Together for one memorable night: When Super Rugby came to Soweto

Together for one memorable night: When Super Rugby came to Soweto

Craig Ray on the night ten years ago the Bulls went from being conservative, white Afrikaners to the darlings of Soweto

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IRFU issue roadmap for rugby's return

IRFU issue roadmap for rugby's return

The IRFU are rolling out a roadmap for a return to rugby in 217 clubs nationwide.

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Former Wales coach Howley opens up on how sister’s death led to gambling issues

Former Wales coach Howley opens up on how sister’s death led to gambling issues

Former Wales coach Rob Howley has opened up about the grief over his sister’s death that led to him being sent home from the World Cup after long-term gambling ...

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 'It was never about the money': Rob Howley reveals how grief led to his gambling problems

'It was never about the money': Rob Howley reveals how grief led to his gambling problems

The assistant coach was handed an immediate nine-month ban after he admitted breaching betting regulations before Wales’ World Cup opener last year.

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Gregor Townsend welcomes World Rugby idea to combine international windows

Gregor Townsend welcomes World Rugby idea to combine international windows

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont is keen for Tests between southern and northern hemisphere teams to take place in consecutive months.

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Niyi Adeolokun and Eoin McKeon among 12 players to exit Connacht

Niyi Adeolokun and Eoin McKeon among 12 players to exit Connacht

It means just five of their Pro12-winning starting team will still be at the province next season.

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Stockdale enjoying process of reinventing himself in lockdown

Stockdale enjoying process of reinventing himself in lockdown

When you have enjoyed the lockdown as much as Jacob Stockdale has there is probably no-one better to cheer someone up who is having a tougher time of it during the ...

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Brian O'Driscoll warns against dangers of rule trials 'sanitising' rugby

Brian O'Driscoll warns against dangers of rule trials 'sanitising' rugby

Brian O'Driscoll has warned that rugby should not rush back to the field of play in the coming months if the game has to tinker too much with its DNA in the bid ...

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The day Connacht announced they belong in the big time

The day Connacht announced they belong in the big time

It is telling to look back at Andrew Browne’s post-match quotes after Connacht had upset the odds in remarkable fashion at Murrayfield that sunny evening in ...

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World Rugby rejects invitational tournament proposal to help struggling unions

World Rugby rejects invitational tournament proposal to help struggling unions

Former RFU chief executive Francis Baron drew up a financial rescue plan involving a 16-team invitational tournament to be held in the UK next year.

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Protocols becoming clearer ahead of rugby's 'summer break'

Protocols becoming clearer ahead of rugby's 'summer break'

The timing remains uncertain, despite the announcement of a target date for rugby’s return this August, but the protocols for such a resumption are at least ...

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Saracens sign Wales scrum-half Aled Davies ahead of Championship campaign

Saracens sign Wales scrum-half Aled Davies ahead of Championship campaign

Davies, who has 20 Wales caps, has signed a three-year deal

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Former rugby chief calls for global tournament in UK and Ireland to raise funds for unions

Former rugby chief calls for global tournament in UK and Ireland to raise funds for unions

Francis Baron has drawn up a financial rescue plan and at its heart is a 16-team invitational tournament to be held in the UK and Ireland next year.

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Munster prop Brian Scott forced to retire after 18-month injury battle

Munster prop Brian Scott forced to retire after 18-month injury battle

“I’m devastated to be finishing my career prematurely.”

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Picture Perfect: 'It is the highest spot in the stadium and all I had for company were a few dead birds'

Picture Perfect: 'It is the highest spot in the stadium and all I had for company were a few dead birds'

Tommy Dickson shares the story behind his favourite photograph.

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Leinster scrap season tickets for 2020/21 amid pandemic uncertainty

Leinster scrap season tickets for 2020/21 amid pandemic uncertainty

Leinster Rugby have taken the “unprecedented step” of cancelling their season ticket offering for 2020/21 as the province grapples with the consequences ...

