Hansen: New Zealand rugby owes Aussies no favours

Hansen: New Zealand rugby owes Aussies no favours

Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has urged his former employers to be strong in their negotiations over the future of Super Rugby and that New Zealand Rugby ...

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Manu Tuilagi and Noel Reid among five players to leave Leicester

Manu Tuilagi and Noel Reid among five players to leave Leicester

Greg Bateman, Kyle Eastmond, and Telusa Veainu have also departed.

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All-Ireland League to restart in 2021 as IRFU reveals season plan

All-Ireland League to restart in 2021 as IRFU reveals season plan

Domestic club rugby in Ireland will have a new, one-off look for the 2020-21 season with the IRFU unveiling a much-modified format for the resumption of the amateur ...

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EPCR seeking new venue for Champions Cup final

EPCR seeking new venue for Champions Cup final

This season’s Heineken Champions Cup final has been moved away from the planned host city of Marseille with the French Mediterranean port now set to stage ...

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Leinster hopeful James Lowe will be available for Munster clash

Leinster hopeful James Lowe will be available for Munster clash

Leinster are optimistic James Lowe will be available for their first fixture since the pandemic and shutdown when they face Munster next month.

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Felipe Contepomi: Leinster back up to speed after rusty restart

Felipe Contepomi: Leinster back up to speed after rusty restart

Leinster were unbeaten this season, through 20 league and European Cup games, before the pandemic struck and yet Felipe Contepomi says the province's players couldn't ...

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Connacht sign Ben O’Donnell and Abraham Papali’i

Connacht sign Ben O’Donnell and Abraham Papali’i

Ben O'Donnell, nicknamed 'BOD', was named Australian Sevens Player of the Year in 2018 and became the first Australian to be nominated for World Sevens Player of ...

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Six Nations dismiss 'inaccurate' claims over potential share sale

Six Nations dismiss 'inaccurate' claims over potential share sale

Six Nations Rugby has reiterated its position regarding the sale of a minority stake in the championship to CVC Capital Partners by saying there is no agreement ...

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Leinster winger Barry Daly quits rugby to pursue Master's in US

Leinster winger Barry Daly quits rugby to pursue Master's in US

Leinster wing Barry Daly has called time on his professional rugby career in order to pursue a Master's degree in the United States.

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Bumper Six Nations payday not yet over the line

Bumper Six Nations payday not yet over the line

Six Nations organisers have refused to substantiate the statements made by French Federation president Bernard Laporte that the sale of a stake in the championship ...

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RFU announces plans to make 139 positions redundant

RFU announces plans to make 139 positions redundant

The English union has suffered significant financial pain because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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€70m cash boost for IRFU as CVC to buy stake in Six Nations

€70m cash boost for IRFU as CVC to buy stake in Six Nations

The IRFU is set for a badly needed €70m cash boost after private equity company CVC closed in last night on a 14.5% investment stake in the Six Nations.

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Connacht sign Alex Wootton from Munster on season-long loan

Connacht sign Alex Wootton from Munster on season-long loan

Wootton will be bidding to recapture the heights of his breakthrough 2017-18 season, when he was a regular starter for Munster and finished the term as top-try-scorer ...

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Queensland Reds snap seven-year losing streak as rugby returns in Australia

Queensland Reds snap seven-year losing streak as rugby returns in Australia

Queensland Reds fly-half James O'Connor kicked a late penalty to secure a 32-26 win and snap a seven-year losing streak to the New South Wales Waratahs as professional ...

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Israel Folau commits to Catalans Dragons

Israel Folau commits to Catalans Dragons

The Australian moved to Super League at the start of the year after he was sacked by Rugby Australia for posting homophobic comments on social media.

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Long road ahead but Peter O’Mahony’s mind on Leinster

Long road ahead but Peter O’Mahony’s mind on Leinster

With a season still to complete and a new campaign to follow straight after, a long road lies ahead for Ireland’s rugby players. Yet the first game back is ...

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Top doc Éanna Falvey warns rugby changes needed to protect players from coronavirus

Top doc Éanna Falvey warns rugby changes needed to protect players from coronavirus

World Rugby’s leading doctor, Éanna Falvey has reiterated the need for temporary changes in the way the sport is played in order to minimise the risk ...

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Peter O'Mahony on RG Snyman: 'I've never seen anything like it. He's an incredible specimen'

Peter O'Mahony on RG Snyman: 'I've never seen anything like it. He's an incredible specimen'

Peter O'Mahony has seen the impact overseas signings can have on Irish provinces, transforming them from contenders to champions and the Munster captain thinks the ...

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No resolution in IRFU pay talks with Rugby Players Ireland

No resolution in IRFU pay talks with Rugby Players Ireland

IRFU talks with Rugby Players Ireland over proposed player wage cuts have been suspended for the day without resolution.

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Peter O’Mahony thinks timely shutdown will extend his playing career

Peter O’Mahony thinks timely shutdown will extend his playing career

“I'd played a huge amount of games in the space of four or five years and it was taking its toll.”

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Van Graan: Munster learning lessons on return to rugby from NZ and AustraliaThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Van Graan: Munster learning lessons on return to rugby from NZ and Australia

Johann van Graan has praised his Munster players for embracing the “opportunity” of a return to rugby under unique circumstances following the Covid-19 ...

