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Dublin: 10 °C Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Rugby - Today’s News

Five uncapped players in Ireland squad for autumn tests but no Paddy Jackson

Joe Schmidt named his 37-man squad a week earlier than previously announced.

O’Driscoll thinks ‘Lunster’ fans showed a ‘lack of loyalty’

O’Driscoll also spoke to RTE about Michael Cheika’s influence and ROG vs Sexton.

Ross, Kearney and Fitzgerald all ‘pencilled in’ for Leinster trip to Castres

Scrum coach Marco Caputo says that Luke Fitzgerald will feature on the bench again this week.

Andrew Trimble to miss November Internationals with toe injury

He is expected to miss a number of months.

Munster’s Zebo eager for head-to-head against ‘nice guy’ Chris Ashton

The Irish province welcome Saracens to Thomond Park on Friday night for what should be a superb Pool 1 clash.

‘Just catch it or Matt will kill me’ – Fanning happy with brace but stresses team effort

Darragh Fanning enjoyed a prolific European debut, but credited the win to his pack.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

We’ll Leave It There So: Wes gets injured, Cheika up for Aussie job and the rest of today’s sport

Also, Bale could miss Liverpool clash and Paddy McNair is in line for a new deal.

O’Mahony encouraged to see Red Army out in force ahead of Saracens clash

Meanwhile, head coach Anthony Foley says no definitive progress has been made in the search for an extra back.

Just where do the provinces stand in Anglo-Irish relations?

It’s closer than you think says Whiff of Cordite.

Fire and Ice: Cheika vs Schmidt at the Aviva would remind us of the differences between them

Cheika got Leinster to realise their potential but Schmidt helped them exceed it.

SPONSORED’s Irish XV of the Champions Cup weekend

Six Munster men, three Ulster players and six Leinster stars make our selection.

Opinion: Ireland’s need for Payne at 13 is holding back Ulster’s attack

Neil Doak again used Payne at outside centre for Saturday’s Champions Cup defeat to Leicester.

Add Sale to the list: 8 times Munster have stolen victory at the death

Poor Saracens have been scalped twice by Munster at the end of European encounters.

Analysis: Ulster’s backs show cutting edge with superb Tommy Bowe try

Neil Doak’s backline demonstrated what they can do when provided with a quality platform.

Former Leinster boss Cheika agrees to coach Wallabies – report

Could we be set for Cheika v Schmidt in Dublin next month?

‘We were lucky’ – Man of the match Heaslip wants more from Leinster

The Ireland No. 8 gave an open and accurate analysis of his side’s performance at the RDS.

Capital gains as Blackrock, Old Belvedere and Railway Union all come out on top

Also, UL Bohemians got a win in the Women’s AIL.

Rugby - Sunday 19 October, 2014

Anatomy of a drop goal: How Munster beat Sale at the death

We use GIFs, videos and screenshots to pick apart the crucial moments in the endgame at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Error count a concern but O’Connor pleased with Leinster’s second half

The Australian head coach was enthused by the performances of Darragh Fanning and the back row.

5 talking points after Leinster beat Wasps at the RDS

Heaslip’s work rate, Fanning’s tries, individual errors, the back row and inconsistency.

Heaslip drives Leinster to Champions Cup victory over plucky Wasps

Matt O’Connor’s side picked up all four points at the RDS as Darragh Fanning scored two tries.

Rory McIlroy might have just switched his allegiances…….his rugby allegiances

Make up your mind Rory, is it Ulster or Leinster?

As it happened: Leinster v Wasps, Champions Cup

Matt O’Connor’s side were hoping to find their best form as the ambitious Premiership outfit visited the RDS.

Toulon hold off spirited Scarlets but don’t get bonus point

Toulon were only able to pick up four points at home to the Scarlets.

Munster have some celebrity fans in their ranks now

One Downton Abbey star showed their support yesterday.

Former giants Toulouse start with a win as Ospreys’ strong form continues

Elsewhere, the Ospreys won their seventh consecutive match after running five tries past Treviso.

‘If it’s on, we will play’ – Leinster looking to find next gear against Wasps

Head coach Matt O’Connor is hopeful that his players hit the right emotional pitch at the RDS.

‘We call it ‘The Fear Email” – Even on their holidays, Leinster players are on the clock

Flanker Kevin McLaughlin tells us what goes into his job away from the pitch.

Stander points to calm heads after Munster’s dramatic win in Sale

The South African back row was man of the match at the AJ Bell Stadium.

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All smiles for Podge and Sheasy – here are 10 of this week’s best sports pictures

Here’s how the drama of the last seven days looked through a lens.

23 pictures from a super Saturday of European rugby

It makes for happy viewing for Munster and Connacht fans.

Rugby - Saturday 18 October, 2014

Lineout struggles, backline combinations and 3 other talking points after Ulster vs Leicester

Also, Ulster could really benefit from denying Leicester a bonus point.

Ulster fightback falls short as they lose in Leicester

Ulster couldn’t overcome a sixteen point half-time deficit.

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Sexton’s Racing Métro make winning start against disappointed Saints

The English side were denied a losing bonus point in the final minute of play.

As it happened: Leicester vs Ulster, Champions Cup

Can Ulster make the perfect start at Welford road?

Connacht only needed 40 minutes to secure a try bonus point against La Rochelle

The western province scored seven tries against beleaguered French opposition today.

Saracens warm up for Thomond Park with four-try win against Clermont

Chris Ashton and David Strettle scored braces for Mark McCall’s men in a 30-23 victory.

Analysis: Clever kicks from Evans help ‘Quins to win over Castres

The former All Black produced two intelligent chips to set up Danny Care for the only try of last night’s game.

5 talking points after Munster’s last-gasp win over Sale

Keatley’s mettle, Stander in beast mode, breakdown battle, midfield problems and the comeback.

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