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Rugby - Today’s News

'We don't need a trophy to show progress, we want one because we're desperate for success'

The wounds from Sunday’s Champions Cup exit are still raw for Leinster and Johnny Sexton but there are also huge positives to take heading into the final weeks of the season.

'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.

As you were: Erasmus happy to stick with same coaching team for next season

Jerry Flannery, Felix Jones and Jacques Nienaber are all set to stay put.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie 'In my head, I didn't deserve to be helped. I was broken and couldn't be fixed' Darkness Into Light

'In my head, I didn't deserve to be helped. I was broken and couldn't be fixed'

Ireland rugby international Hannah Tyrrell on the eating disorder that overshadowed her teenage years

The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan and Murray Kinsella review Leinster and Munster's Champions Cup defeats Analysis This post contains videos

The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan and Murray Kinsella review Leinster and Munster's Champions Cup defeats

It was the end of the line for the Irish provinces over the weekend, as both Irish teams bowed out in the semi-finals.

O'Brien: 'You think you can help the boys out but you can never know watching on TV'

The flanker was forced to watch Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final defeat from his sofa.

'We wouldn't have won the trophies without him': Sexton pays tribute to retiring Ross

The prop helped both club and country to considerable success over the last number of years.

Big blow for Connacht's Champions Cup qualification hopes as injury sidelines Adeolokun

The Ireland international’s season may be over.

Connacht confirm contract extensions for local duo

Galway pair Eoin McKeon and Darragh Leader have signed new deals with the province.

Munster will need to make several changes for this weekend's return to Pro12 action

The province also say that scrum-half Conor Murray remains a doubt ahead of the trip to Treviso.

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.

'It’s unbelievably proud for me and my family' - Furlong the Lion

The Leinster man will head to New Zealand with a strong chance of being the Test tighthead.

Rugby - Monday 24 April, 2017

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.

Ringrose and Stander among final five in the running for European Player of the Year Star Performers This post contains a poll

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

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

Sharks centre handed six-week ban for this dangerous spear tackle Punishment This post contains videos

Sharks centre handed six-week ban for this dangerous spear tackle

Sefa Naivalu was lucky to escape unhurt.

38-year-old Donncha O'Callaghan has signed a new contract with Worcester

“Donncha is a phenomenon,” says Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold.

Ex-Leinster lock Thornbury joins Connacht after spell in New Zealand

The 23-year-old will move to the Sportsground on a two-year deal.

Friday Night Lights for Leinster's Pro12 semi-final as time and dates announced

Leo Cullen’s men were the first team to qualify for the last four.

European exits for Leinster and Munster but progress has been made

The eastern province were the closer to reaching the Champions Cup final.

'We would've loved to have seen how close we could've got to Saracens'

Johnny Sexton sees Leinster’s European season as one of progress.

'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.’

'I’ve never been speculating' - Erasmus says he is staying with Munster

The South African director of rugby says he will remain with the province in the coming years.

Rugby - Sunday 23 April, 2017

'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.”

Clontarf and Cork Con set up repeat of last year's decider

Young Munster and Lansdowne fell at the semi-final stage today.

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

From Galway’s shock win in the Hurling league final, to the World Snooker Championship, there were some fascinating sports pictures taken this week.

UL Bohemians seal treble with cup final win over Blackrock

Maeve D’arcy’s side was beaten just once all season.

'I have got to be proud of the guys for the way we came back'

Captain Isa Nacewa says Leinster always believed they could overhaul Clermont.

Dire opening, Leavy's big moment and Ringrose's wonder try

Leinster had a revival in the second half but came up short in the end.

'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.

Disastrous start leaves Leinster with too much to do in defeat to Clermont

Camille Lopez guided the Top 14 club home in a thrilling Champions Cup semi-final in Lyon.

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.

France the ideal setting for Leinster’s exciting attack to be unleashed again

Clermont have undoubted quality but Leinster are an exciting attacking force.

'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.

Heavyweight contenders collide in today's Ulster Bank League 1A semi-finals

There are two cracking Division 1A games down for decision this afternoon in Dublin.

'We said on the pitch afterwards that we aren't going to let this be the full stop'

Simon Zebo believes the best is yet to come from this Munster squad.

Rugby - Saturday 22 April, 2017

McCall believes Saracens can be better and sees brighter future for Munster

The Sarries director of rugby was impressed with Munster’s work rate.

'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.

'A diamond gets formed out of coal when it gets put under pressure'

Rassie Erasmus believes this defeat is part of Munster’s journey.

Rassie: 'The reality is, Saracens are 15-20 points better than us'

Defending champions end Munster’s European adventure in Dublin.

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