Bristol head coach Pat Lam eyeing Champions Cup qualification

Bristol head coach Pat Lam has targeted achieving Heineken Champions Cup qualification on their Premiership return.

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Celtic Cup: New rugby development competition announced between Ireland and Wales

The IRFU and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have announced a new development competition for emerging professional players from the two countries.

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Paddy Jackson: Once I got out on the pitch, I felt like I just came out of my shell

Paddy Jackson says he’s thrilled to be back playing rugby and his debut for Perpignan last week was like his “first game.”

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Hart: My best yet to come for Munster

After a tough start to his Munster career, scrum-half James Hart believes the province’s supporters have yet to see the best he has to offer.

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Johnny Sexton simply the best, says new Leinster coach Contepomi

Jonathan Sexton isn’t planning his retirement party any time soon.

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Paddy Jackson: Once I got out on the pitch, I felt like I just came out of my shell

Paddy Jackson says he’s thrilled to be back playing rugby and his debut for Perpignan last week was like his “first game.”

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Stuart Olding on his return to rugby: ‘It’s been a blessing to get back onto the pitch’

Brive coach Jeremy Davidson believes Stuart Olding will be a big success in France as he rebuilds his rugby career after being sacked by Ulster and the IRFU.

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Van Graan okay with Munster’s trimmed-down 2019 options

Munster boss Johann van Graan says he is expecting to see less of Ireland’s frontline stars playing for their provinces this season as the national team steps ...

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Ireland star O’Brien and back row partners closing on Leinster return

Leinster’s defence of their Champions Cup title is set for an early boost with the expected returns from injury of an influential back row trio comprising ...

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Munster coaches travelled the world in search of missing 1%

Munster boss Johann van Graan has revealed he has sent his coaching staff around the world this summer to find the extra one per cent he believes is needed to make ...

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Carbery's decision to move was his own choice, says van Graan

Munster head-coach Johann van Graan says it was entirely Joey Carbery's decision to join them from Leinster.

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Jacob Stockdale injury rocks Ulster

Ulster have been dealt a major blow ahead of the new season with their star Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale sidelined by injury.

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Tommy O'Donnell returns from injury ahead of Munster season opener

Tommy O'Donnell has returned to training as Munster gear up for the start of the new season.

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O’Gara among five set to enter Hall of Fame

World Rugby has announced that five legends of the game — including Irish Examiner columnist our own Ronan O’Gara — will be inducted into the World ...

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Ronan O'Gara to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

Former Ireland and Munster out-half, Ronan O'Gara, is to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame this year.

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Tomane: I took a shot at Leinster and hoped for best

Joe Tomane knew what he wanted, and sitting in Dublin wearing the new Leinster jersey, he’s got it.

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Leinster reveal first home and away jerseys of adidas partnership

Thumbs up for the new look?

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Pacific rugby welfare group calls to end ‘unfair inequality’

Pacific Islanders are calling for greater representation at World Rugby’s summit

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Johnny Sexton's double celebration after birth of third child

"It's hard to put into words the last few days."

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Jonathan Sexton takes over Leinster captaincy

Jonathan Sexton has been confirmed as the new captain at Leinster.

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RDS secures planning for expanded Anglesea Stand

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) has secured the go-ahead for a new three-tier 6,481 capacity Anglesea Stand at the RDS that is set to increase the current €24.7m ...

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Captain Peter O’Mahony encouraged by new Munster recruits

Munster’s summer signings may still be in the process of getting to know their new team-mates but, after a pre-season training camp in Cork last week, captain ...

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Peter O’Mahony: ‘Winning drives your hunger even more’

Peter O’Mahony believes last season’s Grand Slam should fuel Ireland’s hunger for more silverware.

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All Blacks call up uncapped duo for championship campaign

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has included two uncapped players but made no selection surprises in his squad for this season’s Rugby Championship.

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Australia international Henry Speight joins Ulster on short-term contract

Australia international Henry Speight is set to join Ulster Rugby on a short-term contract later this month.

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Prendergast: Stade ‘perfect fit’ for Paulie

Paul O’Connell arrived in Paris last night to begin his coaching career with Stade Francais.

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Dylan Hartley battling to be fit for new season

The hooker has not played since last season’s Six Nations.

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Eddie Jones rules out regime change and accepts limitations of England structure

The England head coach knows club bosses will think of their priorities before the national team.

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Ronan O'Gara wins Super Rugby title in first season with Crusaders

Ronan O'Gara has won the Super Rugby title with Crusaders in his first season as a coach with the New Zealanders.

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Old friends reunited as O’Connell signs Stade deal

It’s a case of friends reunited for Paul O’Connell, after the 38 year-old Munster and Ireland legend confirmed yesterday he is to move to Paris and take ...

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O’Gara: Paulie move to Paris ‘massive’

Ronan O’Gara may have coached across town in Paris with Racing 92, but he was quick to acknowledge Stade Francais’ coup in signing up his old Munster ...

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Paul O'Connell takes up coaching role with Stade Francais

Paul O'Connell has been confirmed as the new forwards coach at Stade Francais.

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Earls gave some advice to Limerick hurlers, says Murray

Limerick’s run to this month’s All-Ireland hurling final received some help from Munster and Ireland rugby star Keith Earls, team-mate Conor Murray has ...

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Joey Carbery making early impressions on Munster old guard

Munster stars Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony have backed summer signing Joey Carbery to be a success at his new province following a move from Leinster.

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Returning Contepomi relishing challenge at Leinster

New Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi admits he faces a challenge by “coming into a winning team.”

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Felipe Contepomi on returning to Leinster: 'It was destiny'

New Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi feels it was "destiny" that he would work again with the province.

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Munster reveal new kits for the upcoming season

Munster have unveiled their European and Alternate kits for the 2018/19 campaign.

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Ashton back in England fold as Jones names pre-season training squad

The 31-year-old switched Toulon for Sale.

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England's Mako and Billy Vunipola sign long-term deals at Saracens

The pair have committed to the Premiership champions until 2022.

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Argentina name former hooker Mario Ledesma as new coach

Ledesma succeeds Daniel Hourcade, who resigned in June after a string of losses, and was unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday.

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend extends contract to 2021

Gregor Townsend has extended his contract as Scotland head coach.

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England coach Eddie Jones tumbles down list of rugby's most influential people

Eddie Jones has plummeted from second to 19th in a list of rugby's most influential people.

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Jones told he needs a successful November by RFU

Chief executive Brown admits “no one has unconditional support”

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RFU chief backs Jones to end England’s poor run

Brown expects success after disappointing Six Nations campaign.

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2019 Pro14 final to be played at Celtic Park

It will be a historic occasion as it marks the first time the Pro14 final is being played outside a traditional rugby venue.

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Paul O'Connell: Ireland can beat All Blacks on any given day and win World Cup

Ireland and Munster rugby legend Paul O'Connell is in no doubt that this Irish team have what it takes to win the World Cup next year.

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High-tackle limit to be set at armpit in RFU trial

A Rugby Football Union-led tackle trial next season has been described as "critical" in terms of developing approaches to concussion and injury reduction.

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Ireland international gets nine-month ban for assaulting referee

He was also fined £75.

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Munster new boy Carbery faces early return to Leinster

A Joey Carbery v Johnny Sexton showdown could come as early as October after the release of next season’s Guinness PRO14 fixtures.

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PRO14 fixtures revealed for new season

Champions Leinster will begin the new Guinness PRO14 season by tackling Cardiff Blues in the Welsh capital.

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