Brian O'Driscoll knows spear tackle wasn't intentional, claims ex-All Black Marshall
It was, and remains, one of the most controversial moments in Lions history; depositing a taste so sour in the mouths of its protagonists that 12 years...
All Blacks dish out dozen reasons for Lions to be afraid
New Zealand sent a daunting message to the Lions ahead of their first Test at Eden Park next Saturday with a devastating 12-try victory over Samoa.
Malone urges U-20s to 'play a bit' in bid to finish on a high
Ireland U-20s' World Cup campaign has been testing from start to finish but having secured their status at next year's tournament, the pressure is off tomorrow as they look to end on a high by...
'It was come to Dunedin or go on the dole again' - The former LOI stars making a life in New Zealand
Situated on the south-eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island, Dunedin is the furthest city from Dublin in the world: 19,141km separate...
Tony Ward: Kick off in USA can't come quick enough - I'm so excited to see this attacking Ireland side
Many first-choice names might be either injured or on Lions duty but the Ireland team picked by Joe Schmidt to take on USA Eagles is a statement of...
Malone: We expect much better from an Ireland team
Peter Malone knew it was going to be tough but not even in his worst nightmares could he have imagined his Ireland U-20s performing as poorly against a ruthless New Zealand side.
Formidable Baby Blacks await U-20s
After two bitterly disappointing defeats that ended Ireland's hopes of advancing in the Junior World Cup, the last team that Peter Malone's young charges would have wanted to face is New Zealand, but they must somehow pick themselves up for what is a mammoth task this afternoon.
Earls leads kids on work experience abroad
It’s inevitable that in the current circumstances, where 23 of the touring squad have caps somewhere between zero and 10, that Keith Earls stands out. When you talk about lads in line for...
Marmion hopes star will start to rise in land of opportunity
Even dust when accumulated eventually makes a mountain. So the Japanese say anyway.
Scots dish out 'devastating' second defeat for U-20s
Ireland need to beat New Zealand in their final pool game at the World Rugby U-20 Championships to avoid their worst finish in seven attempts following Scotland's bonus-point win over Peter Malone's...
Malone to shuffle deck for U-20s' crunch clash
Defeat to Italy in their pool opener was hardly the start Ireland had planned for the U-20 World Cup, and they badly need a win against Scotland tomorrow to give their challenge for honours a...
WATCH: Former France captain Thierry Dusatoir finishes illustrious rugby career with conversion against Ulster
Former France captain Thierry Dusatoir brought an end to an illustrious 16-year professional rugby...
Saracens announce signing of Ireland U20 hooker Tadgh McElroy
Reigning European Champions Cup champions Saracens have announced the signing of Ireland U20 hooker Tadgh McElroy with the 19-year-old set to join the club's senior academy.
Schmidt hints at possible November return for Ryan and says no big 'financial difference' in contract offer
Joe Schmidt's oft-stated disinclination to read the newspapers or listen to rugby comment may...
Boyle urges Ireland U-20s to hit the ground running in opener
Ireland U-20s' preparations for the Junior World Cup have been far from ideal but nevertheless, the squad arrived in the back of beyond of Georgia late last week quietly confident ahead of their...
Kelly hoping for injury-free run in U-20 World Cup bid
Jack Kelly's World Cup dream was very nearly over before it even began but for all of the disruptions that the Ireland U-20s have endured, having the player who was initially named captain for the...
Ireland's Gareth Steenson kicks 98th minute penalty as Exeter Chiefs win Premiership final in extra time
Exeter captain Gareth Steenson kicked a penalty three minutes from the end of extra-time to see the Chiefs crowned Aviva Premiership champions.
Vunipola blow for Lions
The Lion's chances of winning a series in New Zealand next month took a huge hit last night when England No 8 Billy Vunipola was forced to withdraw from the tour.
Exiles on the verge of new era
In Reading's Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night, London Irish play Leeds Carnegie in the second leg of the Championship final. In recent years this scrap to get into the Premiership has given us almost macabre entertainment such was Bristol's capacity to trip over their shoelaces.
Boyle thrilled to lead Ireland U-20s in their quest for world glory
The preparations have been far from ideal but confidence is nevertheless high among the Ireland U-20s squad as they reconvene ahead of their opening World Cup game against Italy in Georgia...
'I had two gouging incidents in my good eye, and one I know was intentional' - Ian McKinley reveals two 'unsavoury' incidents
Treviso fly-half Ian McKinley has revealed that he had his eye gouged twice in his return to rugby...
Ruan Pienaar and Charles Piutau join Barbarians squad to face England
South Africa's Ruan Pienaar and New Zealand's Charles Piutau have been invited to join the Barbarians squad to face England at Twickenham later this month.
Jamie Roberts to captain Wales as WRU name squad for tour of Tonga and Samoa
Jamie Roberts will captain Wales on their summer tour next month in Tests against Tonga and Samoa.
Quinlan hoping for second shot at pro game
The last year hasn't been easy for Tomás Quinlan in particular but yesterday, he and his Cork Con team-mates used the collective hurt to end their seven-year wait for an AIL title.
Watch: Mick McGrath brushes off Cork Con tackler with ease in build up to great Clontarf try
Cork Con are AIL champions for the first time since 2010 as they exacted sweet revenge over Clontarf after losing last year's final.
