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URC Explained - 19/06/2021

 Following the announcement, the United Rugby Championship can confirm that the brand-new league format will consist of a single league table and 18 rounds of action with 16 teams across five territories.

Four regional pool tables will determine the six Home and Away fixtures played by each team in their territory. The remaining 12 games will be made from an even number of Home ...

 Connacht Rugby are delighted to confirm Dewald Senekal will join the province as Forwards Coach from the beginning of the 2021-22 season.
 
Senekal arrives with extensive coaching experience, most recently serving as Forwards Coach for Stade Francais in the Top 14 after taking over from Paul O’Connell in the role. From 2017-2019 he was Joint He...

Ireland U20 Head Coach Richie Murphy got his tenure under way with a talent camp of 38 players predominantly from the National Talent Squad (NTS) and Provincial Talent Squad (PTS) programmes.

The two day camp held at the IRFU’s High Performance Centre in west Dublin required all participants to undergo PCR testing before being cleared to attend and inv...

Lions ready to roar - 08/05/2021

 The British & Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland, has today named a 37-man squad to tour South Africa for the 2021 Castle Lager Lions Series.

"We believe we’ve picked a squad capable of winning a Test series in South Africa," said Gatland.

"Selecting a Lions squad is never easy and, in many ways, this has been the most challengi...


– draw and dates for April and May, by Frank Quinn

Even though the pool stages have been shortened and the remaining teams qualified on last season’s results the majority of the teams left in the competitions are in strong positions in their individual leagues/tournaments in 2021
The two remaining Irish Clubs in the Heineken Cup start with home draws...

Heineken Cup review by Frank Quinn

The 2020/2021 version came with a new format of 24 starters in two pools of 12 - A & B, so after two rounds we have a clear divide on the qualifiers, - the probables and the possibles. In doing this divide we also come up with the clubs are almost certainly out of the reckoning and who will be concentrating on home co...

PRO14 Rainbow Cup - 23/12/2020

 The current Guinness PRO14 campaign will end in March allowing South Africa’s four ‘Super’ teams and our existing clubs to finish the season with a 16-team “Rainbow Cup” competition ahead of the British & Irish Lions tour.

 

After consulting with key PRO14 stakeholders, the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow C...

France scrum-half Antoine Dupont has been unveiled as the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship

Dupont becomes the first ever Frenchman to be awarded one of rugby’s greatest individual accolades, a prize that has been won by an illustrious list of the game’s top players, including Brian O&rs...

 World Rugby has announced the appointment of Joe Schmidt as the organisation’s Director of Rugby and High Performance.

Schmidt will head up a new department in the international federation responsible for the high performance, match officials and technical services functions, including player welfare as well as training and education. He will join World Rugby in November....

Report By Frank Quinn

The 25th Heineken Cup is at the business end with semi finals and the final to come

No Irish teams have made it through - Ulster succumbed to Toulouse in France and Leinster went under to Saracens at the Aviva stadium in the quarter finals.

It is only the fourth time this century that we do not have a team in the S...

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