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Rugby - Today’s News

Stuart Lancaster’s England coaching contract extended until 2020

Lancaster and his backroom staff will remain in place through the next two World Cups.

‘I’m not here to make up the numbers’ – Copeland targeting Ireland’s No. 8 shirt

The 26-year-old respects Ireland No. 8 Jamie Heaslip’s ability, but has returned to Ireland to take his jersey.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Madigan’s place-kicking among best I’ve seen (from inside 45 metres) — Richie Murphy

Leinster and Ireland’s kicking coach has been more than impressed by the utility back’s 90% success rate this season.

Fresh injury concern for Sean O’Brien as he meets with shoulder specialist

The Leinster openside is seeking further counsel on the injury that keep him out for so much of last season.

Munster may look for short-term cover as injuries mount in backline

The southern province have seen three midfield options sidelined in the last month.

More bad news for Munster as Keith Earls is ruled out for up to four months

The international winger had surgery on his patellar tendon in London today.

Analysis: Ben Te’o shows Leinster his explosive power in NRL finals

The 27-year-old was a central figure in the Rabbitoh’s win over the Roosters on Friday night.

Brian O’Driscoll, Luis Suarez, Gordon D’Arcy and the 12-13 dilemma

‘It’s happy days playing 13, 12, whatever,” says the veteran centre.

Morgan Parra dived like Tom Daley over the weekend

There was contact, but Parra reacted like a veteran thespian.

Rugby - Monday 29 September, 2014

Delon Armitage had no problem telling his captain to ‘F**k off’ last weekend

Example 1,034 of why Delon Armitage is unlikeable.

Opinion: Struggling Munster must give Hanrahan more game time

The centre pairing of Denis Hurley and Ivan Dineen struggled in the province’s recent match with Ospreys.

Good lord, the Saracens scrum is wrecking everything in its path

The Sarries pack went from 0-60 in an instant against Sale.

Anyone for the last of the Rugby World Cup tickets?

The deadline for the ballot is 6pm this evening.

Leinster hopeful surgery can put ‘ongoing’ Sean O’Brien ankle issue to bed

Coach Richie Murphy took time to give a few more details on the injuries to Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien.

Analysis: Van den Heever’s attacking power stands out for Munster

The imposing South African wing looked sharp with ball in hand against the Ospreys.

Return of ‘quality’ Gordon D’Arcy important for O’Connor’s Leinster

The 34-year-old played in both centre positions against the Cardiff Blues on Friday night.

Connacht’s winning run ends, Ulster shocked and all the Pro12 highlights

Catch up on the action from what was, overall, a negative weekend for the Irish provinces.

Rhys Ruddock looked particularly beastly when running in a try against Cardiff

The flanker carried two Cardiff players over the line with him.

Rugby - Sunday 28 September, 2014

Oh no! Benjamin Fall might have a terminal case of white line fever

The Montpellier winger butchered a try scoring opportunity against Toulon yesterday.

Irish abroad: Farrell scores for Grenoble as O’Shea makes Worcester debut

Here’s how the Irish players involved in the Top 14, Premiership and Championship got on this weekend.

Julian Savea now has 27 tries in 27 Tests for the All Blacks

The wing scored his latest five-pointer last night against Argentina.

Hansen delighted with All Blacks three-peat

The All Blacks beat Argentina 34-13 in La Plata to get it done.

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Fitness and spirit key to beating Wallabies, says ‘Boks coach Meyer

South Africa finished strong to claim a bonus point in Cape Town.

Alred’s rounded vision guides place-kicking of Sexton, Jackson, Ford and Patchell

TheScore.ie spoke to the man many consider to be the best kicking coach in rugby.

Foley feels fine margins cost Munster in home defeat to Ospreys

The southern province’s head coach was annoyed that his side played the game in the wrong areas of the field.

O’Connor wants 80-minute display as disjointed Leinster prepare for Munster

The Australian head coach has been encouraged by the form of Rhys Ruddock early this season.

‘We’ve come a long way’ – Could Irish rugby league be on the verge of a breaktrough

Tallaght Stadium will host to European Championship games in October.

Lansdowne edge Clontarf, Cork Con off the mark and the rest of this weekend’s UBL rugby news

Meanwhile, Terenure tore Young Munster apart to move top of the Division 1A table.

Rugby - Saturday 27 September, 2014

Frustrated Conor Murray says Munster ‘need to come right quite quickly’

‘It’s not good enough,’ said the Ireland international scrum-half after defeat to the Ospreys.

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Highlights: De Villiers double helps Springboks leave Australia in the dust

South Africa trailed the Wallabies at half-time in Cape Town, but finished with a bonus point.

Munster slip to second Thomond Park defeat after Ospreys boss breakdown

Anthony Foley’s side lost out to the in-form Welsh region in Limerick.

As it happened: Munster v Ospreys, Guinness Pro12

We were live from Thomond Park as Anthony Foley’s men looked to jump into the top four.

Fitzpatrick sees red as Ulster fall to defeat against Zebre

The prop was sent off in the early stages of Ulster’s 13 – 6 loss.

Cronin thinks breakdown battle will be key for Munster clash

The Leinster hooker expects his side to work on their rucking ahead of next week’s derby.

Is Peter O’Mahony a 6,7 or 8 and does it even matter?

‘I’m not going to name myself down to a position at the moment,’ says the Munster captain.

Here are your division 1A and 1B Ulster Bank League previews

A top-of-the-table clash between Lansdowne and Clontarf is the pick of this week’s action.

Rugby - Friday 26 September, 2014

Connacht’s winning start to the season comes to an end in Glasgow

Pat Lam’s side leave town without a bonus point.

Cian Healy set for up to five months out after hamstring surgery

The Leinster and Ireland prop underwent hamstring surgery today.

D’Arcy in superb form as Leinster run four tries past Cardiff

Matt O’Connor’s men returned to winning ways after last weekend’s defeat to Connacht.

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