Quinlan steers Cork Con past Clontarf to AIL glory in exciting Aviva showdown
Cork Con are AIL champions for the first time since 2010 as they exacted sweet revenge over Clontarf after losing last year's final.
Clontarf set sights on back-to-back AIL glory
Cork Con will aim to use a year's worth of hurt when they look to dethrone reigning champions Clontarf at the Aviva tomorrow (2.30).
Tony Ward: More Joey Carberys are out there waiting to be found
A rising tide lifts all boats - or so the aphorism goes. Such might be the case from time to time in economic language but certainly not where rugby is concerned and most definitely not in club terms.
Reilly: AIL is improving
Although he is still only 30, nowadays when Clontarf captain Ben Reilly looks around the dressing-room, he considers himself a veteran.
Sale Sharks confirm Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of the season
The Sale Sharks have confirmed that former Munster scrum-half Peter Stringer will be leaving the club at the end of the season following two seasons at...
Briggs boost for Ireland's World Cup plans
Ireland captain Niamh Briggs has been included in a 48-strong training squad that will begin preparations for the World Cup in August.
Play-off joy as trio of Ulster clubs secure promotion
Ulster's domestic clubs had a red-letter day in the Ulster Bank League on Saturday as Armagh, Rainey Old Boys and Omagh all gained promotion.
Five-star Cork Con bolstered by 'perfect' preparation for final showdown
Brian Hayes believes Cork Constitution will be at their battle-hardened best when they renew rivalries with defending champions Clontarf in...
Con target double after Cup triumph
Cork Constitution survived a frantic finish to edge out hosts Old Belvedere 18-13 at Anglesea Road yesterday and win their fifth straight Bateman Cup.
Garryowen fight to preserve top-flight status
Garryowen will look to take the last step in their bid to remain in the top flight when they host Limerick rivals Bohs in this afternoon's 1B play-off in Dooradoyle.
Cork Con set for another crack at Clontarf in AIL showdown
An understrength Young Munster team suffered their third Ulster Bank League semi-final defeat in as many years, as defending champions Clontarf proved too strong at Castle Avenue.
Brendan Fanning: Fixture logjam sums up failed IRFU strategy
It was a bit like the halcyon days of the AIL here last week: two Munster clubs preparing for the spin up to Dublin to assert their position in the rugby hierarchy, and give vent to their anger. As...
Johnston holds nerve in thriller to grab glory for Munster A
Munster A produced a magnificent fightback to win the British and Irish Cup for the second time with a thrilling win over Jersey Reds at Irish Independent Park.
Lansdowne, Clontarf earn home comfort in semis with final-day wins
Table toppers Lansdowne and defending champions Clontarf will have home advantage in the Division 1A semi-finals after a tumultuous final day in the Ulster Bank League.
Nicholls sets up historic Tullow victory
Tullow made history in convincing fashion at Athy RFC yesterday when they turned on the style to claim the Towns Cup for the first time in the 92-year history of the competition.
Lansdowne stop rot to seal home semi-final
Table-toppers Lansdowne and defending champions Clontarf will have home advantage in the Division 1A semi-finals after a tumultuous final round of fixtures.
Tullow set their sights on first Towns Cup glory
Tullow's most famous son Seán O'Brien has put the Carlow town on the map but tomorrow, the club get the chance to write themselves into the history books as they look to take the final step on...
'I'm comfortable in asserting that he is 100% innocent' - Lawyer for Irish rugby player questioned in rape investigation
Denis Coulson, the Irish prop involved in an investigation into an alleged gang rape in...
Old Belvedere denied fourth successive title by superb Bohs
UL Bohemians are the Women's All-Ireland League champions for the first time in four years after ending Old Belvedere's recent dominance of the competition at Donnybrook to claim the crown...
'I never liked a front-rower' - Brian O'Driscoll reveals worst roommate ever
Former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has revealed his worst ever roommate with the Leinster centre taking particular aim at Ireland's front-rowers.
Neil Francis: Financial lunacy has pushed elite clubs close to extinction
I noticed over the weekend that the in-goal areas in a lot of the quarter-final hosts' grounds would have difficulty fitting a hopscotch court into them and I mean lengthways. Is it because of health and...
Cookies overtake 'Tarf after ice-cool Tynan's late, late show
Teenage out-half Alan Tynan was the toast of Young Munster after his last-ditch drop goal steered the Cookies past top four rivals Clontarf.
Attack to be key area of Schmidt focus
In the aftermath of his team's compelling win over England, Joe Schmidt returned to a theme that has been central to his four seasons in charge of Ireland.
Classy England dash Ireland's Slam dreams
Ireland Women's Grand Slam dream was crushed by England but they will wonder what might have been after pushing the world champions for an hour.
Ireland U-20s fall just short as England claim the Slam
Ireland U-20s' attempts to spoil the English party fell agonisingly short as the visitors just about held on to a victory that sealed that the Grand Slam.
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'I was just so blessed I was able to walk again' - The top Irish fullback who broke his neck...
Tomás Ó Sé: Galway and Mayo both need an x-factor forward
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'He just cut me in half' - How Luke Fitzgerald ended up getting both barrels from Shaun Edwards on the Lions tour
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'He's a bit rusty' - Luke Fitzgerald backs Johnny Sexton to bounce back from abysmal Lions start
'They looked nervous' - Luke Fitzgerald and The Left Wing analyse Munster's PRO12 final loss
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Luke Fitzgerald: Playing the 'Munster way' will be the key to beating the Scarlets
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