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Dublin: 10 °C Sunday 3 May, 2015

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From The42 Clermont ready to topple mighty Toulon and the weight of history Final Hurdle

Clermont ready to topple mighty Toulon and the weight of history

Toulon can make themselves European rugby royalty by sealing a third successive European crown.

From The42 Ranked: Gordon D’Arcy’s 7 tries for Ireland The Chosen Few This post contains videos

Ranked: Gordon D’Arcy’s 7 tries for Ireland

What’s rare is wonderful.

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Friday 1 May, 2015

From The42 We’ll Leave It There So: D’Arcy sets his deadline and all today’s sport Friday

We’ll Leave It There So: D’Arcy sets his deadline and all today’s sport

Everything you need to know before kicking back for a loooooonnnnnnnggggg weekend.

The story of Gordon D’Arcy’s hair through 12 glorious headshots

The Leinster and Ireland centre wasn’t afraid to adapt his image from time to time…

From The42 Gordon D’Arcy: No guff, no nonsense man with plenty of solidity still to offer Ireland 81 Not Out

Gordon D’Arcy: No guff, no nonsense man with plenty of solidity still to offer Ireland

When he broke on the scene he provided Ireland with a touch of magic, but he became even more important than that.

From The42 PPV cops, Good v Evil and legacy costs: Here’s the best of the Mayweather v Pacquiao sportswriting Read All About It

PPV cops, Good v Evil and legacy costs: Here’s the best of the Mayweather v Pacquiao sportswriting

All of this will be out of date on Sunday morning, so get it while it’s hot.

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From The42 Toulon drop Michalak as Clermont restore Morgan Parra for Champions Cup showdown Starting XV

Toulon drop Michalak as Clermont restore Morgan Parra for Champions Cup showdown

Both coaches have made two unforced changes to the line-ups hat started the semis.

Thursday 30 April, 2015

From The42 Keep your shirt on! CJ Stander is the Munster Player of the Year Stander By Me

Keep your shirt on! CJ Stander is the Munster Player of the Year

The South African back row is the first overseas players to claim the honour.

From The42 He may be retiring, but Brad Thorn won’t be leaving the training field any time soon Relentless

He may be retiring, but Brad Thorn won’t be leaving the training field any time soon

The 40-year-old second row will reportedly make an immediate switch to coaching after he leaves Leicester.

From The42 Isa Nacewa re-signs for Leinster with ‘unfinished business on the pitch’ Isa Isa Isa Isa

Isa Nacewa re-signs for Leinster with ‘unfinished business on the pitch’

And the province hope to add two more signings in the coming weeks.

Wednesday 29 April, 2015

From The42 Champions Cup regrets? If only the final had stayed in the San Siro Opinion

Champions Cup regrets? If only the final had stayed in the San Siro

The EPCR are expecting 50,000 people to attend the supposed biggest game in European rugby. More people were in the Millennium stadium to watch the Pro12 this weekend.

Tuesday 28 April, 2015

From The42 We’ll Leave It There So: Ireland’s swim pedigree boost, Sexton injury and all today’s sport Tuesday

We’ll Leave It There So: Ireland’s swim pedigree boost, Sexton injury and all today’s sport

Plus, Joe Schmidt’s plan for the Barbarians, trash-talking in the Championship and a whole lot more.

From The42 Dumbbells, tackle bags and books: A day in the life of Munster tyro Jack O’Donoghue Deise This post contains videos

Dumbbells, tackle bags and books: A day in the life of Munster tyro Jack O’Donoghue

The 21-year-old has had an impressive debut season at senior level.

From The42 ‘He did it on purpose’: Kevin Love was an angry man after dislocating his shoulder Bush-league Play This post contains videos

‘He did it on purpose’: Kevin Love was an angry man after dislocating his shoulder

The Cavs forward is now a serious doubt for the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

From The42 This man is about to play his 5th European final in 5 straight seasons Gamechanger This post contains videos

This man is about to play his 5th European final in 5 straight seasons

Mathieu Bastareaud is living proof that depression should never be the end.

Monday 27 April, 2015

From The42 We’ll Leave It There So: Marty’s private party and all today’s sport Monday

We’ll Leave It There So: Marty’s private party and all today’s sport

That, plus the telltale signs of summer as Ireland announce an under 20 squad and Joe Brolly goes on the warpath.

Sunday 26 April, 2015

From The42 You snooze, you win, Shaq looks back and the week’s best sportswriting Well Read

You snooze, you win, Shaq looks back and the week’s best sportswriting

You’ve been out in the sun all week. Stay in, and treat yourself to these gems from around the internet.

From The42 Inconsistency the big issue Leinster need to address — Matt O’Connor Blue Order

Inconsistency the big issue Leinster need to address — Matt O’Connor

The Australian believes the performance against Toulon is evidence that Leinster can compete with the best.

Saturday 25 April, 2015

Connacht’s nightmare day and more talking points from a hectic Pro12 Saturday

Scarlets were the big winners in the chase for Champions Cup places.

