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Wednesday 13 May, 2015

From The42 Attitude of Laois’ young Connacht star Masterson ensures he won’t be left behind Slippery Pathway

Attitude of Laois’ young Connacht star Masterson ensures he won’t be left behind

Eoghan Masterson could have been cut adrift after battling through age grade rugby, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer.

From The42 World Rugby to stump up €1 Million of IRFU’s World Cup bill Hey Big Spender

World Rugby to stump up €1 Million of IRFU’s World Cup bill

The tournament is set to cost a total of €2.5 Million, but the Union can now start seeking revenue sources beyond the grant.

Ireland will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017

The IRFU revealed their bid for the international tournament to be successful in Dublin this afternoon.

From The42 Iain Henderson free to play after ‘unwarranted’ red card v Munster Unleash The Llama

Iain Henderson free to play after ‘unwarranted’ red card v Munster

Ulster’s Pro12 chances just got a whole lot better.

Tuesday 12 May, 2015

From The42 5 years before Munster beat the All Blacks, Limerick hurlers rucked to victory over Kilkenny Rucking Hell This post contains videos
From The42 Gordon D’Arcy just might have played his last game for Leinster Green Light

Gordon D’Arcy just might have played his last game for Leinster

The centre is hoping to travel to the World Cup with Ireland and will sit out this weekend’s trip to Edinburgh,

From The42 Here’s where you can watch the gripping final weekend of the Pro12 Deadline Day

Here’s where you can watch the gripping final weekend of the Pro12

The league has announced their plans for the semi-final weekend too.

Monday 11 May, 2015

From The42 Ruddock’s ‘next minute’ mantra helped Lansdowne on road to glory Sports Psychology

Ruddock’s ‘next minute’ mantra helped Lansdowne on road to glory

“Our focus has always been that if something goes wrong, forget that,” says the former Wales coach.

Sunday 10 May, 2015

From The42 110kg Toulon prop threw out two big hand-offs while sprinting in for this glorious try Run Fatboy Run This post contains videos
From The42 Scarlets pull clear of Connacht in race for Champions Cup qualification Joy Of 6

Scarlets pull clear of Connacht in race for Champions Cup qualification

Rhys Priestland kicked 11 points on his last home appearance for Scarlets.

From The42 20 years to the day since Nayim, Jermaine Beckford put himself in the halfway line club Long Distance

20 years to the day since Nayim, Jermaine Beckford put himself in the halfway line club

The striker’s second goal in today’s play-off semi-final was a bit special.

From The42 Poll: Would Joe Brolly’s rule change to ‘rescue Gaelic football’ actually work? Blanket Blast This post contains a poll

Poll: Would Joe Brolly’s rule change to ‘rescue Gaelic football’ actually work?

The pundit wants an exclusion zone for non-midfielders between the 45s during kick-outs.

From The42 Robbie Henshaw now has his face on a plane – he’ll be doing in-flight safety notices next Heads In The Clouds
From The42 Cronin and Conan claim big awards at Leinster’s end of season bash Nugget In The Rough

Cronin and Conan claim big awards at Leinster’s end of season bash

Two powerful ball-carriers both collected official honours from within their own province tonight.

Saturday 9 May, 2015

From The42 Connacht back up to 6th place in Pro12 with 6 tries in win over Zebre Back On Track

Connacht back up to 6th place in Pro12 with 6 tries in win over Zebre

Scrum-half John Cooney scored two tries in the first half to set Connacht on course for their first win in over two months.

From The42 Lansdowne land second title with thrilling UBL final win over Clontarf Fine Margins

Lansdowne land second title with thrilling UBL final win over Clontarf

Scott Deasy played a central role in an absorbing final at the Aviva Stadium.

From The42 Pressure rising for Ulster v Munster as play-off squeeze takes hold Inter-pro

Pressure rising for Ulster v Munster as play-off squeeze takes hold

Provinces south and north go head to head today with a crucial home Pro12 semi-final on the line.

Friday 8 May, 2015

From The42 Know Your Sport? Take our big weekly quiz to make sure It's Quizzness Time

Know Your Sport? Take our big weekly quiz to make sure

That was the longest ‘short week’ ever.

From The42 Iain Henderson ‘relishing the confrontation’ with Peter O’Mahony Blindside

Iain Henderson ‘relishing the confrontation’ with Peter O’Mahony

The rivals for Ireland’s number six jersey boast contrasting styles and will collide on Saturday.

Thursday 7 May, 2015

From The42 We’ll Leave It There So: Church investigation, Bray lose their Maciej and all today’s sport Thursday

We’ll Leave It There So: Church investigation, Bray lose their Maciej and all today’s sport

Featuring these under 17 stars and a whole lot more.

From The42 Geordan Murphy given 3-year contract in a young looking Leicester Tigers coaching ticket One Club Man

Geordan Murphy given 3-year contract in a young looking Leicester Tigers coaching ticket

The ex-Ireland international is part of the furniture at Welford Road.

From The42 Half the country should be glued to this Pro12 game tomorrow night Playoff Shake-up

Half the country should be glued to this Pro12 game tomorrow night

It’s Ospreys. It’s Glasgow. And it’ll be live on a red button near you.

From The42 ‘Some rugby careers don’t last 5 years’ — Jared Payne Adopted Son

‘Some rugby careers don’t last 5 years’ — Jared Payne

The Ulster and Ireland centre can see no sense in the proposed change to rugby’s eligibility rules.

Saturday 2 May, 2015

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.

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.