Leinster announce first-ever double-header between men's and women's teams

Leinster announce first-ever double-header between men's and women's teams

Leinster have announced the first-ever double-header between their men's and women's teams.

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Murray won’t rest on laurels

Conor Murray’s name would be among the first on most people’s Ireland World Cup squad but memories of his own ascent to the 2011 tournament are keeping the scrum-half on his toes during the team’s training camps.

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England squad bonding by watching Love Island

Tom Curry has revealed the reality TV show is a topic of conversation among the players.

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All Blacks head coach clarifies domestic violence comments

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has issued a statement to clarify comments he made about domestic violence while defending his selection of Sevu Reece.

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World Cup omission ‘still burns’ for Alex Lozowski

The Saracens centre was left out of Eddie Jones’ 35-man England training squad.

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South African World Cup winner James Small dies aged 50

Small is the third member of South Africa's 1995 World Cup winners to have died.

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Read brings down Crusaders curtain in style as O’Gara bids farewell

Kieran Read precariously sat upon his team-mates’ shoulders holding the Super Rugby trophy aloft on Saturday, satisfied he had ended his career with the Canterbury Crusaders with one final title.

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It’s -2 in Christchurch, but I am leaving with warmth in my heart                    and fire in the belly

It’s -2 in Christchurch, but I am leaving with warmth in my heart and fire in the belly

It’s impossible to get used to -2 degrees in July. Irrespective of how many years a Paddy spends in Christchurch, heading out with a couple of Crusader coaches to a Japanese restaurant dressed like a lagging jacket always seems odd.

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Eddie Jones to name England’s World Cup training squad on Thursday

England are preparing to name their main World Cup training squad.

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Wales boss Warren Gatland to become Chiefs head coach

Gatland’s deal includes a break to coach the British and Irish Lions in 2021.

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Israel Folau and Rugby Australia fail to reach settlement at conciliation hearing

The case could now be headed to Australia’s Federal Court.

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Eddie Jones named Barbarians coach for November clash with Fiji at Twickenham

England head coach lined up for Barbarians role against Fiji.

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Toner: A lot of blame for Argentina defeat in 2015 'on the players'

The first game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is still 85 days away and yet Ireland are back in camp almost two weeks already. It’s no wonder that Toner opined yesterday that these summer breaks never feel long enough.

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Joey Carbery will relish Larkham's Munster link-up

Joey Carbery was only turning 12 when Stephen Larkham brought one of the great Australian careers to an end in 2007.

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Rugby braces for era of change to boost player safety post-Japan

Rugby union could look very different after the World Cup. How different will become more apparent this week when World Rugby’s Law Review Group (LRG) meets in London today and tomorrow to decide on which player welfare-based rule amendments to pursue on a trial basis.

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Christian group replenishes Folau’s legal war chest

Israel Folau’s second fundraising drive for legal costs has already received more donations in 24 hours than his previous GoFundMe campaign managed to raise before its closure on Monday.

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Ronan O'Gara: Stopping Barrett is easier said than done

Ronan O’Gara believes that beating the Wellington Hurricanes in the Super Rugby semi-final is a pretty straightforward proposition for his Crusaders.

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New Zealand secure 40-17 victory over Ireland

The Ireland Under-20s paid the price for a nightmare first quarter during which they conceded 26 unanswered points, a sturdy platform on which New Zealand secured a 40-17 victory in today's 7th-8th place play-off at the World Rugby U-20 Championship.

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Mike Catt expected to join Ireland as attack coach

England World Cup-winner in line for role in new-look Ireland coaching team.

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Israel Folau seeking €1.8m in donations to help legal case against Rugby Australia

Sacked dual-code international Israel Folau has launched a bid to raise €1.84m from the public to fight his legal case against Rugby Australia.

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Robshaw and Care left out of England’s World Cup training squad

The Harlequins pair have missed out, but the training squad features four uncapped players.

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'The blue page has turned': Bastareaud retires from international rugby after World Cup omission

Mathieu Bastareaud has retired from international rugby after his omission from the French World Cup squad.

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Munster get short straw in Champions Cup pool draw

Munster have been left holding the short straw for next season's Heineken Champions Cup with the two-time champions plunged into the clichéd 'Pool of Death' after Wednesday's draw in Lausanne.

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Champions Cup draw: Munster in group of death with Saracens and Racing 92

Munster received a tough draw against reigning champions Saracens in next season's Champions Cup pool stages.

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World Rugby sets Friday deadline for decision on Nations Championship proposal

Reaction to the plans for a new international rugby format has been mixed.

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Vice-captain Bastareaud dropped from France World Cup squad

He's not the only big name to miss out in a reshuffled squad.

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London Irish say Diageo ending 30-year sponsorship over Paddy Jackson signing is 'regretful'

Diageo has cancelled its sponsorship of London Irish Rugby Club over concerns at the signing of Paddy Jackson.

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Ronan O’Gara: I’m not spooked by becoming La Rochelle head coach – I’m excited by it

He could have joined up with France’s Rugby World Cup coaching ticket or returned to the loving arms of Jacky Lorenzetti and Racing 92.

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No galacticos, but O’Gara will find a siege mentality much like Munster

Simon Lewis, Rugby correspondent (sandy pic byline) When Ronan O’Gara returns to the Top 14 next month as La Rochelle’s new head coach, he can expect a very different experience and culture in the Atlantic port town than the one he once experienced in Paris.

