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Rugby - Today’s News

The right tone: Performing the national anthems at Ireland and England's historic 2007 match

Many people in Ireland worried about how the Croke Park crowd would react to ‘God Save The Queen.’

We'll Leave It There So: Sexton fit for France, PieGate ends in tears and all today's sport

Elsewhere, a new role for Damien Duff while Dan Carter’s drink-driving has cost dearly.

IRFU to pull three key Ireland players from Six Nations to go on 7s duty

Tom Tierney’s side are set to lose Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell.

Ireland management want Carbery to get 'more exposure' at out-half with Leinster

The 21-year-old will feature for the province in the Pro12 this weekend as he continues his comeback from injury.

'It was great to see how happy my parents were and I was obviously very happy to get it'

Niall Scannell is loving every minute of his first Six Nations experience and is hoping to win his second cap this weekend.

The42 Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan previews Ireland's game against France

Former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan joins Murray Kinsella to look at the key talking points ahead of Ireland’s first home game.

'It's just a selection issue now': Sexton fit and ready for France

The out-half comes back into contention for this weekend after missing the games against Scotland and Italy.

'It is a top European club': Lancaster keen to be part of Leinster's long-term ambition

The province’s senior coach is preparing to sign a new two-year contract at the club.

New Jersey date with US set for Ireland's summer schedule

Ireland will clock up the air miles this summer as they travel to face the USA before a two Test tour of Japan.

Dan Carter loses Land Rover sponsorship deal over failed drink-driving test

The former All Black was caught drink-driving in Paris last week.

Give us your questions for Eddie O'Sullivan ahead of Ireland's French test

The former Ireland coach joins Murray Kinsella to preview the weekend action.

Bastareaud and Chouly ruled out of Six Nations clash with Ireland

The French pair will not travel to Dublin after sustaining injuries.

'Definitely not' - Rassie Erasmus rules out Munster move for Ian Madigan

There have been rumours that Ian Keatley could be on the move to France.

Captain's curse strikes again as stand-in U20s skipper likely to miss rest of Six Nations

Connacht forward Cillian Gallagher could be out for six weeks with a shoulder injury.

Heaslip not afraid to think big - World Cup big - when setting late career goals

Heaslip wasn’t confident of even playing in Japan after the painful quarter-final exit to Argentina, but a lot has passed under the bridge since.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'It was a spectacular day for the GAA, for sport in this country and for Ireland in general'

Then GAA President Nickey Brennan looks back at a seminal day for Irish sport.

We'll Leave It There So: Connacht confirm next head coach, Neil Gallagher retires and all today's sport

Plus, tributes paid to the retired Irish footballer Paul McCarthy who died suddenly.

Saili cited for alleged dangerous tackle in Munster's win over Ospreys

The All Black will face a disciplinary committee on Wednesday.

Kiwi Keane gives Connacht welcome continuity

The 63-year-old will be familiar with the Westerners’ philosophy when he arrived to fill Pat Lam’s sizable shoes.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton to take full part in Ireland training tomorrow

Rob Kearney is scheduled to take part in contact training today and is also expected to train fully tomorrow.

'I'm certainly not looking anywhere else' - No contract yet but Lancaster keen to stay at Leinster

The former England head coach says it’s been “a great move” for him so far.

Chiefs assistant Kieran Keane confirmed as next Connacht head coach

Keane will bring “ambitious and exciting brand of rugby” to the Sportsground, says CEO Willie Ruane.

Cruel blow for Kearney as toe injury means he faces another spell on the sidelines

The winger suffered a head knock and toe injury on Friday night.

Billy Vunipola admits he 'probably won't make' Six Nations finale against Ireland

The Saracens back row was the a clear key to England’s resurgence under Eddie Jones last year.

Edinburgh appoint former England hooker Richard Cockerill as new head coach

The 46-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Pro12 club.

Ian Madigan asks to leave Bordeaux - reports

The Irish fly-half is believed to be keen on a move to the Premiership.

Marmion ready to slot in for Murray and make first Six Nations start should he be called on

He was rested in Connacht’s win, with Pat Lam doing ‘what’s best for Ireland, what’s best for Connacht and what’s best for Kieran Marmion.’

In-form Leavy always striving for improvement after seizing his chance with both hands

The Leinster flanker was superb on Friday, and last night was included in Joe Schmidt’s squad for France.

Ringrose feeling the pressure but 'loving every second' of his first Six Nations

“I’m just trying to learn and enjoy every second of the opportunities I do get.”

Rugby - Sunday 19 February, 2017

It's Sunday so here are 10 of our favourite images from the sporting week

Here’s how the last seven days looked through a lens.

'In my life, I have a philosophy that I want to understand the world'

Highly-rated French coach Régis Sonnes is working in Bandon after leaving the Top 14 behind.

France recall Racing 92 duo for Ireland clash

Brice Dulin and Henry Chavancy have been named in a 31-man squad for the visit to Dublin.

Solomona weeks away from England eligibility following hat-trick against Wasps

The rugby league convert has scored eight tries in five games for Sale.

Van der Flier, Carbery and Dillane not included in Ireland squad to face France

Joe Schmidt has named his squad for Saturday’s game.

Bohs well on track for unbeaten season while 10-try bottom of the table clash is pick of the weekend

The clash between Blackrock and Cooke was the highlight of this week’s Women’s AIL.

The late, late try that sent Munster back to the top of the Pro12 table Highlights This post contains videos

The late, late try that sent Munster back to the top of the Pro12 table

Late Kilcoyne try snatches 25-23 win against Ospreys.

Kammy qualifies for Ireland and more in our sporting tweets of the week

Also featuring George Hamilton and Conor McGregor.

Rugby world in shock as former Australia star Dan Vickerman dies aged 37 RIP

Rugby world in shock as former Australia star Dan Vickerman dies aged 37

Tributes paid to “an uncompromising competitor” and “much-loved character”.

'The game in Croke Park made normal Ireland-England Tests look like a garden fete' 10 Years On This post contains videos

'The game in Croke Park made normal Ireland-England Tests look like a garden fete'

Ten years on from England’s historic visit to GAA HQ, BBC presenter John Inverdale and Rob Kitson of the Guardian share their memories.

Rugby - Saturday 18 February, 2017

Connacht scrape past Dragons to secure second straight victory

Pat Lam’s side had five points to spare.

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