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Dublin: 9 °C Thursday 5 March, 2015

Today’s News

From The42 Muliaina back as Connacht make just three changes on five-day turnaround Starting XV

Muliaina back as Connacht make just three changes on five-day turnaround

The Westerners are off to Cardiff for another crucial test of their top six credentials.

From The42 Blow for Ulster as Luke Marshall given five-week suspension, one for Wilson Discipline

Blow for Ulster as Luke Marshall given five-week suspension, one for Wilson

The centre will miss an away trip to Connacht, but will return in late April to face Leinster at home.

From The42 (It’s business) It’s business time as Steve Walsh pulls out as referee of Wales-Ireland game MIDDLE MAN
From The42 Sam Warburton is hoping this hi-tech icer can help him be fit to face Ireland Rice Rice Baby
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From The42 ‘It actually looks much scarier than it is’: Gomis offers assurances about his health after collapse Back On His Feet

‘It actually looks much scarier than it is’: Gomis offers assurances about his health after collapse

The health of the striker’s father caused his own existing condition to flare up on the field.

Setanta Sports had the perfect caption to troll Dublin’s Bryan Cullen last night

Forget the medals, Coppers access is what really matters to the modern GAA star.

Yesterday’s News

From The42 South Africa are now an official rival for Ireland in 2023 World Cup bid BOK OFF

South Africa are now an official rival for Ireland in 2023 World Cup bid

The SARU are hoping persistence pays off as they enter the bidding for the fourth straight tournament.

From The42 7 athletes who couldn’t stay away from their favourite game This Is My Comeback

7 athletes who couldn’t stay away from their favourite game

Can Paul Galvin learn anything from these contemporaries?

From The42 Ireland players are not just robots following Schmidt’s orders — Conor Murray Framework

Ireland players are not just robots following Schmidt’s orders — Conor Murray

“Joe does not stop you from backing yourself,” says the star scrum-half.

Tuesday 3 March, 2015

From The42 Here’s Conor Murray’s view on the ‘pressure-off’ kick that put Sunday’s game beyond England Deft

Here’s Conor Murray’s view on the ‘pressure-off’ kick that put Sunday’s game beyond England

Ireland’s play-making number nine is almost completely satisfied with a job well done against England and is ready to get back to work tomorrow.

From The42 Here are the 12 venues Japan will use to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup DEADLY DOZEN

Here are the 12 venues Japan will use to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup

How would Ireland match up if the 2023 bid was successful?

Monday 2 March, 2015

From The42 Connacht’s half-century and the rest of the Pro12 action you missed because the Six Nations was on Provincial

Connacht’s half-century and the rest of the Pro12 action you missed because the Six Nations was on

There’s only so much rugby you can fit into a weekend. So here’s some bonus Monday footage.

From The42 Mop boy almost scuppered this college basketball breakaway last night March Madness This post contains videos

Mop boy almost scuppered this college basketball breakaway last night

Though it would have been fairly shameful had Devon Begley been blocked by this little tyke.

From The42 ‘A lot of our young lads haven’t played in that sort of intensity before’ — England coach Lancaster Dumped In Dublin

‘A lot of our young lads haven’t played in that sort of intensity before’ — England coach Lancaster

Six of England’s starting XV yesterday had fewer than 10 international caps.

From The42 Either Rangi Chase had the ball on a string or he’s just a rugby league magician Beautiful Assist This post contains videos

Either Rangi Chase had the ball on a string or he’s just a rugby league magician

The Kiwi showed incredible sleight of hand to help Salford beat Hull.

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From The42 6 talking points as Ireland take control of the 6 Nations after win over England Reaction

6 talking points as Ireland take control of the 6 Nations after win over England

Joe Schmidt’s men were in imperious form against England as they extended their winning run to 10 games.

From The42 Ronaldo notches 30th goal of the season, but Real left frustrated as La Liga lead is cut to two points Pressure

Ronaldo notches 30th goal of the season, but Real left frustrated as La Liga lead is cut to two points

The Portuguese superstar is the first man to reach the 30-mark in five straight seasons.

Sunday 1 March, 2015

From The42 Schmidt on Zebo: ‘He’s a free-spirited young man who loves the game’ Working Winger

Schmidt on Zebo: ‘He’s a free-spirited young man who loves the game’

The Munster wing’s hard work made him a stand-out performer against England.

From The42 Was that display against England Paul O’Connell’s final act at home in the Six Nations? Captain Fantastic

Was that display against England Paul O’Connell’s final act at home in the Six Nations?

Ireland will finish off this year’s Championship on the road and the captain still hasn’t decided whether he will play beyond the World Cup.

From The42 Schmidt vows to ‘enjoy the moment, take a deep breath’ and pour cold water on Grand Slam talk One Step At A Time

Schmidt vows to ‘enjoy the moment, take a deep breath’ and pour cold water on Grand Slam talk

‘Control is fickle’, says the Ireland coach after his team took over at the top of the Six Nations Championship.

