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Seize the day, Schmidt urges duo

Joe Schmidt has challenged Ian Keatley and Ian Madigan to help him not have to pick first-choice fly-half Johnny Sexton once he is cleared to return from a 12-week concussion lay-off.

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System ‘tougher for French, English’

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre believes he and English counterpart Stuart Lancaster have a much tougher job than their rival RBS 6 Nations bosses and cited Ireland’s centrally contracted players as his primary evidence.

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French hope Six Nations can bring unity in troubled times

Amid the hype and bluster surrounding the Six Nations launch, the French provided a moment of context and a sharp dose of reality.

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Blow for Munster as Horne rejects lucrative offer

Australian centre Rob Horne has rejected a lucrative contract offer from Munster and will remain with the New South Wales Waraths.

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Crescent off to storming start in Senior Cup

Munster Senior Cup: Crescent 10 CBC 0

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O’Sullivan’s brace inspires Belvo past Gonzaga

Leinster Senior Cup: Belvedere College 32 Gonzaga College 5

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Rockwell withstand brave PBC fightback

Munster Senior Cup: Rockwell 16 PBC Cork 14

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Ardscoil’s early blitz proves decisive

Munster Senior Cup: Ardscoil Rís 21 St Munchin’s College 13

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Woe for Munster as Sean Dougall set to join James Coughlan at Pau

Munster look set to lose another back-row forward to Pau with Sean Dougall in line for a move to the French Top 14 hopefuls this summer.

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Conor Murray

Ireland’s scrum-half options improving as Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan set to make it

Ireland’s concerns over who will occupy the scrum-half berth for the Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome next week appear to be far less acute today with the news from camp both Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan are expected to be fit.

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Jack McGrath

Contrite Jack McGrath apologises for Rory Best stamp

Jack McGrath has apologised to Rory Best for a stamp which earned him a three-week ban earlier this month.

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Nigel Carolan

Nigel Carolan: Creating right environment more important than results

It hasn’t been the greatest few months for Ireland’s batch of indigenous coaches, what with the struggles of Anthony Foley’s Munster and Neil Doak’s Ulster, but Nigel Carolan hopes to change that trend.

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Owen Farrell

Another blow for England as knee injury rules Owen Farrell out

England’s preparations for the RBS 6 Nations continued to unravel with the news Owen Farrell will miss the entire Championship because of a knee injury.

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Gerry ‘Ginger’ McLoughlin says Munster must axe academy

Former Shannon, Munster and Ireland prop Gerry ‘Ginger’ McLoughlin believes Munster must axe its academy to finance a return to European glory days for the province.

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Mils Muliaina may extend stay at Connacht

All Black legend Mils Muliaina has not ruled out staying at the Sportsground beyond this season.

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Simon Zebo, Munster, does his signature celebration after scoring his side's first try. Pic: Sportsfile

John "Paco" Fitzgerald says Munster must invest to halt slide

Notwithstanding the record-breaking points tally in the slaughter of Sale Sharks on Sunday, John "Paco" Fitzgerald has warned that Munster must seriously consider a cash injection to keep pace with increased European investment in playing resources.

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Doyle, Mahon tries win it for Monkstown

CBC Monkstown 18 CUS 11: Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup: Second-half tries from Sean Doyle and Ben Mahon were crucial as CBC Monkstown booked their place in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at the expense of CUS at Donnybrook yesterday.

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Ravenhill

Ulster’s added incentive as Belfast hosts final

Guinness Pro12: A reinvigorated Ulster could not have asked for a better incentive to lift their first silverware for almost a decade when Belfast won the bid stage to host the Guinness Pro12 final at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday, May 30.

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Doyle, Mahon tries win it for Monkstown

Munster Schools’ Senior Cup: It has been a busy few days for coach Tom Tierney, who today prepares for his third different rugby assignment in 96 hours.

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Murray and Reddan injuries give Schmidt selection headache

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt’s options at scrum-half for the RBS 6 Nations are still no clearer after Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan received their first medical assessments from the national team’s medical staff.

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