Watch this Limerick prop's superbly skilful break from halfway line to set-up try

Which was better - Cathal O'Reilly's run or Tadhg Furlong's?

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Jordan Larmour looking forward to French challenge

Leinster winger Jordan Larmour says they are bracing themselves for a battle at Toulouse this Sunday.

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Gerbrandt Grobler and South African factor won’t faze Munster

Munster coach Johann van Graan has acknowledged the strong South African influence at Gloucester, his side’s next European opponents, not least the presence ...

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Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty: ‘Playing in Toulouse an attack on the senses’

It can’t be easy to return to terra firma after an eight-try demolition job on Europe’s opening weekend, but thoughts of a follow-up expedition to Toulouse ...

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Michael Lowry thriving in unfamiliar full-back role for Ulster

At first glance, it is easy and understandable to underestimate the rugby talent of Ulster full-back Michael Lowry.

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New Zealand break policy by selecting Japan-based Matt Todd

Jim Cook The All Blacks have taken the unprecedented step of naming a player based in Japan among an enlarged 51-man squad for autumn test matches against Australia, ...

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Billy Vunipola out of autumn internationals as injury strikes again

The Saracens number eight has been ruled out for around 12 weeks with a broken left arm.

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When premature sporting celebrations proved costly

Freddie Burns’ early jubilation cost Bath dearly in their Champions Cup tie on Saturday.

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New coach Stuart Littler freshens up Ireland rugby league squad for European Championship

St Helens back rower James Bentley and Hull prop Lewis Bienek are among the new faces named in head coach Stuart Littler's first Ireland rugby league squad.

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Keith Earls remains 'a worry' as Munster give injury update

Munster coach Johann Van Graan says winger Keith Earls is to see a specialist to determine how serious his hamstring injury is ahead of next weekend’s European ...

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Johann van Graan praise as tuned-in Darren Sweetnam answers call

Johann van Graan praised Keith Earls’s selflessness in putting his side first after ruling himself out of Munster’s European clash at Exeter just before ...

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As opening day draws go, this satisfied Johann van Graan

THAT was a game Munster will be glad to have put behind them. Johann van Graan’s side will attack with relish preparations for this Saturday’s visit ...

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Peter Jackson: Freddie Burns' gaffe may sink Bath

An unholy trinity of ghastly misadventures in sport happened at three historic venues: Aintree; the old twin-towered Wembley; and St Andrews. That the misadventures ...

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A ringing endorsement of Joey Carbery’s talents

Peter O’Mahony believes Joey Carbery’s talent and rapid adjustment to life at Munster is helping the young Ireland fly-half quickly get on the same page ...

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Leo Cullen fired up for clash of European blue bloods

Leo Cullen has warned that Leinster face a stiff challenge from a familiar foe when they travel to fellow European blue bloods Toulouse for the second round of the ...

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Andy Friend warns Connacht too often in the red zone

It says a lot about Connacht under Andy Friend that they were disappointed not to claim a bonus-point win over Top 14 outfit Bordeaux-Bègles as both teams ...

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Skipper Best pleased as Ulster ‘front up’ to Tigers

Skipper Rory Best hailed Ulster’s second-half display as they dug in for a vital 24-10 win over Leicester Tigers to kick-start their Heineken Champions Cup ...

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European rugby roundup: Wins for Saracens, Newcastle, Cardiff and Gloucester

Here's a roundup of today's Heineken Champions Cup games:

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European rugby roundup: A good day for Munster, Connacht and Ulster

Here's a roundup of today's Heineken Champions Cup games:

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'It speaks volumes for the lads' character', says O'Mahony after Munster draw with Exeter

Peter O’Mahony praised his side’s character after Munster kicked off their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a hard-earned draw at title contenders ...

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Munster secure draw with Exeter in dramatic style

Munster’s last-ditch defensive rearguard earned the province an excellent draw at the home of the English league leaders as their Heineken Champions Cup campaign ...

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Leo Cullen delighted with Leinster's ruthless streak after Wasps trouncing

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen was delighted to see his side making every point count in their 52-3 demolition of Wasps on the opening night of the Heineken Champions ...

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Rampaging Leinster swat weak Wasps aside

Leinster were given the honour of opening up the new Heineken Champions Cup campaign in Dublin last night and the reigning champions lived up to their considerable ...

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Straight in at deep end for Munster

Johann van Graan’s bid to get his first full European campaign off to a winning start could not have come in more difficult circumstances, yet the Munster ...