Friday 27 February, 2015

From The42 11 Ireland v England battles that will be settled once and for all this Sunday Weight Of History

11 Ireland v England battles that will be settled once and for all this Sunday

Hold on tight, folks. There’s a whole lot of baggage that goes along with this rivalry.

From The42 Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz Quizzy Cola

Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz

Were you paying attention over the last seven days?

From The42 In pics: Ireland and England squads go through paces ahead of pivotal Six Nations clash 6Nations

In pics: Ireland and England squads go through paces ahead of pivotal Six Nations clash

Here’s how the Championship’s remaining unbeaten sides are shaping up for the big one on Sunday.

From The42 Jack McGrath Ireland’s ‘stand-out player against South Africa and he’s played right through’ Tough Calls

Jack McGrath Ireland’s ‘stand-out player against South Africa and he’s played right through’

Here’s Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt explaining some tight selection calls.

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From The42 Hanrahan starts as Munster welcome Warriors, Connacht shuffle backs to take on Treviso Team-sheets

Hanrahan starts as Munster welcome Warriors, Connacht shuffle backs to take on Treviso

The Pro12 has some seriously important fixtures this weekend.

From The42 England XV as expected with Goode and Nowell brought in for Ireland clash Know Your Enemy

England XV as expected with Goode and Nowell brought in for Ireland clash

Stuart Lancaster has kept the changes in his back three.

Thursday 26 February, 2015

From The42 Horne steps in for suspended Russell as Scotland name side for pivotal Italy clash Warriors

Horne steps in for suspended Russell as Scotland name side for pivotal Italy clash

Vern Cotter has made two enforced and two tactical changes for Saturday’s meeting with the Azzurri.

From The42 Ruddock returns for Leinster as Humphreys becomes Ulster centurion Team-sheets

Ruddock returns for Leinster as Humphreys becomes Ulster centurion

These two provinces are in action against Welsh opposition tomorrow.

From The42 Here’s who you’ll be watching during TV3′s coverage of the Rugby World Cup England 2015

Here’s who you’ll be watching during TV3′s coverage of the Rugby World Cup

Peter Stringer didn’t make the photo-shoot, but the tall lad at the back is pretty good.

From The42 Easterby and Healy confident Jordi Murphy will ‘muscle up’ in Heaslip’s absence Back Row Balance

Easterby and Healy confident Jordi Murphy will ‘muscle up’ in Heaslip’s absence

The vice captain’s back injury has paved the way for the 23-year-old to make his third Test start.

From The42 Simon Zebo braced for Goode grief as Ireland aim to kick on past England Collective Spirit

Simon Zebo braced for Goode grief as Ireland aim to kick on past England

The wing says the Saracens fullback has ‘some of the best footwork I’ve ever seen’.

Wednesday 25 February, 2015

From The42 We’ll Leave It There So: Ireland win again, Fabio’s jail sentence and all today’s sport Wednesday

Choke conversation out of breath with Ireland refusing to take focus off England

Two weeks feels like an interminably long wait for a game of this magnitude. Roll on Sunday.

From The42 ‘I wouldn’t have come back if I didn’t think I could last the pace’ — Cian Healy Heal My Hurts

‘I wouldn’t have come back if I didn’t think I could last the pace’ — Cian Healy

Naturally, ‘strength hasn’t been an issue’ for the prop during his recovery from hamstring injury.

Sunday 15 February, 2015

From The42 Muldoon driven by prospect of sending ‘poor relation’ Connacht to the big time on merit Desire

Muldoon driven by prospect of sending ‘poor relation’ Connacht to the big time on merit

A win over Scarlets on Sunday would be another big step towards Champions Cup qualification for the Connacht captain.

Saturday 14 February, 2015

From The42 Birthday boy O’Brien relieved to survive late French onslaught Back With A Bang

Birthday boy O’Brien relieved to survive late French onslaught

“You’re just getting up and trying to find a blue shirt.”

From The42 Battered and bruised, but Sexton guides Ireland to victory over France 6 Nations

Battered and bruised, but Sexton guides Ireland to victory over France

The out-half put his concussion struggles behind him with five penalties against Les Bleus.

From The42 O’Connell still annoyed by Paris endgame as he seeks out another rare win over France Driven

O’Connell still annoyed by Paris endgame as he seeks out another rare win over France

Ireland’s captain has only tasted victory over Les Bleus twice, and both led to Championship success.

Exercise quality always above quantity for Leinster Rugby’s head of fitness

The top man in the province’s S&C department isn’t interested in weightlifting records or punishing workloads.

Friday 13 February, 2015

From The42 Boxing and bear crawls behind him, Jake Heenan ready to put his shoulder to the wheel Groundhog Day

Boxing and bear crawls behind him, Jake Heenan ready to put his shoulder to the wheel

The Kiwi openside has come through two extensive runs to recovery, so knows plenty about shoulder rehab.

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