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Dublin: 15 °C Thursday 31 July, 2014

Rugby - Today’s News

Former Clermont and Lions star Lee Byrne named Dragons captain

Capped 46 times for the Welsh, Byrne has not appeared for his country since the 2011 World Cup.

Bowe out of Ireland driving seat and playing catch up on the wing

The 30-year-old admits the likes of Andrew Trimble and Dave Kearney have impressed out wide under Joe Schmidt.

Ulster have gone for a unique purple away kit this season

Check out the northern province’s two brand new jerseys for the 2014/15 campaign.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

A pony, Blaas, selfies and shopping: The best of today’s action in the Munster Race

Hopefully Andrew Conway’s bail didn’t cut into the funds raised for charity.

Simon Zebo: ‘If you’ve nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all’

The 24-year-old was happy with his performances in Argentina, but knows he has to keep impressing Joe Schmidt.

O’Connell urges patience as Munster’s all-Irish coaches look for balance

The 34-year-old lock admits working under Anthony Foley and Jerry Flannery has altered their personal relationships.

Rugby - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan takes World Cup trophy to visit Eiffel Tower Sightseeing This post contains videos

Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan takes World Cup trophy to visit Eiffel Tower

When the prop got there, however, the captains of 11 other countries were hanging around too. Pure awkward.

Champions Clontarf host Young Munster as Ulster Bank League fixtures announced

Friday Night Lights are back and the IRFU has vowed to live-stream more matches.

Serge Blanco drafted in to assist struggling France boss Philippe Saint-André

The former Les Bleus fullback will pare back his role with Biarritz to give more time to the national team.

‘If we paid €1.7m for Israel Folau I’d need to be locked up’ declares Toulon owner

Mourad Boudjellal has scotched reports that the Heineken Cup champions will move for the Wallabies fullback after the World Cup.

Van den Heever at home in Munster and ready to launch Ireland ambitions

The 25-year-old will get his season underway at the Limerick World Club 7s.

Rugby - Monday 28 July, 2014

5 overseas Irish with an outside chance of making the Rugby World Cup

Jonny Sexton is not included as he immediately qualifies under ‘The Jonny Sexton Rule’.

Ireland Women get busy training for World Cup opener against the US

The entire squad trained at their Marcoussis camp this afternoon.

Ex-All Blacks considering international ‘transfers’ for Rugby World Cup

Former Munster centre Lifeimi Mafi is reported to be among the players hoping to line out for Tonga.

Enda Kenny, Eamon Dunphy and Sean O’Brien wish Ireland Women good luck

Joan Burton, Peter O’Mahony, Derval O’Rourke, Liam Brady and John Hayes also feature in a star-studded video.

Rejuvenated Dan Carter back in All Blacks squad

The sabbatical is over for the talismanic No 10.

Rugby - Sunday 27 July, 2014

Ireland Women arrive in France targeting top four World Cup finish

Here are the best pics as Philip Doyle’s squad flew to Paris for the tournament.

Will Skelton’s even bigger 19-year-old brother signs for the Chiefs

At over 140kg and 6 ft 9 ins, Cameron Skelton is a huge unit.

South African U19 player fires over incredible 80-metre penalty

Gerrie Labuschagne was on target from way, way downtown.

Rugby - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Ulster’s latest South African import not looking to reinvent the wheel

The Ulstermen are now four weeks into their pre-season.

Cruising Crusaders set up Super showdown versus Cheika’s Waratahs

The Australian franchise have a home draw as they look for their first-ever Super Rugby title.

Smith and Barrett among six All Blacks off post-RWC transfer market

The NZRU has announced a raft of new contracts for international players.

Rob Kearney: The days of ‘It’s just a knock, I’ll be fine’ are gone

The Leinster and Ireland fullback talks player welfare and life beyond rugby after his first year as IRUPA chairman.

Rugby - Friday 25 July, 2014

Crusaders hunt eighth Super Rugby title but Sharks sniff an upset Final Four This post contains videos

Crusaders hunt eighth Super Rugby title but Sharks sniff an upset

The weekend’s other semi-final pits Australia’s Waratahs and Brumbies against each other.

Munster, Ulster and Connacht hit with Pro12 fixture confusion

The ongoing civil war in Welsh rugby has led to league and cup fixture clashes.

Rugby - Thursday 24 July, 2014

McCaw returns as Crusaders keep Carter at 12 for Super semi-final

All four franchises have named their starting XVs for the Super Rugby semi-finals.

Who’s missing? Rugby HQ pick out the top five ‘little men’ of the game

There’s a Welshman at number one in the latest version of Fox Sports’ entertaining series.

Super Rugby star Anscombe joins Cardiff with Welsh caps in view

The 23-year-old former New Zealand underage international will hook up with the Blues later this year.

Osborne striving to improve skill levels at Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins

We spoke to the man in charge of skill development at the Irishman’s Premiership club.


Analysis: Brumbies’ breakdown work gives them shot against Waratahs

We use GIFs and screenshots to examine the positive influence Laurie Fisher has had on the Brumbies.

I went to every Ireland game at 2010 World Cup and thought ‘I should be out there’

Kerrie Ann Craddock made her Ireland debut at the age of 29 but is eager to make up for lost time.

Rugby - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Wexford native Sheriff joins growing Irish ranks in English Championship

The 25-year-old lock has moved to Bedford on loan from Saracens.

From Munster memorial ‘Jock’s Block’ outside Limerick pub painted blue by mystery man Knock Your Block Off

Munster memorial ‘Jock’s Block’ outside Limerick pub painted blue by mystery man

The memorial is for the late Jock Hunter who was ‘A Proud Munster Man’.

Rugby technique: Last-ditch tackle or punch the ball loose?

We take a look at Ben Smith and Bundee Aki’s desperate efforts in last weekend’s Super Rugby play-offs.

Irish scrum-half Tania Rosser on returning to rugby three months after giving birth

The New Zealand-born player is back in the international fold after four years away from the game.


This rugby league player suffered one of the ugliest hand injuries we’ve seen

Chev Walker of the Bradford Bulls was surely in pain after this ‘scratch’.

Two men charged after weekend machete attack on Clermont rugby trio

The 20 and 21-year-olds were charged with “aggravated and premeditated group violence”.

No room for Cummins and Mowen as Australia name Rugby Championship squad

Ewen McKenzie’s 32-man squad will be led by openside Michael Hooper and face New Zealand first-up.

Ex-Munster out-half Hickey a Master of the professional game

The 32-year-old is now in his third season in France, where he has continued to study alongside rugby.

From Ex-rugby player Trevor Hogan to speak at ‘die-in’ Gaza protest in Dublin Conflict

Ex-rugby player Trevor Hogan to speak at ‘die-in’ Gaza protest in Dublin

The demonstrations will take place outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Grafton Street this evening.

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