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Munster step up prep work for PRO14 derbies under strict conditions

Munster step up prep work for PRO14 derbies under strict conditions

The Munster squad stepped up preparations on Monday for the return of the Guinness PRO14 campaign in August as they trained for the first time in groups of up to ...

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New three-year Leinster deal sets scene for James Lowe's Ireland bow

New three-year Leinster deal sets scene for James Lowe's Ireland bow

Lowe qualifies for Ireland under the old three-year residency rule as of this November.

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‘Munster is all of Munster. We want it to be right across the six counties’ - Ian Flanagan

‘Munster is all of Munster. We want it to be right across the six counties’ - Ian Flanagan

Having only one Limerick man in the current Munster academy? That is not a cause for concern but a positive sign of a successful, province-wide rugby development ...

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Dave O'Callaghan swaps Youghal strand for La Grand plage

Dave O'Callaghan swaps Youghal strand for La Grand plage

HE may be talking over the phone, 1 500km removed from home, but it quickly becomes clear that Dave O’Callaghan has a spring in his step.

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Seán McCullough elected Munster Branch president

Seán McCullough elected Munster Branch president

Nenagh RFC's Seán McCullough was tonight elected as the new President of the Munster Branch of the IRFU.

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IRFU tells amateur players to walk before they run after lengthy layoff

IRFU tells amateur players to walk before they run after lengthy layoff

The IRFU has implored amateur players and coaches to proceed gradually on their return to rugby in light of high injury rates experienced in other sports that have ...

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Leo Cullen wants winning farewells for Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden

Leo Cullen wants winning farewells for Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden

Leo Cullen promised to do his utmost to ensure Leinster veterans Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden get to play out the perfect-world scenarios to bring their careers ...

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Champions Cup quarter-finals set for September, organisers announce

Champions Cup quarter-finals set for September, organisers announce

Heineken Champions Cup organisers EPCR are reviewing the feasibility of staging its finals in Marseille in October having announced new dates for the knockout stages ...

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Munster in ‘relatively serious’ discussions over Thomond Park naming rights

Munster in ‘relatively serious’ discussions over Thomond Park naming rights

The return to Thomond Park cannot come quick enough for Munster chief executive Ian Flanagan and nor can the selling of the famous stadium’s naming rights.

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Munster must shed its matchday revenue reliance - Ian Flanagan

Munster must shed its matchday revenue reliance - Ian Flanagan

Ian Flanagan does not believe Munster Rugby will be at any more of a disadvantage in the post-pandemic landscape than its rivals but it is clear to the chief executive ...

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Munster taking positives from James Cronin anti-doping ban

Munster taking positives from James Cronin anti-doping ban

Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan lauded reviews into the process of dealing with the James Cronin case as “very thorough”.

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Munster fans have to wait for first sight of star duo Snyman and De Allende

Munster fans have to wait for first sight of star duo Snyman and De Allende

Supporters eager for a glimpse of World Cup winners RG Snyman and Damian de Allende in Munster training gear will have to be patient a little longer.

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De Allende to be fit for Munster's PRO14 restart; Carbery set September return date

De Allende to be fit for Munster's PRO14 restart; Carbery set September return date

Munster are expecting World Cup winner Damian de Allende to recover from a short-term injury in time to make his debut for the province when professional rugby returns ...

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Clean bill of health for Munster and Leinster players

Clean bill of health for Munster and Leinster players

Munster and Leinster have been given the greenlight to return to training on Monday by IRFU medics.

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IRFU welcome early return for sporting action and pledge safety will be paramount

IRFU welcome early return for sporting action and pledge safety will be paramount

The IRFU has welcomed the announcement from government on Friday evening which will see all sports return on June 29, significantly earlier than originally planned ...

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RFU to review historical context of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’

RFU to review historical context of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’

The governing body feels many fans do not understand the song’s full history.

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PRO14 plan to finish season over four weekends

PRO14 plan to finish season over four weekends

Rankings for European qualification next season have already been decided.

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IRFU expect some coronavirus cases once provinces return to training

IRFU expect some coronavirus cases once provinces return to training

The IRFU's chief medical officer is anticipating a “small number of Covid-19 cases” among the four provincial professional squads, their coaches, and ...

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IRFU begins coronavirus tests ahead of provinces' return to training

IRFU begins coronavirus tests ahead of provinces' return to training

The IRFU is to begin Covid-19 testing for Munster and Leinster players and members of their support staff ahead of their planned return to training in Limerick and ...

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Autumn finish looms for Six Nations

Autumn finish looms for Six Nations

Rugby chiefs discussed proposed landmark changes to the sport’s global calendar with a conference call between stakeholders yesterday.

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Rugby Players Ireland 'disappointed' over pay cut report

Rugby Players Ireland 'disappointed' over pay cut report

Rugby Players Ireland says it is "very disappointed" after a newspaper reported that the IRFU is seeking a 20% pay cut for the four provincial sides.

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Conor Murray: Coronavirus shutdown could add two years to my career

Conor Murray: Coronavirus shutdown could add two years to my career

Time in lockdown has solidified Conor Murray's ambitions to end his career on a high and the Munster scrum-half believes the province has now got all the ingredients ...

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