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Saturday 30 September, 2017

From The42 'It was pretty stupid': Ospreys hooker Baldwin misses match after getting bitten by an actual lion Hello Kitty

'It was pretty stupid': Ospreys hooker Baldwin misses match after getting bitten by an actual lion

“I don’t know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’s a kitten.”

Thursday 28 September, 2017

From The42 The Honey Badger is a party planner now Peak Straya This post contains videos

The Honey Badger is a party planner now

With a little help from ‘Monty’, the wing managed to go over an above the call of Aussie for this ad.

From The42 Carty and O'Halloran return to starting berths as Connacht travel to face Scarlets Pro14

Carty and O'Halloran return to starting berths as Connacht travel to face Scarlets

After playing 80 minutes on his debut last weekend, Andrew Deegan is not among the matchday squad.

Wednesday 27 September, 2017

Cardiff Blues on the hunt for new coach as Wilson declines new deal

The forwards-focused coach has reportedly been the subject of interest from Northampton.

From The42 'Most guys get the shit kicked out of them': IRFU welfare system now more valuable than ever Attrition

'Most guys get the shit kicked out of them': IRFU welfare system now more valuable than ever

David Nucifora is ready for a busy autumn of negotiating player contracts, but the in-built player management programme is a trump card to keep players with Irish provinces.

From The42 'New Zealand did everything they possibly could to get Joe Schmidt back' Home Comforts

'New Zealand did everything they possibly could to get Joe Schmidt back'

David Nucifora says ‘there was a lot of pressure’ from New Zealand in an effort to tempt Ireland’s head coach away last year.

Tuesday 26 September, 2017

From The42 Nucifora and Munster hoping to name Rassie replacement 'in the coming weeks' Final Interview

Nucifora and Munster hoping to name Rassie replacement 'in the coming weeks'

The IRFU performance director sounds like he has found his candidate.

From The42 O'Halloran in line to face champions as Connacht welcome no fresh injuries Silver Lining

O'Halloran in line to face champions as Connacht welcome no fresh injuries

The international fullback will hope to arrest his province’s slide down the Pro14 Conference A table.

Monday 25 September, 2017

From The42 KK laments Connacht defending 'with their gut and not their brain' with game on the line Head V Heart This post contains videos

KK laments Connacht defending 'with their gut and not their brain' with game on the line

“We’re learning them the hard way. No other way to say it.”

Saturday 23 September, 2017

From The42 'We didn't fire a shot': Another Connacht loss leaves Keane short of words Bad Start
From The42 Blunt first half paves way for late suffering as Cardiff win in Galway Feel The Blues

Blunt first half paves way for late suffering as Cardiff win in Galway

Darragh Leader’s try and brilliant conversion in the second half looked set to give Connacht a hard-fought win until Willis Halaholo popped up.

Friday 22 September, 2017

From The42 Former Australia U20 out-half will start for Connacht in crucial Cardiff clash Debut

Former Australia U20 out-half will start for Connacht in crucial Cardiff clash

Andrew Deegan, Craig Ronaldson and Dave Heffernan have all been given a first start of the season by Kieran Keane.

Thursday 21 September, 2017

From The42 'It's shameful': Toulon president Boudjellal unleashes fury at props after early struggles Micro Management

'It's shameful': Toulon president Boudjellal unleashes fury at props after early struggles

‘it will not bother me if he goes somewhere else.’

From The42 50 up for JVDF as Kiwi pair return for Leinster after South African visa issue Rotation

50 up for JVDF as Kiwi pair return for Leinster after South African visa issue

A foot injury will keep James Ryan out of action this week and also for the province’s return to the RDS.

From The42 Henderson back for impact role as Timoney earns first Ulster start Pro14

Henderson back for impact role as Timoney earns first Ulster start

Les Kiss and Bernard Jackman have both made a raft of changes to winning teams.

Wednesday 30 August, 2017

From The42 Jackman excited to unleash the Dragons after sour turn in French adventure Rebrand

Jackman excited to unleash the Dragons after sour turn in French adventure

‘Most of them didn’t think a gameplan was important. Because if you gave players a gameplan they could go to the president and tell him that you said this would work and it didn’t.’

Tuesday 29 August, 2017

From The42 Trio of key Connacht forwards return to full training in time for new season Body Count

Trio of key Connacht forwards return to full training in time for new season

Jake Heenan, Denis Buckley and Quinn Roux have shaken off knocks in time for Saturday’s home clash with Glasgow.

From The42 'We have to be of a strong mentality to nail those moments': Resilience is crucial for Ulster SUFTUM AND FIGHT

'We have to be of a strong mentality to nail those moments': Resilience is crucial for Ulster

‘How do you get to a point where you are better than the distractions or the hits that come from the side?’

From The42 ‘Guys were going crazy phoning agents, saying they want to leave’: Cheetahs keen for relief of northern winter Settling In

‘Guys were going crazy phoning agents, saying they want to leave’: Cheetahs keen for relief of northern winter

Moving from Super Rugby to the Pro14 means a 15 month season for the South African teams, but they can at least look forward to a mid-season break in December.

Monday 28 August, 2017

From The42 Sean Cronin bouncing back with renewed appetite after neck injury lay-off Perspective

Sean Cronin bouncing back with renewed appetite after neck injury lay-off

“It puts things into perspective,” says the hooker after suffering two injuries since the birth of his twin boys.