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George Kruis heading to Japan at the end of this season

George Kruis heading to Japan at the end of this season

The England lock will end a 12-year association with Saracens to join Panasonic Wild Knights

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IRFU boss admits Irish players may look to leave country after pandemic

IRFU boss admits Irish players may look to leave country after pandemic

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne admits that some players could be tempted abroad by clubs after the pandemic.

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Australia releases three players over contract concerns amid pandemic

Australia releases three players over contract concerns amid pandemic

Rugby Australia (RA) has released three players including national representative Izack Rodda over contract disputes that arose during the pandemic, the game’s ...

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Aligning global rugby calendar makes commercial sense - Philip Browne

Aligning global rugby calendar makes commercial sense - Philip Browne

An aligned global rugby calendar currently being discussed by Northern and South Hemisphere nations is in everyone’s interest in terms of commercial benefits ...

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IRFU welcomes dialogue as plans to ‘eat the elephant’ begin

IRFU welcomes dialogue as plans to ‘eat the elephant’ begin

If rugby is to follow the sports that are returning earlier, such as English Premier League football, then it will need to implement widespread player testing for ...

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IRFU hoping for August return to action

IRFU hoping for August return to action

Finally, after weeks of contingency planning, rugby has a target date for the safe resumption of play.

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Roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown signposted for Irish rugby but dark clouds remain

Roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown signposted for Irish rugby but dark clouds remain

IRFU CEO Philip Browne yesterday signposted Irish Rugby’s roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown for the rest of the year but warned the governing body was spending ...

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Guinness PRO14 plans August return after receiving fresh investment

Guinness PRO14 plans August return after receiving fresh investment

The PRO14 board earlier confirmed that London-based private equity firm CVC had purchased a 28 per cent share in the league.

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IRFU warn of potential €20m losses amid call for State support

IRFU warn of potential €20m losses amid call for State support

The IRFU had set a target of a return to competitive rugby with behind-closed-doors PRO14 derbies at the Aviva Stadium starting August 22-23.

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Six Nations window could move as countries work towards global calendar

Six Nations window could move as countries work towards global calendar

The first signs of an aligned global rugby calendar were offered by the Six Nations and its southern hemisphere equivalent SANZAAR on Friday as the two bodies confirmed ...

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Pro14 sells 28% stake to private equity firm

Pro14 sells 28% stake to private equity firm

The Pro14 has received a major financial investment in a deal with private equity group CVC.

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Campaign helps John Cooney to take setbacks in his stride

Campaign helps John Cooney to take setbacks in his stride

When Ireland’s Six Nations trip to Paris was called off as the Covid-19 pandemic swept across Europe, John Cooney could not help but laugh.

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Lockdown makes Johnny Sexton realise he is not the retiring type

Lockdown makes Johnny Sexton realise he is not the retiring type

Johnny Sexton has admitted life in lockdown has given him a taste of retirement he would rather put off for a while longer.

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John Cooney relishing Mathewson and Madigan's arrivals

John Cooney relishing Mathewson and Madigan's arrivals

Ireland scrum-half John Cooney is relishing the arrivals of new signings Alby Mathewson and Ian Madigan at Ulster and the strength they will add to the northern ...

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Co-captain Callum Gibbins to leave Glasgow Warriors

Co-captain Callum Gibbins to leave Glasgow Warriors

The New Zealander scored 13 tries in 46 appearances.

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Tyler Bleyendaal forced to retire on medical grounds

Tyler Bleyendaal forced to retire on medical grounds

Tyler Bleyendaal has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect following a long struggle with neck injuries, Munster Rugby announced on Wednesday.

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Damian de Allende settling into life in Limerick

Damian de Allende settling into life in Limerick

Munster Rugby have confirmed that new signings Damian de Allende, RG Snyman, Matt Gallagher, and Roman Salanoa will join the province on July 1.

