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Dublin: 17 °C Friday 31 October, 2014

Today’s News

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Thursday 16 October, 2014

Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Ulster lose lock Alan O’Connor to three match ban

The 23-year-old was cited for an incident that left Glasgow’s Mark Bennett unconscious.

5 questions for Ulster ahead of their latest European adventure

Can Neil Doak guide his province to greatness, or will it all end in heartbreak again?

18 reasons why John O’Shea is Ireland’s greatest national treasure

Who put the ball in the German’s net?

‘What’s the point of sitting in, losing 1 – 0 and feeling as if you’ve a moral victory?’ – O’Neill

The Ireland manager says he was happy to risk falling 2 – 0 down in search of what could prove a “vital” point.

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Here’s how Leinster’s pool rivals Harlequins are set before the Champions Cup kick-off

The don’t face each other until December, but those games look likely to decide Pool 2.

Tuesday 14 October, 2014

No room for error: Ireland must be ‘really focused, really strong’, says O’Neill

The Ireland boss also hailed the achievement of John O’Shea, who could win his 100th cap tonight.

5 big questions for Connacht before their return to Challenge Cup action

It’s back to (the other) European competition for Pat Lam’s men.

Munster defeat still nagging at ‘patchy’ Leinster

Sean Cronin says the inter-pro defeat is a low from from which Leinster must rise above.

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Rory Best: Not enough for Ulster to learn harsh lessons, it’s time to deliver

The Ulster captain insists the loss of some big name players can have its benefits this season.

Monday 13 October, 2014

Forget Chabal, 9 years on Wallace’s timing v Sale is the lasting memory for O’Callaghan

The sides meet this Saturday and the lock is aiming to avoid a repeat of the 2005 trip to Edgeley Park.

Shoulder injury rules Martin Moore out of Ireland’s November internationals

Leinster coach Leo Cullen today said the tighthead prop would miss 12 weeks through injury.

Ulster coach Doak giving players platform to ‘express themselves’ on the field

The newly promoted coach can see tougher challenges than Glasgow ahead, so for now his pokerface is firmly in tact.

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Gilroy primed and ready to take big chances in Ulster’s big games

“I just had to remember to relax and try to get my hands on the ball.”

Sunday 12 October, 2014

Bowe delighted to overcome the ‘potholes’ and end mini try drought

The winger admitted to feeling frustrated at being unable to find his way onto the scoresheet this season.

Here’s all you need to know before rugby’s new look Champions Cup kicks off

There haven’t been many changes after the kerfuffle of the ERC breakaway, but here’s how the new competition will play out.

Doak delights in negating Glasgow as McCloskey provides heart of defensive effort

Ulster’s new head coach was behind Glasgow’s first loss of the season.

Saturday 11 October, 2014

Bowe and Gilroy tries seal Ulster win over Warriors

Ian Humphreys put the hosts into a winning position in Belfast with five penalties.

As it happened: Ulster v Glasgow Warriors, Guinness Pro12

Neil Doak’s first official game in charge of the province is tough one, so we went minute-by-minute.

Friday 10 October, 2014

Longevity no accident for record setting Donncha O’Callaghan

When push comes to squat in the Munster weight room, the lock says, “you’d swear it was European Cup final day.”

Thursday 9 October, 2014

Munster bring Peter O’Mahony and JJ Hanrahan back for Scarlets scrap

Anthony Foley has made eight changes to his side after the win over Leinster.

‘Unfair’ to put timeframe on Luke Fitzgerald comeback

The utility back had hinted that he would be back training in a fortnight, but Leinster insist they won’t rush his return.

Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Doak appointment has Ulster in ‘a better place’ than last year — Rory Best

The international hooker hopes an indigenous coach will help Ulster discover their ‘true identity’.

Leinster will go to Coventry for crucial Wasps clash in January Change Of Direction This post contains videos

Leinster will go to Coventry for crucial Wasps clash in January

The fixture could be Wasps’ first European tie after move.

Ulster wing Michael Allen ruled out for up to eight weeks, Jackson stood down for concussion protocol

The winger dislocated his shoulder against Connacht A last week while Jackson did not finish the bonus point win over Edinburgh.

This video proves how painfully slow the evolution of Ireland’s rugby jersey was until this century Up Your Jumper This post contains videos

This video proves how painfully slow the evolution of Ireland’s rugby jersey was until this century

Still gotta love that 2003 kit with the stripes on the sleeves though.

Tuesday 7 October, 2014

Roy Keane talks Grealish, Germany, Cork and definitely not his new book in this FAI interview Close The Book This post contains videos

Roy Keane talks Grealish, Germany, Cork and definitely not his new book in this FAI interview

See how long you can listen without getting lost in all that facial hair.

Ulster’s gain in Kiss-Doak axis will be Ireland’s post-World Cup loss

We can see few downsides to the news from Ulster today, but some questions will remain until he takes the role in November 2015.

O’Connor in the thick of it as Leinster aim to get back on track

A slight change of plan meant the serious portion of Leinster’s session was on view today, and there was no shortage of intensity in training.

Monday 6 October, 2014

41 filthy dirty photos of the gruelling Tough Mudder event at Punchestown this weekend Filthy Gorgeous This post contains images

41 filthy dirty photos of the gruelling Tough Mudder event at Punchestown this weekend

You’re gonna need a hose-down after looking at these.

‘Another little hand grenade they threw at me’ — Keane’s account of his final days at Manchester United

In hindsight, Keano might regret bringing Carlos Queiroz’ wife into the argument.

Here’s what European rugby’s new Champions Cup looks like Eyes On The Prize This post contains videos

Here’s what European rugby’s new Champions Cup looks like

Now, can anyone keep it from ending up in the south of France?

Connacht caught late by the Blues, Ulster stroll past Edinburgh and the rest of the weekend’s Pro12 highlights

Here’s where you can see what all this Stuart McCloskey hype is about.

Leinster win a ‘monkey off our back’, but Munster must quickly refocus — Tommy O’Donnell

The openside put in a serious shift on Saturday evening, but says the team discipline must improve.

Sunday 5 October, 2014

As it happened: Your Sunday GAA club championship match tracker

We go around the grounds all over the country to keep you up to date with today’s club action.

Delicious Di Maria curler and De Gea penalty save give United edge over Everton

Leighton Baines missed his first penalty in the Premier League.

Jeter, bigamy and ‘fun in the mundane’: It’s the week’s best sportswriting

You deserve a break from the big bad outdoors. Stay in and catch up on some reading.