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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.
Carbery set to start for Munster as Ireland internationals return
The southern province are aiming to end their decade-long trophy drought.
'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
'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.