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Dublin: 10 °C Monday 21 April, 2014

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Munster-bound Robin Copeland sent off for stamping on Liam Williams’ head

The Cardiff Blues No.8 may have played his last game for the Welsh club.

Prince William catches the Izzy Folau show and Brodie Retallick goes topless

Gareth Anscombe, meanwhile, left his last-ditch penalty attempt against Crusaders a few, crucial yards short.

‘We’ll need to be at our very best, and then some, to beat Toulon’ – Rob Penney

The Munster coach was pleased that his side picked up a bonus point win, and no injuries, in Galway.

Fez checks out the merchandise as Dubliner finishes third at Circuit of Ireland Rally

Robert Barrable and his teammate Stuart Loudon finished just under two minutes back from the eventual winners.

From The Daily Edge It’s OK, Brian O’Driscoll is having chocolate for breakfast too Easter Boddy

‘This is a market people seriously need to look at’ – US rugby combine a success

The NFRL hosted its inaugural rugby combine event in Minneapolis two weekends ago, with a number of former NFL players attending.

Rugby - Saturday 19 April, 2014

Sexton and Racing Métro secure European Cup rugby as Toulon hit Perpignan for 46

James Hart kicked 11 points for Grenoble but they Bayonne back into a game they really should have won.

Munster on verge of home semi final after bonus point win over Connacht

Robbie Henshaw and Eoin McKeon errors have been well and truly punished by their interprovincial rivals.

Clontarf win Ulster Bank League as Old Belvedere crumble at relegated Garryowen

The Dubliners are the top dogs in Irish club rugby for the first time in their 138-year history.

‘Yellow card the catalyst’ for Glasgow win while Ulster injury toll rises again

The northern province will be nursing six front row injuries during the upcoming bye-week.

VIDEO: Mark Bennett’s reaction says a lot about his try against Ulster

The TMO awarded a third try to Glasgow… much to the surprise of the scorer.

Irishman Lydon destined for London after a year of learning at Stade Français

The 21-year-old out-half has gained valuable experience at the Top 14 club this season as his career progresses.

O’Connor excited by playmaking potential of Leinster centre Noel Reid

The 23-year-old delivered an excellent attacking display in the nine-try hammering of Treviso yesterday.

Adrian Flavin: Connacht backlash brewing but Munster desperate to get back on track

The former Connacht hooker believes his former teammates can beat Rob Penney’s men in Galway if they take their scoring chances.

Rugby - Friday 18 April, 2014

Impressive Glasgow mark Pro12 title credentials by out muscling Ulster

Mark Ansombe’s men will rue their lapses just before half time after defeat to the Warriors.

Nine-try rout of Treviso gets O’Connor’s Leinster back to winning ways

Noel Reid spearheaded an impressive attacking performance by the Pro12 leaders.

Hard Fanning carry, soft Kearney hands sets up Murphy try for Leinster

The Leinster attack is having fun in the sun.

As it happened: Leinster v Treviso, Pro12

We went minute-by-minute as Matt O’Connor’s side looked to get back to winning ways at a sunny RDS.

19-year-old Connacht hooker seeking to put a dent in Munster’s Pro12 ambitions

Jack Dinneen has been drafted into the senior squad following an injury crisis in the front row.

Sky Sports land five-year deal to show Top 14 rugby from next season

The British broadcaster previously tied up a deal to show the Pro12 from September onwards.

O’Connell returns, Henshaw back to centre as Munster and Connacht shuffle pack for inter-pro clash

Conor Murray is one of two scrum-halves on the Munster bench.

Healy: ‘There’s a lot of satisfaction in being able to lift a lot of weight’

The Leinster and Ireland prop discusses how his gym work transfers into scrummaging power on the pitch.

Nucifora to bring ‘greater alignment across all areas’ of Irish rugby

The Australian’s newly-created position was born in a post-2011 Rugby World Cup review by the IRFU.

Cup rugby from here on in for Ruddock and Leinster

After two consecutive losses, nothing but a win will do for Leinster tonight.

‘It’s in my interests to go’ – Cian Healy unwilling to rest for Argentina tour

The 26-year-old Leinster loosehead prop says Munster are ‘well capable’ of winning against Toulon in the Heineken Cup.

Rugby - Thursday 17 April, 2014

New Zealand trip helpful in Leo Cullen’s development as a coach — Gibbes

The Leinster captain took time out during the Six Nations to go on a fact-finding mission in the southern hemisphere.

Englishman Wayne Barnes to referee Munster’s clash with Toulon

The ERC has announced the full list of refereeing appointments for the European semi-final weekend.

O’Driscoll returns at 13 for Leinster as Ulster bring back Cave

Jimmy Gopperth continues at out-half for Matt O’Connor’s side, while Mark Anscombe has recalled Tom Court and Sean Doyle.

‘Winning World Cups is achievable’ – Nucifora says Ireland cannot limit ambition

The IRFU’s newly-appointed Performance Director wants to see more young Irish players in first-team action.

IRFU: ‘Absolutely no point’ in forcing Henshaw to switch provinces

IRFU focused on players’ “best interests in terms of getting to progress to with the national team.”

Connacht secure signing of Blues front row McCartney on three-year deal

The 28-year-old known as ‘Freak’ by his Super Rugby teammates will move to Galway next season.

Outdated view of Munster mentality ‘a curse’ — Conor Murray

The scrum-half thinks his team have no need to cling to an underdog status.

Strong club rugby in Ireland helping to develop U20 internationals – Ruddock

The Ireland U20 coach says AIL exposure has challenged the pecking order in his squad ahead of the Junior World Championship.

‘It’s another world out there’, but Murray ready to fill Munster’s number 10 jersey if needed

Injury to JJ hanrahan means that Munster have no recognised back-up at out-half, but the scrum-half is confident he could temporarily fill the void.

‘It’s only taken me seven months!’ – Nick Williams hitting form for Ulster

The explosive No. 8 believes the northern province can make up for Heineken Cup disappointment in the Pro12.

Rugby - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Barbarians name first batch of players to take on Clontarf next week

Mike Ruddock will coach the invitational side in their one-off match against the AIL club on the 23rd of April.

‘Big improvers’ Ireland key part of Wallabies RWC plan as November schedule is confirmed

Ewen McKenzie should expect a very different outfit to the one he faced last time out on Lansdowne Road.

‘I don’t think we’re in dire straits’ – Leinster’s Isaac Boss

The defeats against Toulon and the Ospreys were partly down to inaccuracy and indiscipline, says the scrum-half

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