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#Irish Rugby

# irish-rugby - Sunday 1 November, 2020

'I can sit here and say we'll learn from everything but we don't want to be in that position again'
# Too Familiar
From The42
# Too Familiar

'I can sit here and say we'll learn from everything but we don't want to be in that position again'

Nov 1st 2020, 11:42 AM 10,887 Views 14 Comments

Andrew Conway lamented Ireland’s missed opportunities and second-half compound errors at the Stade de France.

# irish-rugby - Monday 19 October, 2020

Clean bill of health for Ireland in lead-up to Italy clash as Lowe remains with Farrell's squad
# Update
From The42
# Update

Clean bill of health for Ireland in lead-up to Italy clash as Lowe remains with Farrell's squad

Oct 19th 2020, 1:19 PM 10,787 Views 21 Comments

Peter O’Mahony and Chris Farrell have joined the squad following periods of self-isolation while five training invitees have returned to their provinces.

Canterbury and IRFU launch new Ireland women's home jersey ahead of Six Nations conclusion
# Available To Buy
From The42
# Available To Buy

Canterbury and IRFU launch new Ireland women's home jersey ahead of Six Nations conclusion

Oct 19th 2020, 12:23 PM 6,251 Views 6 Comments

It’s the first time that supporters can buy a replica version of the women’s jersey in a non-World Cup year.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

Irish professional rugby breathes brief sigh of relief as show limps on for now
# Level 3
From The42
# Level 3

Irish professional rugby breathes brief sigh of relief as show limps on for now

Oct 6th 2020, 1:00 AM 5,179 Views 2 Comments

International, provincial, and elite amateur club rugby can continue under the IRFU’s guidelines.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Ulster to welcome 600 fans for Friday's Pro14 opener in first for Irish rugby
# Supporters
From The42
# Supporters

Ulster to welcome 600 fans for Friday's Pro14 opener in first for Irish rugby

Sep 29th 2020, 1:16 PM 5,137 Views 2 Comments

The northern province are the first to welcome supporters back since Covid-19 struck.

# irish-rugby - Friday 11 September, 2020

Saracens feeling buzz ahead of trip to Dublin for first meaningful match in months
# Upping The Stakes
From The42
# Upping The Stakes

Saracens feeling buzz ahead of trip to Dublin for first meaningful match in months

Sep 11th 2020, 9:35 PM 9,150 Views 11 Comments

Mark McCall’s men face Exeter in another ‘nothing’ game before travelling to Dublin in a bid to hang onto their European title.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Grace, traces of Twickenham and past glories kept Henshaw going while rugby was on hold
# We Go Again
From The42
# We Go Again

Grace, traces of Twickenham and past glories kept Henshaw going while rugby was on hold

Aug 20th 2020, 8:00 AM 24,639 Views 8 Comments

The old cliche about only being is good as your last game was best ignored by Ireland players these past six months.

# irish-rugby - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Peat and Parsons return as Ireland Women name Six Nations squad
# Go Again
From The42
# Go Again

Peat and Parsons return as Ireland Women name Six Nations squad

Aug 12th 2020, 3:56 PM 4,599 Views 0 Comments

The group will hope to use the remaining fixtures to build towards the December World Cup qualifer.

# irish-rugby - Monday 13 July, 2020

Irish rugby agrees player wage cuts and deferrals
# Decision
From The42
# Decision

Irish rugby agrees player wage cuts and deferrals

Jul 13th 2020, 11:55 PM 9,386 Views 7 Comments

The period will run from 1 July to 31 December this year.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 9 July, 2020

Predicting Ireland's first-choice XV for the 2023 Rugby World Cup
# Next Gen
From The42
# Next Gen

Predicting Ireland's first-choice XV for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Jul 9th 2020, 4:07 PM 19,035 Views 46 Comments

Bernard Jackman, Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey had several different visions as they gazed into the future.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 27 June, 2020

Ulster and Connacht Coronavirus-free as provinces set for full return
# Rugby Returns
From The42
# Rugby Returns

Ulster and Connacht Coronavirus-free as provinces set for full return

Jun 27th 2020, 1:35 PM 4,495 Views 4 Comments

Leinster and Munster delivered zero positives after testing last week.

