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Dublin: 21 °C Thursday 25 May, 2017

Today’s News

Representing his roots a key driver for Wexford Lion Tadhg Furlong

“Without all those things falling in line for you and the support they give you, I wouldn’t be here.”

From The42 'Some lads just say: ‘Howya big fella!' Furlong happy to help Lions team-mates get the details right Tadhg

'Some lads just say: ‘Howya big fella!' Furlong happy to help Lions team-mates get the details right

Wexford’s finest has been offering some pronunciation tips to his fellow tourists.

From The42 'The intensity has been through the roof' with fast-learning Lions - Andy Farrell Heating Up

'The intensity has been through the roof' with fast-learning Lions - Andy Farrell

Coach and players alike were keen to stress the gradual progress they intend to make throughout the tour.

From The42 'We can be too critical of ourselves, overly humble': Munster take confidence from their journey Mindset

'We can be too critical of ourselves, overly humble': Munster take confidence from their journey

Niall Scannell looks back to the ‘worst weeks of the year’ when he and his team-mates had nothing to train for.

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Yesterday’s News

From The42 Wales' omission of 'world class' James Davies increasingly baffling Natural 7

Wales' omission of 'world class' James Davies increasingly baffling

Rassie Erasmus will have to contend with multiple threats to his ruck this weekend.

Rassie ready to correct 'stupid' team-talk during Scarlets' comeback win in Thomond Park

The former Springbok back row wasn’t sidestepping anything in the lead up to Saturday’s Pro12 final.

Tuesday 23 May, 2017

From The42 Mike Ross and Ian Madigan added to Barbarians squad for England and Ulster clashes Magic Mike

Mike Ross and Ian Madigan added to Barbarians squad for England and Ulster clashes

Ireland’s cornerstone is two games from retirement.

From The42 Brilliant Bleyendaal typifies Munster attitude in most tragic season Tyler

Brilliant Bleyendaal typifies Munster attitude in most tragic season

‘As a rugby team, we had the responsibility and privilege to galvanise the town.’

Monday 22 May, 2017

From The42 'Everybody looks fit,' says Rassie as Munster wind up for final push Red Alert

'Everybody looks fit,' says Rassie as Munster wind up for final push

The South African has no new injury concerns as he looks forward to a return to the Aviva Stadium to face Scarlets.

Saturday 20 May, 2017

From The42 As it happened: Munster v Ospreys, Pro12 semi-final Liveblog

As it happened: Munster v Ospreys, Pro12 semi-final

We went minute-by-minute as Munster looked to book a place against Scarlets in next week’s Pro12 final in Dublin.

From The42 As it happened: Northampton Saints v Connacht, Champions Cup play-off semi-final Last Chance Saloon

As it happened: Northampton Saints v Connacht, Champions Cup play-off semi-final

We went minute-by-minute as Connacht tried to extend their season and hope of playing in the Champions Cup next season.

Friday 19 May, 2017

From The42 As it happened: Leinster v Scarlets, Pro12 semi-final Liveblog

As it happened: Leinster v Scarlets, Pro12 semi-final

The Pro12 is down to just four teams. Can Leinster keep up their perfect semi-final record? Or will the Scarlets be the first ever away team to progress to the grand final?

From The42 Donnacha Ryan departing Munster with some frustration, but also a new crop of 'heroes' Full Circle

Donnacha Ryan departing Munster with some frustration, but also a new crop of 'heroes'

The Tipperary man will play his last home game at Thomond Park tomorrow when Ospreys visit for the Pro12 semi-final.

From The42 QUIZ: Test your Pro12 semi-final knowledge as Leinster and Munster go into knockout mode Final Four

QUIZ: Test your Pro12 semi-final knowledge as Leinster and Munster go into knockout mode

Leinster and Munster host the eighth edition of the Pro12 semi-finals this weekend. Have you studied the form book?

Thursday 18 May, 2017

From The42 'I'm allowed go after a ruck if I see it': Tadhg Beirne out to turn over his native province in Pro12 semi Pro12

'I'm allowed go after a ruck if I see it': Tadhg Beirne out to turn over his native province in Pro12 semi

James Davies will not be the only jackal Leinster have to worry about during tomorrow’s semi-final at the RDS.

From The42 New coach, new faces as U20s go to Birr hoping to build continuity from Six Nations Wolfpuppies

New coach, new faces as U20s go to Birr hoping to build continuity from Six Nations

Flanker Paul Boyle is the latest to take over captaincy of the age grade side as they head for Georgia.

Monday 15 May, 2017

From The42 'We've been made feel at home': Triggs happy to make emotional Leinster goodbye a long one True Blue

'We've been made feel at home': Triggs happy to make emotional Leinster goodbye a long one

The Kiwi second row will run out at the RDS for the last time on Friday.

Ringrose remaining calm after Gatland's latest reminder of how close he is to Lions squad

‘Six months ago I made my debut for Ireland, which I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before then. I appreciate the opportunities.’

From The42 Sean Cronin's neck makes him a serious doubt for Leinster's Pro12 semi against Scarlets Hooked

Sean Cronin's neck makes him a serious doubt for Leinster's Pro12 semi against Scarlets

Sean O’Brien and Robbie Henshaw will return to training today in the hope of proving their fitness for Friday’s clash with Scarlets.

Sunday 14 May, 2017

From The42 The wonderful world of Owen Hargreaves, girls v boys and more of the week's best sportswriting Well Read

The wonderful world of Owen Hargreaves, girls v boys and more of the week's best sportswriting

Grab an immense cup of coffee and an immense biscuit and join us for the best of the internet this week.

