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'If you're winning it doesn't matter what anybody thinks' Robin McBryde felt the barbs for Warrenball long enough to know they had to be ignored.

'It was really emotional because you don't know the last time you're going to put on an Irish jersey' After her recent injury return, Ireland fullback Eimear Considine is relishing facing England.

Atletico are amid an identity crisis under Diego Simeone, but Liverpool may be suitable opponents Atleti are struggling with the favourites tag in La Liga. The visit of the European champions allows them to be underdogs once again.

Stopping Jonny May’s pace must be high in Ireland’s priorities Leicester Tigers’ winger is a lethal finisher and Ireland must deny him any space.

'Sky is the limit' for U20 lock Thomas Ahern Forwards coach Colm Tucker also says the young side took huge benefit from their brush with the seniors.

Subscriber Only: Should fans be allowed drink in the stand at sporting events? Some Ireland fans complained about view being blocked during Six Nations games.

Gerry Thornley: England primed to show their best against Ireland Return to Twickenham a huge reference point for Jones’ men with Ireland on horizon.

Dane Coles may sometimes cross the line, but channelled aggression is exactly what the All Blacks need Dane Coles, one of New Zealand's most penalised players, brings something unique to the fold that will be sorely missed when he finally retires from the game.

The Waratahs are the 'Penney dreadful' of the Super Rugby news stand After yet another defeat, this time against the Melbourne Rebels, the 2020 Super Rugby season for the New South Wales Waratahs is starting to read out like a 19th Century penny dreadful.

Robin McBryde: Farrell will be judged on results, not style Leinster scrum coach says belief will be key to Ireland’s chances of beating England.

Mike Blair expects Italy will face a ‘confident’ Stuart Hogg Scotland fullback has had a difficult Six Nations, costing his side a try against Ireland.

'Maguire should have been sent off' - Lampard The Chelsea boss believes Monday’s loss to Manchester United would have been a much different game if the defender was dismissed.

Tomkinson handed three-week ban over Banks hit Highlanders winger Sio Tomkinson has been banned for three weeks after failing to wrap his arms as his shoulder hit Brumbies fullback Tom Banks' head. Highlanders winger Sio Tomkinson has been slapped with a three-week suspension for his hit on Tom Banks, but that will be of little comfort to the Brumbies.

England star Owen Farrell talks anti-Haka arrow formation vs New Zealand at World Cup Owen Farrell has lifted the lid on England's anti-Haka arrow formation that set the tone for their stunning World Cup semi-final triumph over the All Blacks.

Solskjaer won't discuss Raiola's comments with Pogba The France international has missed much of the season at Man United through injury.

Steven Gerrard 'really interested' to see if Man City get Premier League punishment The former Liverpool captain is waiting to see if the Premier League follow Uefa’s lead in punishing the Blues.

Former Queensland Red and Wallabies prospect stood down by NRL club The Broncos confirmed the NRL integrity unit have been informed of the development and the former Wallabies prospect will be unable to fulfil club duties. "Standing down Izaia is not a judgement of his guilt or innocence, but recognition that this is a serious matter," Broncos boss Paul White said on Monday.

Highlanders wing Patelsio Tomkinson learns fate after dangerous tackle After facing the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee over the weekend, Highlanders wing Patelsio Tomkinson has now learned his fate. Tomkinson will spend the next three weeks on the sidelines for a dangerous tackle on Brumbies fullback Tom Banks in the Highlanders' narrow victory on Saturday evening.

Launchbury happy to play second-fiddle after buying into ‘Team of 23’ ethos JOE LAUNCHBURY is proud of his bit-part tag with England — and playing second fiddle to Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes. The Wasps captain has not started a meaningful game against a decent Test nati…

Man United ride their luck in Chelsea win The Red Devils revived their Champions League hopes with a win over their top-four rivals.

Joe Launchbury breaks silence after Dai young sacked by Wasps Former dual code Wales international Young, 52, has been Wasps boss since their High Wycombe days, having been appointed in 2011. Lee Blackett, 37, who is part of Young's backroom team, will step up to become interim head coach. 'It was a big shock,' revealed the 63-cap second-row to the Mail Online.

Laois U20s edge Westmeath in dramatic penalty shoot-out The O’Moore county have set up a Leinster semi-final with Kildare.

British and Irish Lions weighing up three potential opponents for warm-up fixture Coach Warren Gatland has revealed the British and Irish Lions are weighing up three potential opponents for a warm-up game before 2021's tour to South Africa. Gatland is currently in his first season of a four-year stint with Super Rugby's Chiefs but he will take time off in 2021 to lead the Lions on an historic third tour.

Six Nations: Things must change before Finn Russell can return to Scotland, insists coach Mike Blair Until "something changes" Finn Russell will not play a part in what remains of Scotland's Six Nations campaign.

Man United keep Champions League hopes alive with crucial Chelsea victory Goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire sealed victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Saracens: Barnet Council considered ending £22.9m stadium redevelopment loan Barnet Council "considered" terminating its £22.9m loan to redevelop Saracens' stadium after the club's relegation but instead have frozen further payments.

'Solskjaer should worry about things other than Pogba' – Raiola fires back at Man United boss The France star’s representative took to Instagram to criticise the coach.

Mick McCarthy singles out Shrewsbury youngster for praise Max O’Leary has already been called up to the Ireland squad once before.

Scotland expect 'confident' Hogg against Italy IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Scotland are optimistic that time away from the international scene will benefit Stuart Hogg before facing Italy in the Six Nations on Saturday following a difficult start to his time as Test captain.

Ranking the 8 teams most likely to win the Champions League Could Liverpool, Man City or Barcelona prevail?

6 games unbeaten and a mindset shift - Wexford hold upper hand in rivalry with Kilkenny Davy Fitzgerald’s side no longer fear the Cats.

Springboks bag another prestigious Laureus award IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The World Cup-winning Springboks added another fantastic award to their impressive list of recent accolades. The side scooped the prestigious Laureus Team of the Year Award in Berlin on Monday.

England supporters urged to take stand against Championship cuts The Nottingham chairman Alistair Bow said he wants action in the Six Nations England v Ireland game: ‘The rest of the rugby community should not be forgotten’.

