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Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
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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.
Last month
January 2023
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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.
Last year
# 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.
Munster locked-and-loaded for massive night in Edinburgh
The Scots have named a strong side for this evening’s URC clash.
# Autumn Finale
Ireland's strong favouritism is well-earned but Wallabies still a threat
Dave Rennie’s men have had a tough year, meaning the home side are expected to win.
# looking ahead
Final four? Surprise package? Biggest flop? Our writers' World Cup predictions
The42′s journalists look ahead to Qatar 2022.
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Ireland step up Euros prep against Haaland-less Norway in B-Side friendly international
Norway are the visitors to the Aviva Stadium this evening.
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Farrell's ruthless streak means players know they must seize opportunity against Fiji
A number of players in a much-changed Ireland team will be keen to impress at Aviva Stadium today.
# Showdown
Brutal Boks pack and the Bomb Squad mean Ireland have to go up another level
Andy Farrell’s side will face a different challenge today to the one in New Zealand last summer.
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Consistency key for Leinster's Deegan in bid to push up Ireland pecking order
The backrower is in the Leinster team that will take on Scarlets tonight.
# Stand up and fight
Re-energised Munster team must lift the pressure with win over Bulls
Graham Rowntree has brought a crop of Emerging Ireland players straight back in.
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'Realistic' Ireland ready for the biggest game in their history in World Cup play-off
It’s do or die for Vera Pauw’s side against Scotland tonight.
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Leaders Dublin University set to face UCD as Terenure host Cork
Meanwhile, Blackrock v Galwegians is among the standout ties in the All-Ireland League Women’s Division.
# coygig
All eyes on Hampden as Ireland set to learn World Cup play-off fate
Vera Pauw’s side will face Scotland or Austria away on Tuesday.
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Champions League becoming Liverpool's last salvation as they go 'back to the basics'
Jurgen Klopp’s misfiring side host Rangers tonight.
Connacht will need something special to topple star-studded Bulls
The province are winless after the opening two rounds of the URC.
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'It would be my greatest achievement as a coach, a manager and a player'
Jim Crawford’s Ireland side are 90 minutes away from an unprecedented Euros qualification.
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Ireland need to prove a point in Dublin reunion with Armenia
Stephen Kenny’s side host Armenia in their final Nations League game tonight.
# Round Two
Return of POM and co. should see Munster past under-fire Dragons
19-year-old academy lock Edwin Edogbo is set for his debut off the bench.
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Ireland's youngsters two games away from history
Jim Crawford’s side face Israel at Tallaght this evening in their first playoff match.
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Railway Union begin Women's AIL title defence at UL Bohs
Dave Mervyn previews this weekend’s round two fixtures.
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Can Shamrock Rovers make Irish football history tonight?
The Hoops are hoping to become the first Premier Division side ever to win an away group stage game in Europe.
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Meeting of Belvedere and UL Bohs kicks-off new Women's All-Ireland League campaign
Dave Meryn previews this weekend’s round one fixtures.
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Shamrock Rovers out to prove they belong among European elite as Conference League kicks off
Swedish side Djurgardens arrive at Tallaght Stadium tonight.
# scene setter
Letter from Bratislava: Another stop along the way as Ireland's journey continues
Vera Pauw’s World Cup play-off bound side face Slovakia in their final group game today.
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Celtic one of the few potential surprise packages as Champions League shadow-boxing returns
We preview the group stages that kick off tomorrow evening.
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Rennie keeps faith with Wallabies team that beat South Africa as wounded Boks prepare for 'final'
The hosts start with an unchanged side for the first time since Dave Rennie took over as coach from Michael Cheika.
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'Incomparable' Ireland out to Finnish the job after learning from ghost of Kyiv
Vera Pauw’s side can secure a play-off position at a sold-out Tallaght Stadium tonight, as the World Cup dream hits new heights.
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Shamrock Rovers left needing a miracle in return meeting with Ferencvaros
Rovers trail the Hungarian champions 4-0 from the first leg of their Europa League play-off.