# irish-rugby - Sunday 21 June, 2020

Leinster and Munster players free to return to training after Covid-19 tests come back clear
# Next Step
From The42
# Next Step

Leinster and Munster players free to return to training after Covid-19 tests come back clear

Jun 21st 2020, 5:14 PM 6,705 Views 20 Comments

The second phase of testing with Connacht and Ulster will commence this week.

# irish-rugby - Friday 12 June, 2020

‘It will be 4 years before we see full capacity crowds at Irish sports events’
# New Normal
From The42
# New Normal

‘It will be 4 years before we see full capacity crowds at Irish sports events’

Jun 12th 2020, 4:29 PM 28,724 Views 38 Comments

Pandemic expert, Professor Gerard Killeen, argues half-empty stadiums with fans obliged to wear masks will be the norm in Ireland until a vaccine is found.

# irish-rugby - Friday 15 May, 2020

July Test rugby finally postponed, but rescheduling only poses more problems
# Comment
From The42
# Comment

July Test rugby finally postponed, but rescheduling only poses more problems

May 15th 2020, 5:33 PM 3,406 Views 1 Comment

Rugby seasons are arduous enough without cramming a backlog of fixtures in.

IRFU confirm postponement of Ireland's Test series against Australia
# Covid-19
From The42
# Covid-19

IRFU confirm postponement of Ireland's Test series against Australia

May 15th 2020, 8:04 AM 5,079 Views 6 Comments

To no great surprise, the two games against the Wallabies which were scheduled for July have been pulled.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 14 May, 2020

'They had something unbelievably unique in Limerick rugby and I don't think it's too late to reignite that'
# Talent Development
From The42
# Talent Development

'They had something unbelievably unique in Limerick rugby and I don't think it's too late to reignite that'

May 14th 2020, 8:00 PM 26,104 Views 95 Comments

Munster must learn from Limerick GAA and get the talent conveyor belt turning again in the Treaty County, says Bernard Jackman.

# irish-rugby - Sunday 3 May, 2020

Leinster and Ireland back Fergus McFadden to retire when the season ends
# Signing Off
From The42
# Signing Off

Leinster and Ireland back Fergus McFadden to retire when the season ends

May 3rd 2020, 3:00 PM 25,196 Views 44 Comments

As well as winning 34 Ireland caps, the versatile 33-year-old made 184 appearances for his province.

# irish-rugby - Sunday 19 April, 2020

GAA have plan B in place to protect this year's provincial championships
# Uncertainty
From The42
# Uncertainty

GAA have plan B in place to protect this year's provincial championships

Apr 19th 2020, 10:05 PM 70,524 Views 45 Comments

With Health Minister Simon Harris warning there may not be mass gatherings in 2020, we answer the key questions that every sports fan is asking.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 2 April, 2020

Connacht need a unit at eight, and Jasper Wiese might fit the bill
# Unverified By Wiese
From The42
# Unverified By Wiese

Connacht need a unit at eight, and Jasper Wiese might fit the bill

Apr 2nd 2020, 6:23 PM 10,863 Views 19 Comments

‘That’s the one area of the squad that you could say they probably need to go foreign and bring somebody in of a different profile,’ said Bernard Jackman.

# irish-rugby - Monday 30 March, 2020

Survival kit – four ways to get your sporting fix today
# Hidden Gems
From The42
# Hidden Gems

Survival kit – four ways to get your sporting fix today

Mar 30th 2020, 3:52 PM 4,205 Views 1 Comment

If you are going stir crazy sitting at home without any sport to watch then the solution to your boredom is here.