Messi, Hamilton joint winners of Sportsman of the Year at Laureus Awards Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi were decl…

RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you It's been an amusing few days so we're starting a new feature today, giving you a chance to catch up on all the best Rugbydump Blitz content we've posted over the last week. We've got five entertaining videos for you, all of which proved very popular on our social media channels.

Cheslin Kolbe: What can't he do? IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Rugby World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe is fast becoming the most versatile player on the planet after his performance at flyhalf at the weekend. The Springbok wing started at No.10 for Toulouse against Racing 92 in the Top 14 on Sunday and he impressed many in a narrow 30-27 loss.

As it happened: Chelsea vs Manchester United, Premier League Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are under pressure to get a result in a key clash in the fight for Champions League football.

Ulster rule out Kiwi back for the rest of the season due to injury Matt Faddes is set to undergo surgery for a shoulder problem.

Saracens fans are suddenly feeling happier about next season The futures of many Saracens players have been cast into doubt ever since their automatic relegation from the Gallagher Premiership was confirmed in January due to salary cap breaches. With a host of Test players in their squad, there is a danger that this could jeopardise their chances of playing for their country.

Matt Faddes: Ulster back to miss rest of season because of injury A shoulder injury rules versatile back Matt Faddes out of the Ulster team for the remainder of the season.

Weekend sees a flurry of tries from Argentine hookers In a busy weekend of professional rugby, Argentine hooker stood out in scoring a flurry of tries. The tries came in different competitions in some of the world's most famous cities - Buenos Aires, Argentina; Paris, France; and Las Vegas, Nevada. First up was a try from Facundo Bosch.

A national cup competition is an idea worth exploring Wherever you stand on whether the National Rugby Championship should remain in 2021 and beyond, and how feasible the idea of a national club competition is, one thing I'm genuinely happy about is that we're having the conversation in the first place. The national club competition has existed as a concept forever.

RTÉ To Present Live Coverage Of Women's AIL Final RTÉ will show live coverage of the women's All-Ireland League final for the first time in its history later this year. The news was confirmed today after the IRFU announced that both the men's and women's AIL finals will take place at Energia Park in Donnybrook.

GAA wait on hurling league re-fixtures as March schedule headache looms again The CCCC will confirm new fixtures in the coming days after yesterday’s postponements in Limerick and Salthill.

Danny Cipriani: Gloucester to stage Sale match in support of mental health issues Gloucester say they are "looking after" Danny Cipriani after he was abused on Twitter grieving for ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack.

MLR Highlights: Toronto Arrows vs Houston SaberCats In a thrilling encounter, the Toronto Arrows came out on top against the Houston SaberCats on Sunday. Played in Las Vegas, Nevada the match had something for everybody in the Americas. It saw a Canada vs USA professional match which also involved players from Argentina and Uruguay.

News, Scores, Results, Features Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look back at the action in the Super Rugby and name our best XV from the matches that took place. What's on the site.

Plaudits for Whelan as Fleetwood revive Championship hopes with superb form Joey Barton’s side are undefeated in the six games they’ve played since the veteran midfielder’s arrival.

Barca deny hiring company to criticise Messi and other players on social media The Blaugrana have released a statement responding to claims they paid for dozens of accounts to be set up on Facebook and Twitter.

Down star 'on the mend' after sustaining head injury in action for St Kilda Clara Fitzpatrick has been excellent in her debut AFLW season.

Santiago Cordero scorers as Bordeaux become Top 14 leaders Argentine winger Santiago Cordero was among the scorers for Bordeaux went into top spot of the Top 14 on Saturday. The club were 37-19 winners over Lyon, a result which sees Bordeaux on 52 points and Lyon on 49. The next best is Racing 92 with 41 points.

Wales call for Rhys Priestland unlikely with Dan Biggar set to face France Wales are increasingly confident Dan Biggar will be fit to face France in the Six Nations, making a return for Rhys Priestland less likely.

Ireland's most capped hockey player announces his retirement Eugene Magee retires with 295 international caps to his name.

Six Nations Championships: Scotland not worried about 'must win' Italy tie Scotland will not worry about the pressure of the "must win" Six Nations tie in Italy on Saturday, says assistant coach Mike Blair.

Clive Woodward calls on the SRU to take drastic action against Finn Russell England's 2003 World Cup-winning coach has in no uncertain terms sided with Gregor Townsend in his stand-off with Scotland's missing out-half.

Sánchez full-time try sees Stade Français Home in a thriller A try on full-time by Nicolás Sánchez saw Stade Français home in a thriller on Saturday. Playing on home soil in Paris, Stade Français were 21-20 winners over La Rochelle. There were Argentine try scorers on both teams with Nicolás Sánchez and Facundo Bosch both scoring sensational solo tries.

Euro 2020 rules out Aviva Stadium for All-Ireland league rugby finals The Donnybrook venue will host both of this year’s deciders.

Pools for Sevens Challenger Series: Montevideo The pools have been confirmed for this coming weekend's Seven Challenge Series: Montevideo. Sixteen teams will compete in four pools on February 22-23 at the Estadio Charrúa, South America's premier rugby-specific facility. All four pools contain competitors from the Americas.

'You've dealt with one of the hardest things life can throw at you when you're 14. Nothing can get much harder' Ireland rugby star Eimear Considine shares her story, and opens up on the impact of her father’s tragic death.

Brad Barritt writes emotional open letter to Saracens supporters SARACENS CAPTAIN BRAD BARRITT HAS sent an emotional letter to Saracens fans, thanking everyone for their support during a difficult period for the club.

6N 2020 - England Half-Term Report So here it is, nearly half way through this year's Six Nations and time for England's half term report. Except that it is really quite difficult to begin passing judgement.

Winning is becoming a habit at Stormers IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ruhan Nel's winning try against the Lions might be proof that everything good is finally heading the Stormers' direction. The Stormers secured a dramatic 33-30 win over Lions thanks to Nel's try well after the final hooter at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Farrell reveals full-strength Ireland squad SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Andy Farrell has assembled a 36-strong Ireland squad to prepare for next Sunday's Six Nations trip to England. It's a squad that is one man less than the 37 called into camp at the start of the round two week versus Wales, the injured Garry Ringrose the sole name that is missing.

