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Dublin: 15 °C Saturday 27 May, 2017

Saturday 6 May, 2017

From The42 Connacht end with a whimper as 7-try Munster roar to Pro12 summit Table Toppers

Connacht end with a whimper as 7-try Munster roar to Pro12 summit

Connacht’s defence could not hold up to a hungry Munster onslaught.

Friday 5 May, 2017

From The42 Conor Murray back on the bench as Connacht end Pro12 reign in Munster Team-sheets

Conor Murray back on the bench as Connacht end Pro12 reign in Munster

It’s the last round of the regular season tomorrow, but both teams have big matches to look forward to on 20 May.

From The42 Munster dominate Pro12 'Dream Team' with six selections First XV

Munster dominate Pro12 'Dream Team' with six selections

Leinster and Ulster received two picks apiece with Tiernan O’Halloran the sole representative from Connacht.

From The42 'We haven't cracked it, we don't know what it is': Ulster ready to work their way out of a rut Searing Honesty

'We haven't cracked it, we don't know what it is': Ulster ready to work their way out of a rut

‘We’re gonna work their b*****ks off’, says Les Kiss while other teams are preparing for the tail end of the season.

Thursday 4 May, 2017

From The42 Connacht club stand-out Conroy included in Ireland 7s training squad Call-ups

Connacht club stand-out Conroy included in Ireland 7s training squad

The extended squad also includes Fionn Carr and five of last year’s U20s.

From The42 Ulster won't risk Best and Henderson against Leinster, Olding set for surgery and 12 weeks out Pro12

Ulster won't risk Best and Henderson against Leinster, Olding set for surgery and 12 weeks out

The hooker and lock have been nursing respective shoulder and elbow injuries in recent weeks.

Monday 1 May, 2017

From The42 Carbery days long gone, so Tullamore man Joyce calmly takes the reins for 'Tarf Starter For 10

Carbery days long gone, so Tullamore man Joyce calmly takes the reins for 'Tarf

The out-half suffered more painful blows than being left out of a starting line-up last year.

Saturday 29 April, 2017

Howlett: 'In the northern hemisphere there's so much emphasis on the opposition'

The All Blacks record try-scorer was part of a legacy of a team that trusts its own skill-set.

Friday 28 April, 2017

From The42 Lam rings changes as he bids farewell to Sportsground Send-off

Lam rings changes as he bids farewell to Sportsground

There are welcome returns to action for Marnitz Boshoff, Darragh Leader and Cian Kelleher.

From The42 McCloskey starts as Ulster face make or break trip to Ospreys Suftum

McCloskey starts as Ulster face make or break trip to Ospreys

Chris Henry and Jared Payne remain injured as the northern province attempt to snatch the fourth play-off place out of Ospreys’ claws.

From The42 Sickening cheap-shot punch in French rugby league broke referee's jaw Disgrace This post contains videos

Sickening cheap-shot punch in French rugby league broke referee's jaw

Forget rugby, there’s no place in any sport for players reacting like this.

Thursday 27 April, 2017

From The42 Homegrown stalwart Loughney and Fox-Matamua among 11 bound for Connacht exit this summer Locks

Homegrown stalwart Loughney and Fox-Matamua among 11 bound for Connacht exit this summer

Kieran Keane will take over a squad after some considerable personnel turnover.

From The42 Retiring Mike Ross starts as Leinster make sweeping changes for Glasgow's visit to RDS Freshened Up

Retiring Mike Ross starts as Leinster make sweeping changes for Glasgow's visit to RDS

The eastern province had to withdraw Jack Conan from the squad early on matchday.

From The42 IABA unveil Bernard Dunne as new high performance director Ringside

IABA unveil Bernard Dunne as new high performance director

“My vision is to take the very best in the current system and match it with the very latest in high performance training.”

From The42 All Black Jerome Kaino to undergo minor knee surgery in bid to be fit for Lions Under The Knife

All Black Jerome Kaino to undergo minor knee surgery in bid to be fit for Lions

The blindside probably won’t be fit until June.

From The42 There's another tournament bid that's well worth backing for Irish rugby this weekend 2019 Dream This post contains videos

There's another tournament bid that's well worth backing for Irish rugby this weekend

The Emerald Warriors are aiming to bring the Union Cup to Dublin in 2019.

Wednesday 26 April, 2017

From The42 Mike Ross counting the blessings as he prepares for clean break from rugby Career Change

Mike Ross counting the blessings as he prepares for clean break from rugby

The prop will step away from the game to take up a job with a software company.

From The42 'He doesn't defend like a luxury player': Ringrose perfect fit for Lions Precocious

'He doesn't defend like a luxury player': Ringrose perfect fit for Lions

Warren Gatland’s squad will be a poorer place if the Leinster centre doesn’t travel, says Shane Horgan.

Tuesday 25 April, 2017

From The42 Mike Ross, cornerstone of Ireland and Leinster, to retire from rugby at 37 Prop Star

Mike Ross, cornerstone of Ireland and Leinster, to retire from rugby at 37

The tighthead is a two-time winner of the Six Nations, Heineken Cup and Pro12.

Monday 24 April, 2017

From The42 'I will continue to take a lead': Serena Williams condemns Ilie Nastase comments Still I Rise

'I will continue to take a lead': Serena Williams condemns Ilie Nastase comments

The World Number One quoted Maya Angelou in her response to the Romanian’s weekend rants.