Friday 12 May, 2017

From The42 Connacht to face Northampton in Champions Cup play-off after Stade Francais triumph Remain Campaign

Connacht to face Northampton in Champions Cup play-off after Stade Francais triumph

The Paris club had previously lost four European finals — two in the premier European Cup.

From The42 Gunnar Nelson headlines UFC Glasgow with Ward and Seery already on the card Top Gunn

Gunnar Nelson headlines UFC Glasgow with Ward and Seery already on the card

The Icelander will face hard-hitting Argentine Santiago Ponzinibbio in July.

From The42 Maitland misses out as Saracens go to deny Clermont Champions Cup glory Final XV

Maitland misses out as Saracens go to deny Clermont Champions Cup glory

Clermont have shrugged off the knocks picked up in the breathless win over Leinster.

Thursday 11 May, 2017

From The42 Here's the Gloucester team out to earn a play-off against Connacht (and a trophy) Champions Cup This post contains videos

Here's the Gloucester team out to earn a play-off against Connacht (and a trophy)

David Humphreys’ side are taking on Stade Francais in the Challenge Cup final.

From The42 Ex-Leinster 10 Gopperth lands Player's Player of the Year award in England Awards Season

Ex-Leinster 10 Gopperth lands Player's Player of the Year award in England

Meanwhile, Tamara Taylor was the women’s player of the year with Lions tourist Ross Moriarty missing out on the young player gong.

Wednesday 10 May, 2017

From The42 'June will be very tough for us, today's draw will spark a real interest (in Japan)' -- Joe Schmidt Sneak Preview

'June will be very tough for us, today's draw will spark a real interest (in Japan)' -- Joe Schmidt

The Ireland head coach called the pool draw featuring Scotland and Japan ‘a mixed bag’.

From The42 Ireland draw Scotland, while England placed in pool of death again for 2019 Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019

Ireland draw Scotland, while England placed in pool of death again for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Joe Schmidt should be very happy with what the pool draw delivered in Kyoto.

From The42 World Rugby confirm 5-year residency rule as 'necessary step in protecting integrity and credibility' Project Players

World Rugby confirm 5-year residency rule as 'necessary step in protecting integrity and credibility'

The 60-month consecutive residency rule will come into effect in 2021.

Tuesday 9 May, 2017

From The42 Tommy Bowe will present RTÉ holiday show while recovering from ankle injury Holliers
From The42 Pienaar set to play for and against Barbarians before Belfast farewell Baabaas

Pienaar set to play for and against Barbarians before Belfast farewell

Pienaar and Piutau have joined Bundee Aki and Thierry Dusautoir in Vern Cotter’s squad.

From The42 Pumas, 'Boks and Les Bleus the ones to avoid as Ireland go to RWC draw as a top seed JAPAN 2019

Pumas, 'Boks and Les Bleus the ones to avoid as Ireland go to RWC draw as a top seed

If Ireland are to reach their first ever World Cup semi-final, a bit of luck in tomorrow’s pool draw in Kyoto is vital.

Monday 8 May, 2017

From The42 Time hasn't healed Munster pain from Saracens loss, but that standard drives them on Harsh Lessons

Time hasn't healed Munster pain from Saracens loss, but that standard drives them on

The black shirts of the Ospreys will provide a fine proving ground for the lessons Munster learned from the Champions Cup semi-final.

From The42 'I'm 22, I hope the door isn't shut': Cork Con star Quinlan eager to get back into pro game Kicking Machine

'I'm 22, I hope the door isn't shut': Cork Con star Quinlan eager to get back into pro game

The out-half was released from Munster’s academy last year, but showed his prowess off the tee in the Aviva Stadium yesterday.

Sunday 7 May, 2017

From The42 Athlone Town call on the Gardaí, Interpol and Uefa to open match-fixing investigations World Police

Athlone Town call on the Gardaí, Interpol and Uefa to open match-fixing investigations

“It is our strong opinion that no stone should be left unturned in relation to these very damaging claims.”

From The42 Piutau, Erasmus and Carbery take big gongs at Pro12 awards All Black Tie Event This post contains videos

Piutau, Erasmus and Carbery take big gongs at Pro12 awards

Meanwhile, Connacht pocketed €10,000 along with the Fair Play award.

From The42 Barnstorming Brian Hayes helps Cork Con take UBL title from Clontarf Winning Habit

Barnstorming Brian Hayes helps Cork Con take UBL title from Clontarf

The reigning champions scored three tries, two with a man in the sin-bin, but the penalty count smothered their hopes.

From The42 'It's all on the line': Lam rues calamitous Connacht defence, but emphasis firmly on European play-off Season-defining

'It's all on the line': Lam rues calamitous Connacht defence, but emphasis firmly on European play-off

“We have numbers, but we’re not connecting.”

Saturday 6 May, 2017

From The42 'They've been under a cloud of pressure': Rassie pleased for players after topping table The 1 Seed

'They've been under a cloud of pressure': Rassie pleased for players after topping table

The South African was also happy to see Conor Murray in ‘solid’ form on his return from injury.

From The42 Connacht end with a whimper as 7-try Munster roar to Pro12 summit Table Toppers

Connacht end with a whimper as 7-try Munster roar to Pro12 summit

Connacht’s defence could not hold up to a hungry Munster onslaught.

Friday 5 May, 2017

From The42 Conor Murray back on the bench as Connacht end Pro12 reign in Munster Team-sheets

Conor Murray back on the bench as Connacht end Pro12 reign in Munster

It’s the last round of the regular season tomorrow, but both teams have big matches to look forward to on 20 May.

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