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Dublin: 5 °C Friday 19 December, 2014

Monday 8 December, 2014

Ulster ‘back in the mix’ but big improvement demanded from line-out

One win down, but how many will the northern province need to escape pool three?

Sunday 7 December, 2014

Rejoice! Austin Healey hit in the head by a ball on live TV

Kudos to whoever unleashed this beautiful kick.

As it happened: Harlequins v Leinster, Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute as the teams tied for top spot in Pool 2 went head to head.

Zlatan pretty much scored in the middle of a celebration last night

Here’s the great Ibra sliding off his feet and into your dreams.

Leinster look to ‘heartbeat of the team’ Ian Madigan for spark against ‘Quins

The versatile back will be tasked with jump-starting Leinster’s attack this afternoon.

Victory comes at a cost for Ulster as resources dwindle for return clash with Scarlets

Head coach Neil Doak has five new injuries on his hands.

Saturday 6 December, 2014

Ruan returns, half and half from Hump and more talking points after Ulster beat Scarlets

Ulster got the job done, but left plenty of room for improvement.

Danie Poolman on the double as five-try Connacht maul Bayonne

Pat Lam’s men stretched their unbeaten run in Galway to seven games.

As it happened: Ulster v Scarlets, Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute as Ulster aimed to breathe life into their European hopes.

Did you see Peter O’Mahony’s big blind swinging punch at Fritz Lee?

Probably best for all concerned that he didn’t connect here.

Ulster’s match programme features a superb Jack Kyle portrait on the cover

It’s probably the best looking programme ever.

Friday 5 December, 2014

2023 vision: Tales of a turkey coma and World Cup dreams

A feed of stout for Fiji, Samoa in Fitzgerald Stadium and more of our wildest recurring dream.

Thursday 4 December, 2014

Leinster coach O’Connor: ‘Winning ugly, winning pretty, is irrelevant to us’

The Australian is intent on playing winning rugby, whatever the style.

Ireland Women march into Dubai 7s semi-finals unbeaten

After opening with a draw, Ireland powered to convincing wins over Georgia, Wales and Kenya.

‘The processes that are in place work’: Heaslip shoots down notion of doping problem in rugby

The Ireland and Leinster number eight says he has lost count of the number of times he has been tested for doping.

Six things we want to see from Ireland’s provinces this weekend

It’s another big weekend in the Champions Cup.

‘Slushee? Sno-Caps, perhaps’: JJ Watt was mic’d up on Sunday and he put on a hell of a show Bashing The Titans This post contains videos

‘Slushee? Sno-Caps, perhaps’: JJ Watt was mic’d up on Sunday and he put on a hell of a show

The Houston Texans star delivered on all his pre-match bravado.

‘We’ve made it incredibly difficult for ourselves’ — Tommy Bowe

But Tommy Bowe still believes Ulster can do the impossible.

Wednesday 3 December, 2014

Ulster aiming to be ‘squeaky clean’ with Tuohy and Pienaar back on board

Neil Doak is hoping Ulster can take control of the penalty count as they chase a bonus point against Scarlets.

Connacht likely to save Henshaw for Leinster clash, Roux hopes to prove fitness for Bayonne

The Pro12 is the priority for Pat Lam’s men and they’ve got a tough set of fixtures between European games.

Tuesday 2 December, 2014

Jenny Murphy named captain of Ireland Sevens squad for Dubai

The 12-strong squad for this week’s tournament also contains Ashleigh Baxter and Alison Miller.

Watching Brad Barritt’s hit on Quade Cooper still gives us a killer headache Head First This post contains videos

Watching Brad Barritt’s hit on Quade Cooper still gives us a killer headache

We hope Quade is safe back home with his feet up.

Munster tie down quartet of Irish internationals to new contracts

Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Dave Kilcoyne and Felix Jones have all committed to the province.

Sunday 30 November, 2014

Feel the rhythm… Which Cool Runnings character are you?

Whoever you are, we’re sure Irv Blitzer will be proud of you.

Catching The Catch, no points for beauty and the rest of this week’s best sportswriting

Whether you’re in to baseball, photography or great rugby players, there’s something here for you.

Friday 28 November, 2014

From captaincy to Cardiff: 13 brilliant pictures of the great Jack Kyle

It was an incredible career for the 46-cap Ulsterman.

Ireland’s Grand Slam winner Dr Jack Kyle dies aged 88 RIP

Ireland’s Grand Slam winner Dr Jack Kyle dies aged 88

The legendary out-half won 46 international caps and six for the Lions.

Roy Keane steps down as assistant at Aston Villa to focus on Ireland

“It isn’t fair to either Villa or Ireland,” says Keane.

Thursday 27 November, 2014

Kiss confident of Chris Henry return, but ‘most important thing is getting back on his feet’

Ireland’s assistant coach cautioned against putting a time-frame on the flanker’s return to the field.

Connacht reward homegrown ‘heroes’ with two-year contracts

Pat Lam says that keeping local players involved in Connacht is an inspiration for the next generation.

No rest for Rory Best while Olding and Hanrahan named fullbacks for Munster v Ulster

Tomorrow night’s inter-pro is shaping up to be a cracker.

Ireland working to improve entire game, not just the attack — Les Kiss

Every tweak to tactics has a knock-on effect.

Wednesday 26 November, 2014

Dominic Ryan ‘greedy’ in the hunt for more international opportunities

The flanker is targeting the Ospreys as the first step towards the Six Nations.

Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Concussion not a concern for Sexton with ever-increasing knowledge protecting players

The out-half insists his head injury is not overly serious, but is pleased that he has more information than ever to review the issue.

Ulster Rugby optimistic after Chris Henry undergoes heart surgery

The flanker suffered a blockage in a blood vessel in his brain before Ireland’s opening November international.

‘Henshaw would be a great player for Leinster to be interested in’ — Leo Cullen

Leinster are reportedly reopening their interest in the Connacht star.

Kicking on: Schmidt will take on player feedback before Christmas review

Jonathan Sexton wants Ireland to add ‘another string to our bow’ before defending the Six Nations championship.

‘We left a Grand Slam behind us’: Sexton chasing improvements after ’9/10′ year

The World Rugby Player of The Year nominee wants to go one step further next time out.