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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# opener

Last month
May 2023
# Woe
Ireland outclassed by Poland in Euros opener
It was a miserable afternoon for Colin O’Brien’s side, who were well beaten.
Last year
# Frustration
Ireland suffer defeat in World Cup opener
Sean Dancer’s side were beaten by a Netherlands team ranked number one in the world.
# opener
Ireland set to name settled team with Hansen in the mix for possible debut
Andy Farrell will tomorrow confirm big calls in the midfield and back three.
# opener
Why are Ireland such strong favourites against Wales on Saturday?
The Welsh are missing experienced figures and their regions have been in poor form.
All time
# opener
Campher takes four wickets in four balls as Ireland thrash Netherlands in T20 World Cup
The seamer became only the third bowler to achieve the feat in T20 internationals.
# opener
Can Connacht take the next step? It all starts tonight in Cardiff
Andy Friend’s men are aiming to reach the knock-out stages of the URC this season.
# opener
Two championship debutants as Mayo name 10 starters from All-Ireland final in team to face Sligo
Sligo have made five changes to the side that fell to Wexford in their final league fixture.
# opener
Paudie Clifford makes first start in strong Kerry side to play Galway
He joins younger brother David in the Kingdom attack.
# Up and Running
Leinster start new season with bonus-point win but Sexton injury a concern
James Lowe scored two tries as the defending champions beat the Dragons at the RDS.
# opener
Man City survive Wolves scare to make winning start
Phil Foden got himself on the scoresheet tonight.
# opener
Clontarf can't live with Ballyboden's pace and power as Basquel bags 1-10 for champions
After a bright start, Clontarf faded in the second-half.
# Nervy
Japan warm-up for Ireland with stuttering win over Russia in World Cup opener
Wing Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as the hosts started with a bonus-point victory.
# Looming
Injury worries and mixed forecasts as Schmidt's Ireland eye up Scots
The Ireland forwards are set to be key with rain expected in Yokohama.
# too good
Liverpool hammer Norwich in Premier League opener
Mo Salah, Divock Origi and Virgil Van Dijk were among the scorers.
# opener
Van der Flier set for Ireland's seven shirt as Henshaw lined up for 15
Ireland kick-off their Six Nations campaign with a massive clash against England on Saturday.
# title defence
'We can't fall in love with ourselves and think it's going to happen again'
Joe Schmidt has been focusing in on the imperfections of last year’s Grand Slam campaign.
# Ready to go
Irish fans allocated 500 tickets for Euro 2020 opener
It is also understood that the Football Association of Ireland are hoping more tickets will be made available to the most loyal fans.
# fresh faces
Ireland's young guns - managed by ex-LOI star - beaten as the North bag late double
Paul Osam’s U16s suffered a 3-1 defeat in Tralee.
# Group B
Ireland hammered by Australia in World T20 opener
Alyssa Healy made history as the tournament favourites earned a nine-wicket victory in Guyana.
# too good
Aubameyang at the double as Arsenal prevail in Europa League opener
The Gunners saw off Vorskla in the Europa League thanks to goals from Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil and a brace from the Gabonese striker.
# Ready to go
Paul Pogba handed captain's armband in Man United's Premier League opener
The France international starts just a couple of weeks after starring in the World Cup final.
# Good start
Dortmund ease past Man City in Champions Cup opener
Mario Gotze’s first half penalty was enough to see off the Premier League champions.
# opener
Here is the first goal of the 2018 World Cup
Russia have made the perfect start to the competition.
# opener
Six Nations opportunity beckons for Joe Schmidt's Ireland in Paris
The Irish record at Stade de France is poor but there are many reasons to be confident.
# Seventh Heaven
Arsenal edge 7-goal thriller in Premier League opener
Olivier Giroud emerged the hero in a game ridden with defensive errors.
# opener
Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking points
The quality of the Lions’ bench to face the NZ Provincial Barbarians indicates their depth.
# First Crack
Sexton, Best and Henderson start the Lions' first game of 2017 tour
Warren Gatland’s men face the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on Saturday.
# good gag
Everyone is loving Obama's opening line on his return to public life yesterday
“So, uh, what’s been going on since I’ve been gone?”
# fresh start
Hard-thinking Jones enjoying transition to coaching as he begins first season after retirement
A neck injury forced the fullback to retire at the age of just 28, and he’s barely taken a day off since.
# Concern
Robbie Henshaw set to miss Ireland's World Cup opener with injury
Joe Schmidt will name his team at 2pm this afternoon.
# minnows
Schmidt not ignoring 'incredible banana skin' in Ireland's RWC opener
‘You don’t have to look back too far to 2007 and see that assumptions can undo teams very quickly.’
# Off the Mark
Markovic denied stonewall penalty before scoring his first Premier League goal
The young Serbian looked sharp in the early stages and got his reward on nine minutes.
A goalkeeping blunder and a touch of class from Lallana helped Liverpool rout Swansea
The Reds won 4-1 in a confident and comprehensive display.
# A Boy Stevie
The brilliant Steven Gerrard free-kick that gave Liverpool late hope tonight
The hosts needed a win to progress in this evening’s clash.
# opener
Waterford announce their team ahead of Saturday's Munster SFC clash with Clare
Waterford go into 2014 without Gary Hurney for the first time in 15 years.
# Take a Bow
Superb Ireland overcome Zimbabwe in Cricket World Cup opener after late drama
They ultimately won by just three wickets.
# opener
Ibrahimovic double puts PSG on verge of quarters
The French champions are away to Bayer Leverkusen.
# latest
Cool finish from Remy puts Newcastle ahead against Spurs
The Magpies have taken an early lead at White Hart Lane.
# Going Down
Wigan relegated from Premier League, Arsenal go fourth
It’s the end of the road for James McCarthy and his Wigan team-mates.
# 6 Nations
Opinion: Kidney gets our hopes up (again) with wing picks
Keith Earls and Fergus McFadden will be perplexed at their slide down the pecking order.