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Rugby - Today’s News

Leinster game-sealing try against Connacht tonight was an early Christmas present

Matt Healy was trying to keep the game alive, but he killed it.

Noel Reid shines at 12 in Leinster win over Pat Lam’s Connacht

Zane Kirchner and Shane Jennings scored tries for Matt O’Connor’s men.

Here’s your ‘Bundee Aki is a Beast’ Pic of the Day

Connacht had Leinster on the back foot in the first half in the RDS.

We’ll Leave It There So: Katie’s award, Captain Morgan and all the day’s sport

Also, Johnny Sexton won’t play rugby again until February.

As it happened: Leinster vs Connacht, Guinness Pro12

This is the first of many inter-pros over the festive period.

The athletes who became successful politicians

We look at some of the top athletes Bernard Brogan might follow into politics.

BOD retires, Keane’s goals and the UFC – Dublin’s 2014 sporting highlights

It was also a good year for James McGee, St Vincent’s and Stephanie Roche.

Know your sport? Then take our weekly quiz

You better have been paying attention this week.

Racing Metro rule Jonathan Sexton out until mid-February, when Ireland host France

After his fourth concussion in a year, his club confirmed that he will be stood down from contact training for 12 weeks.

Sonny Bill Williams and Quade Cooper get approval to fight again

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen gave his blessing for SBW to fight, while Cooper got sign-off from the ARU.

Saracens call for £5.5m Premiership salary cap to be abolished

The English club’s chief executive feels the league needs to remove the restrictions in order to stay competitive.

No new injury concerns for Ulster as Neil Doak names full-strength side for Ospreys clash

Stuart Olding has recovered from injury but is named on the bench.

Anthony Foley shuffles his pack after taxing European double-header

Things don’t get any easier for Munster as they travel to Scotstoun tomorrow in the Pro12.

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Who are you backing for the RTÉ Manager of the Year prize?

The 10 nominees include Joe Schmidt, Brian Cody and Peter Taylor.

‘Huge amount of positivity’ in Leinster squad as Connacht come to town

Kevin McLaughlin admits the players need to start delivering on the pitch.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

If Adam Jones ever tries to give you drop goal advice, you run, you run far away

It was an admirable attempt the first time Adam, but this is a bit much.

‘People will write what they write’ – O’Connor defends Leinster’s season

The Australian head coach says his side are measured by a ‘different yardstick’ to the other Irish provinces.

Ireland have automatically qualified for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup

Changes to the qualifying process announced by World Rugby mean good news for Tom Tierney’s side.

Mike Ross extends IRFU contract until 2016

The new deal will bring the prop beyond his 36th birthday.

Lory Meagher and Airtricity division one glory – Longford’s sporting highlights of 2014

Longford Town and their hurlers brought home silverware in 2014.

South Africa U20 prop Van Dyk set for Leinster debut against Connacht

The on-loan Cheetahs front row has been named on Matt O’Connor’s bench for tomorrow’s tie at the RDS.

High Court blow for the Rugby World Cup bid (but don’t worry, all is not lost)

Organisers committed to vision for a world class Casement Park despite today’s ruling.

Eric Elwood back in rugby as domestic manager with Connacht

The Galway man will be responsible for growing the game across the province.

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Rory’s dominance and dual-code GAA glory – Down’s 2014 sporting highlights

The Mourne men and ladies had plenty to smile about over the past 12 months.

Concern over Sexton head injury as L’Équipe reports spell on sidelines J10

Concern over Sexton head injury as L’Équipe reports spell on sidelines

The Ireland out-half sustained the injury against Australia in November.

‘You’ve got to move on’ – Pienaar looking past Champions Cup disappointment

Ulster are all but out of the Champions Cup, meaning a Pro12 title has become the priority.

Connacht visit Galway Hospital and Ability West to spread Xmas cheer

Pat Lam’s players decided to do something different to secret santa this year.

Nice guy Dominic Ryan has prevented someone from getting a lengthy gouging ban

The flanker’s testimony prevented Charlie Matthews from getting a big ban.

Dave Kearney returns for Leinster as Lam aims to create history for Connacht

The western province have never won in the RDS, but are hoping that 14 changes will give them the best possible chance.

Take me to Church: Leinster stars greet children from trio of charities

Children from Laura Lynn, Heart Children Ireland and Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics Club were surprised by Healy, Kearney, Conan and Madigan.

Post-World Cup market wide open but can the Irish provinces compete?

The big names from the Southern Hemisphere are currently negotiating lucrative deals.

Former Wallabies captain Horwill signs for Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins

The 58-times capped lock is the latest player to confirm his departure from Australia post-World Cup.

Dan Carter can’t wait to replace Johnny Sexton and work with ROG at Racing Metro

“Let’s just say I’m really impressed by Jackie’s vision,” says the Kiwi after signing a contract worth a reported €1.5 million per year.

Henshaw set to return but Connacht have underlined their new depth

The likes of Caolin Blade have given Pat Lam some welcome selection headaches for the coming weeks.

Why you shouldn’t swear at fans – Delon Armitage handed 12 week ban

Not a great 24 hours for the two-time defending European champions.

Rugby - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

We’ll Leave it There So: Kimmage on BOD’s book, McGregor’s RTÉ documentary and all today’s sport

Also, Andy Lee returns home and Alan Brogan contemplates his Dublin future.

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