# irish-rugby - Friday 27 March, 2020

'It was affecting me turning up the radio in the car... It was painful picking my kids up, changing nappies'
# Sherry
From The42
# Sherry

'It was affecting me turning up the radio in the car... It was painful picking my kids up, changing nappies'

Mar 27th 2020, 8:01 PM 68,462 Views 4 Comments

Mike Sherry makes his debut on The42 Rugby Weekly to give his assessment of where Munster stand under Johann van Graan, and reflect on his decision to retire at 31.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

IRFU make €500,000 available to clubs in light of coronavirus disruption
# Support
From The42
# Support

IRFU make €500,000 available to clubs in light of coronavirus disruption

Mar 24th 2020, 7:18 PM 3,874 Views 29 Comments

The union also confirmed they will put in place a moratorium on all club loan repayments for four months.

Quiz: How well do you remember the career of Donncha O'Callaghan?
# Fantastic 4
From The42
# Fantastic 4

Quiz: How well do you remember the career of Donncha O'Callaghan?

Mar 24th 2020, 7:30 AM 9,559 Views 4 Comments

Test your knowledge of the former Munster and Ireland lock as he marks his 41st birthday.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 19 March, 2020

Irish Rugby’s 2019/20 domestic season to conclude with immediate effect
# Covid-19
From The42
# Covid-19

Irish Rugby’s 2019/20 domestic season to conclude with immediate effect

Mar 19th 2020, 8:24 PM 13,341 Views 35 Comments

‘The decision has not been made lightly. All options were discussed and the IRFU is satisfied it has arrived at the only equitable solution.’

# irish-rugby - Thursday 12 March, 2020

The case for Joey Carbery to become Ireland's second playmaker from fullback
# Bold Move
From The42
# Bold Move

The case for Joey Carbery to become Ireland's second playmaker from fullback

Mar 12th 2020, 5:28 PM 10,944 Views 43 Comments

Bernard Jackman and Murray Kinsella explain why they both believe the Munster out-half will complement Johnny Sexton from 15 in the near future.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

'He tells the story that I kind of threw him under the bus with ROG, but that's not the case'
# Foot And Mouth
From The42
# Foot And Mouth

'He tells the story that I kind of threw him under the bus with ROG, but that's not the case'

Mar 3rd 2020, 6:04 PM 49,373 Views 6 Comments

Shedding light on 2001′s foot-and-mouth-impacted Six Nations, Eddie O’Sullivan recalls his having to convince Warren Gatland to drop Ronan O’Gara after a Murrayfield disaster.

# irish-rugby - Friday 21 February, 2020

Must-win clash at the bottom among highlights of AIL weekend
# AIL
From The42
# AIL

Must-win clash at the bottom among highlights of AIL weekend

Feb 21st 2020, 6:11 PM 6,818 Views 0 Comments

Elsewhere, table-toppers Cork Con face UCC.

# irish-rugby - Monday 17 February, 2020

'We remember two years ago': England will find right emotional pitch for visit of Ireland, says Ford
# Pain And Gain
From The42
# Pain And Gain

'We remember two years ago': England will find right emotional pitch for visit of Ireland, says Ford

Feb 17th 2020, 11:15 AM 9,178 Views 9 Comments

‘You don’t want to look too far in the past but if it’s something you can use to get yourself to a higher level then you use it,’ explained the England out-half.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 6 February, 2020

'I think if Conor isn't an 8/10 this week, you can't really keep picking him'
# Debate
From The42
# Debate

'I think if Conor isn't an 8/10 this week, you can't really keep picking him'

Feb 6th 2020, 5:21 PM 25,281 Views 17 Comments

Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman make their cases for Conor Murray and John Cooney respectively.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 1 February, 2020

'Let's see, now that that crutch has been removed, whether they do start taking those edges'
# Shackles
From The42
# Shackles

'Let's see, now that that crutch has been removed, whether they do start taking those edges'

Feb 1st 2020, 12:15 PM 8,145 Views 7 Comments

With many expecting Ireland’s backs to be freed up under Mike Catt, Shane Horgan questions some of the ‘revisionism’ of Joe Schmidt’s tenure.