Can you name England's top 24 try-scorers in Six Nations history? Jonny May is closing in on becoming England's top try-scorer of the Six Nations era – but can you name the 23 players that join him on the list?

Madigan slots penalty for Bristol and 20-year-old Scannell debuts in Biarritz There were plenty of Irish players involved in England, France, Italy, and the US over the weekend.

Rugby Australia banks on TV package to be greater than sum of its parts - Bret Harris A ‘whole of game’ deal is on the table in an attempt to increase the current $57m a year arrangement.

'Sexuality does not affect your athletic performance… We don't want people taking their own life' Marc Leckie of the Harlequins Foundation talks to The42 about their research into the use of homophobic language in sport.

Furbank: First England caps have been a 'baptism of fire' England full-back George Furbank has described his first two Guinness Six Nations appearances as a 'baptism of fire' - but he is relishing the chance to.

Chelsea and England striker Kirby reveals battle with debilitating heart condition Having missed the past three months with pericarditis, the 26-year-old says she is on the road to recovery.

DTH runs in try number 58 to close in on record As champions rise and fall and coaches come and go one thing is always guaranteed in Guinness PRO14 – DTH van der Merwe will be banging in the tries.

'Some fellas didn't know their team-mates' names' - Waterford defy winter upheaval to make winning start Alan Reynolds’ side collected all three points in Inchicore on Friday.

Storm Dennis caused devastating damage to some UK grassroots clubs A number of clubs in Wales particularly felt the full force of the storm as river banks burst and flooded pitches and clubhouses. A number of those have shared photos of the damage that has been caused and their efforts to recover from the floods.

Farrell confirms 36-man Ireland squad ahead of England clash on Sunday 21-year-old Caelan Doris is fit again and back in contention.

Top 15 Rugby Players Who Have Hilarious Lookalikes This is the Top 15 Rugby Players Who Have Celebrity Lookalikes. The French fullback could definitely be the next Wolverine. Was actually nicknames 'Uncle Buk' who is a character played by Candy. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

Six Nations 2020: England v Ireland - Will Addison in squad Ulster back Will Addison makes the Ireland squad to take on England after a doubt over his fitness for Sunday's Six Nations game.

Ryan: Unbeaten Ireland raring to go ahead of Twickenham test James Ryan says a “battle-hardened” Ireland are well placed to perform at their best when they visit England on Sunday. A hard-fought victory over.

Ireland name 36-strong squad to prepare for England Jonathan Sexton 90 caps CAPTAIN. Jacob Stockdale 27 caps. Forwards:. Will Connors 0 caps. Max Deegan 1 cap. Ultan Dillane 14 caps. Caelan Doris 1 cap. Tadhg Furlong 43 caps. Cian Healy 97 caps. Dave Heffernan 1 cap. Iain Henderson 55 caps. Rob Herring 10 caps.

Andy Farrell recalls 13 players to Ireland squad ahead of England clash A number of players racked up game time for their provinces in the Pro14 last weekend.

Ireland without 18-year-old sensation for remainder of Six Nations due to Leaving Cert Adam Griggs has named his squad to face England.

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Leaving Cert prep forces Beibhinn Parsons out of rest of Six Nations The 18-year-old has lit up the opening two round with wonder tries in Irish wins.

Impressive starting XV of players who have come through the Championship The Championship has received a lot of attention over the past few days after the Rugby Football Union's decision to cut its funding of the league by almost half. Since then, a host of players, chairmen and pundits have commented on how damaging this could be for England, the Gallagher Premiership and the league itself.

Ireland Name 36-Man Squad Ahead Of Twickenham Trip To Face England Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named a 36-man squad for his side's trip to Twickenham to take on England on Sunday.

Four-time All-Ireland winner says hooter system has flaws too Ladies football has long used the system that many feel would address the timekeeping issues in the men’s game.

'Too many good players not to be successful' - Rory Best backs Ireland's Grand Slam bid Rory Best believes Ireland can succeed in this year's Six Nations with the depth of talent at head coach Andy Farrell's disposal.

Casillas' playing days near an end as he states intention to seek presidency of Spanish FA The iconic goalkeeper has informed his current employers, Porto, of his plans.

Three more Jaguares join Los Cebos Ahead of the start of the Super Liga Americana e Rugby Los Ceibos have gained three more Jaguares players. The Argentine SLAR side has welcomed Ignacio Calas, Tomás Albornoz and Mateo Carreras. Of them Albornoz made his Super Rugby debut this past Saturday against the Reds in Buenos Aires.

WATCH - Tom Youngs cited for 'punching or striking' Wasps player The Tigers captain was cited by independent citing commissioner Andy Blyth following the match, charged with punching or striking Wasps forward Will Rowlands, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12. The independent panel will comprise Jeremy Summers, with Nick Garling and one other panel member to be confirmed.

Springboks, Hamilton and Messi win big at Laureus awards Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi have been declared joint winners of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year gong, with voting tied for the first time in the awards' 20-year history.

Germany are champions at Viña del Mar's Challenger Sereies Germany are the champions of the first leg of the World Rugby Challenger Series. The central Europeans won the Rugby Sevens tournament this past weekend at the Estadio Sausalito in Viña del Mar, Chile. Sixteen countries were involved in the tournament, which is officially the Tier 2 version of the World Sevens Circuit.

Shoulder fracture rules Cork defender out for rest of football league Kevin Crowley suffered the injury in the recent win over Down.

Parsons Steps Away From Ireland Squad To Concentrate On Leaving Cert Beibhinn Parsons has stepped away from the Ireland squad for the remainder of the Six Nations to focus on studying for her leaving cert. The Ballinasloe native has so far set the Women's Six Nations Championship alight with two tries in two games as Adam Griggs' side picked up back-to-back wins at Energia Park.

