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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# preparation

This year
Anthony Watson reveals he visualised his try against Wales
It was a sweet moment for the 29-year-old Leicester wing after a serious knee injury.
Ireland's RWC opponents Scotland announce four warm-up Tests
The Scots play World Cup hosts France twice ahead of the tournament as well as facing Italy and Georgia.
Last year
Lionel Messi scores 91st goal as Argentina go 36 games unbeaten
The South American side were too good for the United Arab Emirates.
'I’m happy it happened, but you’re looking forward' - Blackmore targeting more Cheltenham glory
The champion Irish jockey is preparing for the festival taking place in a few weeks.
All time
Aguero to make statement about Barcelona future amid reports of forced retirement
The former Manchester City striker has been receiving treatment for a heart condition.
Jurgen Klopp credits pre-season brainstorming for Liverpool’s scoring spree
Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby.
'It's something we need to preserve' - Gatland believes Lions need more prep time
The head coach is uncertain whether midweek games should return before and after the first Test.
'Obviously, it's very disruptive but we just have to get on with it'
Enda Stevens admits the Irish camp’s Covid-19 drama has caused difficulty.
'Your country needs you': Harris launches massive recruitment drive for doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff
The number of cases of Covid-19 could hit 15,000 within the next few weeks, according to the government.
2020 vision for Griggs' Ireland after seeing 'what it takes to be one of the top teams in the world'
Disappointment at the death against Wales yesterday but plenty of positives from camp, says the head coach.
Anthony Joshua makes 'drastic' changes for Ruiz rematch
The dethroned champion says the magnitude of the loss has forced him to evaluate every aspect of his life.
Pacific Nations Cup wins for Ireland's World Cup opponents Japan and Samoa
Both teams are in Rugby World Cup Pool A alongside Joe Schmidt’s side for the upcoming tournament in Japan.
'Limerick in-house matches just as competitive as an All-Ireland quarter final' - Gillane
The star forward has no concerns about missing out on an extra game in this year’s championship.
Irish Defence Forces suffer friendly loss as Military Games preparation continues
The Boys in Green were beaten 2-1 by the UK Armed Forces.
Tiger sets 4am alarm with Masters glory up for grabs
The threat of inclement weather meant the US star was keen to get up bright and early on Sunday.
Wexford striker Rianna Jarrett called into Ireland squad to face Italy
Colin Bell has named his side for next month’s international friendly in Reggio Emilia.
Revenue not planning for customs posts but says it is ready for no-deal Brexit
Revenue has scaled up its Customs IT systems to handle the increased transaction levels.
'If James had been in top form then maybe things wouldn’t quite go the way they have'
Stoke boss Gary Rowett is unsure whether the club’s fans will continue to support McClean, while Martin O’Neill has said he will talk with the player.
'Even when nerves are getting the better of you before a big match, there’s always room for ice cream'
In his latest column for The42, Jonny Holland discusses pre-match meals.
David Silva to train with Spanish third-tier side ahead of World Cup
In a bid to regain match fitness ahead of the World Cup, David Silva is set to train with Spanish minnows Navalcarnero.
McIlroy: Bay Hill victory is a huge confidence boost for Masters
McIlroy’s win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was his first PGA victory since September 2016.
Analysis: Ireland's poor preparation and tactics costs them against Denmark
The Boys in Green’s World Cup dream died in humiliating fashion at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.
'I think the powers-that-be will think about the schedule and preparation'
Warren Gatland was unhappy with how his players travelled to Whangarei yesterday.
Louth experiencing a number of hiccups in the build up to their Leinster opener on Sunday
Louth manager Colin Kelly wrote to the county board last week to express concern over aspects of the team’s set-up.
What the best bike racer on the planet eats for breakfast at the Tour de France
Chris Froome doesn’t look to have any serious rivals with two weeks of racing done
We don't know if there will be a Brexit, but the government is getting ready
Revenue is investigating what would be the reality on the ground — in terms of border control checkpoints, customs officers and costings.
Rory McIlroy to skip Par 3 Contest ahead of Masters
The four-time major winner will be making his eighth straight appearance at the main event.
5 things that will jeopardise your performance in an endurance event
Here are the big, big mistakes you’re making.
Amazingly, boozy students don't really care about their health
Only 9% of students asked said they would reduce their alcohol consumption due to an awareness of medical consequences.
The chances of Ebola reaching Ireland? 'Very low'
That’s according to the National Public Health Emergency Team.
Opinion: It's not a Mickey Mouse exam, the Junior Cert does actually matter
To say it doesn’t is an insult to the 60,698 Irish students who studied for 3 years to sit the exam last June.
'I don’t think we’re that sentimental a bunch' - Leo Cullen ahead of Pro 12 final
Matt O’Connor is happy to have the ‘continuity’ of Jimmy Gopperth at 10, with ‘class’ to spring from the bench.
What alerts systems are available for your smartphone?
In case the next storm arrives sooner than we expect, just how many services are out there that will send alerts and updates straight to our smartphone?
Schmidt has struggled to find weaknesses amidst Welsh strengths
Ireland’s head coach has pinpointed discipline and dealing with Wales’ kicking game as essential in Dublin tomorrow.
How to make getting up tomorrow a little easier
It’s mostly about the prep.
Assessing the opposition: Here's everything you need to know about Austria
Introducing the team who could definitively end Ireland’s World Cup hopes.
Dunne can play two matches in four days, but we have plenty of options - Tardelli
Meanwhile, Marc Wilson and David Forde both took full part in training today.
Further details of 'Croke Park Classic' confirmed
A limited number of tickets for the game have already been made available.
In pictures: Warren Gatland's Lions squad are put through their paces
Paul O’Connell and Conor Murray were among those who took part in what looked an intense session at the gym.
McIlroy fine-tunes game ahead of Masters
The Northern Irish golfer heads a strong international field in the Texas Open