Dai Young plays down Launchbury and Shields injury worries ahead of Six Nations

England kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin on February 2.

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Leinster set-up Champions Cup quarter-final with Ulster; Munster will travel to Edinburgh

Leinster have brought the curtain down on the Heineken Champions Cup pool stages with the easiest of victories away to Wasps on Sunday afternoon that confirms for ...

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Brad Shields injury a fresh headache for England head coach Eddie Jones

England open their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin on February 2.

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Friend relieved as Connacht book Challenge Cup quarter-final spot

Connacht coach Andy Friend said he always believed his men could secure the victory they needed in Bordeaux to advance to the quarter-finals of the European Challenge ...

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Castres strike late to defeat Gloucester in Munster's pool

Centre Florian Vialelle delivered a man-of-the-match performance.

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Munster grind down Exeter in battle for Champions Cup quarter-final spot

Munster booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals for an 18th time as they ground out a dogged victory over English league leaders Exeter at ...

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Simon Zebo's tries see Racing into Champions Cup quarter-finals

Racing 92 booked a home Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final with a 46-33 bonus-point victory over the Scarlets in Paris.

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Ulster boss okay over prospect of meeting Leinster in European quarter-final

Ulster's reward for making a first European Cup quarter-final in eight years may yet be a trip to Dublin to face Leinster's reigning champions.

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Connacht's dramatic comeback seals Challenge Cup quarter-final spot

Jack Carty crowned a glorious week as he celebrating his call-up to the Irish squad by scoring the match-winning try three minutes from time to send Connacht into ...

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Far from pretty but Ulster claim place in Champions Cup quarter-finals

It was a performance riddled with mistakes, so many of them elementary, but the side's reaction to adversity in the second-half, when coming from 13-0 down to claim ...

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England’s Six Nations preparations hit by Owen Farrell injury

The Saracens star has undergone surgery on his thumb and could be sidelined for up to 10 days.

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England’s Six Nations preparations hit by Owen Farrell thumb injury

Farrell missed Saracens’ Champions Cup clash with Glasgow due to the problem.

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Leo Cullen bemused by English money gripes

It may be vulgar to talk about money but there is no escaping the grubby subject as Leinster go to Coventry in search of the win that would guarantee them top spot ...

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Leo Cullen backs Ross Byrne to bounce back after missing out on Ireland squad

Leo Cullen is adamant Ross Byrne will park the disappointment of being omitted from Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations squad and guide Leinster to the win against Wasps ...

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‘Rugby is floundering at club level, especially in the rural areas’

There was little to suggest that when Bob McGann, a hurler and sportsman of some renown, left Monivea to join An Garda Síochána many decades ago that ...

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McNamara plans for future with new-look U20 squad

Noel McNamara says welcoming England to Cork for the U20 Six Nations opener is a dream fixture.

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Munster's Red Army beginning to feel the buzz again

Simon Lewis (half cut) Munster’s upturn in form has not gone unnoticed. Three very different victories since Christmas, over Leinster, Connacht, and Gloucester ...

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Munster must find another knockout punch against Exeter

It is not as if Munster have not been here before, standing on the brink of a European quarter-final but still needing the final game to close out their progress ...

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Brown sees Ireland clash as perfect chance to reclaim England spot

The country’s most capped full-back has not worn the number 15 jersey for the last nine Tests.

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AIL 1B preview: Ballymena look to keep momentum going

This weekend sees the return of the All-Ireland League rugby. Dave Mervyn previews the action in Division 1B.

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Robbie Henshaw returns for Leinster's trip to Wasps

Leo Cullen has chosen his Leinster team to face Wasps on Sunday in Round 6 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

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Henderson returns for Leicester clash

Iain Henderson has recovered from injury to take his place in the Ulster team that will face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road in tomorrow's crucial Champions Cup ...

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Peter O’Mahony passed fit to captain Munster in Champions Cup clash

Head Coach Johann van Graan has made just one change to his Munster side that defeated Gloucester last weekend for Saturday’s crucial Champions Cup clash against ...

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Bundee Aki ‘just a small cog’ in the Ireland wheel

Bundee Aki says he can see a lot of similarities between this season and Connacht’s glorious march to silverware in 2016 as he prepares for his second Six ...

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Ulster sweating on Billy Burns and John Cooney

Ulster are still awaiting definitive news on the prospect of travelling to Leicester’s Welford Road tomorrow afternoon without their key half-back partnership ...