5 Rugby Conspiracy Theories That Might Actually Be True It looks like it glanced off the inside of the right upright, but it doesn't help that the video is less than conclusive. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

Tom Youngs: Leicester hooker cited over punching allegation in Wasps match Leicester hooker Tom Youngs is cited for allegedly punching Wasps forward Will Rowlands in Saturday's Premiership win.

EPCR European Player of the Year nominee #15 - Virimi Vakatawa Our final 2020 EPCR European Player of the Year nominee is Racing 92 centre Virimi Vakatawa, who enjoyed another stellar pool-stage campaign as the French.

Tom Youngs cited after Leicester's derby win over Wasps Tigers' skipper helped his side get the better of their midlands rivals on Saturday but the game will now have a disciplinary hearing sequel on Tuesday.

McCloskey 'knows where he stands' with Irish coach Farrell Ireland centre Stuart McCloskey says Andy Farrell is a "brilliant coach" as he pushes for place against England in Sunday's Six Nations encounter.

James Haskell: 'When you’re being choked in the MMA cage it’s horrific' - Donald McRae The ex-England rugby player is ‘a full-on professional sportsman again’ but, he tells Donald McRae, his new life in mixed martial arts is a test like no other.

Cork to wear black jerseys commemorating Mac Curtain and MacSwiney for upcoming games The black jerseys with red trimming will also commemorate the Kilmichael Ambush and the Burning of Cork, both of which occurred 100 years ago.

The verdict is in on the Kolbe-at-No10 experiment With some of the most dangerous feet in the game, there was never any doubt that the 26-year-old was going to cause havoc in the middle of the field at fly-half, but there is a huge amount more required of that position.

Weekend Round-up: Momentous wins for Ospreys and Edinburgh There were tries galore and incidents aplenty this weekend as the Guinness PRO14 was back in full swing.

Guardiola plans to stay at Man City despite European ban but top players may leave - reports The Premier League champions are hoping to overturn a two-year suspension imposed by Uefa.

Garrett Fitzgerald - a good man who leaves a lasting legacy at Munster The Cork man oversaw the transformation of the province in his 20 years as CEO.

'Spectacular' TV numbers recorded in France on the back of Galthie's revival However, it is the level of increased TV interest in the team that highlights the rejuvenated popularity of the national team - a vitally important development with France set to host the 2023 World Cup.

Tom Marshall: Gloucester utility back signs new contract Gloucester utility back Tom Marshall signs a new contract with the Premiership club.

Westwood dismisses 'rumours, lies and accusations' amid reports of club rift The Ireland international has been frozen out at Sheffield Wednesday by manager Garry Monk.

Halfpenny: We can repeat 2013 Guinness Six Nations success Leigh Halfpenny believes Wales can summon the spirit of their 2013 Championship winning side and go on to win this year’s Guinness Six Nations.

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round Three OPINION: The Stormers and the Chiefs are still unbeaten after three rounds of Super Rugby. Both teams have three players in our Team of the Week after wins against the Sunwolves and Lions respectively. The Hurricanes, Highlanders and the Crusaders are the next best-represented teams with two players each in our selection.

Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finalists in French thriller Racing 92 claimed a dramatic 30-27 home victory over fellow Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finalists Toulouse on Sunday, with centre Olivier Klemenczak.

Players in favour of a global season IN THE SPOTLIGHT: World player of the year Pieter-Steph du Toit has given his support to a list of players' principles that the International Rugby Players insist must form the basis of any future tournaments. The players' organisation formulated its principles last year after plans for World Rugby's proposed Nations Championship were scrapped.

Jodie Ounsley: England rugby player risking hearing loss to reach the Olympics Doctors say Jodie Ounsley risks losing her hearing completely by playing rugby. The teenager is battling for an Olympics sevens spot anyway.

Barcelona granted permission to sign a forward outside the transfer window The Catalan giants can bring in another player following the injury to Ousmane Dembele.

Super6 final to be held at Scotstoun as Scottish Rugby reveals plans for play-offs and finals weekends The final of the FOSROC Super6 tournament will be held at Scotstoun, Scottish Rugby has announced.

England tapping into pain of 2018 defeat in bid to beat Ireland, says George Ford George Ford insists England will tap into the anguish of their last Guinness Six Nations meeting with Ireland at Twickenham in an attempt to halt their rivals' Grand Slam march. Two years ago the St.

Greatest Matches: France The Fabien Galthié era has got off to a flying start for France, with a pair of wins over England and Italy. Those wins have inspired hope of a return to.

Gloucester will raise mental health awareness after grieving Danny Cipriani is targeted It comes after fly-half was targeted following the death of his ex-partner, TV presenter Caroline Flack. According to Gloucestershire Live, Chief Executive Lance Bradley and Cipriani have already discussed using the game against Sale on Friday, February 28 to promote a mental health charity.

'We remember two years ago': England will find right emotional pitch for visit of Ireland, says Ford You don’t want to look too far in the past but if it’s something you can use to get yourself to a higher level then you use it, ’ explained the England out-half.

Gloucester to raise mental health awareness after Danny Cipriani abused over Caroline Flack death Gloucester rugby club will use this Friday’s Premiership match against Sale Sharks to raise awareness of mental health issues in response to the abuse that Danny Cipriani suffered following Caroline.

Hidalgo-Clyne is joining his sixth club in two years… and he believes it will be his best move yet With a deal now agreed to switch to Devon in the summer, Exeter will be Hidalgo-Clyne's sixth club in two years but he believes it will be his best move yet. "I'm very excited by the move," said the half-back, who has 12 Test caps and featured at the 2015 World Cup.

Challenge Cup quarter-finalists hit form Six of the eight European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-finalists underlined at the weekend why they are in the last eight by scoring notable victories in.

Portlaoise's former world champion Doheny to return to action in Dubai The 33-year-old Portlaoise man will look to dust off some cobwebs before making another world-title tilt later in the year.

Yellow card for slide tackle splits opinion of rugby fans The South African slid along the wet turf at the RDS Arena to regather a loose ball in torrential rain. The decision has very much split the rugby world. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

Loosehead Impact Assessment Thomas Lambert who started against England Under 20s has also been developed in Australia. Both prop positions reward experience and the Super Six already looks to be supporting players to be physically bigger and fitter. The logjam.