From The42 Heaslip ready to return to full Leinster training after 'small setback' Ramping Up

Heaslip ready to return to full Leinster training after 'small setback'

A groin issue for Dave Kearney makes the wing a doubt for Leinster’s Pro14 opener away to the Dragons.

From The42 Best player, best try and more of The42's WRWC awards Black Tie This post contains videos

Best player, best try and more of The42's WRWC awards

It’s all over for four more years, here are some of the women who made the last three weeks a joy to watch.

Saturday 26 August, 2017

From The42 Breathtaking 20 minutes with 5 tries helps Black Ferns reclaim World Cup from England Black Magic

Breathtaking 20 minutes with 5 tries helps Black Ferns reclaim World Cup from England

Loosehead Toka Natua scored a hat-trick as New Zealand battled from 17 – 5 down to put 41 points on England.

From The42 Tierney walks away after torrid World Cup calling for bigger, better athletes to play for Ireland Exit Poll

Tierney walks away after torrid World Cup calling for bigger, better athletes to play for Ireland

On a day when Ireland’s World Cup preparations were criticised by now retired prop Ruth O’Reilly, Tierney maintained he was proud of the work he had done.

From The42 The bitter end: Late rally from Ireland not enough to salvage consolation from home World Cup WRWC17

The bitter end: Late rally from Ireland not enough to salvage consolation from home World Cup

Wales ensured Ireland finish eighth at their home World Cup and will have to go through a qualification process for the next edition.

From The42 Drive for seventh place needn't mean the legacy of this World Cup is lost Ireland 2017

Drive for seventh place needn't mean the legacy of this World Cup is lost

There’s plenty about the women’s game that is going in the right direction, but all rugby stakeholders should feel invested in growing it further.

Friday 25 August, 2017

From The42 Naoupu on the bench as Ireland aim for seventh on final day of World Cup action Endgame

Naoupu on the bench as Ireland aim for seventh on final day of World Cup action

Head coach Tom Tierney has made four changes, two enforced by concussion injuries.

Thursday 24 August, 2017

Marcell Coetzee set for Ulster return as Cooney and Deysel start after inter-pro switch

The northern province take on Northampton in their final pre-season match tomorrow night.

Former Ireland back row Joy Neville named to referee World Cup final

The Grand Slam winner ensures there will be an Irish voice on the field in the deciding match of the WRWC.

From The42 James Ryan and Joey Carbery on Leinster bench as Bath bring Faletau for last warm-up before new season Young Guns

James Ryan and Joey Carbery on Leinster bench as Bath bring Faletau for last warm-up before new season

Sean Cronin also returns to a lengthy Leinster matchday squad while Freddie Burns will play his first match for Bath.

From The42 Expansion east and west still on the table for Pro14 as they chase TV funds Room For More

Expansion east and west still on the table for Pro14 as they chase TV funds

Germany is becoming an increasingly viable option for Pro14 CEO Martin Anayi.

From The42 Jono Gibbes instills 'fear factor' in Ulster squad but fun key for Henderson's game Liquid Lions

Jono Gibbes instills 'fear factor' in Ulster squad but fun key for Henderson's game

After ‘an eventful’ summer with no shortage of socialising in and out of rugby circles, Ulster’s powerhouse lock intends to play with a smile on his face.

From The42 'Spanner in the works' of early South African trip still a problem for Leinster to work out Leinster Logistics

'Spanner in the works' of early South African trip still a problem for Leinster to work out

New rules and constraints ‘being made up as we go along’ are the new reality of a Pro14 tournament spread across two hemispheres.

From The42 Rassie: Felix Jones has already taken over a lot of my coaching duties Succession

Rassie: Felix Jones has already taken over a lot of my coaching duties

‘This is the easy part,’ says CJ Stander, representing a squad who truly know what it means to lose a coach and a mentor.

Wednesday 23 August, 2017

From The42 Ireland coach Tom Tierney facing post-World Cup review to determine future WRWC17

Ireland coach Tom Tierney facing post-World Cup review to determine future

‘We’ll wait and see where that takes me,’ says Tierney.

Tuesday 22 August, 2017

From The42 Wonderful Woodman scores four as Black Ferns march back into World Cup final Untouchable

Wonderful Woodman scores four as Black Ferns march back into World Cup final

New Zealand scored seven tries on their way to the final, where they will face either England or France on Saturday.

From The42 As it happened: Ireland v Australia, Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 Liveblog

As it happened: Ireland v Australia, Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

Tom Tierney’s side faced Australia at Kingspan Stadium for a shot at the fifth-place play-off.

Friday 18 August, 2017

From The42 France and England dominate our WRWC Team of the Pool Stage, but one Irish woman made the cut First XV

France and England dominate our WRWC Team of the Pool Stage, but one Irish woman made the cut

Who would you have in your tournament dream team so far?

From The42 Shadow of bug bitterness, Scotland and Sonny Bill lingers as NZ get back in Bledisloe business Rugby Championship

Shadow of bug bitterness, Scotland and Sonny Bill lingers as NZ get back in Bledisloe business

Both sides have points to prove as the Rugby Championship begins, and that’s bad news for the Wallabies.

From The42 Black and Bleu Ireland can only turn attention to Australia and 'achieving something' at this WRWC Ireland 2017

Black and Bleu Ireland can only turn attention to Australia and 'achieving something' at this WRWC

Claire Molloy is leading the in taking accountability as her squad head for Belfast with only 5th place to play for.

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