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From The Score Ulster’s Nick Williams facing battle to be fit for new season Uphill Slog

Ulster’s Nick Williams facing battle to be fit for new season

The New Zealander will be eager to get himself physically right ahead of his third season at Ulster.

From The Score Ex-Cork player part of USA coaching team for Women’s RWC game against Ireland Inside Track

Ex-Cork player part of USA coaching team for Women’s RWC game against Ireland

USA play Ireland tomorrow in Paris and a Cork man is involved with their coaching setup.

From The Score Keith Wood among three Irish rugby greats to join IRB Hall of Fame Green Giants

Keith Wood among three Irish rugby greats to join IRB Hall of Fame

Former Ireland captains Fergus Slattery and Tom Kiernan will be inducted with ‘Uncle Fester’ over the coming months.

From The Score Ireland go with the big guns for World Cup opener against USA Wrwc 2014

Ireland go with the big guns for World Cup opener against USA

14 of Ireland’s starting 15 against the United States have Grand Slam winners’ medals.

From The Score Former Clermont and Lions star Lee Byrne named Dragons captain Star Attraction

Former Clermont and Lions star Lee Byrne named Dragons captain

Capped 46 times for the Welsh, Byrne has not appeared for his country since the 2011 World Cup.

# rugby - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

From The Score Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan takes World Cup trophy to visit Eiffel Tower Sightseeing This post contains videos

Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan takes World Cup trophy to visit Eiffel Tower

When the prop got there, however, the captains of 11 other countries were hanging around too. Pure awkward.

From The Score Champions Clontarf host Young Munster as Ulster Bank League fixtures announced Title Defence

Champions Clontarf host Young Munster as Ulster Bank League fixtures announced

Friday Night Lights are back and the IRFU has vowed to live-stream more matches.

From The Score Serge Blanco drafted in to assist struggling France boss Philippe Saint-André Rescue Remedy

Serge Blanco drafted in to assist struggling France boss Philippe Saint-André

The former Les Bleus fullback will pare back his role with Biarritz to give more time to the national team.

From The Score ‘If we paid €1.7m for Israel Folau I’d need to be locked up’ declares Toulon owner Marquee Player

‘If we paid €1.7m for Israel Folau I’d need to be locked up’ declares Toulon owner

Mourad Boudjellal has scotched reports that the Heineken Cup champions will move for the Wallabies fullback after the World Cup.

# rugby - Monday 28 July, 2014

From The Score 5 overseas Irish with an outside chance of making the Rugby World Cup Exiles

5 overseas Irish with an outside chance of making the Rugby World Cup

Jonny Sexton is not included as he immediately qualifies under ‘The Jonny Sexton Rule’.

# rugby - Friday 25 July, 2014

From The Score Crusaders hunt eighth Super Rugby title but Sharks sniff an upset Final Four This post contains videos

Crusaders hunt eighth Super Rugby title but Sharks sniff an upset

The weekend’s other semi-final pits Australia’s Waratahs and Brumbies against each other.

From The Score Munster, Ulster and Connacht hit with Pro12 fixture confusion Priorities

Munster, Ulster and Connacht hit with Pro12 fixture confusion

The ongoing civil war in Welsh rugby has led to league and cup fixture clashes.

# rugby - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Munster memorial ‘Jock’s Block’ outside Limerick pub painted blue by mystery man Knock Your Block Off

Munster memorial ‘Jock’s Block’ outside Limerick pub painted blue by mystery man

The memorial is for the late Jock Hunter who was ‘A Proud Munster Man’.

From The Score Irish scrum-half Tania Rosser on returning to rugby three months after giving birth Mum's The Word

Irish scrum-half Tania Rosser on returning to rugby three months after giving birth

The New Zealand-born player is back in the international fold after four years away from the game.

From The Score No room for Cummins and Mowen as Australia name Rugby Championship squad Outsiders

No room for Cummins and Mowen as Australia name Rugby Championship squad

Ewen McKenzie’s 32-man squad will be led by openside Michael Hooper and face New Zealand first-up.

# rugby - Sunday 20 July, 2014

From The Score Super Rugby semis confirmed after pulsating wins for Brumbies and Sharks Final Four This post contains videos

Super Rugby semis confirmed after pulsating wins for Brumbies and Sharks

There may be an investigation back in New Zealand after only one of their five sides made it to the final four.

# rugby - Friday 18 July, 2014

From The Score Connacht-bound Bundee Aki named in Chiefs team for Super Rugby knock-outs Three-peat

Connacht-bound Bundee Aki named in Chiefs team for Super Rugby knock-outs

The reigning champions are away to the Brumbies while Jake White’s Sharks face the Highlanders.

# rugby - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

From The Score ‘Tongan Thor’ schoolboy sensation may take up Australian offers Big Future

‘Tongan Thor’ schoolboy sensation may take up Australian offers

18-year-old Taniela Tupou is in high demand thanks to a viral video of his hat-trick.

From The Score Tindall bows out to complete England ’03 World Cup squad retirement Last In Line

Tindall bows out to complete England ’03 World Cup squad retirement

The 35-year-old announced his decision on Twitter this morning.

# rugby - Saturday 12 July, 2014

From The Score Dagg offload and Toomua hat-trick the highlights as Super Rugby top six confirmed Super Troopers This post contains videos

Dagg offload and Toomua hat-trick the highlights as Super Rugby top six confirmed

The Waikato Chiefs won away in Auckland to keep their three-in-a-row dreams alive.

# rugby - Friday 11 July, 2014

From The Score Piri Weepu signs for ‘iconic and globally recognised’ London Welsh Nest Egg

Piri Weepu signs for ‘iconic and globally recognised’ London Welsh

The scrum-half has won 71 caps for New Zealand and won the World Cup in 2011.

