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# Semi-final

Last year
2022
Brandon O'Connell emerges from shadows to become Ballyea's unlikely hero
St Finbarr’s were up against it after wing forward Conor Cahalane was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident after just nine minutes.
# Final Four
Galway to face Limerick and Clare take on Kilkenny as All-Ireland semi-final pairings confirmed
Two mouth-watering ties are on the way in July.
# conscientious
Bigger issues than tennis on Coco Gauff's mind ahead of French Open final
The 18-year-old, who has only just graduated high school, was widely praised for her impromptu ‘peace, end gun violence’ message.
# Next Level
Sublime Leinster dethrone Toulouse to march into Champions Cup final
The only major blot on a brilliant day for Leo Cullen’s men was the injury to Tadhg Furlong.
# Eurovision 2022
Eurovision: What you need to know as Ireland battles for one of ten remaining slots in Saturday final
It’s going to be a tough task but singer Brooke Scullion says she’s confident her performance will break through.
# Eurovision
Favourites Ukraine take to the stage as first Eurovision semi-final takes place tonight
17 countries will compete for 10 spots in Saturday’s grand final.
# HIA
Healy and O'Brien doubts for Champions Cup semi-final after head injuries
Both Leinster players were forced off for Head Injury Assessments last weekend.
# big date
Saturday showdown confirmed for Leinster's semi-final with Toulouse
The European heavyweights will meet at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
All time
# Joy
Brilliant Clough-Ballacolla stun Kilmacud to reach Leinster senior hurling final
Declan Laffan’s charges were immense once again as they upset the odds.
# War of Words
Pat Spillane and Sean Cavanagh clash over Tyrone Covid cases
The RTE pundits engaged in a lively debut prior to the All-Ireland semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry.
# Wrap
Serious questions over Federer's future, Djokovic reaches 10th Wimbledon semi-final
The eight-time Wimbledon champion and 20-time Grand Slam title winner lost 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to a Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
# finalists
Toulouse await either Leinster or La Rochelle in the Champions Cup final
The French side will be out to earn their fifth European crown in the decider at Twickenham.
# fond memories
'Leo always had a capacity to stay calm and make good logical assessments'
Jono Gibbes was Cullen’s forwards coach in Leinster for six happy years.
# playmakers
Leinster lose 'enormous experience' as La Rochelle halfbacks return to training
Jono Gibbes believes Leinster have the depth to deal with Sexton’s absence.
# Emotional
Serena Williams walks out in tears after semi-final defeat
The veteran American’s quest to reach a ninth Australian Open final and match Court’s 24 major singles titles ended in a 6-3, 6-4 semi-final mauling.
# marching on
Exeter have too much for Toulouse to set up European final against Racing 92
33-year-old ex-Ulster centre Ian Whitten was excellent in midfield for Rob Baxter’s side.
# Fixtures
Leinster will be at home again if they reach the Champions Cup semi-finals
If Ulster qualify, they’ll either be away to Exeter or at home against Northampton.
# Grit
Ulster's fight-for-every-inch mentality apparent in crucial semi-final moments
Dan McFarland’s men showed attitude and desire at key points in the win over Edinburgh.
AS IT HAPPENED
Edinburgh v Ulster, Pro14 semi-final
Ian Madigan’s ice-cold kicking sent the northern province into the final against Leinster.
# Team news
Stockdale, McCloskey, and Murphy all fit as Ulster make three changes
Billy Burns returns to captain the side, while Edinburgh have named a strong starting XV.
# Showdown
Why not Munster? Van Graan's men out to upset the odds against Leinster
Leo Cullen’s side are the firm favourites as they look to secure a spot in the Pro14 final.
# Team news
Leinster start Keenan and Connors as Munster make three changes
Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, and Stephen Archer come back in for Johann van Graan’s side.
# Upward Trajectory
Leinster's Doris resumes his rise after breakthrough season halted
The 22-year-old Mayo man made his Ireland debut earlier this year against Scotland.
# Cockers
'The pressure is on them. Ulster are a team that should expect to beat Edinburgh'
Richard Cockerill is hoping to guide his club into the first final in their history.
# Knockout
'It's absolutely irrelevant how many games we've won prior to this semi-final'
Stuart Lancaster and Leinster have shifted their mindset ahead of the clash with Munster.
# fight in the dog
'We've to knuckle down, understand that simple errors kill your ability to maintain pressure'
Dan McFarland questioned whether he was putting enough emphasis on Ulster’s ball possession in contact. But he is willing to change quickly.
# Familiar Foes
Daunting semi-final against Leinster ahead as Munster look to take next step
Friday night at the Aviva Stadium should be an intriguing battle between the provinces.
# Five Days
Beirne excels but Munster now face into 'shortest turnaround we've had in years'
Johann van Graan’s side will be back at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night to take on Leinster.
# marching on
Leinster's fully-changed XV happy to give Cullen a 'headache for selection'
There were some impressive individual performances in the 28-10 win over Ulster.
# Semi-final
World Cup winner declared fit to start for PSG tonight against Leipzig
Kylian Mbappe had a big impact off the bench in last week’s Champions League quarter-final.
# Story of my life
Ireland to feature in Eurovision 'song celebration' tonight
The first semi-final of the contest was due to take place in Rotterdam today.
# One game to go
PBC prove too strong for St Munchin's in Munster Senior Cup semi-final
Current holders and old foes Christian Brothers College Cork now await in the final.
# marching on
'I'm not 100% sure a World Cup is going to be won by a very expansive game plan'
Rassie Erasmus’ Springboks ground their way into a World Cup final against England.
# slugfest
Gatland's Wales and Rassie's Boks to battle for final spot against England
The second semi-final in Yokohama promises to be a brutally physical affair.
# comprehensive
'We didn't want to let them come at us' - England deliver after haka stand
Eddie Jones’ team were simply outstanding as they dethroned the All Blacks in Yokohama.
# Emporer
Gatland aims for World Cup glory after Wales play 'get-out-of-jail card'
This World Cup is Gatland’s final campaign before heading home to New Zealand for a new job with the Chiefs.
# Going Well
Ireland's Thomas Barr advances in World Championships
Elsewhere, there was disappointment for Michelle Finn.
# Pot Luck
Potential Dublin derby in store as FAI Cup semi-final draw made
Meanwhile, Dundalk will play Sligo Rovers in the other tie.
# Old Enemies
Nadal sets up Federer semi-final showdown after Querrey victory
The 33-year-old Spaniard will face Federer at Wimbledon for the first time since their epic 2008 final.
# furore
'We love our tea in England' - US star Morgan criticised for 'distasteful' celebration
Lianne Sanderson has offered her opinion on the USWNT match-winner’s controversial reaction to her goal.