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Rugby - Today’s News

Analysis: Ireland’s first-quarter blitz lays foundation for win over Wallabies

We break down Ireland’s scintillating opening 16 minutes against Michael Cheika’s side last night.

Should Bernard Foley’s try for Australia against Ireland have been allowed?

Was it a forward pass from Phipps? You tell us…

Joe Schmidt had his appendix removed after Ireland’s win over Australia

Ireland head coach “recovering well” following surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Sexton, Kearney and D’Arcy all set for return-to-play protocols

Conor Murray also underwent a Head Injury Assessment during the clash with Australia yesterday.

Fanning scores twice as O’Connor’s Leinster struggle to draw in Treviso

Jimmy Gopperth had a last-gasp chance to win the game with a drop goal from 22 metres out.

Luke Fitzgerald a late withdrawal from Leinster’s clash in Treviso

The 27-year-old was set to start at outside centre for Matt O’Connor’s team.

Schmidt’s Ireland are a big threat going into the World Cup – Cheika

The Wallabies head coach was making no excuses for his side’s disappointing defeat in Dublin.

This classy chip from Beauden Barrett helped the All Blacks to beat Wales

Warren Gatland’s men were 16-15 ahead until the Kiwi out-half’s timely intervention.

Terenure and Clontarf back to winning ways as Galwegians soar in 1B

Get all the results and scorers from yesterday’s Ulster Bank League Division 1A and 1B action.

Relive Ireland’s win over Australia with Michael Corcoran’s thrilling RTÉ commentary

Hearts were in mouths and Irish fans were watching through their fingers in Dublin.

One person didn’t look too impressed by Rob Kearney’s drop goal attempt High Standards This post contains videos

‘I never thought we’d pull away at 17-0′: O’Connell pleased with Irish resilience

The captain did get a sense of satisfaction from Ireland’s second half performance.

Shane Long and Alan Quinlan are besties! It’s the sporting tweets of the week

Also, Brian O’Driscoll owns Rory McIlroy and Graham Norton befriends Paul Galvin.

12 of our favourite images from the week in sports

Killer fog to surfs up.

Four drop goals help Argentina to upset Saint-André’s France in Paris

Ireland’s World Cup opponents were tactically out-thought in the French capital.

Blind footballers, Montreal Screwjobs and the rest of the week’s best sportswriting

There are also pieces on England’s most-capped player and a footballer turned teacher.

‘We’ve been here before’: Ireland’s end to terrific 2014 just a reminder of a cautionary tale

Captain Paul O’Connell isn’t going to forget the nightmare that followed Ireland’s last November clean sweep.

Overshadowing international Tests no distraction for Reid and Leinster this year

This time last year, Leinster were in Treviso while Ireland took on the All Blacks.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Best proud of Ireland’s mental strength to avoid All Blacks defeat repeat

After three wins in November, the Ireland hooker recalled a similar situation back in 2006.

New out-half Ford steers England to their first win since March

England had lost their previous five test matches before today’s victory against Samoa.

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Henshaw learning from BOD but standing up for Ireland by himself

The retired Ireland legend has been helping the Connacht man out this month.

Sexton misses out as Retallick named World Rugby Player of the Year

The New Zealand second row becomes the fourth man from his country to win the trophy.


Courage commitment and character key to win, says George Hook

The RTÉ pundit also said that we should not get ahead of ourselves going into 2015 and the World Cup.

The final quarter played by the All Blacks against Wales should be shown to every player in the world

New Zealand scored 19 unanswered points in the game’s closing stages.

15 of the best pics from Ireland’s cracker against Australia

Sexton, Bowe and Zebo all feature prominently.

Player ratings: How Ireland’s players performed against Australia

Joe Schmidt’s men were excellent at the Aviva Stadium.

5 talking points after Ireland’s rollercoaster ride against Australia

Including Paul O’Connell’s ability to age like fine wine.

Ireland complete November clean sweep with victory over the Wallabies

Chieka’s men fought hard but tries from Zebo and Bowe, as well as Sexton’s kicking, saw Schmidt’s side on top.

As it happened: Ireland vs Australia, November Tests

Can Ireland get their third win of the autumn today?

Ireland v Australia off to an explosive start with five tries in 30 minutes

If you’re not watching, get yourself to a TV now.

Late Habana try helps South Africa to see off Parisse-inspired Italians

Heyneke Meyer’s men scored three tries in a performance that failed to impress at times.

Ireland look to forward power to make the difference against Australia this time around

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for, but can Ireland exact some revenge for last year’s no-show?

Fancy a quick look inside the All Blacks’ gym? Pumped This post contains videos

Fancy a quick look inside the All Blacks’ gym?

Yes, Bro. They even lift.

It’s been six years since one of the most depressing days Irish rugby has ever had

Ireland vs Argentina was the low point that was immediately followed by some intense highs.

Tommy Walsh to take up baseball? It’s comments of the week

The Kilkenny legend, late racehorse trainer Dessie Hughes and Billy O’Driscoll all feature.

There’s no doubt Schmidt is one of the best in the business – O’Connell

Ireland’s captain says there has been little talk of a win, but more focus on improving against the Wallabies.

Rugby - Friday 21 November, 2014

Couple of Cave tries end Ospreys winning run as Ulster move level at Pro12 summit

There was bad news too, however, as Paddy Jackson left the scene early.

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