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From The42 World Cup squad on the board leaves nervous wait behind Ireland's elite women, but tough tasks all ahead 28-strong

World Cup squad on the board leaves nervous wait behind Ireland's elite women, but tough tasks all ahead

Ashleigh Baxter has had to adapt her game since starring in the 2014 World Cup.

Thursday 20 July, 2017

From The42 World Rugby has tidied up the 'tackle-only' law that caused England so much trouble against Italy Fox Hunt

World Rugby has tidied up the 'tackle-only' law that caused England so much trouble against Italy

In addition, players will no longer be able to kick the ball out of rucks and jackaling players must work from their own gate.

From The42 'He's in incredible physical shape': Peter Stringer will play with Worcester beyond his 40th birthday No Stopping Him

'He's in incredible physical shape': Peter Stringer will play with Worcester beyond his 40th birthday

The Corkman will remain in the Premiership on a short-term deal alongside Donnacha O’Callaghan.

From The42 Glenn Whelan aiming for Premier League return as he signs two-year contract with Aston Villa Villain

Glenn Whelan aiming for Premier League return as he signs two-year contract with Aston Villa

The 81-cap Ireland midfielder ends a nine year stay with Stoke City.

Wednesday 19 July, 2017

WRWC to run ticket exchange, so don't give up hope of seeing Ireland's pool matches just yet

Proceeds from the ‘Wimbledon style’ re-sales will go to the IRFU Charitable Trust.

Monday 17 July, 2017

From The42 Paulie Malignaggi happy to offer up some 'technical tidbits' in sparring with McGregor In Camp

Paulie Malignaggi happy to offer up some 'technical tidbits' in sparring with McGregor

The New Yorker is packing his bags for Las Vegas despite a bit of a spat with the Dubliner last week.

Saturday 15 July, 2017

From The42 More teams, bigger markets: PRO12 embrace 'the art of the possible' with South Africa plan Expansion Pack

More teams, bigger markets: PRO12 embrace 'the art of the possible' with South Africa plan

Shareholders in PRO will reportedly meet on Tuesday, and IFU boss Philip Browne does not feel that short notice will be an issue if the league opts to adopt the Cheetahs and Kings.

From The42 Let go by Leinster and now captaining his country: Billy Dardis hoping to land European title for Ireland this weekend Sevens Heaven

Let go by Leinster and now captaining his country: Billy Dardis hoping to land European title for Ireland this weekend

The Naas native looks an ideal fit to be a core member of an Ireland Sevens squad that will continue to aid development of provincial academy prospects.

Friday 14 July, 2017

From The42 IRFU funding for women's rugby up 25%, will rise by a further €500k after World Cup Feel Like Money

IRFU funding for women's rugby up 25%, will rise by a further €500k after World Cup

The union’s accounts, released today, show a spend of €2.1 million on its women’s programme.

Tuesday 11 July, 2017

From The42 Connacht academy wing Leavy joins Ireland 7s squad targeting World Cup qualification Sevens Heaven

Connacht academy wing Leavy joins Ireland 7s squad targeting World Cup qualification

Anthony Eddy’s squad are in pole position ahead of this weekend’s final round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix.

Monday 10 July, 2017

From The42 Rafa Nadal gave his head an awful whack before taking the court today That's Gotta Hurt! This post contains videos

Rafa Nadal gave his head an awful whack before taking the court today

Giles Muller had every right to laugh, the head knock may have helped him end Nadal’s run of 28 straight set wins.

Strength to strength as Ireland Women win qualification for 7s World Cup

Anthony Eddy’s side are heading to San Francisco next summer.

Saturday 8 July, 2017

From The42 Lions players' player of the tour Davies caps off terrific season Fox

Lions players' player of the tour Davies caps off terrific season

Six weeks on from lifting the Pro12 title, the Welsh centre has been voted Player of the Tour by his fellow Lions.

After 62 years, we were probably due a tied Lions series

Here’s a very brief history of Lions Test draws after this morning gave us just the second ever shared series.

From The42 Gatty the undefeated Lions coach and more talking points after a gripping deciding Lions Test Reaction

Gatty the undefeated Lions coach and more talking points after a gripping deciding Lions Test

A draw left nobody except the people behind the Lions happy.

Friday 7 July, 2017

From The42 Centurion Kieran Read still loves living the dream as pressure ramps up for All Black captain Special K

Centurion Kieran Read still loves living the dream as pressure ramps up for All Black captain

Nine years since he made his All Black debut and took on Munster in Thomond Park, Read is the calm voice guiding New Zealand into a pressure-filled third Test.

From The42 'I'm not here as a retirement project, I'm here to sharpen the tools': Keane on the ambition that took him to Connacht New Digs This post contains videos

'I'm not here as a retirement project, I'm here to sharpen the tools': Keane on the ambition that took him to Connacht

The outgoing Chiefs attack coach used the Super Rugby down weeks to fly north and help Connacht prepare for the new season.

From The42 'I don’t think he intentionally led with his shoulder': Apology accepted and Watson moving on from hard SBW hit Bury The Hatchet

'I don’t think he intentionally led with his shoulder': Apology accepted and Watson moving on from hard SBW hit

Hard, but not the hardest hit the 23-year-old has suffered.

From The42 Poll: Can the Lions beat the All Blacks again in tomorrow's series decider? Weight Of History This post contains a poll

Poll: Can the Lions beat the All Blacks again in tomorrow's series decider?

