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Dublin: 21 °C Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Rugby - Today’s News

Four men in custody after machete attack on French internationals

Aurélien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser were set upon by armed thugs in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Rugby - Sunday 20 July, 2014

Joe Schmidt and Katie Taylor look on as Ireland Women win final World Cup warm-up

Philip Doyle’s side had too much class for Wales in Malahide this afternoon.

French rugby internationals injured in vicious machete attack

Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser were set upon as they walked back to their team hotel last night.

Super Rugby semis confirmed after pulsating wins for Brumbies and Sharks Final Four This post contains videos

Super Rugby semis confirmed after pulsating wins for Brumbies and Sharks

There may be an investigation back in New Zealand after only one of their five sides made it to the final four.

Rugby - Saturday 19 July, 2014

Nagle excited about new adventure, but not closing door on rugby

The 25-year-old former Munster lock explains his decision to take time out of the professional game.

Rugby - Friday 18 July, 2014

Connacht-bound Bundee Aki named in Chiefs team for Super Rugby knock-outs

The reigning champions are away to the Brumbies while Jake White’s Sharks face the Highlanders.

Former Leinster lock Louis Magee elected new IRFU president

The Bective Rangers clubman continues a long-standing tradition by taking over from Pat Fitzgerald.

IRFU report positive financial outcome after Six Nations triumph

Irish rugby’s governing body has urged caution in the long-term despite this success.

Seven of Ireland’s U20 World Cup squad recruited to Leinster academy

Garry Ringrose, Cian Kelleher, Harrison Brewer and Ross Byrne are half of the new first year academy members.

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Ireland Women centre Murphy striving for perfection at World Cup

The 25-year-old and her teammates have lofty ambitions for the tournament in France.

Rugby - Thursday 17 July, 2014

Former Munster lock Ian Nagle to take break from professional rugby

The 25-year-old will step away from the game to work in Washington DC.

Meat pies, interviews and singing; The Honey Badger’s top five moments

Rugby HQ have paid tribute to the Australian wing as he departs for Japan.

Easterby confirmed as forwards coach in Schmidt’s Ireland set up

The former international back row replaces John Plumtree in charge of the pack.

Ex-Munster fullback Scanlon stepping into leader’s role at Rotherham

The 25-year-old is excelling in the Championship, where he has five Irish teammates this season.

Rugby - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Rugby had higher percentage of positive drugs tests than athletics in 2013

1.3 per cent of the samples taken in rugby showed the presence of prohibited substances.

11 sports stars who have made successful transitions to TV

Brian O’Driscoll may look to these figures for inspiration ahead of his own move to BT Sport.

Japan and Singapore go head-to-head for final Super Rugby spot

The Asian nations are both in contention for the 18th place in the expanded competition.

All Black Nonu makes fourth Super Rugby transfer in as many seasons

The 32-year-old is heading home to Wellington to join the Hurricanes next season.

Brian O’Driscoll signs up as rugby expert with BT Sport

The 35-year-old will be involved in the Rugby Champions Cup packages this season.

Here’s who the Premiership clubs have signed for the 2014/15 season

We’ve rounded up all the business done on the transfer market in England this summer.

Rugby - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

‘Tongan Thor’ schoolboy sensation may take up Australian offers

18-year-old Taniela Tupou is in high demand thanks to a viral video of his hat-trick.

Tindall bows out to complete England ’03 World Cup squad retirement

The 35-year-old announced his decision on Twitter this morning.

Rugby - Monday 14 July, 2014

Rupeni Caucaunibuca set for return to French rugby at 34

The Fijian wing will have to pass medical tests at Agen to secure his contract.

Leinster CEO Dawson expects to see more of O’Connor’s personality

The Australian secured a Pro12 title in his first year in charge, but there may be more to come in terms of style.

Wales captain Warburton could be clubless as civil war continues

The 25-year-old is facing the possibility of having no club side for the start of the season.

Rugby - Sunday 13 July, 2014

Leinster excited by Douglas and Madigan as Cullen’s influence continues

Head coach Matt O’Connor is feeling positive about avoiding second season syndrome.

Rugby - Saturday 12 July, 2014

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Dagg offload and Toomua hat-trick the highlights as Super Rugby top six confirmed

The Waikato Chiefs won away in Auckland to keep their three-in-a-row dreams alive.

Munster assistant coach Ian Costello looks to defensive progress

‘I think you have to be internally motivated to keep trying to be better.’

‘You’ve got to keep fighting’ – Luke Fitzgerald remains unfulfilled

The 26-year-old is hopeful of playing again in September after an operation on his groins and abs.

Rugby - Friday 11 July, 2014

Last of the 2001 Lions retires as Iain Balshaw bows out

The 35-year-old has endured a 16-month struggle with a knee injury.

Irish provinces strong enough for Champions Cup success – O’Brien

The 27-year-old is fit, fresh and motivated ahead of a new season with Leinster and Ireland.

Welsh rugby at crisis point as peace talks break down

The regional sides are unhappy with the level of funding on offer from the Welsh Rugby Union.

Piri Weepu signs for ‘iconic and globally recognised’ London Welsh

The scrum-half has won 71 caps for New Zealand and won the World Cup in 2011.

Here’s everything you need to know about the RDS redevelopment

Leinster’s home ground will see its capacity increased to 25,000 by 2017.

Leinster announce plans to expand RDS to 25,000 capacity

A budget of €20 million has been set for the redevelopment of the Dublin stadium.

What can Ulster expect from new South African signing Louis Ludik?

Former Agen teammate Denis Fogarty and South African sports journalist Gareth Duncan explain.

Rugby - Thursday 10 July, 2014

36-year-old Peter Stringer is still ripped and has a slick pass

The Bath scrum-half is looking in good shape ahead of the new season.

World Cup winner Piri Weepu heading for London Welsh – report

The Blues have confirmed that the 30-year-old scrum-half will leave the Super Rugby franchise.

Guinness confirmed as new Pro12 title sponsor

The Irish brewery takes over sponsorship of the league from RaboDirect.

Finalists Leinster and Glasgow meet on opening weekend of new Guinness Pro12

The first inter-provincial clash will feature Connacht v Leinster a fortnight later, with Munster visiting the champions in early October.

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