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From The42 Conor McGregor talks rugby, the Super Bowl and a likely July date for Jose Aldo fight July Please... This post contains videos

Conor McGregor talks rugby, the Super Bowl and a likely July date for Jose Aldo fight

The Dubliner was in Arizona before Sunday’s big game.

From The42 Sean O’Brien: ‘I’m not going to go out like Tarzan and run around like a headless chicken’ Big Game Hunter

Sean O’Brien: ‘I’m not going to go out like Tarzan and run around like a headless chicken’

Ireland’s powerful openside is patiently following the road to recovery, so probably won’t be travelling to Rome for the Six Nations opener.

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From The42 Jamie Heaslip never tired of learning from the world’s great ‘outliers’ By The Book

Jamie Heaslip never tired of learning from the world’s great ‘outliers’

From the Rock to Rob Kearney, Ferriss to Phelps. The Ireland number eight chews through any insight that can help his game.

From The42 No Cipriani, but Burgess and Ashton to start for powerful England Saxons XV Slammin' Sam

No Cipriani, but Burgess and Ashton to start for powerful England Saxons XV

Coach Joe Callard says his squad is one of the strongest Saxons sides ever assembled.

From The42 ‘It’s a very uncertain time when you get picked ahead of a legend of Irish rugby’ — Sexton talks pressure in new ad Rogcam

‘It’s a very uncertain time when you get picked ahead of a legend of Irish rugby’ — Sexton talks pressure in new ad

Sexton talks us through the tension he feels taking on a place-kick, and then cuts loose with an annoying wedding dance floor staple.

From The42 Munster’s Dave Foley ruled out of Six Nations after wrist surgery Lock Out

Munster’s Dave Foley ruled out of Six Nations after wrist surgery

The second row was also issued a citing warning over an incident in the win over Sale.

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From The42 Open Thread: Who would you like to see get a run with the Wolfhounds tomorrow night? Release The Hounds

Open Thread: Who would you like to see get a run with the Wolfhounds tomorrow night?

The team-sheets will be unveiled today for the ‘A’ international in Cork.

Wednesday 28 January, 2015

From The42 Another inter-provincial switch in the books as John Cooney signs full-time for Connacht Cross The Shannon

Another inter-provincial switch in the books as John Cooney signs full-time for Connacht

The province have also committed academy products Jack Carty and Caolin Blade to new two-year deals.

From The42 ‘This is my job. What’s my other option, pack it in?’ Felix Jones refuses to be defined by injury Just Get On With It

‘This is my job. What’s my other option, pack it in?’ Felix Jones refuses to be defined by injury

The Munster fullback has endured a rough time with injuries in his career, but it’s ancient history as far as he’s concerned.

From The42 Hey! There’s a new trophy for the Six Nations this year New And Shiny This post contains videos
From The42 After long rehab and amateur mechanics, Henderson’s ready to smash back into Ireland team Beast Mode

After long rehab and amateur mechanics, Henderson’s ready to smash back into Ireland team

The Ulster forward made his presence felt on his return from injury on Saturday.

Tuesday 27 January, 2015

From The42 ‘I can’t remember the last time he missed four kicks’: Murphy backs Madigan to get on target again Kicking On

‘I can’t remember the last time he missed four kicks’: Murphy backs Madigan to get on target again

The Leinster back could be given a chance to impress at number 10 for the Wolfhounds this Friday.

From The42 Sexton ‘fit and fresh’ to face France after 3 months out, Murray still awaiting neck scan

Sexton ‘fit and fresh’ to face France after 3 months out, Murray still awaiting neck scan

The Racing Metro out-half is still over a week away from resuming contact training.

From The42 Don’t book that trip to Vegas just yet, McGregor fight could be ‘mid-summer’ Holding Back
From The42 BBC’s Six Nations mockumentary ad shows just how giddy we all get at this time of year Counting The Days This post contains videos

BBC’s Six Nations mockumentary ad shows just how giddy we all get at this time of year

Wales wishes it could be Six Nations time every day.

Monday 26 January, 2015

From The42 Here’s the powerful domestic abuse message one equality group is sending the NFL in Super Bowl week Ultraviolet This post contains videos

Here’s the powerful domestic abuse message one equality group is sending the NFL in Super Bowl week

Advocacy group Ultraviolet will run an ad protesting the NFL commissioner on Sportsillustrated.com.

From The42 Scrum-half worry for Ireland as Murray set for further scan, Reddan strains ligaments 9 Problems

Scrum-half worry for Ireland as Murray set for further scan, Reddan strains ligaments

Lock Dave Foley will also see a surgeon about his wrist this week.

From The42 Rugby’s Challenge Cup will provide a route into the Champions Cup after all Lost In Translation

Rugby’s Challenge Cup will provide a route into the Champions Cup after all

Hopefully it’s not a route Connacht need to travel.

From The42 Ulster’s Kingspan Stadium will host this year’s Pro12 final Aka Ravers

Ulster’s Kingspan Stadium will host this year’s Pro12 final

It’s the first time a venue has been nominated rather than based on a team’s finishing position.

