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21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
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Ireland's U17 Euros clash with Spain is a great achievement - but why are the odds so stacked against them?
Shamrock Rovers have taken the lead in academy investment here, a realm in which Ireland have been left behind by the rest of Europe.
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May 2023
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Pressure all on Leinster ahead of blockbuster Champions Cup finale
Leinster and La Rochelle look evenly matched ahead of today’s decider in Dublin.
No Johnny, no problem? Ross Byrne faces biggest day of his career
What have Leinster learned from their heartbreaks against La Rochelle?
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PGA Championship: McIlroy takes the pressure off as Mickelson makes noise at Oak Hill
We look ahead to the year’s second major.
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Taylor v Cameron: Who wins and why?
A victory for the Irishwoman this Saturday would trump London 2012 and MSG 2022 as the most impressive of her entire career.
# looking ahead
7 Irish players to watch out for at the U17 Euros
St Patrick’s Athletic youngster Mason Melia and others who could impress.
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Leinster go strong, but Munster can put fire back into one-sided rivalry
Graham Rowntree’s side need to be brave to avoid a familiar outcome at Aviva Stadium.
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Cavan's second shot at glory and Meath's surprise inclusion - Tailteann Cup focus
The second tier football championship gets underway later this month.
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Mourinho set to face the man he tipped for managerial success
Xabi Alonso played 151 games under the Portuguese coach at Real Madrid.
This year
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Ireland prepare for dog fight in Edinburgh to avoid wooden spoon finish
Greg McWilliams’ side will hope to end their winless run in the women’s Six Nations.
# Heavyweights
Leinster setbacks, home advantage, Toulouse stars, a Champions Cup epic
Leo Cullen’s side take on the might of Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
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Scheffler and past Masters demons stand in the way of McIlroy’s quest for immortality
We preview the 87th Masters, as McIlroy seeks the career Grand Slam, Tiger Woods battles against the end, and Shane Lowry aims for an upset.
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A tough start about to get tougher as Ireland sit French exam in first home game
Greg McWilliams side will host their opponents in Musgrave Park in Cork.
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Huge weekend for Irish provinces as European Cup rugby returns with a bang
All four provinces are in action on Saturday.
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Preview: Ireland will be brave and refuse 'a slow death' in the greatest test of them all
Ireland begin with their Euro 2024 qualification campaign against France tonight, the biggest test there is in international football.
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Ferguson's full debut to bring life to low-key Latvia friendly at start of Ireland's defining year
Evan Ferguson will make his full debut as Ireland tune up for their massive challenge against France.
# On the brink
Grand Slam beckons on what could be one of Irish rugby's greatest days
Andy Farrell’s men are overwhelming favourites to get the job done against England.
# faz
'We warmed-up on the bus and won the game easily. It’s just mentality'
Andy Farrell has impressively guided Ireland to within sight of a Grand Slam.
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Shamrock Rovers’ impact: ‘I don’t see their entry into the league as bad news’
Several players give their thoughts on the Hoops’ introduction ahead of the Women’s Premier Division kicking off.
# Italian Job
Ireland's injury list is incredible but they have the quality to win big in Rome
Italy are an improved team with excellent young players but Andy Farrell’s side are firm favourites.
# Postcard from Marbella
Relaxed Ireland kick off momentous World Cup year in sprightly Spain
Vera Pauw’s side face China PR in an international friendly this afternoon.
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UCC and UL gear up for unlikely Sigerson Cup decider
The game takes place at SETU Waterford Arena on Wednesday evening.
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Champions League returns: English sides are vulnerable, PSG in crisis and Napoli the dark horses
A look ahead to the last-16 ties as the knockout phase swings into action.
# Jouez
The world's two best teams battle for Six Nations supremacy in Dublin today
Ireland and France are both missing key players for what should be an epic encounter.
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'There's not a hotel room available' - Wexford ready for Galway with silverware on the line
The two sides will meet in round one of the Allianz hurling league that will double up as the Walsh Cup final.
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Can Galway and Kerry stay perfect, Cork-Dublin rivalry and growing frustration
There’s four big Division 1 ladies football league fixtures down for decision this Bank Holiday weekend.
# Opening Day
Gatland's return gives Wales bounce but Ireland are deserved favourites
Andy Farrell’s men will be targetting a Six Nations title and it all starts in Cardiff this afternoon.
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Westmeath's big statement, bouncing back from the basement and managerial changes
Here’s five key questions ahead of the Division 3 and 4 football league opening weekend.
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Young talent still emerging but Racing visit a reminder of what Leinster are losing
Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster will join the French side in the summer.
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Munster chasing back-to-back Interpro crowns as Leinster take on Ulster
The Women’s Interprovincial title race could be decided this weekend.
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Leinster primed to silence Gloucester's Shed despite absence of key leaders
The province go into today’s game without a number of frontliners, including James Lowe, who has returned to New Zealand due to a family issue.
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Ulster, Connacht and Leinster can all make the most of an intriguing day of URC action
The three provinces will all be aiming for wins today.
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# Moore to come
'I’ve a point to prove, but not so much to Irish coaches and selection, more for Ulster'
Marty Moore is relishing Ulster’s New Year’s Day battle against Munster.
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Constitution Hill, Facile Vega, A Plus Tard - A star-studded cast for Christmas festivals
Donn McClean looks ahead to the coming days’ racing for The42.
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Lancaster: 'Completely different' Munster should be confident ahead of Leinster meeting
‘It was a very good win over Northampton. I know how much Northampton wanted to win that game,’ Lancaster said ahead of 26 December’s interpro.
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Railway on track for three-in-a-row in AIL decider against Blackrock
The sides meet in the decider in Energia Park on Saturday afternoon.
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Beleaguered Brive up next as Connacht look to shape season in Challenge Cup
Andy Friend’s side are in action in France tonight.
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World Cup semi-finals: Dreams of Messi and Morocco on the line amid prospect of repeat final pairing
We look ahead to the World Cup semi-finals.
# On The Road
After their travel nightmare, Leinster must be close to best against Racing
Leo Cullen’s side weren’t able to do their captain’s run due to long delays on the journey to Le Havre.
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World Cup quarter-finals: Messi or Van Gaal's last stand, England to find out if they are the real deal
We preview the last-eight games in Qatar, which are rich with storylines.
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England among the flawed contenders as World Cup gets to the serious business
We look ahead to the World Cup knockout games, which begin later today.