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Thursday 30 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Kicking On

This week
26th November 2023 - 30th November 2023
'He’s sometimes a bit crazy in a positive way' - Jon Dahl Tomasson hails Irish forward
Sam Szmodics has signed a new contract with Blackburn Rovers.
This year
Mbappe sets another record as France continue winning run
Mbappe’s 55th-minute penalty ensured a 1-0 win over Greece.
Murphy backs Ireland U20s to build on Grand Slam success at World Championship
The squad took part in a four-day camp in Italy last week and will head to South Africa on Monday.
Last year
'He's in a really good place' - Leinster pleased with Frawley's development
The Leinster centre missed out on Andy Farrell’s Six Nations squad last week.
All time
Briggs urges Ireland to be brave ahead of 'incredibly important' showdown with Italy
The former out-half is expecting ‘a cracker’ in Donnybrook today.
Richie Murphy appointed Ireland U20 head coach
He succeeds Kieran Campbell but will also remain involved with Andy Farrell’s senior set-up.
Sexton hints that 2023 World Cup may be beyond him
‘I’m just going to focus on this campaign and, if I’m around next year, just focus on that and try and make the most of whatever is left.’
So, just why has Jamie McGrath left Dundalk for St Mirren?
“I had Steven Gerrard posters on my wall growing up, now he’ll be doing opposition analysis on me.”
Sexton 'progressing well' on return from knee injury
The out-half went for a second visit to his specialist over the Christmas period and appears on course to feature for Ireland in February.
'Munster when you're growing up is 'the team' ... I probably put myself under a bit of pressure'
Mike Haley feels the best is yet to come after struggling to adjust to his new surroundings last season.
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'I love those moments': Bill Johnston keen to deliver more crucial deeds for Munster
The 21-year-old is working his way up the pecking order of Munster out-halves.
'Let Joey be Joey' - Munster need to let their new No 10 play his own game
Munster are trying to put a square peg in a round hole, according to Andy Dunne.
'It’s like a car racing game. No one ever picks the view when you're in the car'
Ian Keatley talks about how Munster’s mindset has helped their attacking kicking game.
'Football is what drives that community'
One of the club’s best-known junior clubs, Liffey Wanderers, will celebrate a memorable year this weekend.
'Blind' McKinley moving on from 'Goggle Guy' to Italy debut
“I just want to be treated as an ordinary player,” he says.
Kane 'focused on Tottenham' after earning a draw against 'the best team in the world'
The Spurs striker has played down talk of a possible move to Spain and hopes his side can kick on in the Champions League.
'It’s a lot different to what Belfast was like' - Pienaar aiming to make an impression on return to Ireland
The Ravenhill favourite is settling into life with Montpellier, who face Leinster this weekend.
Wales star Dan Biggar to join Northampton
The Ospreys are frustrated by the snub.
'The best teams learn their lessons in victory as well as defeat'
Jonny Sexton insists the Lions are tuned in for Saturday’s crucial third Test.
Kiss expects to see Leinster put the boot in for Pro12 semi-final
Ulster’s director of rugby is expecting to face a much better, more varied attack than the one he shut down late last month.
'I didn’t allow myself to get as emotional before but I was still getting sick at 5 in the morning'
Niamh Briggs on nerves and how being in the Guards has helped her play rugby for Ireland.
'Teams at Test level tend to be pretty complete' -- Schmidt ready for whatever Wales throw at him
“They have some very clear and obvious strengths,” says Schmidt. And he doesn’t expect Gatland to change tack.
'I can't remember the last time he missed four kicks': Murphy backs Madigan to get on target again
The Leinster back could be given a chance to impress at number 10 for the Wolfhounds this Friday.
Muliaina aiding Connacht's young backs despite injury absence
The Westerners are refusing to take their foot off the pedal even during the break from the Pro12.
Madigan's place-kicking among best I've seen (from inside 45 metres) -- Richie Murphy
Leinster and Ireland’s kicking coach has been more than impressed by the utility back’s 90% success rate this season.
With Sexton on the brink, what now for Madigan and Gopperth?
Matt O’Connor’s got a call to make.
Jonny Sexton to decide on future within weeks
The Ireland out half stayed in Paris this summer, where his wife gave birth to their first child.
Game management key if Leinster are to overthrow Toulon
“If we kick badly to these guys they will really hurt you,” says Leinster and Ireland coach Richie Murphy.
Paddy Jackson: Montpellier 'were out to spoil our party'
The Ulster out-half has his attention turned towards Welford Road next weekend after last night’s win.
Ireland v Australia: 3 key battles to make November a success for Schmidt
Youth, experience and returning number 10s. This game better start soon.
Rumbling on: Leinster still fuming at O'Connell's non-citing
“I think we’re talking semantics when people try to differentiate between different parts of the foot.”
Penney: Absolutely nothing for O'Connell to answer for
‘Footy’s a dynamic game’, says the Kiwi preparing for the mother of all Heineken Cup tests.
Ronan O'Gara back in Munster squad ahead of trip to Swansea
Tony McGahan brings his side to Liberty Park for a Pro12 last-four clash with Ospreys.