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From The42 ‘Opponents’ celebrate touchdown and JJ Watt refuses to slack off — It’s the Pro Bowl! Packers Pals

‘Opponents’ celebrate touchdown and JJ Watt refuses to slack off — It’s the Pro Bowl!

Nobody told JJ that this game is designed to make quarterbacks and receivers look good.

Sunday 25 January, 2015

From The42 ‘It was one of those days when we had license to spread the ball’ — Zebo Sharkbait

‘It was one of those days when we had license to spread the ball’ — Zebo

Simon Zebo was at the heart of a rampant Munster attack in the second half against Sale.

From The42 Leinster guaranteed home quarter-final as Toulouse fall in Montpellier Home Comfort

Leinster guaranteed home quarter-final as Toulouse fall in Montpellier

Bath produced a hard-fought win over Glasgow to top pool 4 and they will likely face Leinster in Dublin in the knock-out stages.

From The42 As it happened: Munster v Sale Sharks, Champions Cup Minute-by-Minute

As it happened: Munster v Sale Sharks, Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute for Munster’s closing pool fixture in Thomond Park.

From The42 Cramming for a QB test and non-celebrations — some of this week’s best sportswriting Well Read

Saturday 24 January, 2015

From The42 Here’s what Leinster need to claim a home Champions Cup quarter-final Permutations

Here’s what Leinster need to claim a home Champions Cup quarter-final

Sunday lunchtime should never be this stressful.

From The42 As it happened: Wasps v Leinster, Champions Cup Make Or Break

As it happened: Wasps v Leinster, Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute through Leinster’s season-defining tussle in Coventry.

From The42 ‘It’s what European rugby’s all about’: Heaslip relishing intensity of pool decider with Wasps Preview

‘It’s what European rugby’s all about’: Heaslip relishing intensity of pool decider with Wasps

Jamie Heaslip speaks briefly about his shoulder (and breakfast plans) before today’s crunch tie.

Friday 23 January, 2015

From The42 Darren O’Neill steps up while Nolan claims fourth national title National Finals

Darren O’Neill steps up while Nolan claims fourth national title

Dean Walsh was able to see off the challenge of Ray Moylette in the light welterweight final.

From The42 ‘Chocolate’ fight on hold as WBO calls on Andy Lee to open defence against Saunders Title Plans

‘Chocolate’ fight on hold as WBO calls on Andy Lee to open defence against Saunders

The WBO today called for purse bids to take place for a bout between Lee and the mandatory challenger.

From The42 Pressure? Leinster comfortable in control of their own Champions Cup destiny All Coming Together

Pressure? Leinster comfortable in control of their own Champions Cup destiny

Leinster can simplify their passage to the knockout stages and that has Matt O’Connor seeming remarkably chilled out.

Thursday 22 January, 2015

From The42 ‘I once got a rake and I killed a snowman’: Bad lip reading in the NFL is back and it’s still comedy genius Mouthing Off This post contains videos
From The42 ‘Natural successor,’ a World Cup bolter? A quick guide to Ireland new boys Conan and White Uncapped

‘Natural successor,’ a World Cup bolter? A quick guide to Ireland new boys Conan and White

The only two non-internationals in Schmidt’s squad are playing catch-up, but don’t rule them out of an autumn trip to England.

From The42 O’Brien and Fitzgerald return as Schmidt names 46-man Six Nations squad Title Defence

O’Brien and Fitzgerald return as Schmidt names 46-man Six Nations squad

Jonathan Sexton is also among the extended squad, despite being ruled out of at least the opening fixture.

Wednesday 21 January, 2015

From The42 5 talking points before Joe Schmidt names his Six Nations squad Defending Champs

5 talking points before Joe Schmidt names his Six Nations squad

Apart from ‘Can we win it, Joe?’

Tuesday 20 January, 2015

From The42 Baby-faced Iain Henderson now has a great big bushy beard! Locking Good

Baby-faced Iain Henderson now has a great big bushy beard!

We needed some good news today, and here it is.

From The42 Healy and O’Brien could make injury return for Wolfhounds, but won’t face Wasps Take The Power Back

Healy and O’Brien could make injury return for Wolfhounds, but won’t face Wasps

However, Leinster say they hope to have them in harness when the Dragons visit in mid February.

From The42 Elbow injuries rule both Jackson and Olding out of Six Nations Dropping Like Flies

Elbow injuries rule both Jackson and Olding out of Six Nations

Both exciting young backs require surgery and will miss at least 10 weeks of rugby.

From The42 Murray, Stander, Zebo, Bleyendaal: Munster’s medical staff have a LOT of ‘assessments’ to do this week Still Hurting
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From The42 Ankle worry for Robbie Henshaw as Six Nations countdown speeds up Iced

Ankle worry for Robbie Henshaw as Six Nations countdown speeds up

Craig Ronaldson has also been ruled out for at least two weeks, but Jake Heenan is set to make a return against Germany this Saturday.

From The42 Competition for Court as London Irish sign up All Black prop Ben Franks Next Term

Competition for Court as London Irish sign up All Black prop Ben Franks

The 42-Test All Black has signed a three-year contract with the Premiership club.

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