Yellowbelly Furlong on tactics, Davy, and false perceptions

Tadhg Furlong wouldn’t usually be of a mind to do much the day after a game.

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Sexton returns to lead Leinster’s final charge

Leo Cullen vented his anger last week at what he perceived as suggestions in some media outlets that Jonathan Sexton had been ‘dropped’ for the semi-final ...

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Leo Cullen: We need to be switched on the whole time

Reasons to be fearful for Leinster today?

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Cullen apologises for Warriors and Rangers remark

Leo Cullen has apologised for comments made last week when he suggested that all of Glasgow Warriors' players were Rangers fans.

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Is sport really an inclusive sector?

Kate Sadleir was weighed down with boxes and brochures when she finished her business at the Irish Georgian Society on Dublin’s South William Street last Tuesday. ...

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Gareth Thomas criticises RFU's 'very feeble, weak response' after Folau and Vunipola controversy

Gareth Thomas had to stop and gather himself more than once today. His voice faltered. It choked with emotion. Who knows how many times his nerves were betrayed ...

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Selfless Leinster flanker Fardy has become the model import

Run the rule over the best imports to have featured for the provinces down the years and it makes for a diverse cast of characters.

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Healy banking on fans to neutralise enemy territory

Brendan O'Brien It’s eight years since Leinster faced an ‘away’ league final.

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Rennie: Warriors fans are not all Rangers supporters

Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie has refuted the claim that his club’s fans “are all Rangers supporters”.

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Toner injury not a cause for World Cup concern

Devin Toner’s World Cup ambitions remain intact with the news that the Leinster second row faces just a 4-6 week recovery period from the knee injury suffered ...

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Leinster make it clear: Sexton was not dropped

Leinster are keen to make one thing abundantly clear: Jonathan Sexton was not dropped for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final against Munster at the RDS last Saturday.

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Cats make hay as Carlow collapse

The only problem with throwing a party like this is that you don’t get to have the final say over the guest list.

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Cody’s Kilkenny spoil Carlow’s party

Carlow's first home game in this year's Leinster senior hurling championship may have made for a heartwarming tale but Kilkenny have never been ones for romance ...

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Leo Cullen wary of old Blue Joey Carbery having last laugh

Today’s meeting of Leinster and Munster at the RDS will, inevitably, be used as another opportunity to measure exactly how far Joey Carbery has come since ...

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Rory O’Connor and Wexford keen to make up for lost time

Left idle as the hurling championship kicked into gear last week, it’s not hard to imagine a Wexford side under the care of Davy Fitzgerald straining at the ...

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Kyle Hayes: Great expectations won’t hinder Limerick

Nine months on and the thrill of the win has yet to wear off.

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Noel McNamara insists focus is on the U20 World Cup

Ireland U20s coach Noel McNamara insists his full focus is on the upcoming Junior World Cup despite suggestions that he could be a possible candidate for a role ...

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Straight-up Larmour admits Leinster got ‘ziggy-zaggy’

Not for Jordan Larmour the comforting blankets of self-pity or self-denial.

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Leinster in rude health for Munster visit

Leinster may be shaken by last Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup final loss to Saracens but Leo Cullen's side have at least emerged from the experience with relatively ...

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Sexton: Your decisions are as good as they are in hindsight

The received wisdom for Leinster’s loss was poles apart in the moments after Saturday’s final whistle and in the hours that followed when thousands of ...

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Conan: We didn’t play the Leinster rugby that got us to the final

Brendan O’Brien Conan: We didn’t play the Leinster rugby that got us to the final

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A culture of success driven by project manager McCall

Mark McCall leans against a wall, his back to one of the many framed photos celebrating the local football club’s storied past, as he processes questions about ...

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Sarries turn the screw at the moments that matter

Nothing has typified the indomitable will of both Leinster and Ireland in recent years so much as their habit of sticking the knife into opponents in the moments ...

