at the Arms Park.

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Mike Haley getting used to life in fast lane

No matter how well things are going, there is always something to knock you off kilter.

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We go out to play with attacking intent all the time, says Leo Cullen

Neither Bath nor Leinster have taken a scalpel to their fifteens this week. The weather, that brutal cocktail of wind, rain and cold, will be more of the same. Talk ...

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Johnny Sexton fit but Rob Kearney kept out with unspecified injury

Jonathan Sexton has been given the green light to face Bath today but Rob Kearney misses out with an unspecified injury which raises again the touchy subject of ...

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Iain Henderson tries keep Ulster cup dreams alive

Iain Henderson bustled and hustled his way to a try in each half as Ulster barnstormed to a bonus-point victory over Scarlets to keep their Heineken Champions Cup ...

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Connacht looking good for knockout stages

Connacht have given themselves a good chance of reaching the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup for the 11th time after securing a bonus point win at Stade Aime ...

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Munster can take giant leap towards last eight

Munster supporters will finally get their wish this evening when Conor Murray partners Joey Carbery at half-back for the first time in provincial colours.

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Exeter turn tables on Gloucester to breathe life into Champions Cup campaign

The Chiefs’ bonus point success secured their first European victory this season.

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Ulster on song to see off Scarlets

Ulster boosted their hopes of European Champions Cup qualification with a bonus-point 30-15 win over the Scarlets to bring them a maximum 10 points from their back-to-back ...

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Five star Connacht secure bonus point win in France

Connacht made it five wins on the bounce as they powered to a 36-21 win over Perpignan.

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Ronan O'Gara: Scott Robertson 'will definitely' be an All Blacks coach

Ronan O'Gara believes Scott Robertson is a future All Blacks coach.

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AIL preview: Ballynahinch back on home soil

Dave Mervyn previews this weekend's AIL Division 1B fixtures.

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AIL preview: Big test for Dublin University

Dave Mervyn previews this weekend's AIL Division 1A fixtures.

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O'Gara: 'I personally happen to believe that Joe will return to coaching in New Zealand'

Ronan O'Gara has said he believes that Joe Schmidt will return to coaching in New Zealand at some stage in the future.

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Sexton fit as Leinster make three changes for return Bath fixture

Sexton has overcome a calf injury to make the starting XV.

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Murray set for 120th cap as Munster team named for Castres clash

Munster have made one change from the team that took to the field in the home fixture last weekend with Joey Carbery set to start at out-half.

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Heineken Champions Cup: Pondering the Pool Two permutations

CJ Stander is not the only one pondering the potential Heineken Champions Cup implications for Munster from the other game in Pool 2 this weekend.

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‘Last year we were hunting... now we are being hunted’

Garry Ringrose believes Bath poachers Sam Underhill and Francois Louw are every bit as dangerous a partnership at the breakdown as the celebrated Australian pairing ...

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Paddy Jackson’s Perpignan bid to scupper Connacht hopes

It’s three years since Connacht last won five games on the spin but they get a chance to equal that this evening when they take on a Peprignan side without ...

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Coetzee: Ulster determined to build on Llanelli performance

Ulster will look to take a giant leap towards the knockout stages in Belfast tonight as they look to complete back-to-back victories over Scarlets.

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‘Steve’s place as a New Zealand rugby legend is guaranteed’

Steve Hansen will leave his role as New Zealand head coach with his record “unsurpassed”, according to All Blacks chairman Brent Impey.

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Steve Hansen: The best All Black coach ever

There are, apparently, lies, damned lies, and statistics, but you can stack the numbers any way you like and still conclude that Steve Hansen is the best coach the ...

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French teenager playing for Stade Francais dies in rugby match

A teenage rugby player with French side Stade Francais has died after being injured in a game.

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CJ Stander predicts hot reception in France

CJ Stander has lent some perspective to the disquiet over Munster’s failure to grab a bonus point against Castres last weekend.

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Steve Hansen’s glittering reign as All Blacks coach to end after 2019 World Cup

The 59-year-old has won 85 of his 96 Tests.

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Paddy Jackson to face Connacht in Perpignan clash

Paddy Jackson is back in the Perpignan side that faces Connacht in the Challenge Cup tomorrow night.

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Rory Best to become Ulster's most capped player in Europe

Ulster Head Coach Dan McFarland has named an unchanged squad for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup Round 4 match against Scarlets at 7.45pm in Kingspan Stadium. ...

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UIster won’t get sloppy in Belfast, vows John Cooney

John Cooney believes that complacency is not a word that will feature in Ulster’s game plan tomorrow night in the second stanza of their Heineken Champions ...

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Johann Van Graan builds towards perfection

A dropped pass in the opposition 22, a botched lineout five metres out or a knock-on in the 12th phase of a try-line siege.

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Banned Leinster flags failed 'snap test, slip test and fire test', say Bath

Bath Rugby have issued a lengthy statement about the reasons behind their decision to prevent Leinster distributing 1,500 flags to travelling supporters last Saturday. ...

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Tony Adams to become new president of England's Rugby Football League

The 52-year-old has forged close links with the RFL through his Sporting Chance charity.

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Joe Schmidt: 'Never say never' on possible coaching return

Joe Schmidt has not ruled out returning to coaching some day.

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Joe Schmidt wins Phillips Manager of the Year Award for the second time

Joe Schmidt has won the 2018 Phillips Manager of the Year Award.

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Conor Murray: 'We took the time that was necessary to get the neck fully right'

Conor Murray may be frustrated he missed Ireland’s historic victory over the All Blacks last month but he has no regrets he took the time to properly rehab ...

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Joe Schmidt turned down All Blacks' approach last year

The Irish boss rejected an offer to join Steve Hansen's backroom staff.

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