From The42 Pain of defeat and 'what ifs' still raw for Leinster as Cullen sets sights on another semi-final Exit Poll

Pain of defeat and 'what ifs' still raw for Leinster as Cullen sets sights on another semi-final

The head coach says he is ‘genuinely excited’ about Leinster’s future given the age profile of his squad yesterday.

From The42 Leinster put six-week timeframe on Kearney as Henshaw hampered by rib issue What's The Damage

Leinster put six-week timeframe on Kearney as Henshaw hampered by rib issue

Sean O’Brien is back running after his hamstring injury.

From The42 'We want silverware so badly': Munster determined to take Pro12 honours Bruised

'We want silverware so badly': Munster determined to take Pro12 honours

‘We have to be harsh on ourselves today and say they were the better team and we’ve got to go again.’

Sunday 23 April, 2017

From The42 'I practice my kicking more than my scrummaging': Vunipolas exemplify Saracens skills All-terrain

'I practice my kicking more than my scrummaging': Vunipolas exemplify Saracens skills

“It’s not enough just to be a set-piece prop any more.”

From The42 'Is he going to make the tackle anyway?' Sexton and Leinster left to ponder massive TMO call in Lyon 10 Point Swing

'Is he going to make the tackle anyway?' Sexton and Leinster left to ponder massive TMO call in Lyon

Fergus McFadden cut through a gap that looked set to give Leinster a lead in Lyon.

From The42 As it happened: Clermont Auvergne v Leinster, Champions Cup semi-final Liveblog

As it happened: Clermont Auvergne v Leinster, Champions Cup semi-final

We’re going minute-by-minute as Leo Cullen’s league leaders take on European rugby’s nearly men.

From The42 'We gave them 45 minutes of hell,' says Ryan as Munster vow to come back stronger SUAF

'We gave them 45 minutes of hell,' says Ryan as Munster vow to come back stronger

There was a toll to be paid for Munster’s high-tempo kicking game.

Saturday 22 April, 2017

From The42 'It's hugely reassuring that Rassie's staying' -- Scannell Continuity

'It's hugely reassuring that Rassie's staying' -- Scannell

Munster’s director of rugby has told his players that he is staying despite interest back home.

From The42 Sickeningly good Sarries and more talking points as Munster bow out of Europe Opinion

Sickeningly good Sarries and more talking points as Munster bow out of Europe

It was another semi-final heartbreak for the southern province today.

Friday 21 April, 2017

From The42 Mark McCall 'the rock at the core of Saracens' - Brad Barritt Wolf Pack

Mark McCall 'the rock at the core of Saracens' - Brad Barritt

The Ulsterman is in his eighth year with the Premiership giants, and he has presided over their remarkable rise.

Thursday 20 April, 2017

From The42 Test your memory of Irish clashes with Clermont and Saracens through (recent) history Let's Get Quizzical

Test your memory of Irish clashes with Clermont and Saracens through (recent) history

They’re two of European rugby’s elite clubs and Ireland’s provinces have had many ding-dong battles with them down the years.

Tuesday 18 April, 2017

From The42 'A huge player on and off the pitch': Cork's Colin Healy retires from football Rebel

'A huge player on and off the pitch': Cork's Colin Healy retires from football

John Caulfield hopes to see the 37-year-old return to City in a non-playing capacity.

Saturday 15 April, 2017

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

As it happened: Connacht v Leinster, Pro12

We went minute-by-minute as Leinster looked to re-take the summit of the Pro12 against a Connacht side celebrating John Muldoon’s 300th cap.

From The42 'Get it to me!' Simon Zebo was mic'd up during Munster's win over Ulster Excellent

'Get it to me!' Simon Zebo was mic'd up during Munster's win over Ulster

The fullback made sure to get good and close to help stand-in scrum-half Angus Lloyd through the game.

From The42 As it happened: Munster v Ulster, Pro12 Inter-pro

As it happened: Munster v Ulster, Pro12

Time is running out for Ulster to claim a place in the Pro12 semi-finals. We went minute-by-minute to see if they can match up to a Munster side with one eye on Saracens.

From The42 More than Champions Cup warm-ups: There's a hell of a lot to play for in the Pro12

More than Champions Cup warm-ups: There's a hell of a lot to play for in the Pro12

Today’s inter-pros aren’t going to be the most heated clashes ever, but they will have a big bearing on the season.

Wednesday 12 April, 2017

From The42 Sonny Bill permitted to wear Blues jersey without two sponsors, no change if he wears an All Black shirt Brand Awareness

Sonny Bill permitted to wear Blues jersey without two sponsors, no change if he wears an All Black shirt

New Zealand Rugby will allow changes to accommodate SBW’s conscientious objection.

From The42 Warren Gatland's son named in NZ Barbarians squad to face his father's Lions Inside Man

Warren Gatland's son named in NZ Barbarians squad to face his father's Lions

21-year-old Bryn is part of a core group of 19 provincial players for the tour opener.

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

From The42 Connacht rule out Loughney, McCartney and Ili until next season Cut Short

Connacht rule out Loughney, McCartney and Ili until next season

Surgery on arm and ankle injuries will keep the trio out of Pat Lam’s final games in charge.

From The42 Leading Lion Sam Warburton sidelined for six weeks before tour to NZ Incumbent Captain

Leading Lion Sam Warburton sidelined for six weeks before tour to NZ

The tour kicks off in Whangarei in just under nine weeks’ time.