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Sexton remains Leinster’s North Star in Euro odysseys

Dig around through the entrails of Leinster’s last ten years of European triumphs and there are surprisingly few threads connecting them all.

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Offaly football still searching for return to glory days

Offaly’s slide from football superpower to forgotten backwater has happened, for the most part, on the fringes of the wider consciousness but the county’s ...

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Leinster focus is on Saracens rather than history

History will be in the air when Leinster face Saracens in tomorrow's Heineken Champions Cup final in Newcastle, but Leo Cullen won't feel the need to highlight the ...

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Furlong and Vunipola: A reunion of the props’ mutual admiration club

It is a measure of the quality in play at tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup final that there is so much mutual respect between the two teams, respect borne ...

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Micheál Donoghue: We had lucky escape in Carlow

Micheál Donoghue knows how Galway’s February draw with Carlow was framed in some quarters.

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Gifted James Lowe can light up Champions Cup final

It’s not often that you’d find yourself sympathising with sports bodies.

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Freetakers called for duty more often but mechanics stay the same

Peter Duggan knocked 67 frees between the posts for Clare in last year’s hurling championship yet ask your average punter to recall an attempt he stood over ...

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Gordon D’Arcy: How Leinster built a self-sustaining ecosystem

Gordon D’Arcy remembers when angst was the daily diet in Dublin.

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Bonnar: Galway clash ‘like an All-Ireland’ for Carlow

No need for a telescope when Colm Bonnar scans a metaphorical eye over the hurling landscape in Carlow.

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The goal that set Tipperary on way

Eoin Kelly isn’t the kind of guy with memories of his glory days etched all over his walls.

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Leinster embrace history as they look ahead to Saracens

Leinster are refusing to shy away from history as they chase a fifth star against Saracens in Newcastle this weekend.

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Rock: Cork’s new faces must embrace spotlight

Diarmuid O’Sullivan has been nothing if not consistent.

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Rebels need to make home advantage count

The days of ‘one strike and you’re out’ have long been confined to hurling history and yet the stakes as Cork and Tipperary meet in Sunday’s ...

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'We're pretty confident' - Lancaster certain Leinster will rise to the occasion in Newcastle

Stuart Lancaster has no doubt but that Leinster will shed their recent inconsistencies and producing a monster performance against Saracens in a heavyweight European ...

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Leinster optimistic Cronin will be fit for Champions Cup final

Leinster remain optimistic that Sean Cronin will be passed fit for Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup final against Saracens in Newcastle.

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McGrath feeling the hunger once more

If Derek McGrath came equipped with a fuel gauge then the red warning light would have been flashing at a worrying rate by the time he finally stepped away from ...

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Ruby’s sudden exit a reminder how we let greatness pass us by

It can’t have just been me who appreciated Lionel Messi that little bit more on Wednesday evening.

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Canning coy on comeback date

Joe Canning has no problem findings targets.

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Joe Canning coy on comeback date

Joe Canning’s fitness may be all the talk as we approach the beginning of the 2019 All-Ireland hurling championship, but the man himself isn’t all that ...

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It all adds up for sharpshooter Duggan as he juggles hurling with college exams

The scoreboard won’t contain the only numbers that matter to Peter Duggan this month.

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Morrissey and Limerick want to be more than one-hit wonders

Tom Morrissey doesn’t blanch at the question.

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Injuries rob Clare of trio as summer tests loom

Clare’s Munster and All-Ireland hurling ambitions have been significantly compromised by the loss of a trio of players for what appears to be the entirety ...

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Fanning: Foreign training camps ban ‘nonsense’

The GAA’s decision to ban all foreign training camps from next year on has been branded as “nonsense” by Waterford hurling manager Paraic Fanning. ...

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Sexton and Leinster produce perfect answer for critics

Not everyone had faith that Leinster were capable of overcoming the challenge of Toulouse in Dublin and yet the European champions rose to the challenge on Easter ...

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Leinster rise impressively to the occasion on Easter Sunday

Leinster refuse to be a team that limits their eggs to the one basket.

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