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# Opportunity

This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# Opportunity
'It’s making sure that the group are mentally refreshed' - Cullen aims to make most of downtime
Leinster boss hoping his players can use next couple of months as springboard for latte stages of season.
Last month
January 2023
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Harry Byrne handed first start of season for Leinster's trip to Ospreys
Rhys Ruddock captains a side that contains 10 full internationals.
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Underdog Munster champions 'can do damage' against All-Ireland favourites Kilmacud Crokes
Tommy Walsh is gearing up for an All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park with Kerins O’Rahillys.
Last year
2022
Shels lose talented defender Negru to Oxford United
The defender will join the English club on New Year’s Day.
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Tadgh McElroy earns chance to shine at Leinster with short-term contract
The former Ireland U20 hooker was recently with London Irish in the English Premiership.
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Ireland U21 midfielder Smallbone joins Stoke on loan from Southampton
The 22-year-old was a first-team regular at Southampton before an ACL injury last January wrecked his last couple of seasons.
# Optimism
'I feel like there’s a huge opportunity for me to push on' - Connacht's Tierney-Martin
The 22-year-old recently returned to action again after a lengthy injury setback.
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Molumby's chance to put down roots and reinvigorate a career that still offers so much
Despite a new three-year contract at West Brom, the past number of months have seen his influence with Ireland wane, and he has not featured in the last six games.
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Ruddock: South Africa trip perfect preparation for Champions Cup date with Tigers
The province take on the Sharks and the Stormers in South Africa before heading to Welford Road.
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Lewis Hamilton chasing trophies and profit with Chelsea bid consortium
The seven-time world champion has been named as part of Sir Martin Broughton’s group hoping to complete a takeover of the west London club.
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Ulster face a tough task but they are capable of delivering a big performance in Toulouse
Dan McFarland’s face the defending champions in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.
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'Caoimhín is in a good position now' - Kelleher gets his chance to stake starting claim
With Gavin Bazunu and Mark Travers out, the Liverpool goalkeeper has the chance to make his case to be Stephen Kenny’s first-choice.
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Irish underage international McCann 'buzzing' after first-team debut for Rangers
The teenager left Manchester United for Ibrox in the summer.
All time
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Frawley starts as Covid-hit Leinster name team to face Bath
Earlier on Friday, the province reported four positive cases of Covid-19 in their set-up.
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'We’re keen to see Harry in a big game, and this is a big game for us'
Leo Cullen has handed Harry Byrne another chance to impress with the 22-year-old set to start against Connacht on Friday.
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'Pressure is a privilege' for Ireland's US-born striker and Danish club's captain
The door could be opened for Kyra Carusa against Georgia, with Heather Payne back in the US due to college commitments.
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'The League of Ireland is the perfect platform for English clubs to send their players to play'
Dundalk’s new owners hope to tap into English market to find uncut gems.
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Caoimhin Kelleher to start against Qatar but Kenny says he won't make 'wholesale changes'
He will be the first Liverpool player to start for Ireland since Robbie Keane.
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Connacht look to lay down a marker as Bulls come to town
Andy Friend’s team welcome the South African side to the Sportsground this evening.
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Ireland U21 winger Tyreik Wright joins Salford on loan from Aston Villa
The Cork man joins the Class of ’92-backed club after an impressing loan spell at Walsall from January onwards last season.
# Changes
Potential opportunity for Irish international as Begovic leaves Bournemouth
Mark Travers could be set for a run in the first team following the Bosnia international’s departure.
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Shamrock Rovers handed favourable draw in third qualifying round of Europa Conference
Bohemians and Dundalk will face tougher tasks should they win their second-round ties.
# fresh faces
Much-changed Ireland U20s have great chance to impress against Italy
Ireland are in action at 2pm in Cardiff today.
# hot prospect
'He jumped at the opportunity' - The Spanish-born, German-based Irish starlet set for U21s debut
Anselmo Garcia MacNulty is one of a number of new players called up by Jim Crawford.
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'If he gets his chance he'll certainly be ready' - Farrell backs Casey to debut against Italy
The Munster scrum-half is set to win his first cap against Italy on Saturday.
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Farrell tells players to seize their chance as his Six Nations plans go wildly off script
Ireland head into Sunday’s game against France without the services of four key leaders.
# out of form
Kelleher impresses but Brighton condemn toothless Liverpool to another Anfield defeat
Jurgen Klopp’s side are now seven points off leaders Manchester City after a 1-0 loss.
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O'Gorman hopes new sponsorship can end 'pay to play' culture in Women's National League
The domestic league is amateur, with many players having to cover some of their own costs to represent their clubs.
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Australia propose idea of holding a mini World Cup in 2021
The aim would be to provide an injection of cash to unions across the world.
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Sexton returns from injury as O'Sullivan is lined up for debut
Uncapped Eric O’Sullivan has been named on the bench by Andy Farrell for the Scotland match on Saturday
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Ryan Baird's comeback continues as Leinster hand him Cardiff start
Leo Cullen has kept faith in the backline that impressed against Edinburgh last Monday
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'Pressure is a privilege' - Giovagnoli admits Dundalk's Euro play-off is the biggest moment of his career
The Lilywhites face KI of the Faroe Islands tomorrow night for a place in the Europa League group stages.
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Rob Howley handed chance to rebuild coaching career with Canada
It is his first role since serving a ban for betting on rugby matches.
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Kilkenny native Áine Power lands major role at European football's governing body
She has been drafted onto the disciplinary board and will have a direct say in punitive measures taken against clubs who break Uefa rules.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
'There's potentially an embarrassment of riches for Munster in that position'
Ben Healy, Jack Crowley, and Jake Flannery will all be hoping for senior team action next season.
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Rory Best says virus can lead to global rugby alignment
The former Ireland captain is convinced that switching the seasons would boost northern hemisphere nations’ chances of winning the World Cup.
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4 possible candidates for the newly-vacant Irish U21s job
Stephen Kenny has taken the step up to senior level earlier than advertised.
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Andrew Conway -‘I want to have the best game of my life against Scotland’
The Ireland winger finally gets his first Six Nations start today, three years after making his international debut.
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Bohemians bring in 'very talented' winger Thompson from Wolves
The 18-year-old St Joseph’s Boys product will stay with the League of Ireland club until July.
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In-form Idah handed full Premier League debut against Manchester United
The striker starts for Norwich in the absence of injured pair Teemu Pukki and Josip Drmic.