From The42 Plenty of improvements required before Munster’s showdown with Ulster Centurion

Plenty of improvements required before Munster’s showdown with Ulster

Tommy O’Donnell is expecting a breakdown battle in Ravenhill.

From The42 CJ Stander withstood some brutal punishment from all angles today Bent Over Backwards
From The42 Munster claim five points despite being in second gear against Treviso Coasting

Munster claim five points despite being in second gear against Treviso

Simon Zebo, CJ Stander and Tommy O’Donnell scored the crucial tries in the opening half.

From The42 Warriors wipe Connacht out with five tries in Galway Punished

Warriors wipe Connacht out with five tries in Galway

Pat Lam will be left ruing errors from his men throughout the 80 minutes.

From The42 Composure key to Ulster’s quick turnaround against Leinster — Rory Best Synergy

Composure key to Ulster’s quick turnaround against Leinster — Rory Best

The hooker praised the attitude and belief built between the province’s players and coaching staff.

From The42 ‘Credit to Ulster, they wore us down’ – Leinster coach O’Connor Knockout Rugby

‘Credit to Ulster, they wore us down’ – Leinster coach O’Connor

Ulster’s home fuelled motivation combined with Leinster fatigue made it a rough night for the champions.

Friday 24 April, 2015

From The42 Curtain closing on Leinster’s season and more talking points from Ravenhill Reaction

Curtain closing on Leinster’s season and more talking points from Ravenhill

Along with man of the match Iain Henderson, Paddy Jackson was critical to putting Ulster top of the table.

From The42 Henderson helps Ulster inflict painful defeat on Leinster Match Report

Henderson helps Ulster inflict painful defeat on Leinster

Ulster scored 26 unanswered points after trailing 10 -0 early on.

From The42 As it happened: Ulster v Leinster, Pro12 Liveblog

As it happened: Ulster v Leinster, Pro12

We were in Ravenhill to bring you through this crucial inter-pro minute-by-minute.

From The42 A tale of two provinces as Leinster attempt to save season away to Ulster Pro12

A tale of two provinces as Leinster attempt to save season away to Ulster

The hosts in Belfast have trophies on their mind, but they too need three wins to help them along the way.

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From The42 For the first time in 13 long months, Donnacha Ryan starts for Munster Playoff Push

For the first time in 13 long months, Donnacha Ryan starts for Munster

The second row replaces Paul O’Connell who missed training with a shoulder issue this week.

From The42 Jack Carty leads exciting Connacht backline with Henshaw and Aki paired again Team-sheets

Jack Carty leads exciting Connacht backline with Henshaw and Aki paired again

Pat Lam has made three changes to the side that lost to Ulster.

Thursday 23 April, 2015

From The42 A goalkeeping howler and a Hulk special couldn’t stop Sevilla tonight Europa League

A goalkeeping howler and a Hulk special couldn’t stop Sevilla tonight

Here’s how tonight’s European quarter-finals went down.

From The42 ‘A soft but well-taken try’: Let a Saracens coach talk you through their defeat to Clermont Game Tape This post contains videos

‘A soft but well-taken try’: Let a Saracens coach talk you through their defeat to Clermont

Alex Sanderson has talked through the highlights of the semi-final for the club’s YouTube channel.

From The42 Tommy Bowe: ‘We shouldn’t ever lose at Fortress Ravenhill’ Final Push

Tommy Bowe: ‘We shouldn’t ever lose at Fortress Ravenhill’

With the Pro12 final set for Belfast, Ulster are hoping to have four massive home games left in their season.

Tom Brady has turned down Obama’s invite to the White House… but Ciara might be there!

No White House goodies for you, Tom Brady.

From The42 Here’s the sculpture that Ulster had commissioned for their new home Refurb

Here’s the sculpture that Ulster had commissioned for their new home

Really ties the stadium together.

From The42 Against Habana, you have to expect him to attempt an intercept — Bowe on Leinster heartbreak Poacher

Against Habana, you have to expect him to attempt an intercept — Bowe on Leinster heartbreak

The Ulster wing is fond of turning defence in to seven points himself, so here’s how he viewed the decisive score in Sunday’s semi-final.

Wednesday 22 April, 2015

From The42 Leinster dominate Ireland u19 Sevens squad for this weekend’s European Championship Next Gen

Leinster dominate Ireland u19 Sevens squad for this weekend’s European Championship

Hugh Hogan’s side will face eastern European opposition in Saturday’s pool stage.

Tuesday 21 April, 2015

From The42 No point comparing Leinster to 2012 vintage, everything has changed — Rob Kearney A Whole New World

No point comparing Leinster to 2012 vintage, everything has changed — Rob Kearney

The fullback says his side must keep evolving to challenge the threats from the Top 14.

From The42 We’ll Leave It There So: POC stays, Grealish undecided, Rocket’s socks and all today’s sport Tuesday
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