Will the Irish contingent in Gatty’s side be celebrating tomorrow morning?

Thursday 6 July, 2017

From The42 The USA women's Navy Seal workout day looks absolutely zero craic WRWC 17 This post contains videos

The USA women's Navy Seal workout day looks absolutely zero craic

The road to Ireland 2017 is paved with excruciating beach drills.

Wednesday 5 July, 2017

From The42 Black Ferns and Ireland's pool rivals Australia have named their WRWC squads Ireland 2017

Black Ferns and Ireland's pool rivals Australia have named their WRWC squads

World champions England have also unveiled a massively experienced side for next month’s tournament on these shores.

Saturday 1 July, 2017

From The42 50-year wait for All Black red card is over and more talking points as the Lions level up Reaction

50-year wait for All Black red card is over and more talking points as the Lions level up

A wet night in Wellington turned into one of the great days for the Lions.

From The42 'The tackle of a man who still hasn't got the violent stupidity of rugby league out of his system' Nz Reaction

'The tackle of a man who still hasn't got the violent stupidity of rugby league out of his system'

The Kiwi media have the knives out for SBW and rugby league after their first red card since 1967.

Friday 30 June, 2017

From The42 All Blacks skipper ready to adapt to whatever the Lions and Wellington have in store All-weather

All Blacks skipper ready to adapt to whatever the Lions and Wellington have in store

‘Mate, if it turns out it’s different then we have to adapt on the run out there on the field.’

From The42 Homeward bound Erasmus still has time to leave a legacy behind at Munster Comment

Homeward bound Erasmus still has time to leave a legacy behind at Munster

There’s another transitional period ahead for Munster with Erasmus returning to South Africa at the end of the year, but he can make lasting changes in this pre-season.

Jim McGuinness to leave Celtic for assistant manager role in China

The Donegal man and former Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt seem to have bonded over their appreciation of very ‘direct and intense football’.

From The42 Munster confirm that Rassie and Nienaber will leave the province in December Short And Sweet

Munster confirm that Rassie and Nienaber will leave the province in December

The SARU have been keeping a close eye on Erasmus’ successful season in Ireland.

Thursday 29 June, 2017

From The42 15 thoughts after re-watching that glorious All Blacks 2nd Test win over the Lions in '05 DC Comics This post contains videos

15 thoughts after re-watching that glorious All Blacks 2nd Test win over the Lions in '05

New Zealand turned the word into flesh and young Daniel Carter became Dan The Man.

From The42 McGregor is a unicorn and wants to fight Khabib in Russia, according to Dana White Back To Business
From The42 Possession imperative for Sean O'Brien as he faces into another breakdown battle with All Blacks Ground Work

Possession imperative for Sean O'Brien as he faces into another breakdown battle with All Blacks

Having the ball will be the first step to keeping on the right side of Jerome Garces on Saturday.

Tuesday 27 June, 2017

From The42 End of the tour pain for Henshaw (and many non-injured players) with only defining Tests to go Talking Points

End of the tour pain for Henshaw (and many non-injured players) with only defining Tests to go

The Athlone man’s shoulder injury did not look good, but if he is indeed unable to play any more part on this tour, he won’t be alone on the outskirts of the squad.

Monday 26 June, 2017

From The42 Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan Full Flight This post contains videos

Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan

Not content with sealing a record for himself, the Limerick man assisted five tries for five different scorers.

Sunday 25 June, 2017

From The42 Time is everything as Ireland's World Cup countdown gathers pace WRWC

Time is everything as Ireland's World Cup countdown gathers pace

Maz Reilly tells us what it takes to get the Ireland engine room up and running.

Saturday 24 June, 2017

From The42 The big winners from Ireland's high-scoring summer tour Top Men

The big winners from Ireland's high-scoring summer tour

Ireland had some freedom to play in the US and Japan, but these men made the most of the chances.

From The42 'Direct' NZ deserved the win, says Gatland as he promises breakdown improvement for second Test Work Ons

'Direct' NZ deserved the win, says Gatland as he promises breakdown improvement for second Test

The Kiwi says there are easy fixes after today’s 15-point loss.

From The42 Thrilling skills, the Rieko case and more talking points as the All Blacks maul Lions Reaction

Thrilling skills, the Rieko case and more talking points as the All Blacks maul Lions

The only worry for New Zealand was that Ben Smith suffered his third concussion of the season.

From The42 50-cap Toner a tower of strength and more talking points as Ireland win battle with Blossoms Reaction

50-cap Toner a tower of strength and more talking points as Ireland win battle with Blossoms

It was far from the free-running rugby of the opening two Tests, but Ireland’s willingness to work was exemplified by their totemic lock.

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From The42 As it happened: Japan v Ireland, summer tour Liveblog

As it happened: Japan v Ireland, summer tour

We’ve got an early minute-by-minute in store for you as Ireland wrap up their season in Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium.

Friday 23 June, 2017

From The42 Overshadowed by Lions, but Ireland a joy to watch at tail end of historic season Big In Japan

Overshadowed by Lions, but Ireland a joy to watch at tail end of historic season

The finale of a lengthy international campaign is your early-morning appetiser.

Thursday 22 June, 2017

From The42 Wasps to kick off Connacht's pre-season schedule before Pat Lam returns to Galway Hit-out

Wasps to kick off Connacht's pre-season schedule before Pat Lam returns to Galway

New coach Kieran Keane should be at the wheel in time for two matches in the space of three days.

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