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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 23 October, 2014

Rugby - Today’s News

‘One bad performance doesn’t make you a bad team’ – Rory Best

The Ulster hooker says his team will learn from last week’s defeat.

Keane: I knew the All Blacks would go after ROG – when I met him for dinner, I warned him

Roy Keane was an unlikely double-agent when the Irish rugby team played New Zealand in 2008.

Foley shuffles Munster front row for Saracens test

James Cronin and BJ Botha both start in Thomond Park tomorrow.

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650,000 want England v Australia tickets as World Cup organisers report record demand

Anxious fans will find out on Saturday if they were lucky.

11 things we learned from BOD’s big new book

A shocking revelation about a snooze button, developing Ireland’s defence and his attachment to that number 13 shirt.

‘Nobody owns the jersey’ – Ireland’s injuries present opportunities

Joe Schmidt is frustrated not to have key men available, but points to chances for the ‘next tier.’

‘I’m shook, a sitting duck’: How Brian O’Driscoll talked his way back onto the field against France

The centre was treated for suspected in concussion in a gruelling Six Nations clash with France in 2013.

Ballymena man Andrew Warwick making powerful impression at Ulster

The 23-year-old loosehead prop made his European debut for the province last weekend in Leicester.

Schmidt alert to Connacht’s resurgance as five make Ireland group

Robbie Henshaw, Kieran Marmion, Rodney Ah You, Nathan White and Darragh Leader have made the November squad.

Foley needs Munster to find crucial 5% as Saracens visit Thomond

The southern province are likely to stick with Denis Hurley and Andrew Smith in the midfield.

Henshaw or Payne: Who is Ireland’s next outside centre? 13

Henshaw or Payne: Who is Ireland’s next outside centre?

Joe Schmidt had positive words about the two players who will battle it out for a midfield spot in November.

Loss of referee control at the heart of 2007’s ‘Battle of Bayonne’ — O’Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll appealed to Wayne Barnes to restore calm in an infamously unruly World Cup warm-up.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Schmidt: In-form Keatley won out over ‘tough young man’ Jackson 10s

Schmidt: In-form Keatley won out over ‘tough young man’ Jackson

The Ireland head coach outlines his decision to leave the Ulster out-half out of his squad for November.

We’ll Leave It There So: Keane lashes United, Schmidt on Irish squad and all of today’s sport

Dessie Farrell, John Caulfield, Chris Ashton, Ched Evans and Steven Gerrard are all in the news as well.

Check out Brian O’Driscoll’s brilliant analysis on BT Sport last night

Should Hooky and Popey be quaking in their boots?

It’s ‘absolutely untrue’ that I influence provincial selection – Schmidt

The Ireland head coach refuted the notion that he has told Ulster to pick Jared Payne at outside centre.

Ashton drops out of England squad again as Lancaster prefers Rokoduguni

The Fijian soldier is one of three uncapped players in England’s 33-man squad.

Uncapped five in Michael Cheika’s first Wallaby squad

The Aussies come to Dublin next month.

Here’s how Ireland’s injured XV could line up

And when you can expect to see them back on a rugby field.

Openside O’Donnell living the Munster tradition of breakdown competition

The 27-year-old Tipp native discusses competing for steals and CJ Stander’s impact with ball in hand.

‘They almost know they’re going to win’ – Toulon’s experience a threat to Ulster

Mourad Boudjellal’s money has bought some of the best mindsets in the world of rugby.

Rugby - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Open thread: Who would you pick as Ireland’s starting XV

A back row of Diack, Ryan and O’Donnell? If you say so.

‘OOOH, he’s absolutely done Madigan!’ – Wade’s try against Leinster was pretty special

There were some cracking scores in the Champions Cup opening round

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.

The autumn five: Here are the new faces in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad

Schmidt wasn’t afraid to reward form ahead of the November tests.

We’ll Leave It There So: No place for Paddy, Oscar gets jail and the rest of today’s sport

We’ll also have news of two Ulster Rugby injury set backs and Man City’s early Champions League start.

‘Reformer’ Michael Cheika the perfect man to grab Wallabies by scruff of the neck — Caputo

The Australian coach in waiting has proven his ability to shift culture at Leinster. Now to sort out his country.

Schmidt squad hit by injuries in all the wrong places for Reid, Hanrahan and Jackson

While Joe Schmidt has had to reach down the depth chart in some areas, he was faced with difficult omissions in the back-line.

Why are the RTÉ panel, Conor McGregor and Jonny Sexton releasing butterflies this week? Come Fly With Me This post contains videos

Why are the RTÉ panel, Conor McGregor and Jonny Sexton releasing butterflies this week?

Hint: It’s all to do with DEBRA Ireland and EB Awareness Day.

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.

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 - Monday 20 October, 2014

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.

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TheScore.ie’s Irish XV of the Champions Cup weekend

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

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