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# Back in black

Last year
Owen Farrell set for comeback after four-month injury layoff
Farrell hasn’t played since England’s November victory over Australia.
All time
Mo'unga returns as All Blacks look for statement win against Fiji
Anton Lienert-Brown and Ardie Savea both return from injury for Saturday’s second Test.
Quinn Tupaea handed All Blacks start against Tonga
George Bowe, Ethan Blackadder and Finlay Christie are all set to make their debuts from the bench.
All Blacks make 11 changes for final November Test against Italy
Ardie Savea, Kieran Read, Beauden Barrett, and Damien McKenzie are the only players to keep their places.
Injuries allow Jordie Barrett back in XV as All Blacks promise improved performance against Australia
Steve Hansen’s side can seal the Bledisloe Cup for a 16th straight year with victory in Auckland.
McKenzie's surprise inclusion one of 6 All Blacks changes from Lions draw
Damian McKenzie has been handed the number 15 jersey for New Zealand’s Rugby Championship opener.
Golden Discs has bounced back thanks to vinyl's 'renaissance'
The chain’s traditional record sales more than doubled last year.
Man United the first British club to earn more than half a billion pounds in one year
And the revenue is expected to keep rising.
Waterford GAA vow to clear €130k debt within two years
Secretary Timmy O’Keeffe reported a surplus of €5,374 this year.
Ireland will take on both Rugby World Cup finalists next November
Ireland’s Women also have some historic Autumn Tests lined up against the World Cup finalists.
The All Blacks have been back in camp and are making some great video diaries
They’re gearing up for a packed few months of rugby
Coloured boots are what's really wrong with the GAA according to one inter-county team
Not blanket defences or cyncial fouling, coloured boots.
That tarmac at the bottom of Grafton Street should be gone by the end of the summer
Some paving stones were put down and taken back up again rather quickly.
Ulster Bank made €752 million in profit last year
That marks its first profit since 2008.
Permanent TSB should turn a profit sooner - but don't expect cheaper mortgages
The bank’s boss said its lending costs were still higher than those of bigger competitors.
AIB is giving out more mortgages and fewer people are in arrears
The bank says it is “profitable” this year.
Bank of Ireland reports first profit in five years
Ulster Bank also reported a profit for the first half of 2014.
AIB made a pre-tax profit of €437 million in the first half of 2014
The bank says that it has cut mortgage arrears and impaired loans.
RTÉ delivers a pre-tax surplus for the first time since 2007
The company returned a surplus of €1.1 million, despite a drop in commercial revenues.
Hansen tasked with retaining World Cup in 2015, opens door to Sonny Bill
In other news, Paddy Wallace has yet to decide his 2015 holiday plans.
Mark the date: Managers praise returning referee Clattenburg
Both Big Sam and AVB were happy with the official on his return to duty.
China versus Men in Black: Censors chop 13 minutes from movie
Three scenes were cut from the latest film, with China concerned about the implications of ‘wiping memories’.
You again? Ireland confirm New Zealand tour dates
Ireland will face the newly-crowned world champions at the stadium the All Blacks won the title, Eden Park in the first Test.
Jonah Lomu attacks 'disrespectful' England as new kit is revealed
New Zealand prime minister, John Key, also weighs in on the argument.