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# Second best

Last year
2022
# Second best
Rowntree: 'In the white-hot heat of the battle we have to be better than that'
Graham Rowntree cut a dejected figure after seeing his Munster side fall to a one-point defeat against Leinster.
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'We were facing one of the top 5 teams in the world and we saw the difference' - Cisse
First-half goals from Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane gave Senegal a mountain to climb.
# tough outing
All Blacks XV tear up the RDS on a painful night for Farrell's Ireland A
The Irish side had few answers for the pace, panache, and power of the visiting Kiwis.
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Man Utd forced to settle for Europa League play-off despite win at Real Sociedad
Alejandro Garnacho scored the only goal of the game in Spain.
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Connacht slip to another URC defeat as Bulls prove too strong in Pretoria
Andy Friend’s side fell to a 28-14 defeat at Loftus Versfeld.
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France sweep to bonus-point win on a tough night for the Ireland U20s
Riche Murphy’s men struggled to compete with a superb French team.
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'Across the board, we just weren't quite there today'
Leo Cullen admitted Leinster came up short in terms of their accuracy and execution against the Bulls tonight.
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Sheehan: Champions Cup final defeat 'a hard one to get the head around'
The Leinster hooker says it’s been tough to digest Saturday’s loss to La Rochelle in Marseille.
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Van Graan 'incredibly disappointed' after Munster fall short against Leinster again
Meanwhile Leo Cullen admitted he was pleased with how his young squad managed the occasion.
# well beaten
England power up to maul Ireland with 11-try victory in Six Nations
Greg McWilliams’ side showed grit in the first half but England ran in 11 tries in total.
All time
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Disappointment for Ireland 7s in defeat to South Africa on Olympics debut
Gavin Mullin and Terry Kennedy scored tries in a 33-14 loss in Tokyo.
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Wales' season ends with disappointing defeat to impressive Pumas
Wayne Pivac’s men struggled against Argentina in the sun in Cardiff.
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Harry Maguire accepts Man United were not good enough
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 3-2 at RB Leipzig to finish third in Group H following the clash in Germany.
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England are a better team than Ireland and more work is needed to close the gap
Andy Farrell and his coaches must remedy the lineout and breakdown issues that hurt them yesterday.
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Tielemans and Mertens strike as Belgium end England's Nations League hopes
Defeat ends England’s hopes of reaching a second successive Nations League finals.
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Ireland come up short in Paris as England crowned Six Nations champions
Andy Farrell’s men made errors but France were superb in a bonus-point win.
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Schmidt: 'This year hasn't been great, but Ireland are in a really good place'
The New Zealander also lamented the shorter turnaround the team had to manage between their final pool game and the quarter-final.
# Regrets
'We’re not going to suddenly sign five world-class players, it doesn’t work like that'
Leinster left Newcastle with a few regrets but feeling they had got close to Saracens.
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All Blacks depart Dublin after being 'manipulated' by clever Ireland
‘We’re still stuck between the old way and the new way.’
# Looking Up
All Blacks and November next in Schmidt's sights as Ireland's success rolls on
The Ireland head coach is heading home to New Zealand for a few weeks of rest.
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Three debuts made as Ireland go down to Les Bleus at rain-soaked Stade de France
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir were enough to hand a dominant French side victory in Paris tonight.
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Connacht collapse as Ospreys deal second home defeat of Pro12 defence
Pat Lam’s men gave up a bonus point again in Galway.
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Leinster beaten as Seymour runs in 4 tries for Glasgow
Rob Kearney, Josh van der Flier and Zane Kirchner all scored for the province but it couldn’t prevent a 33-25 loss at Scotstoun Stadium.
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Lukaku double helps Belgium to victory over Ireland at Euro 2016
The Boys in Green were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline in Bordeaux.
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Ireland's women lose out to the French in front of 11,158 in Perpignan
The Girls in Green were defeated 18-6 in the Six Nations tonight.
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Cheika sees World Cup defeat as the beginning of Wallabies' journey
The former Leinster boss says his team can close the gap on the All Blacks by playing them frequently.
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Cathal Pendred has been given his first taste of defeat in the UFC
John Howard overcame the Dubliner at UFC 189.
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'Nothing can console me' laments Messi as world slips through Argentina's hands
The Golden Ball winner missed one of three great chances that fell his team’s way against Germany.
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Double bogey derails Michael Hoey's bid for €240,000 European Tour win
The Northern Irishman was well placed to challenge eventual winner Ross Fisher at the Tshwane Open until he ran afoul of the 12th.
# Nearly Men
Opinion: Ireland call-ups and lack of signings to hobble Ulster's title ambitions
The province’s emergence as league and Heineken Cup contenders will stretch Mark Anscombe’s squad this season.
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Rugby Championship: Springboks name unchanged line-up in quest to deny McCaw's 100th win
South Africa are in a confident mood after disposing of Australia at the weekend.
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Match Report: Mandzukic on the double for Croatia
Two goals from the Wolfsburg striker resigned Ireland to defeat in their first Euro 2012 fixture.