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Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

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2022
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Thornbury and Connacht 'buzzing to get started' and braced for tough season opener
The western province are facing into a tricky opening block of fixtures.
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'Everyone is aware that every part of our game has to step up' - Ryan
James Ryan says when that he thinks about New Zealand, he thinks of the 2019 World Cup loss more than the 2018 win in Dublin.
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Carbery set to start for Munster as Ireland internationals return
The southern province are aiming to end their decade-long trophy drought.
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'There's no patience or waiting, it's just go': Ryan Baird is in business
The 20-year-old powerhouse was grateful for the influence of Peter O’Mahony when he got to experience the senior Ireland setup.
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'They don't know how we ended up out here in California - two Irish lads aged 22 and 19'
Stevie McKenna returns to the ring for his second professional bout in California tonight.
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McIlroy hopes regained 'freedom' leads to fast start at US Open as he chases first major since 2014
After an impressive win at the Canadian Open, the 30-year-old is eyeing more glory at Pebble Beach.
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Beirne hoping Schmidt gets to watch back his man-of-the-match display against Ospreys
‘I even forgot my scrum cap,’ said Beirne after arriving late to help Munster win in Wales.
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Schmidt hopes powerful Henderson can be one of Ireland's 'go-to guys' after recall
The Ulster second row is back in the starting XV for England at the expense of Devin Toner.
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'We want to keep building in that position': Schmidt places huge faith in 21-year-old Ryan
The Leinster second row starts ahead of Devin Toner in Paris on Saturday.
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O'Loughlin itching to get back on the pitch after working on Joe's homework
The Leinster centre missed out on a place in the Ireland squad but was given plenty to work on by Joe Schmidt during the November break.
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'He's only been here a few weeks but already made a positive impact'
Leinster coach Leo Cullen gives his thoughts on new arrival Scott Fardy, the province’s young guns and the season ahead.
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Phoney war finally over as Ireland squad settle in for extended RWC stay
Rory Best admits it’s not easy to fully focus on a World Cup warm-up fixture and is pleased to see the real Tests on the horizon.
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'We won't be going out with much caution, we'll go out to win' -- Tommy Bowe
The Ulster winger is ready to attack a rare Six Nations campaign, but not in a new way.