# irish-rugby - Monday 27 January, 2020

O'Sullivan, Coombes and McHenry earn senior deals as Munster announce six new contracts
# Promotion
From The42
# Promotion

O'Sullivan, Coombes and McHenry earn senior deals as Munster announce six new contracts

Jan 27th 2020, 2:42 PM 11,215 Views 18 Comments

Stephen Archer, Dan Goggin and Liam O’Connor have each extended their senior deals by two years.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 16 January, 2020

Heffernan eyes vacant Irish hooker slot after inclusion in Farrell's Six Nations squad
# New Era
From The42
# New Era

Heffernan eyes vacant Irish hooker slot after inclusion in Farrell's Six Nations squad

Jan 16th 2020, 6:45 AM 13,090 Views 17 Comments

‘Obviously Rory Best had the jersey pretty much locked down for the last number of years. There probably is a bit of an opening there.’

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

Resting of stars won't dilute 'one of the biggest derbies in world rugby' - Contempomi
# True Blue
From The42
# True Blue

Resting of stars won't dilute 'one of the biggest derbies in world rugby' - Contempomi

Dec 24th 2019, 1:06 PM 16,658 Views 21 Comments

‘Munster won’t change the way they play because of the way Joey does or doesn’t play…’

# irish-rugby - Thursday 19 December, 2019

Cronin returns and O'Brien debuts in the centre as Leinster name team for Ulster clash
# Mix And Match
From The42
# Mix And Match

Cronin returns and O'Brien debuts in the centre as Leinster name team for Ulster clash

Dec 19th 2019, 12:28 PM 14,169 Views 21 Comments

Leo Cullen has opted for a blend of youth and experience for the visit of Dan McFarland’s Ulster.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 14 December, 2019

As it happened: Leinster v Northampton Saints, Champions Cup From The42
Live Dec 14th 2019, 4:15 PM

As it happened: Leinster v Northampton Saints, Champions Cup

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

'A bit of a narrow focus' - Cullen not buying BOD and Nacewa's theory on Ireland's decline
# Counterargument
From The42
# Counterargument

'A bit of a narrow focus' - Cullen not buying BOD and Nacewa's theory on Ireland's decline

Oct 29th 2019, 6:45 AM 16,401 Views 26 Comments

‘There’s 12 Munster players. Why does nobody pick up the change of coaches in Munster? Did that have an effect?’

# irish-rugby - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Grace Miller among 10 uncapped women in Ireland training squad
# November Tests
From The42
# November Tests

Grace Miller among 10 uncapped women in Ireland training squad

Sep 26th 2019, 10:54 AM 3,488 Views 0 Comments

Ireland’s training camps will take on a greater importance in the weeks ahead with only one Test match scheduled for November.

# irish-rugby - Friday 20 September, 2019

'Ireland will probably look to help out Larmour by dropping someone else in alongside him'
# Vulnerability
From The42
# Vulnerability

'Ireland will probably look to help out Larmour by dropping someone else in alongside him'

Sep 20th 2019, 4:40 PM 9,727 Views 17 Comments

Murray Kinsella, Andy Dunne and Gavan Casey discuss how they expect Ireland’s back three to fare against the Scots.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 14 September, 2019

'What happens to a team under pressure? The Irish have got better at that'
# Cohesion
From The42
# Cohesion

'What happens to a team under pressure? The Irish have got better at that'

Sep 14th 2019, 8:30 AM 7,815 Views 22 Comments

Ben Darwin of GAIN LINE Analytics says Irish rugby has been getting plenty right.

# irish-rugby - Sunday 8 September, 2019

'The dream would be to get someone from Tallaght or Clondalkin to play pro rugby'
# Pathway
From The42
# Pathway

'The dream would be to get someone from Tallaght or Clondalkin to play pro rugby'

Sep 8th 2019, 10:00 AM 45,355 Views 65 Comments

The IRFU’s player pathway has been delivering positive results but there are still possible gaps.