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Rugby - Today’s News

World Cup squad on the board leaves nervous wait behind Ireland's elite women, but tough tasks all ahead

Ashleigh Baxter has had to adapt her game since starring in the 2014 World Cup.

Late, great 58 metre penalty keeps the Lions on home run towards Super Rugby final Jo'burg Classic This post contains videos

Late, great 58 metre penalty keeps the Lions on home run towards Super Rugby final

The Hurricanes go to Johannesburg to keep up their title defence next weekend, while the Crusaders and Chiefs do battle in Christchurch.

Ireland no longer just tagging along, they're up there with the best in the world

The ITF (International Tag Federation) Tri Nations tournament between Ireland, Britain and Australia is underway this weekend

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'It will be absolutely huge for sport here' - The legacy of the Women's Rugby World Cup

Elaine Buckley of the Fair Game podcast spoke to The42 this week.

Rugby - Friday 21 July, 2017

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'I feel privileged and grateful': Connacht legend Naoupu calls time on 15-year career

The powerful back-row forward played 102 times for the western province.

Jordie Barrett scores try after 'falcon' from prop Ben May Bonce This post contains videos

Jordie Barrett scores try after 'falcon' from prop Ben May

Barrett collected a Ben May header to touch down in the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby playoff with the ACT Brumbies.

Booze in sport: blamed too much for defeat and enjoyed too much in victory

“Drink is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to sport, with winning the transformational potion between the two,” writes Tommy Martin.

All Black centre Fekitoa puts international career to one side after signing for Toulon

“It has been the hardest decision of my life to leave New Zealand,” he said.

'We need a few big performances under the new coach to hit the ground running'

Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion on a new era out west.

Rugby - Thursday 20 July, 2017

World Rugby has tidied up the 'tackle-only' law that caused England so much trouble against Italy

In addition, players will no longer be able to kick the ball out of rucks and jackaling players must work from their own gate.

Farrell targets silverware as debut season with Munster looms Centre Of Attention This post contains videos

Farrell targets silverware as debut season with Munster looms

The former Ulster centre has joined the southern province after three seasons in France.

'The same teams have been in the league for a good few years': Marmion welcomes Pro12 expansion

South African franchises the Cheetahs and Southern Kings are expected to be added to the league for this season.

'He's in incredible physical shape': Peter Stringer will play with Worcester beyond his 40th birthday

The Corkman will remain in the Premiership on a short-term deal alongside Donnacha O’Callaghan.

Johnny Sexton played Lions series decider with a broken wrist

The Leinster man also injured his ankle in the same game, but played through the pain.

Rugby - Wednesday 19 July, 2017

South African expansion will see a serious sum of money injected into Pro12

The South Africans have pledged to contribute a whopping sum to the league across six years.

Pro12 release brief statement finally confirming talks with South African sides

After months of keeping tight-lipped on reports, Celtic Rugby say discussions over an expansion are taking place.

WRWC to run ticket exchange, so don't give up hope of seeing Ireland's pool matches just yet

Proceeds from the ‘Wimbledon style’ re-sales will go to the IRFU Charitable Trust.

Rugby - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

Rugby - Monday 17 July, 2017

Australia star Christian Lealiifano ready for Super Rugby return after leukaemia diagnosis

The Wallaby playmaker looks set to feature when the Hurricanes visit Canberra on Friday.

Munster today unveiled a stunning new red and gold home jersey for the 2017/18 season

The province makes a return to an all-red home kit, as it aims for Pro12 and Champions Cup success next season.

Ryan Crotty ignores interest from France to sign new All Blacks deal

The centre has signed a new contract for 2018.

Rugby - Sunday 16 July, 2017

Sevens heaven! Ireland seal qualification for next summer's World Cup in San Fran

A week after the women’s sevens team booked their place in the World Cup, the men have done the same in Exeter.

Ben Smith to take sabbatical from All Blacks for rest of the year

A clause in his contract allows the fullback to step away from the international team like Richie McCaw and Dan Carter have done previously.

Walking shirtless through New York City and World Para Athletic joy - it's tweets of the week

Also featuring Steven McDonnell and Brian O’Driscoll.

The right-wing revolt against 'liberal' ESPN and the rest of the week's best sportswriting

Boil the kettle. It’s time for your weekly dose of the good stuff.

Rugby - Saturday 15 July, 2017

Samoa could join Ireland in Rugby World Cup pool as Fiji win Pacific Nations Cup

Samoa will now face a European team in a qualification play-off.

Auckland Blues follow Lions victory with heavy defeat in Japan Upset This post contains videos

Auckland Blues follow Lions victory with heavy defeat in Japan

The New Zealand side conceded eight tries in all against the Sunwolves.

More teams, bigger markets: PRO12 embrace 'the art of the possible' with South Africa plan

Shareholders in PRO will reportedly meet on Tuesday, and IFU boss Philip Browne does not feel that short notice will be an issue if the league opts to adopt the Cheetahs and Kings.

Let go by Leinster and now captaining his country: Billy Dardis hoping to land European title for Ireland this weekend

The Naas native looks an ideal fit to be a core member of an Ireland Sevens squad that will continue to aid development of provincial academy prospects.

Rugby - Friday 14 July, 2017

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IRFU funding for women's rugby up 25%, will rise by a further €500k after World Cup

The union’s accounts, released today, show a spend of €2.1 million on its women’s programme.

Rugby - Thursday 13 July, 2017

Cheetahs CEO all but confirms team's addition to PRO12 rugby

Harold Verster says we could hear an announcement regarding the PRO12′s mooted expansion as soon as Saturday.

'ROG was one of the first people I talked to when Munster became a reality' Hart Foundation This post contains videos

'ROG was one of the first people I talked to when Munster became a reality'

James Hart has been enjoying life as a Munster player since pre-season training began earlier this month.

One for the collection! Ireland captain Briggs immortalised with Rugby World Cup stamp

The special commemorative €1 stamp was unveiled ahead of Ireland’s hosting of the Women’s World Cup.

Rugby - Tuesday 11 July, 2017

The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan reflects on the Lions tour and looks forward to Ireland's next challenge Mane Man This post contains videos

The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan reflects on the Lions tour and looks forward to Ireland's next challenge

The countdown to South Africa starts here, doesn’t it?

Connacht academy wing Leavy joins Ireland 7s squad targeting World Cup qualification

Anthony Eddy’s squad are in pole position ahead of this weekend’s final round of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix.

Connacht announce Jarrad Butler signing

The former Brumbies player has 70 Super Rugby appearances to his name.

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