Friend aiming for Pro14 knockouts as Connacht end losing streak The western province defeated Cardiff 29-0 on Saturday, their first shut-out since 2001.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne: Exeter Chiefs sign Scotland scrum-half from Lyon Scotland scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne agrees a move to Premiership leaders Exeter from French side Lyon.

Ireland head coach Ford to head home from tour of South Africa due to injury An x-ray in South Africa confirmed that Ford had fractured vertebrae and three ribs in a slip at his home on the eve of his flight.

Rugby players announce minimum conditions for future global competition Players are actually in favour of a proper global season that works for everyone’.

Callum Sheedy has had his say on speculation that he will be called up by Wayne Pivac's Wales Wales' Dan Biggar is recovering from his third concussion this season following the defeat to Ireland and Jarrod Evans is currently the only other out-half in their squad.

Forward pass debate yet again as late winning try comes into question The Stormers edged the Lions 33-30 with a dramatic late winning try in Johannesburg on Saturday. Centre Ruhan Nel scored the winner but it was a pass in the lead up that has come into question.

'With five minutes to go it was our game': McFarland rues naive finish against lowly Ospreys The Welsh side grabbed just their second win of the season with a late penalty.

Media Watch: Thomas linked with Wales return and Kolbe at 10 Guinness PRO14 action returned with a bang this weekend – and there was no shortage of news stories to come on the back of a full set of fixtures.

Heroes of the weekend: Lydiate the lynchpin and Mata stars for Edinburgh The Guinness PRO14 came back with a bang in Round 11 this weekend, as the thrills of the spills of the Championship continued in a pulsating set of.

The Offload: James Ryan chuffed for Leavy and his new puppy Word of mouth, by the numbers and Landowne’s new one point-winning habit.

"He's Been In That Gym For 10 Months Working His Ass Off" James Ryan has revealed the level of work Dan Leavy has put into his rehab as the Leinster flanker looks to make a return to the pitch in the coming weeks.

Scrumhalf bolter for Lions INJURY UPDATE: The Lions at least have something to celebrate following their 30-33 defeat to the Stormers at Ellis Park. The South African franchise confirmed that scrumhalf André Warner will be available for selection.

RUGBY UNION - 10 Things You Might Have Missed This Weekend What you may have missed from the world of rugby union this weekend:.

2020 Schools Day at Newlands It is presumably the last time there will be a Schools Day at Newlands. Let's hope the schools provide again the exciting rugby that has been a feature of Schools Day, even though it is a sad farewell to glory. This farewell to Newlands will take place on 10 March 2020, the 17th Schools Day in the present series.

RUMOUR - Sam Hidalgo-Clyne set to join sixth club in two years Scotland international Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has reportedly agreed to join his sixth club in just two years.

Pieter-Steph du Toit gets behind initiative aimed at delivering 'proper global season that works for everyone' The world player of the year explains that while the International Rugby Players association were against World Rugby's Nations Championship, they are not opposed to promoting better-formulated ideas.

James Ryan relishing return to Twickenham While many generations in Irish rugby are scarred by Twickenham, the 23-year-old has only fond memories of playing there.

'We'll never see another player like Kobe' - Bryant honoured as Team LeBron win NBA All-Star game Kawhi Leonard was awarded the new Kobe Bryant MVP award.

Anger as All Blacks hooker avoids card after late shot on tiny player Dane Coles made his return to Super Rugby on Saturday night. The hooker seems to court his share of controversy and this was no exception. Although he came off the bench to score a try for the Hurricanes in their 38-22 victory over the Sharks, it's this challenge that garnered a lot of attention.

Wales to abandon 60-cap rule? IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wales boss Wayne Pivac could be forced to abandon the union's 60-cap selection rules due to the ongoing injury crisis at flyhalf. Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Gareth Anscombe and Owen Williams are all currently sans action with various injuries, leaving the Welsh flyhalf larder extremely bare.

LIST - 5 players Eddie Jones should consider calling up after this weekend Here is a list of the five English players who impressed the most during the latest round of Premiership fixtures this weekend.

Former Man Utd goalkeeper and hero of Munich air disaster Harry Gregg dies aged 87 Gregg pulled several people from the wreckage of the plane on the Munich runway on 6 February 1958.

The agony and ecstasy of THAT try SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Acclaimed @rugby365com writer Paul Dobson takes a look at the match-winning try at Ellis Park and what it meant for both the Lions and Stormers. It's the best way to win, the very worst way to lose - that last-minute score that swaps losing for winning and winning for losing.

'The attitude they showed coming back in was the most pleasing of all' - Cullen hails Leinster's Ireland crew Leinster’s returning international quintet played their part in securing another win for the province at the RDS on Saturday.

'Newcastle and clubs like that are paying £30 million for an unheard-of striker. We might have unearthed one' Derry boss Declan Devine was full of praise for striker Tim Nilsen after his debut on Friday night.

Blues get key players back for SA tour SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Two players including All Black Rieko Ioane have come off the injury list to join the 27-man Blues squad that is en route to South Africa. The Blues will take on the Bulls in Pretoria and the Stormers in Cape Town over the next two weeks in Super Rugby.

Andy Friend believes Connacht have turned a corner after Cardiff shutout Bonus-point victory over Welsh side keeps side in playoff picture after poor run.

Eddie Jones continues to revel in putting rugby’s nose out of joint Fascinated by the theatre of rugby, the England head coach is often dismissed at the clown.

Leinster let their feet do the talking as they make it 17 wins on the trot Leo Cullen praises side as they continue perfect season in woeful conditions.

Dan McFarland calls out Ulster’s naivety after loss away to Ospreys Welsh side secure just their second win of the season at a rain-lashed Liberty Stadium.

Tipping Point: Eddie Jones’s rhetoric is out of place in a febrile political climate England manager’s mischievous verbal firecrackers are unnecessary in turbulent times.

ATL pull away from NOLA in southern derby Rugby ATL made it two wins from two on their Major League Rugby ledger as they secured a 22-10 road win over the NOLA Gold on Sunday. Misty conditions made for difficult handling and it was the resolute Atlanta defense that proved decisive as the game reached its climax.

