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From The Score 5 reasons to believe Ulster will beat Toulon Suftum

5 reasons to believe Ulster will beat Toulon

Neil Doak’s side have to defeat the back-to-back champions to keep hope of qualification alive.

From The Score Ruddock aiming to shut down Diarra when Leinster renew rivalry with Castres Young Shoulders

Ruddock aiming to shut down Diarra when Leinster renew rivalry with Castres

The Castres back row thrived even as a marked man when the sides last met.

Yesterday’s News

From The Score We’ll Leave It There So: Munster’s prop swap, Whelan injured and the rest of today’s sport Thursday

We’ll Leave It There So: Munster’s prop swap, Whelan injured and the rest of today’s sport

Plus, things get a little crazy as Cumann na mBunscol hits Croke Park.

From The Score Pienaar, penalties and late poaches: Munster’s history with Saracens Round Six This post contains videos

Pienaar, penalties and late poaches: Munster’s history with Saracens

Can the southern province get back to winning ways against the Premiership side?

From The Score Clermont flanker Bardy banned for Munster trip after knee on Vunipola Cited This post contains videos

Clermont flanker Bardy banned for Munster trip after knee on Vunipola

The replacement clashed with the Saracens number eight twice during their defeat in England.

From The Score 11 things we learned from BOD’s big new book The Word Of Bod

11 things we learned from BOD’s big new book

A shocking revelation about a snooze button, developing Ireland’s defence and his attachment to that number 13 shirt.

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From The Score ‘I’m shook, a sitting duck’: How Brian O’Driscoll talked his way back onto the field against France Concussion

‘I’m shook, a sitting duck’: How Brian O’Driscoll talked his way back onto the field against France

The centre was treated for suspected in concussion in a gruelling Six Nations clash with France in 2013.

From The Score Loss of referee control at the heart of 2007’s ‘Battle of Bayonne’ — O’Driscoll Oi Ref!

Loss of referee control at the heart of 2007’s ‘Battle of Bayonne’ — O’Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll appealed to Wayne Barnes to restore calm in an infamously unruly World Cup warm-up.

Wednesday 22 October, 2014

From The Score Ashton drops out of England squad again as Lancaster prefers Rokoduguni Swing Low Rok' On

Ashton drops out of England squad again as Lancaster prefers Rokoduguni

The Fijian soldier is one of three uncapped players in England’s 33-man squad.

From The Score Here’s how Ireland’s injured XV could line up Walking Wounded

Here’s how Ireland’s injured XV could line up

And when you can expect to see them back on a rugby field.

Tuesday 21 October, 2014

From The Score Open thread: Who would you pick as Ireland’s starting XV You're The Boss

Open thread: Who would you pick as Ireland’s starting XV

A back row of Diack, Ryan and O’Donnell? If you say so.

From The Score ‘Reformer’ Michael Cheika the perfect man to grab Wallabies by scruff of the neck — Caputo Enforcer

‘Reformer’ Michael Cheika the perfect man to grab Wallabies by scruff of the neck — Caputo

The Australian coach in waiting has proven his ability to shift culture at Leinster. Now to sort out his country.

From The Score Schmidt squad hit by injuries in all the wrong places for Reid, Hanrahan and Jackson Creative Types

Schmidt squad hit by injuries in all the wrong places for Reid, Hanrahan and Jackson

While Joe Schmidt has had to reach down the depth chart in some areas, he was faced with difficult omissions in the back-line.

From The Score Ross, Kearney and Fitzgerald all ‘pencilled in’ for Leinster trip to Castres Injury Update

Ross, Kearney and Fitzgerald all ‘pencilled in’ for Leinster trip to Castres

Scrum coach Marco Caputo says that Luke Fitzgerald will feature on the bench again this week.

Sunday 19 October, 2014

From The Score 23 pictures from a super Saturday of European rugby Snaps

23 pictures from a super Saturday of European rugby

It makes for happy viewing for Munster and Connacht fans.

Saturday 18 October, 2014

From The Score Michael Corcoran’s brilliant RTÉ commentary of Keatley DG will have you pumped all over again Listen Up
From The Score Keatley keeps his cool to give Munster dramatic win away to Sale Sharks Scare

Keatley keeps his cool to give Munster dramatic win away to Sale

Munster came from 16 points down to seal a typically dramatic win.

From The Score New South African wave promises to keep Ulster on top of Tigers Prop Up

New South African wave promises to keep Ulster on top of Tigers

Wiehahn Herbst is one of many new faces as Ulster head for familiar territory in Europe.

From The Score Muliaina aiding Connacht’s young backs despite injury absence Kicking On

Muliaina aiding Connacht’s young backs despite injury absence

The Westerners are refusing to take their foot off the pedal even during the break from the Pro12.

From The Score ‘We’re Munster, they’ll want to have a go at us’ — Murray leads rejuvenated side to take on Sharks Preview

‘We’re Munster, they’ll want to have a go at us’ — Murray leads rejuvenated side to take on Sharks

Despite a shaky start to the season, Munster are favourites on their opening European road trip.