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Johnny Sexton admits motivation a challenge in lockdown

Johnny Sexton admits motivation a challenge in lockdown

Jonathan Sexton's drive has been tattooed across countless Leinster and Ireland performances for over a decade now but even he admits to struggling with his motivation ...

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How the Aviva Stadium will be turned into a biosecure bubble

How the Aviva Stadium will be turned into a biosecure bubble

As professional sport gears up for a resumption of action behind closed doors this summer, Aviva Stadium director Martin Murphy provides a picture of the steps needed ...

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Six Nations dismiss talk of 'Four Nations'

Six Nations dismiss talk of 'Four Nations'

Six Nations tournament organisers this evening issued a statement to deny a report on a potential ‘contingency plan’ for Ireland, England, Scotland, ...

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Munster sign Salanoa as Arnold and Oliver exit for Connacht

Munster sign Salanoa as Arnold and Oliver exit for Connacht

Munster announced the signing of exciting young Leinster tighthead prop Roman Salanoa as Sammy Arnold and Conor Oliver's exits from the province were confirmed on ...

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Sport Ireland will not appeal James Cronin doping ban

Sport Ireland will not appeal James Cronin doping ban

Sport Ireland will not appeal the one month ban which Munster and Ireland prop James Cronin incurred for a doping violation to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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IRFU still in talks with World Rugby over relief fund

IRFU still in talks with World Rugby over relief fund

The IRFU are continuing discussions with World Rugby over accessing an international relief fund which was set up to aid national unions during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

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Arno Botha leaves Munster to rejoin BullsThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Arno Botha leaves Munster to rejoin Bulls

The explosive back-row was Munster's top try-scorer this season.

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Ireland's tour to Australia called off due to Covid-19

Ireland's tour to Australia called off due to Covid-19

Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales were all due to go on tour this summer.

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‘I was one of only about three players who knew the rules, the rest were footballers’

‘I was one of only about three players who knew the rules, the rest were footballers’

Having tried and failed to establish rugby in the Gaelic football heartland of north Galway since the 1920s, it must have seemed a tall order to expect anything ...

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Celebrations on hold as Aviva looks ahead to a new normal

Celebrations on hold as Aviva looks ahead to a new normal

Just waiting for the green light, stadium director Martin Murphy says the Aviva is ready to go for the return to sport behind closed doors this summer.

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Door open for Finn Russell return following regular talks with Gregor Townsend

Door open for Finn Russell return following regular talks with Gregor Townsend

The Scotland head coach has been in contact with his fly-half during the sport’s shutdown.

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European chiefs considering return to 24-club Champions Cup

European chiefs considering return to 24-club Champions Cup

The move is part of the contingency planning officials are undertaking due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Premiership clubs face titles being stripped for future salary cap breaches

Premiership clubs face titles being stripped for future salary cap breaches

The review follows last year’s punishment of Saracens for breaches of the salary cap.

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Kieran Marmion was left speechless by call that ended World Cup dream

Kieran Marmion was left speechless by call that ended World Cup dream

Connacht scrum half Kieran Marmion says he was left stunned and speechless by a 60-second phone call with Joe Schmidt that ended his World Cup dreams.

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O'Connor finishes curtailed campaign at top of the AIL class

O'Connor finishes curtailed campaign at top of the AIL class

This was supposed to be a time to wind down. Not just for Hannah O'Connor, who should only this month be looking back on a full season spent juggling commitments ...

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Head coach Brad Mooar and Wales international Hadleigh Parkes to leave Scarlets

Head coach Brad Mooar and Wales international Hadleigh Parkes to leave Scarlets

Scarlets have had a clear out ahead of next season.

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Agustin Pichot resigns from World Rugby Council after election defeat

Agustin Pichot resigns from World Rugby Council after election defeat

Pichot lost the vote against Bill Beaumont by 28 votes to 23 on May 2.

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