Blues coach Leon MacDonald reveals his plan for Akira Ioane Sotutu, Blake Gibson, Tom Robinson, Tony Lamborn and Dalton Papalii make compelling loose forward options, but Akira might be wondering what he needs to do to be given an opportunity.

'We remember two years ago' - Ford says England will tap into anguish of 2018 defeat ahead of Ireland clash Two years ago the St Patrick's Day festivities were ignited by a 24-15 victory that completed only the third clean sweep in Irish rugby history.

Legion put Raptors to the sword The San Diego Legion came away comfortable winners over the Colorado Raptors on Sunday, closing out the Major League Rugby Vegas Weekend with a 49-22 result. Though the Raptors managed to score three tries, the Legion never looked likely to slip up after taking the lead in the opening quarter.

There is a reason why Aaron Cruden's All Black-ship has already sailed Cruden is a good player and it's nice that he's getting a Super Rugby farewell, but let's not use a game and a half of footy as the basis to re-write history. Continue reading below… The first five-eighth had a poor series against the British and Irish Lions in 2017.

Ireland backrow of O’Mahony, Van der Flier and Stander to be retained against England Doris likely to be named on the bench as coach Farrell assesses his options.

Olímpia Lions cruise to win in pre-season fixture Paraguay's first professional rugby team, the Olímpia Lions cruised to an 86-0 victory today over Aguará. The match was a professional team vs an amateur club and it was also an international fixture as the Paraguayan side played against an Argentine club.

BBC severs ties with pundit Ramage after Derby ‘black lads’ comments The former footballer has apologised for the remark.

Scott wins Genesis Invitational as McIlroy falls short The world number one Rory McIlroy fired a two-over-par 73.

Old Glory shock Seawolves in thrilling DC opener Old Glory DC's home opener was a memorable one. The Major League Rugby newcomers rebounded from their crushing loss in New Orleans last week with a thrilling 28-22 upset victory over the defending champion Seattle Seawolves at a sold-out Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

Kiwis in Europe: Bears-Saints Premiership derby almost a Kiwi Super Rugby match We had the two New Zealand head coaches in the competition - Chris Boyd of the Saints and Pat Lam of the Bears - going head to head in a Six Nations hiatus with no less than 13 players who have a New Zealand rugby connection.

Pogba belongs to Man United, not Mino, insists Solskjaer The player’s long-time representative has been at loggerheads with the club’s hierarchy.

Ford ready to serve up revenge on Ireland after opening cafe with his brother GEORGE FORD does not trust himself to whip up a decent brew at his new cafe. But the England fly-half, 26, can be relied upon to serve up a slice of revenge against Ireland. Ford opened Kobe Coffee…

Late drama sees Real Madrid's winning run come to an end Santi Mina’s 85th-minute goal ensured Celta Vigo claimed a 2-2 draw.

England full-back George Furbank describes first caps as ‘baptism of fire’ England full-back George Furbank describes Six Nations appearances against France and Scotland as a "baptism of fire".

George Ford warns England: 'Ireland's Farrell is a very competitive guy' The England fly-half said Ireland will be firing at Twickenham on Sunday.

Ashley Young's first goal not enough for Inter Efforts from Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic gave Lazio an important victory in Rome.

Arrows hold on to beat SaberCats in dramatic finale It was a flying start for the Arrows as they put the SaberCats under immediate pressure and were rewarded with a routine penalty goal from Sam Malcolm. Houston would regroup and reorganize but would soon be hit for two tries in a matter of minutes.

Porto striker walks off pitch after monkey chants Moussa Marega was targeted by some fans in a stormy Portuguese league game at Vitoria Guimaeres on Sunday.

Ugandan champion runner breaks 5,000m world record by almost 30 seconds Joshua Cheptegei clocked a time of 12 minutes 51 seconds.

'It's very difficult. I want the best for Manchester City' - Arteta The Spanish coach’s current club could benefit at the expense of his former team.

'Very hard to understand' - Queensland Reds left stunned as lopsided penalty count keeps Aussie sides winless against foreign sides Coach Brad Thorn insists he's not fazed as the Queensland Reds limp home from a torrid tour winless after surrendering a big lead against the Jaguares, ensuring Australia's Super Rugby sides are 0-6 against foreign foes this season.

'By the state of his ankle it looks pretty serious' - Bad news for Ireland and Newcastle defender Magpies boss Steve Bruce addressed Ciaran Clark’s injury after their defeat to Arsenal.

Steven Gerrard disappointed with officials after Rangers edge past Livingston The Light Blues boss thinks his side should have been awarded a penalty.

RUMOUR - Flanker Matt Kvesic reportedly set to leave Exeter Chiefs England and Exeter Chiefs flanker Matt Kvesic has reportedly 'signed a deal' to return to his boyhood club in the summer.

Kolbe keeps his Olympic Games dream alive REACTION: Springbok World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe said he was holding discussions with the South African Rugby Union to play at this year's Tokyo Olympics. Kolbe, 26, who won a bronze medal at Rio 2016, said in November he was eyeing winning gold, but had yet to speak to the governing body about featuring in Japan between July 27 and August 1.

'I've seen red cards for that type of offence' - Pat Lam Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam was confident "a purple patch would come" following a poor first-half performance as his side turned round a 14-0 deficit to beat Northampton 20-14 at Franklin's Gardens.

Pat Lam hails Bristol's impact players in comeback victory at Northampton Bristol fought back from a 14-0 deficit for a 20-14 Premiership victory to inflict another home defeat on Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens.

'Even your own mother dumped you' - Brian Moore showcases vile message sent to him by Twitter troll BBC rugby pundit Brian Moore has revealed a vile message sent to him by a critic on Twitter. The former England hooker is known for his outspoken punditry and his no-holds barred approach to social media. His tweeting is not limited to rugby union and he often gets involved in Twitter discussions on many topics from current affairs to sport.

Mourinho jokes Alderweireld 'scored three goals' in Spurs thriller The Belgian defender certainly had an eventful afternoon for Tottenham at Villa Park.