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How does Warren Gatland compare to other multiple-tour Lions coaches?

We assess how the New Zealander stacks up against the other three coaches to have led the Lions on multiple tours.

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Ireland battle to keep slim cup semi-final hopes alive

Towering Munster Academy lock Thomas Ahern will make his Ireland U20 debut in today’s final Pool B clash with Italy at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Santa Fe (kick-off 2.30pm Irish time — live on eir Sport 1).

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Red card and spate of injuries allowed Australia to claim victory over Ireland U20s

A combination of Ryan Baird's 21st-minute red card and a luckless spate of injuries left the Ireland Under-20s exposed down the final stretch as Australia ruthlessly took advantage to claim a 45-17 bonus point win in Santa Fe.

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Two changes for crucial Rugby U20 Championship clash with Aussies

Ireland head coach Noel McNamara has made two enforced changes to his starting line-up for today’s crunch World Rugby U20 Championship Pool B clash with Australia in Santa Fe, Argentina (2.30pm Irish time).

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Ramifications of Folau case could go far beyond rugby

The sacking of rugby star Israel Folau for expressing his religious beliefs could end up in the Supreme Court and could have wide-ranging implications, writes TP O’Mahony.

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Pint of plain changes hue in celebration of Union Cup

One of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks has been painted in the rainbow colours to celebrate the hosting of amateur rugby’s Union Cup at Dublin City University on June 8-9.

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Hogg: ‘Saracens gave us the kick up the backside we needed’

As British parliamentarians are proving with almost daily inefficiency, leaving Europe can be complicated but as far as Stuart Hogg is concerned, the swift and summary elimination of Glasgow Warriors earlier this season has been the best thing that could have happened to his club.

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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 by an subconscious impulse to tug at his right ear?

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Geordan Murphy charged over abusing match official

Leicester coach Geordan Murphy has been charged by the Rugby Football Union with two counts of abusing a match official in the Tigers' 32-31 defeat to Bath.

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David Nucifora signs three-year deal to stay with the IRFU

The IRFU have secured the services of Performance Director David Nucifora for another three seasons.

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Irish rugby star tells Israel Folau: 'Don’t judge me – I’m just like everyone else'

An Irish rugby star has written an open letter to Israel Folau saying: “don’t judge me – I’m just like everyone else.”

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Munster reveal home and alternate jerseys for next season

The inspiration for the design "comes from the wall of silence and respect afforded to all who play in Thomond Park and the deafening wave of sound created by Munster’s Red army in full flight".

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D-Day edges closer as rugby chiefs discuss new tournament

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper says there could be a Women’s Nations Championship if the male concept is given the thumbs up.

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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 against Munster in last week’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final.

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Toothless Munster fail to close the gap on Leinster

It’s not often we get a provincial derby between Leinster and Munster these days with both teams fully locked and loaded. Therefore days such as Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final are occasions to be savoured.

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Six uncapped players named in U20s squad for World Rugby Championships

The party will be whittled down to 28 before departure for Santa Fe, via Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. Ireland face England, Australia and Italy in their pool: a tough task.

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La Rochelle confirm coach's departure amid links to move for Ronan O'Gara

Ronan O'Gara could be a step closer to a return to the French Top 14.

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Van Graan 'very disappointed and sad' at departures of Flannery and Jones

“There is massive opportunity in this disappointment and hopefully we can see the bright side of it.”

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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 little in the way of fitness worries ahead of Munster's visit to Dublin.

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Joey Carbery and Keith Earls look set to return for Munster-Leinster semi-final

Joey Carbery and Keith Earls look set to return for Munster against Leinster in Saturday's Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS.

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Munster rugby's PJ Wilson linked with Bath role

Munster's strength and conditioning coach PJ Wilson seems set to follow Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones out the door this summer.

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Saracens prop Mako Vunipola declared fit for Champions Cup final

Vunipola has been troubled by successive ankle problems.

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Townsend offers Gray hope of making Scotland’s World Cup squad

Toulouse forward Richie Gray is one of a number of omissions from Gregor Townsend’s 42-man training squad.

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Paddy Jackson signs with Premiership rugby club

Paddy Jackson is leaving French Top 14 club Perpignan for the Gallagher Premiership where he will play under a former Munster and Ireland coach next season.

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Israel Folau found guilty of ‘high-level’ code of conduct breach

The Wallabies full-back faced a hearing after being issued with a breach notice by Rugby Australia over his homophobic social media posts.

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Late Coetzee try seals Ulster victory over Connacht

A 78th-minute try from Marcell Coetzee helped Ulster book a place in the PRO14 semi-final after beating Irish rivals Connacht 21-13 in a closely-fought encounter at the Kingspan Stadium.

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Van Graan praises Hanrahan performance against Benetton

Munster sneaked into the Guinness PRO14 semi-finals by the skin of their teeth in Limerick on Saturday as Benetton missed two late drop-goal attempts after a game performance in their historic first knockout game.

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Munster to clear another hurdle in race for silverware

Munster’s preparations for today’s Guinness PRO14 play-off unravelled last night as Keith Earls was ruled out of the Thomond Park clash with Benetton.

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