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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Kick off

This year
Lions edge Super Bowl champion Chiefs in NFL season opener
The action continues for the rest of the weekend.
All time
How this year's new-look Women's Six Nations tournament will work
All you need to know ahead of the 2021 Women’s Six Nations.
Merkel gives go-ahead for top-level German football to resume in mid-May
The Bundesliga will become the first of Europe’s biggest five leagues to return to the field.
Jack McGrath one of three debutants selected for Ulster's Pro14 opener
Craig Gilroy will also return when Dan McFarland’s side host the Ospreys tomorrow evening.
'The European headquarters of college football': A test of Ireland's credentials as sporting hosts
Padraic O’Kane of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic organising committee reckons the country is more than equipped to become a hub of the sport long into the future.
Defending champions Lansdowne on the road to Clontarf while Shannon return to top flight
The AIL’s top two divisions are back this weekend and we’ve got all the 1A and 1B previews.
No dream MLS debut for former Barcelona coach Tata Martino as new season gets underway
Both expansion sides – Atlanta and Minnesota – suffered defeat in their opening fixtures.
The42 Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan and Murray Kinsella on Ireland's chances, tactical trends and more
The former Ireland head coach joined us for a live preview of the tournament today.
No sign of Deflategate hangover as Brady inspires Patriots in NFL opener
The star quarterback threw four touchdowns in the 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night.
Women's World Cup is an opportunity for Canada & welcome distraction from FIFA chaos
The tournament gets underway in Edmonton later tonight and is bigger and better than its ever been.
Analysis: Intelligent Chiefs push the boundaries by refusing the ruck
This just doesn’t look right on first viewing.
Open thread: what are your sporting hopes for 2013?
Have that cup of coffee, shrug off last night’s celebrations and tell us what you hope to see this year.
Ulster Bank League: Quinlan joins commentary team for new season's kick-off
The former Munster back-row will offer his insight at the ‘Friday Night Lights’ opener between Young Munster and Shannon.
Rovers return: Hoops head to Drogheda with their sights on three-in-a-row
We caught up with manager Stephen Kenny and chairman Jonathan Roche as the champions prepare to defend their title.
Slideshow: Meet the Airtricity League gaffers for 2012
It’s been a long winter and there are a few new faces to get used to. So don’t waste any more time in getting to know the gaffer.
Ireland v Wales, Six Nations Championship
We went minute-by-minute for Ireland’s first game of the tournament against old foes Wales at Lansdowne Rd. Here’s how the drama unfolded.
Depleted Birmingham endure miserable start to Championship season
Favourites Leicester may have won their opening day encounter against Coventry, but it wasn’t a happy baptism for either Chris Hughton or Steve McClaren.
Here we go again: Irish provinces learn opponents in next season's Heineken Cup
Champions Leinster were first out of the hat in Twickenham today while Connacht, Munster and Ulster also learned fate.
League of Ireland build-up: Bohs happy to be in the race
In the first of our club profiles, ahead of the Airtricity League’s return on Friday night, Alan Smith expects the Gypsies to be off the pace this year.
Six Nations preview, meet the teams
Paul Ring introduces the sides that hope to come out on top of the northern hemisphere this year.
Six Nations preview: can Kidney's men answer Ireland's call?
We’ve looked at the prospects of Ireland’s Six Nations rivals. Now it’s time to weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of Declan Kidney’s men.
Six Nations preview: Italy no pushover as Parisse returns
Rejoice, for Six Nations day is finally upon us. Part five of our tournament preview takes a look at Ireland’s opponents this weekend, Nick Mallett’s Azzurri.
Six Nations preview: Scotland to cause a few problems?
Thank God it’s Thursday evening, which means that there are just over twenty-four hours to go until this year’s Six Nations kicks-off. Andy Robinson’s Scotland are next up for the once-over as we continue our tournament preview.
Kristopher Burton handed debut shot against Irish in Rome
Italians name side to open the Six Nations championship against Declan Kidney’s men.
Six Nations preview: England set up as the team to beat
We’re at the half-way point in our Six Nations preview series. Ahead of the tournament opener tomorrow night, it’s time for us to run the rule over the bookmakers’ favourites, the “Auld Enemy” from across the water.
Six Nations preview: injury-hit Wales look set to struggle
With the Six Nations opener around the corner, part two of our tournament preview series focuses on one of the teams set for Friday night lights.
Injuries no insult for Ireland
Ireland’s growing injury crisis is an opportunity that Declan Kidney should exploit, writes Mark Hobbs.
I want that one: your foolproof guide to all those Fantasy Six Nations contests
We hold your hand and explain the myriad online manager formats as the championship draws ever closer.
Six Nations preview: much to ponder as France shape up for another tilt
It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a rugby fan. We kick off our Six Nations preview with a look at the defending champs. Allez les bleus!