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# rugby - Thursday 20 February, 2014

New boss Anthony Foley says new job is ‘surreal’

The former Munster skipper has been offered a two-year contract as head coach.

# rugby - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

‘Devin Toner lives in the same village as me, there must be something in the water’

Ireland Women’s second-row Marie Louise Reilly tells that the Grand Slam winners are ready to prove a point against England.

Conor Murray: ‘There’s a Triple Crown on the line and that’s a great position to be in’

The Munster and Ireland scrum-half is relishing his first trip to Twickenham.

No talk of rap battles this year as Ireland prepare for battle at Twickenham

The mood in the Ireland camp is not as jocular as 2013 but that is no bad thing.

# rugby - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Conor Murray: England capable of cutting loose with ‘dangerous’ Danny Care pulling strings

The Ireland scrum-half believes the Harlequins player must be watched like a hawk on Saturday.

Dragons prop slapped with 10-week ban for tip-tackle on Isaac Boss

The Argentine received a straight red card for his tackle on the Leinster and Ireland scrum-half.

Connacht lose centre Eoin Griffin as he is lured to London Irish

The centre had been tipped for a summer move to Munster but is heading to the Premiership.

Speedster Carlin Isles to join Glasgow Warriors in Pro12 — reports

Despite signing a ‘futures’ deal with an NFL franchise, Isles could get his rugby union chance this season.

# rugby - Monday 17 February, 2014

Munster rugby player seeking to change lives one smile at a time

Academy centre Harry McNulty is hoping to head abroad on a charitable mission with Operation Smile in the next year.

‘To put it mildly, we got beaten up at Twickenham last time’ – Rory Best

The Ulster hooker believes the game’s destiny lies with the 16 men going scrum to scrum on Saturday.

Bowe and Fitzgerald ‘extremely close’ but not close enough for Ireland

Irish team manager Mick Kearney revealed that Robin Coepland was not included in the 33-man squad as he was unlikely to feature in the matchday 23.

No return in sight for Fitzgerald or Strauss as Ireland set sights on England

Isaac Boss should be fit for the Twickenham clash despite being forcefully flung to the RDS turf on Friday.

# rugby - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Donnacha Ryan ‘ready to go’ for Ireland says Munster coach Rob Penney

The province, meanwhile, has lost Dave O’Callaghan and Duncan Casey to injury.

Eddie O’Sullivan set for involvement with ‘American Prototype Team’

The former Ireland head coach could take charge of a team selected on the basis of a rugby combine in the US.

# rugby - Saturday 15 February, 2014

Castres may owe Toulon €400,000 after Kockott changes mind over move

The Heineken Cup champions had agreed a pre-contract deal with the South African born French international.

‘They play for each other. You can’t buy that’ – Grenoble stun Top 14 leaders Clermont

Irish scrum-half James Hart came off the bench to score a conversion and take part in a tenacious rearguard action.

# rugby - Thursday 13 February, 2014

‘We’re playing Clermont on Friday and I’ve been hurling all week’ – James Hart

Grenoble’s Irish scrum-half is hoping to overcome a stomach bug to face on of the Top 14′s most fearsome sides.

# rugby - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Bahrain born Munster player relishing his training chance against BOD

Harry McNulty and several of his academy teammates will facing off with the Irish senior squad in Tipperary today.

Gilroy hoping to turn Schmidt’s head in bid to face England at Twickenham

The Ulster winger has been told by the Ireland coach that big performances may force him back into the reckoning.

Rugby star cheering on Mr World and Newstalk host at Great Limerick Run

Former Ireland flanker David Wallace has called on the public to sign up for the Special Olympics fundraiser.

# rugby - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Jamie Heaslip suggests Brian O’Driscoll may play on another year

BOD’s going to love his Ireland teammate for this.

Timely boost for Munster and Ireland as Donnacha Ryan returns

The lock is in line for a Pro12 start against Zebre while Felix Jones and Tommy O’Donnell have been released from Ireland duty.

Ireland looking for vengeance after Lansdowne loss – Courtney Lawes

The England and Northampton lock is looking forward to playing at Twickenham again after two weeks of travel.

# rugby - Monday 10 February, 2014

Tuohy targets Saracens return after fracture to his right arm

The Ulster second row says he will be out for the rest of the Six Nations with the injury suffered against Wales.

Paul O’Connell may have to start wearing Peter O’Mahony pyjamas

The Munster captain has now delivered three huge performances on the spin for his country.

# rugby - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Schmidt’s ruthless desire sets up championship decider at Twickenham – Adrian Flavin

The former Connacht and Wolfhounds hooker also has words of criticism for Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips.

Gatland admits Ireland have the upper-hand in Six Nations title chase

The Wales coach believes his side’s 23-point margin of defeat on Saturday has left them playing catch up.

High-flying Trimble finds a home in Schmidt’s Ireland

The Ulster winger caused mayhem for George North and Liam Williams after an excellent shift at Lansdowne Road.

Rugby fan dies after collapsing at Murrayfield

The 60-year-old man was watching the Scotland versus England Six Nations game at the time.

Twickenham holds no fear for inspirational O’Connell after whacking Wales

The Ireland captain was still suffering from the remnants of a chest infection on Saturday but was immense against Wales.

# rugby - Saturday 8 February, 2014

JJ Hanrahan a perfect 10 as Munster destroy Cardiff

There were second half tries for Simon Zebo and Gerhard van den Heever as another Welsh side struggled in Ireland.

Ireland loss the most disappointing of my Wales tenure, admits Gatland

The New Zealander had few complaints after his team were out-gunned at Lansdowne Road.

Schmidt targets England at Twickenham as Triple Crown looms large

The Ireland coach is delighted that his team finished off winning positions in their first two Six Nations games.

Scott Williams leaves Lansdowne Road with shoulder in a sling after BOD tackle

Wales boss Warren Gatland confirmed his centre injured himself in landing a big hit on his opposite number.

As it happened: Ireland v Wales, Six Nations

We went minute-by-minute from Lansdowne Road as Ireland faced a huge hurdle in this campaign.

‘If you go in half-cooked against George North, you’re going to get bounced’

Ulster winger Andrew Trimble will face off against the Welshman who makes a living from delivering big hits and bigger plays.

# rugby - Friday 7 February, 2014

Check out this superb BOD v Gatland front page story from Wales

That’s a monument we would love to visit on our summer holliers.

5 Under 20s that impressed in Wales’ whitewash over Ireland

The Welsh pack gobbled up their Irish counterparts on a windy night in Athlone.

Darren Cave the hero as Ulster edge gritty Ospreys clash

The centre stepped up to deliver a crucial score for Mark Anscombe’s men.

Grand Slam defence intact as Ireland Women slay Wales

Phillip Doyle’s ladies trailed 6-0 to their Welsh visitors but rallied well in the second half.