Rugby - TODAY'S STORIES - IRISH EXAMINER

Peter O’Mahony: Up to us to protect classy Conor Murray

Peter O’Mahony believes Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray deserves better protection from his team-mates as opponents try to negate the impact of one of world rugby’s best number nines.

More

Joe Schmidt’s curve ball as Munster trio get the call

The Six Nations is not supposed to be the time for experimentation but that has not prevented Ireland boss Joe Schmidt from continuing to his mission to develop strength in depth ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

More

Scannell brothers get just rewards for super Munster performances

The call-up of the Scannell brothers, Niall and Rory, to Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations squad is as much a cause for celebration at Dolphin as it is Munster.

More

John Muldoon rues losing out on glamour Thomond Park visit

Missing out on a first European Cup quarter-final was punishment enough for John Muldoon, but the knowledge that Connacht had forfeited the opportunity to front up to Munster at Thomond Park in the next round only added to the hurt.

More

England call time on players’ use of mobile phones

England players are to have restrictions placed on their use of mobile phones as part of a drive to improve skill levels leading into the next World Cup.

More

Ronan O’Gara says Johnny Sexton will be fit for 6 Nations opener

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is today set to name an extended squad for the first two games of the RBS 6 nations campaign with Ronan O’Gara revealing fly-half Johnny Sexton had given him every reason to believe he would be fit to face to Scotland in 12 days.

More

Toulouse to revisit scene of 2014 drubbing

Toulouse captain, Thierry Dusautoir, says they will be striving to erase the bad memory of their last visit to Thomond Park, in 2014. They are returning to Limerick to face Munster in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

More

Ronan O’Gara encouraged as ‘honest‘ Racing give their all

Pride restored after a Parisian wake-up call a fortnight ago, Ronan O’Gara was able to take plenty of encouragement from Racing 92’s honourable defeat on his return to Thomond Park.

More

Munster ready to kick on, says Rassie Erasmus

Munster 22 Racing 10: It has been a long and often painful wait, but Munster supporters again have the prospect, not just of a home European quarter-final to savour, but also the personnel with the right mindset to fulfil their potential in the cause of their province.

More

Regrets? Connacht will have a few

Toulouse 19 Connacht 10: Two points. Two measly points was all that separated Connacht from the losing bonus point they needed to secure a historic first step through to the knockout stages of the European Cup and it will eat away at them for an eternity.

More

Peter Jackson: Clermont continue long quest for European coronation

Clermont are back on familiar territory this morning for another attempt to avoid going down in history alongside a bookmaker’s son from Connemara straight out of Munster’s Red Army.

More

Hugo McNeill: ‘We’re part of a 70 million worldwide family of Irish people’

Hugo McNeill of the Ireland Rugby World Cup 2023 bid on Friday admitted that the revitalised French bid for the tournament represents a “formidable competitor”.

More