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Exeter Chiefs eager to have ‘pedigree’ tested by Munster

A new Heineken Champions Cup season, and for the first time in nine seasons a new destination for Munster supporters as they journey to Exeter for the opening pool ...

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Exeter Chiefs keen to get early grip on group

The size of the task facing Munster in their Heineken Champions Cup opener at Exeter Chiefs has been made loud and clear, with home captain Gareth Steenson believing ...

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Irish rugby’s own flight of the wild geese

A humid Saturday morning and clearly it is moving day in Lourdes. Dozens of buses clog the narrow streets of the town in the Pyrenees, hazard lights on as people ...

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Geordan Murphy: Ireland has ‘conveyor belt’ of talent

Leicester boss Geordan Murphy has described Irish rugby’s provincial set-up as brilliant saying there is a “conveyor belt” of talent to choose ...

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Connacht ‘energised’ for Euro battle

Connacht supporters won’t get to see Bordeaux-Begles’s world stars Semi Radradra, Brock James, Seta Tamanivalu, or Jean-Baptiste Serin today, as once ...

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Greg Higgins swoops as Cork Con’s late show edges UCC

Cork Con scored a last-gasp try to beat rivals UCC 18-20 last night at the Mardyke in the second round of the All-Ireland League.

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Shannon forwards pave the way to derby win

A thundering and typically spirited display by the Shannon pack, with skipper Lee Nicholas and flanker Charlie Carmody in inspirational form saw them to a decisive ...

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Leinster open European defence with eight-try salvo

Leinster have put back-to-back European titles together before and the province served early notice of their hunger to do so again with a pulverising eight-try destruction ...

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AIL Rugby: Cork derby is ‘an occasion to be savoured’

UCC take on Cork Constitution this evening (Mardyke, 8pm) in a game with a fair backstory.

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All the key questions ahead of the Champion Cup

And we’re back.

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Rob Kearney wary of English resurgence in Champions Cup

Rob Kearney has warned that the English challenge in this year’s European Cup should not be taken lightly.

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And you thought it was just a jersey... Munster kit 'part of our DNA'

Simon Lewis This weekend will see Munster run out at Exeter Chiefs in their latest, specially commissioned European kit. With no clash in terms of colours at Sandy ...

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Winners who can emulate Leinster's Leo Cullen and make more history

Simon Lewis Leo Cullen made Heineken Champions Cup history in Bilbao last May, when Leinster lifted the coveted trophy the fourth time. Cullen, who captained Leinster ...

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Gary Longwell: “Fabien Pelous was a giant and he yelled in my face ‘it’s over’. It was for him”

Over 20 years have now elapsed since Ulster’s last great rugby odyssey began. It climaxed on a crisp, late January afternoon in 1999 in the creaking old Lansdowne ...

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Former Chief Tom Hayes: Munster will find little piece of Thomond in Devon

Tom Hayes is convinced that Munster supporters will find a home away from home in Sandy Park tomorrow.

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All Blacks’ loss is Wasps’ gain as summer signing Lima Sopoaga soars

Simon Collings All Blacks’ loss is Wasps’ gain as Sopoaga soars

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Peter Jackson: From brown envelopes in Milan to a Euro goldmine

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline

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Wasps boss Young hopes to catch ‘frightening’ Leinster cold

The reigning champions open their defence in Dublin.

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Rob Kearney: Flawless European campaign not out of reach for confident Leinster

Rob Kearney believes Leinster can repeat their flawless European campaign of last year when they became only the second team to win all nine games on the way to ...

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Conor Murray signs on and targets November Tests return

Conor Murray is targeting the November internationals for his return to action as he celebrates inking a new three-year IRFU deal which will make him the highest ...

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Keith Earls confident Munster’s game is coming together nicely

Keith Earls is confident Munster’s game is coming together nicely as they prepare to visit English league leaders Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday.

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Dan Goggin making up for lost time in some style

Dan Goggin could easily have fallen between the cracks as he recovered from long-term injury while Munster transitioned from one boss to the next last season.

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Felipe Contepomi understands why money talks

The drain of southern hemisphere stars to lucrative European contracts may be keeping the game’s administrators awake at night but Felipe Contepomi believes ...

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In Exeter boss Baxter, England have perfect Jones successor

When the RFU eventually begins their search to find a replacement for Eddie Jones, there is no need for them to scour the globe.

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Stuart McCluskey: Forget ‘99, let’s write new history

There is much talk around UIster this season about the legends of 1998/99, but Stuart McCloskey is keen for the current Ulster side to write their own piece of winning ...

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Conor Murray extends Munster stay

Conor Murray has signed a contract extension with the IRFU.

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