Cipriani backed by rugby community over nasty Tweets about Caroline Flack death Former England fly half Danny Cipriani has been at the heart of a Twitter spat over the passing of television presenter and ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack. The Gloucester number 10 expressed his anger at the media's role which he argued was behind the recent death of Flack on February 15.

Brian Moore the latest rugby star to receive vile abuse on social media England legend Brian Moore became the latest star to receive vile abuse on social media, after a Twitter discussion became nasty.

Waterford double All-Star leads the way as incredible UL complete Drive for Five Player of the Match Beth Carton bagged 1-6 in the Ashbourne Cup final, as UCC suffered decider heartbreak yet again.

The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby's shame file It hurts to watch the Sunwolves. With 18,700 lively, animated fans selling out Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium and enjoying a highly entertaining and competitive match that ended in a 43-17 win to the Chiefs, we were reminded again of all that is good about the Sunwolves and Super Rugby.

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell Where are the rugby players in Australia that kids and adults can follow fervently and chant their names when they make spectacular plays for their teams?

Championship funding cut is 'an awful thing and a sad day for rugby' As Storm Dennis caused chaos there was another tempest brewing at Ealing Trailfinders after news of the funding cut to Championship teams.

Kolbe's flyhalf 'debut' spoiled by late try TOP 14 WRAP: An added-time try stopped South Africa's World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe from marking his first career appearance at flyhalf with a win. Toulouse lost 27-30 at Racing 92 on Sunday, as Olivier Klemenczak scored 110 seconds into additional time to lift Racing to third.

Wales could be about to abandon 60-cap rule - reports Wales boss Wayne Pivac could be forced to abandon the union's 60-cap selection rules due to the ongoing injury crisis at flyhalf - The Rugby Paper report. Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Gareth Anscombe and Owen Williams are all currently sans action with various injuries, leaving the Welsh flyhalf larder extremely bare.

Blow for Ireland defender Clark as Arsenal boost Champions League hopes The centre-back went off injured during Newcastle’s 4-0 loss and could be a doubt for next month’s encounter with Slovakia.

WATCH - Incredible Finn Russell pass sets up Racing 92 try Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell set up a wonderful try today with a lovely delayed pass.

Two-try blitz sees Bears past Saints PREMIERSHIP REPORT: Two tries in two minutes ensured Bristol Bears fought back to secure a 20-14 victory against Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens. The hosts were on the front foot straight away and got on the scoreboard when Harry Mallinder ran in a simple try on his first start in Gallagher Premiership Rugby in 15 months.

Watkin eyes Wales selection after try-scoring return for Ospreys Owen Watkin is eyeing a place in Wales’ Guinness Six Nations squad after marking his return from injury with a try for Ospreys.

WATCH: Kolbe switches to fly half and kicks touchline conversion World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe slotted a touchline conversion against Racing 92 in the Top 14 on Sunday. The 26-year-old Toulouse winger made a positional change to fly half for the Top 14 clash and his footballing skills were on point with 10 points from the boot.

Irish international features in Man City's 10-0 win Tyler Toland helped Alan Mahon’s side secure a comprehensive victory.

'Let's not pass that motion. I hope delegates don't go near it' - Fitzgerald slams black card for hurling The Wexford boss says the game doesn’t need the rule.

Clare maintain winning start as Tony Kelly and super sub Shanagher lead the scoring against Laois Brian Lohan’s Banner side went three from three in Ennis.

Bristol Bears grab away win off sorry Northampton Saints Bristol fought back from a 14-0 deficit for a 20-14 Gallagher Premiership victory to inflict another home defeat on Northampton at Franklin's Gardens.

WATCH: Russell magic pass sets up Racing 92 try in Top 14 thriller Scottish fly half Finn Russell set up a wonderful try for Racing 92 on Sunday with a lovely delayed pass. Russell received the ball 10 metres from the Toulouse try line and threw a sneaky dummy before delivering a perfectly weighted pass to his teammate to create an overlap on the wing.

'Either change personnel or the way we play' PRO14 REACTION: South Africa's two entries are simply not on par with the best that Europe has to offer. This is the gist of the reaction from the coaches of the Cheetahs and Southern Kings - following another horror weekend on the road. The two South African teams were dealt a healthy dosage of reality in Round 11.

Kearns the All-Star turn as Mayo get the better of Storm Dennis and Waterford to bag crucial win Peter Leahy’s side’s second victory of the campaign lifts them to joint second in the table.

Bristol Bears beat Northampton Saints after stunning comeback Bristol come from 14-0 down to stun second-placed Northampton and move into the Premiership play-off places.

Former Arsenal star scores brilliant double in Bayern win Serge Gnabry helped his side regain top spot in the Bundesliga.

More Moloney magic inspires Tipperary to vital league victory over stubborn Westmeath 2019 Intermediate Player of the Year Aishling Moloney hit 0-10 of the Premier’s 0-11 tally.

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Few, if any, have given as much to Munster as Garrett Fitzgerald Long years of unstinting service to Munster rugby recalled after his passing on Friday.

Impressive Westmeath make Rebels work for victory in tough conditions Patrick Horgan scored 2-8 for Kieran Kingston’s side.

Danny Cipriani puts Mike Parry in his place with emotional response Danny Cipriani has revealed he missed a phone call from her during a game, leaving him in tears after discovering she had died.

Three-goal Cavan seal big win over Laois, as Offaly and Wicklow also triumph in difficult conditions There were three rescheduled National Football League fixtures down for decision this afternoon.

Championship Chatter: McFarland left to pick up the pieces after Ospreys defeat From Friday's try-scoring fiesta to the steely showdowns on Saturday, we certainly made up for lost time with a weekend of crunching action. There were big wins for Glasgow Warriors, Munster and Connacht, while Ospreys stole the limelight with a shock win over Ulster.

Heuston’s late drop-goal snatches the spoils for Garryowen Unbeaten leaders Cork Con make it 12 league wins in a row with victory at Ballynahinch.

Kilkenny rally from nine points down but Morris' seven points helps Wexford to crucial win Davy Fitzgerald’s side held off a gutsy comeback from the Cats at home.