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Josh van der Flier a man in a hurry

There will come a point soon, after the Six Nations is done for another 12 months and Leinster’s elite return to the day job for another battle on two fronts, ...

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Exeter Chiefs' Ian Whitten gunning for Munster

You can hear the excitement in Ian Whitten’s voice as he described the feeling of being in an Exeter Chiefs back-line when everything comes together. The bad ...

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Jones believes left-field thinking could prove successful for England in 2019

The Australian has spoken about the possibility of winger Jack Nowell playing at openside flanker and Tom Curry and Sam Underhill in the backs.

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Jordan Larmour: 'I'm still trying to find the right balance'

Energia has released the second video in a three-part series on Leinster Rugby’s Jordan Larmour.

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England co-captain Dylan Hartley to miss Six Nations opener against Ireland

The hooker sustained a knee injury playing for Northampton in December.

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Munster's Kleyn braced for ‘80 minutes of hell’ against Exeter

Ask Jean Kleyn for his idea of hell and playing Exeter Chiefs would be right up there with the fire and brimstone.

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Leinster coaches have mastered art of letting players down gently

John Fogarty insists club comes before individuals at Leinster — and it’s driving the reigning Guinness PRO14 and Champions Cup holders to new heights.

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The winners and losers from Ireland's Six Nations squad announcement

Who are the winners and losers from Ireland's Six Nations squad announcement?

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Schmidt leaves door open for Irish World Cup hopefuls

Joe Schmidt has shown there is still a chance to win Test recognition in a World Cup year, his last as Ireland head coach, after naming three uncapped Connacht backs ...

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Joe Schmidt names uncapped Connacht trio in 38-man Six Nations squad

Joe Schmidt has unveiled a 38-man panel for Ireland's first two games in this year's Six Nations campaign.

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Eight uncapped players named in Ireland Women’s Six Nations squad

The Ireland Women’s rugby squad has been named for the Six Nations.

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Munster confirm Ian Keatley exit for end of season

Munster have confirmed Ian Keatley is leaving the province at the end of the season.

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Seven uncapped players named in Scotland's Six Nations squad

Gregor Townsend has named seven uncapped players in his 39-man Scotland squad for the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.

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With Ireland eligibility down the line, Gibson-Park remains focused on Leinster

Jamison Gibson-Park has kept a respectful distance from all the talk of a possible Ireland cap down the line but the Kiwi scrum-half is hoping that his soon-to-come ...

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Blade and Farrell ‘would do Ireland proud’ if selected, reckons Friend

Connacht coach Andy Friend said that his scrum-half Caolin Blade and centre Tom Farrell are fired-up and ready to answer Ireland’s call if Joe Schmidt includes ...

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Schmidt to reveal squad for England opener

The raft of players coming back into contention for Champions Cup selection this weekend across the provinces bodes well for Joe Schmidt as he prepares to name his ...

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Backs to the future for Munster attack

One of the more remarkable points to consider about Munster’s upturn in attacking form over the last three weeks is the lack of gametime the province’s ...

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Wales boss Gatland thinks France clash is key to winning Six Nations

Wales kick off their campaign in Paris on February 1,

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Liam O’Connor added to Munster squad against Exeter Chiefs

Loosehead prop Liam O’Connor has been added to Munster’s Heineken Champions Cup squad for Saturday’s final pool game against Exeter Chiefs.

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Faletau missing from Wales’ Six Nations squad due to broken arm

Bath forward suffered latest injury in his comeback match against Wasps.

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Luke McGrath a doubt for Six Nations as Sexton to sit out Leinster's trip to Coventry

Luke McGrath's Six Nations involvement may be over before it has begun with confirmation on Monday that the Leinster scrum-half has suffered a knee ligament injury ...

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Rhys Ruddock: 'We hope that performance will send a statement'

Rhys Ruddock believes Leinster’s victory over Toulouse at the weekend was a statement win as they prepare to wrap up the loose ends in Pool One of the Heineken ...

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Ulster boss McFarland appeals for witnesses to any Zebo taunts

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has reiterated the province’s condemnation of any verbal abuse allegedly directed at former Munster and Ireland star Simon ...

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Johann van Graan: Munster emotion ‘comes from deep within’

If Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter was under any illusions about the size of the task facing his side at Thomond Park this Saturday, the point was emphatically underlined ...

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Wales forward Taulupe Faletau suffers broken arm – reports

The 28-year-old returned for Bath in Saturday’s 18-16 Heineken Champions Cup win over Wasps.

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