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# Irish Rugby

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Irish Rugby
'He really gets the most out of those players' - Furlong ready to take on Gatland's Wales
The Ireland tighthead has worked with Gatland on two Lions tours.
# leading role
Sexton still the central character as Six Nations gears up for another series
The Ireland captain gave the rolling Netflix cameras plenty to work with at the Guinness Six Nations launch in London.
Last month
January 2023
# a hundred thousand phases
'You didn't need to say anything to him... It was literally just a nod and a high five'
The madness of Munster’s 42nd-phase drop-goal victory over Northampton in 2011 as told by one man in red, one man in green, and one man in the gantry.
Last year
2022
# renewed interest
Rowntree admits Munster could lose Ben Healy to Scotland
The 23-year-old qualifies to play for Scotland through his mother and is currently third in Munster’s out-half depth chart.
# Changes
Stuart McCloskey to start as Robbie Henshaw ruled out for South Africa clash
Leinster’s Jimmy O’Brien comes in on the bench.
# hier kom die Bokke
Leinster's Jenkins included in 35-strong Springbok squad for November
Stormers out-halves Manie Libbok and Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu have earned their first international call-ups.
# URC
Conor Phillips handed debut as Munster make four changes for Zebre
Keynan Knox and Tadhg Beirne come into the pack.
# Irish Rugby
Three former Irish rugby players have initiated legal actions against the IRFU
It is believed the cases are related to concussion injuries the players suffered during their rugby careers.
Pete Wilkins: Adam Byrne's omission from South Africa tour 'no big story'
Byrne will have to wait until at least the first home game against Munster next month to make his debut.
# URC
Leinster survive a scare as Zebre push them all the way in 10-try thriller
It finished 33-29 as Leinster escaped with a bonus-point victory.
# women's ail
Old Belvedere overcome UL Bohs, Galwegians cruise to victory with 12-try rout
Old Belvedere, Galwegians and Blackrock College all secured wins on the opening day.
# stock future
'He looks in the best shape he’s been in, in the four or five years I’ve been here'
Ulster assistant coach Dan Soper is excited to see 35-cap Ireland international Jacob Stockdale return to action after a year out.
# Talent
Simon Easterby named in charge of Emerging Ireland squad for South Africa tour
Supported by Paul O’Connell, Mike Catt and John Fogarty, the 35-player group will feature a number of U20s who have impressed in recent years.
# W6N
Ireland to begin 2023 Women's Six Nations campaign away to Wales
The fixture details have been released today.
# group
McWilliams hails young guns, 'truly special captain', and players who soul-searched after Parma
The head coach said that even if Ireland had gone 20-0 down, he would have been confident that they’d come back in Fukuroi city.
# big in japan
'A tour like this is invaluable. We talk about it every day, how special it is'
Katie O’Dwyer is part of a new-look Ireland squad gearing up to face Japan on their historic summer tour.
# wounded animals
'It's our turn to respond' - Jordie Barrett sounds warning on behalf of under-fire All Blacks
A defeat to Ireland on Saturday would be seen as catastrophic, and would be New Zealand’s first home series defeat since 1994.
# Irish Rugby
Gardaí launch investigation into alleged IRFU international ticket fraud
The garda investigation is being led by detectives in Munster.
A number of people involved in the Munster Branch of the union have been spoken to by gardaí, Niall O'Connor writes.
Sources said that the investigation centres on the supply of tickets normally set aside for a specific group.
Garda probe is focused on upwards of 200 tickets.
# Irish Abroad
Irish centre Peter Robb to join Ealing Trailfinders
The 27-year-old moves to the English Championship club after seven years with Connacht.
# New threads
What are your thoughts on Ireland rugby's new home kit?
The jerseys will be worn for the first time when the Ireland men’s team face the Maori All Blacks.
# perspective
Ferris: One Test win in New Zealand would make for a positive summer for Ireland
The former Ireland star on Johnny Sexton at U20 level, Andy Farrell’s back-row dilemma, and an inevitable Kiwi backlash.
# Irish Rugby
Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy comes out as gay
‘I contemplated walking away from rugby,’ McCarthy said.
# going east
Ireland women to visit Japan for two-Test invitational tour this August
World Rugby have invited Ireland to assist Japan with their preparations for October’s World Cup.
# URC
Ulster unchanged while Stormers to start Willemse for semi-final clash
The game in Cape Town kicks off at 2pm on Saturday.
# unfortunate
Carty ruled out of New Zealand tour after surgery on wrist
The 29-year-old said his season ‘ends here’ but vowed to come back bigger and better next term.
# Coming Home Again
Denis Leamy to leave Leinster role and join Munster as defence coach
The Cashel man described the move as ‘an opportunity that I feel I have to take to grow as a coach and for family reasons.’
# URC
Friday night fixture for Ulster and Munster as URC quarter-final details confirmed
Leinster’s quarter-final clash with Glasgow is one of three games to take place on Saturday, June 4.
# 2025
Cian Prendergast signs new long-term contract with Connacht
Prendergast had 12 months remaining on his current deal.
# New Frontiers
Australia and USA to host next men's Rugby World Cups
The women’s tournament is set for England (2025), Australia (2029) and the United States (2033).
# autumn internationals
Fixture details confirmed for Ireland's November internationals
World champions South Africa are among Ireland’s opponents.
Greg McWilliams: 'At the end of the day, next year our goal has to be to get in the top three'
Ireland completed the current campaign with two wins from five.
# Irish Rugby
'She has nerves of steel that girl, but she didn’t doubt herself for a second'
Enya Breen’s nerveless kick secured a dramatic 15-14 triumph over Scotland.
# The Underdogs
'It is going to be, for a lot of these players, the toughest opposition they’ve played against'
Greg McWilliams insists his charges are in an upbeat mood ahead of their Six Nations showdown with England.
# Ed in Thomond
Munster confirm quarter-final to be held at the Aviva Stadium due to Ed Sheeran concerts
The fixture against Toulouse will take place on the weekend of May 6/7/8.
# Irish Rugby
Michael Lowry agrees new long-term contract with Ulster
It comes after Robert Baloucoune and Stewart Moore also agreed new contracts.
# AIL
Here's the state of play as reigning champions Cork Con look to extend semi-final run
It is set to be a dramatic day of action in the Energia All-Ireland League.
# Champions Cup
Rob Baxter urges Exeter to maximise opportunities in ‘golden years’ ahead of Munster clash
Baxter wants his players to kick on following Chiefs’ 2020 European and domestic double.
# Mack Hansen
'We’re stoked to be here, but we’re not here to participate. We’re here to win these games'
Man Hansen and Connacht seek to defy the odds and overcome the challenge of Leinster in the Champions Cup.
# Wasps
Ireland international John Ryan to leave Munster at end of the season
The prop leaves to join Premiership side Wasps.
# Ulster
Dan McFarland: 'I'm really proud of what we've done out here'
On Saturday Ulster suffered a 34-16 defeat at the hands of the Bulls.