'Dear Bill' - the full open letter to the RFU CEO from the Championship executive Following the decison by the RFU to cut funding by nearly half to Championship clubs next, the Championship Club executive have penned an 'open letter' to the head of the RFU. Chief executive Bill Sweeney claimed that the RFU could not justify continuing with the increased funding the governing body has provided between 2016 and 2020.

Son scores with virtually the last kick to break Aston Villa hearts The win boosted Tottenham’s Champions League hopes.

WATCH - Mathieu Bastareaud gets absolutely SMASHED in new position The former France international, announced at 130 kg during the broadcast on ESPN, got floored early in the match and then scored his first try in the heart of a maul, before being replaced in the 49th minute. The hit on him was HUGE. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

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Super League investigating rainbow flag claim after controversial Folau makes debut The player scored an early try on his first rugby league outing since 2010.

Six talking points from Super Rugby Round 3 We're just three weeks into a long season but this weekend has seen some serious contenders for match of the season. Stunning back play, powerful set pieces and several come from behind wins have made this a properly entertaining round.

'Half-pace' Stormers expects cracker SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Strap yourself in for blue-chip showdown that may well prove to be the conference decider. This is the view of Stormers coach John Dobson, ahead of his team's Round Four encounter with last year's beaten finalists, the Jaguares, at Newlands this coming Saturday.

TRANSFER - 'Loan deal' for Ben Earl is done according to reports According to Rugby Pass, the deal is now in place that will see him spend next season in the West Country. Making his England debut during the 2020 Six Nations, the flanker has become a prime target of rival clubs following the automatic relegation of Mark McCall's team due to their salary cap breaches.

Celtic close in on ninth straight Scottish title Victory at Pittodrie left runaway Scottish Premiership leaders a huge 13 points clear.

Two on target as Cavan star's first goal the highlight of big weekend for Irish in Oz Aishling Sheridan and Clare’s Ailish Considine both chipped in with goals Down Under.

Recap: Northampton Saints vs Bristol LIVE - Gallagher Premiership Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Gallagher Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bristol at Franklin's Gardens. Keep up to date with the latest score, stats and join the conversation from anywhere in the world in our Live Match Centre.

Tiger Roll delights Gordon Elliott on Navan return while Cracking Smart first The Grand National hero raced with real enthusiasm for fifth in Boyne Hurdle comeback.

LIVE NOW: Northampton Saints v Bristol Bears READERS' FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Premiership Round 10 encounter between Northampton Saints and Bristol Bears at Franklin's Gardens. Northampton Saints 16-20 defeat at home to London Irish in Round 9 of Premiership Rugby ended a four-game winning run in all competitions.

Skinner, Fagerson added to Scotland squad Scotland added lock Sam Skinner and flanker Matt Fagerson to their Six Nations s…

Creevy, Ezcurra, Sordoni excluded from Jaguares roster for South Africa tour Agustín Creevy, Felipe Ezcurra and Lucio Sordoni are among the excluded players from Los Jaguares' roster to tour South Africa. The Argentine Super Rugby side will play a three match tour over the coming weeks, facing the Stormers on February 22; the Bulls on February 29; and the Sharks on March 07.

SR Highlights: Jaguares vs Reds Los Jaguares staged a second half comeback to defeat the Reds in Buenos Aires last night. The victory was the second of 2020 for the Argentine Super Rugby franchise, bringing their season record to 2-1 at present. The win came despite a lackluster opening half performance.

Wexford v Kilkenny, Clare v Laois, Westmeath v Cork - Sunday hurling match tracker Storm Dennis has already claimed two Division 1 ties today.

'Loan deal' for England's Ben Earl may already be done and dusted England and Saracens backrow Ben Earl looks likely to sign a loan deal with Bristol Bears that will see him spend next season in the West Country. The backrow was named in England's Six Nations squad last month after outstanding form for Saracens in both the Premiership and in Europe.

Five Fantasy backs who've starred so far We have breathing space this weekend in Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby and chance to assess your performance so far, which players have boosted your.

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The other forgotten England No.8 hailed as 'exceptional' this weekend Bath boss Stuart Hooper hailed an "exceptional" performance by England international Zach Mercer on his return from injury in a 22-21 victory over Worcester. The Bath number eight, who won two caps in 2018, had not featured since mid-November, but he quickly made up for lost time by scoring a try after just 90 seconds at Sixways.

Flanker given RIDICULOUS soft yellow card in Pro 14 clash Southern Kings flanker Lusanda Badiyana received a harsh yellow card against Munster in the Pro 14 on Friday for the use of his elbow. The South African was retaliating to Munster replacement Chris Cloete who grabbed the back of his shirt during a small scrap late on in the game.

Leigh Halfpenny confident Wales can respond to Ireland loss and win Six Nations The 2019 champions suffered a 24-14 defeat at Lansdowne Road last weekend.

Is Dane Coles the 'king of cheap shots'? SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE: All Black hooker Dane Coles has earned the ire of Sharks fans for yet another cheap shot! It took just 15 minutes for the All Black, Coles, to court his first controversy of 2020 - flying into Sharks' reserve Sanele Nohamba while he lay on the ground.

With a minus 439 pts difference, Yorkshire Carnegie are a club in freefall With zero wins so far this season for Yorkshire Carnegie, relegation from the RFU Championship to National League 1 seems increasingly likely for a side that once finished fourth in the Premiership. In December Yorkshire drafted in ex-Namibia boss Phil Davies.

Six Nations: Paul Grayson assesses England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy As the Six Nations enjoys its rest week, former England fly-half Paul Grayson hands out the grades.

WATCH: Etzebeth scores again for Toulon as form continues in Top 14 World Cup winner Eben Etzebeth got on the scoresheet once again for his new side Toulon in the Top 14 on Saturday. Etzebeth used his huge frame to fend off two players en route to the try line to help his side to a 34-17 win at Stade Félix Mayol.

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Media Watch: Hodnett hoping for more Munster game time There were plenty of talking points from Saturday’s rugby action across the globe, including the first full set of Guinness PRO14 fixtures in six weeks, with crucial clashes across the board.