# rugby - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

From The Score Andrew Trimble on scaling Machu Picchu, setting up a hometown gym and multi-coloured fixies Interview

Andrew Trimble on scaling Machu Picchu, setting up a hometown gym and multi-coloured fixies

The winger is determined to follow up on a superb 2013/14 season and is thriving in life away from the rugby field.

# rugby - Sunday 6 July, 2014

From The Score ‘The fat lady hasn’t sung yet’ – Honey Badger waves goodbye… for now More To Life This post contains videos

‘The fat lady hasn’t sung yet’ – Honey Badger waves goodbye… for now

Nick Cummins opted for a lucrative move to Japan to support a large family that includes two siblings with cystic fibrosis.

From The Score The sport in which ‘men and women are seen as equals’ Diversity

The sport in which ‘men and women are seen as equals’

With a 25% growth since the turn of the year, tag rugby is proving to be increasingly popular.

# rugby - Saturday 5 July, 2014

From The Score Dan Carter sets up match-clinching Crusaders try on first start in six months Business As Usual This post contains videos

Dan Carter sets up match-clinching Crusaders try on first start in six months

Meanwhile in Super Rugby, Nick Cummins parked his impending Japanese move to inspire Western Force to victory.

# rugby - Friday 4 July, 2014

From The Score Former Connacht academy duo Reilly and Macauley’s Canterbury tale Kiwi

Former Connacht academy duo Reilly and Macauley’s Canterbury tale

The prop and fullback are part of Waimate RFC’s league drive in New Zealand.

From The Score Lack of speculation suggests Simon Easterby is odds-on to join Ireland coaching team Frontrunner

Lack of speculation suggests Simon Easterby is odds-on to join Ireland coaching team

Former Connacht and Wolfhounds hooker Adrian Flavin suggests Dan McFarland may be another option to replace John Plumtree.

# rugby - Thursday 3 July, 2014

From The Score Connacht rugby stars join Guinness World Record planking attempt We're Planking It

Connacht rugby stars join Guinness World Record planking attempt

We’re Planking It is taking place at Galwegians RFC this evening and will raise funds for five worthy causes.

# rugby - Monday 30 June, 2014

From Business ETC How to: predict athlete injuries (and make a business) from big data How To

How to: predict athlete injuries (and make a business) from big data

A county Dublin start-up is helping hyper-competitive sports teams get insights and competitive from a mass of information.

# rugby - Saturday 28 June, 2014

From The Score Shock and awe Springboks hammer Scotland by 49 points Shellacking

Shock and awe Springboks hammer Scotland by 49 points

Three tries in 16 minutes had Vern Cotter’s men teetering in Port Elizabeth and the hosts were only warming up.

From The Score Colin Slade and his mouthguard sent flying as Hadleigh Parkes goes on the rampage Crashball This post contains videos

Colin Slade and his mouthguard sent flying as Hadleigh Parkes goes on the rampage

The Crusaders lost a gritty Super XV encounter in Wellington while the Waratahs dominated an Aussie derby.

From The Score 102 point win for Fiji in Rugby World Cup qualifier Rout

102 point win for Fiji in Rugby World Cup qualifier

The Cook Islands actually led close to the half-hour mark.

From The Score Connacht launch pre-season with fundraiser for brave Sligo supporter GIVING BACK

Connacht launch pre-season with fundraiser for brave Sligo supporter

Pat Lam’s men will visit Sligo RFC on Sunday afternoon to raise money and awareness of the Donal Parson Trust.

# rugby - Friday 27 June, 2014

From The Score Ben Smith goes from sublime to ridiculous and straight back to sublime Super Rugby This post contains videos

Ben Smith goes from sublime to ridiculous and straight back to sublime

The fullback was one of several New Zealand internationals to star in the Highlanders win over Chiefs.

From The Score Connacht veteran Swift eager to dole out ‘hard lessons’ to Ireland U20 heroes Reality Bites

Connacht veteran Swift eager to dole out ‘hard lessons’ to Ireland U20 heroes

The likes of Sean O’Brien, Peter Robb, Rory Moloney and Ciaran Gaffney will be pressing for senior squad inclusion next season.

# rugby - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

From The Score Former Connacht and Scotland outhalf Dan Parks retires after ’11 great years as a pro’ Next Chapter

Former Connacht and Scotland outhalf Dan Parks retires after ’11 great years as a pro’

“You get to a point,” the Australian told TheScore.ie, “where you’re running and others are catching up, and passing you.”

From The Score Cardiff Blues confirm Owen Williams has suffered ‘significant’ spinal cord injury Stay Strong For Ows

Cardiff Blues confirm Owen Williams has suffered ‘significant’ spinal cord injury

The 22-year-old Welsh centre incurred the injury at the World Club 10s.

# rugby - Monday 23 June, 2014

From The Score Copeland offers Munster fans a dashing glimpse of the future Love Eight

Copeland offers Munster fans a dashing glimpse of the future

The Wexford native was in fine form for Emerging Ireland during the Nations Cup.

# rugby - Sunday 22 June, 2014

From The Score Robin Copeland took on Romania on his own, and won Summer Shovin'

Robin Copeland took on Romania on his own, and won

The Munster-bound forward received ample help from his Emerging Ireland team-mates but a super solo burst had them flying.

# rugby - Saturday 21 June, 2014

From The Score All Blacks a far stronger outfit than 2011’s World Cup winners Black Is The New Black

All Blacks a far stronger outfit than 2011’s World Cup winners

New Zealand are on course to break the world record for consecutive Test match victories.

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