Friday 17 October, 2014

From The Score Jacko’s back as Ulster make three changes for Champions Cup opener in Leicester Starting XV

Jacko’s back as Ulster make three changes for Champions Cup opener in Leicester

Andrew Trimble has not recovered from his toe injury.

From The Score Everybody was kung fu fightin’ in this Argentinian football brawl last night Calm The Head Lads This post contains videos

Everybody was kung fu fightin’ in this Argentinian football brawl last night

Of course there’s no place for this sort of thing in football (pass the popcorn).

Thursday 16 October, 2014

From The Score Bowe setting new PBs, but won’t be turned into a centre any time soon Next In Line?

Wednesday 15 October, 2014

From The Score Ulster lose lock Alan O’Connor to three match ban Lock Out

Ulster lose lock Alan O’Connor to three match ban

The 23-year-old was cited for an incident that left Glasgow’s Mark Bennett unconscious.

From The Score 5 questions for Ulster ahead of their latest European adventure Northern Exposure

5 questions for Ulster ahead of their latest European adventure

Can Neil Doak guide his province to greatness, or will it all end in heartbreak again?

From The Score 18 reasons why John O’Shea is Ireland’s greatest national treasure Big John

18 reasons why John O’Shea is Ireland’s greatest national treasure

Who put the ball in the German’s net?

From The Score ‘What’s the point of sitting in, losing 1 – 0 and feeling as if you’ve a moral victory?’ – O’Neill Party With Marty

‘What’s the point of sitting in, losing 1 – 0 and feeling as if you’ve a moral victory?’ – O’Neill

The Ireland manager says he was happy to risk falling 2 – 0 down in search of what could prove a “vital” point.

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From The Score Here’s how Leinster’s pool rivals Harlequins are set before the Champions Cup kick-off Scouting Ahead

Here’s how Leinster’s pool rivals Harlequins are set before the Champions Cup kick-off

The don’t face each other until December, but those games look likely to decide Pool 2.

Tuesday 14 October, 2014

From The Score No room for error: Ireland must be ‘really focused, really strong’, says O’Neill Gelsenkirchen

No room for error: Ireland must be ‘really focused, really strong’, says O’Neill

The Ireland boss also hailed the achievement of John O’Shea, who could win his 100th cap tonight.

From The Score ‘This scrawny little kid with glasses…: The Brian O’Driscoll story is coming to TV screens this week BOD ON THE BOX
From The Score 5 big questions for Connacht before their return to Challenge Cup action West In Europe

5 big questions for Connacht before their return to Challenge Cup action

It’s back to (the other) European competition for Pat Lam’s men.

From The Score Munster defeat still nagging at ‘patchy’ Leinster Wounded

Munster defeat still nagging at ‘patchy’ Leinster

Sean Cronin says the inter-pro defeat is a low from from which Leinster must rise above.

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From The Score Rory Best: Not enough for Ulster to learn harsh lessons, it’s time to deliver Suftum

Rory Best: Not enough for Ulster to learn harsh lessons, it’s time to deliver

The Ulster captain insists the loss of some big name players can have its benefits this season.

Monday 13 October, 2014

From The Score Forget Chabal, 9 years on Wallace’s timing v Sale is the lasting memory for O’Callaghan Retrospective

Forget Chabal, 9 years on Wallace’s timing v Sale is the lasting memory for O’Callaghan

The sides meet this Saturday and the lock is aiming to avoid a repeat of the 2005 trip to Edgeley Park.

From The Score Shoulder injury rules Martin Moore out of Ireland’s November internationals Baby Calf Down

Shoulder injury rules Martin Moore out of Ireland’s November internationals

Leinster coach Leo Cullen today said the tighthead prop would miss 12 weeks through injury.

From The Score Snapshot: ‘Outstanding athlete’ Ben Te’o had his first Leinster training session today Convert
From The Score Ulster coach Doak giving players platform to ‘express themselves’ on the field Philosophy

Ulster coach Doak giving players platform to ‘express themselves’ on the field

The newly promoted coach can see tougher challenges than Glasgow ahead, so for now his pokerface is firmly in tact.

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From The Score Gilroy primed and ready to take big chances in Ulster’s big games Winging It

Gilroy primed and ready to take big chances in Ulster’s big games

“I just had to remember to relax and try to get my hands on the ball.”

Sunday 12 October, 2014

From The Score Bowe delighted to overcome the ‘potholes’ and end mini try drought T-bowe Time

Bowe delighted to overcome the ‘potholes’ and end mini try drought

The winger admitted to feeling frustrated at being unable to find his way onto the scoresheet this season.

From The Score Here’s all you need to know before rugby’s new look Champions Cup kicks off Not The Heineken Cup

Here’s all you need to know before rugby’s new look Champions Cup kicks off

There haven’t been many changes after the kerfuffle of the ERC breakaway, but here’s how the new competition will play out.

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