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Leinster club football veterans McCormack and Dolan add to extensive medal hauls Brian ‘Bruno’ McCormack lifted his 16th Laois senior crown with Portlaoise while Garrycastle’s Dessie Dolan won his eighth Westmeath SFC medal.

Ireland's Sexton confident they can break quarter-final curse Johnny Sexton is adamant his side can break Ireland's quarter-final curse a…

Three Irish referees set for Champions Cup duty as appointments confirmed Frank Murphy, Andrew Brace and George Clancy will take charge of pool stage fixtures next month.

European Tour announces first mixed-gender event The inaugural Scandinavian Mixed will be held in Sweden in June 2020.

Premier 15s: Jo Yapp becomes Worcester Warriors director of rugby Premier 15s side Worcester Warriors Women appoint their former player Jo Yapp as director of rugby, replacing Roy Davies.

Jury told to put views on Gascoigne to one side during sex assault trial The 52-year-old ex-England footballer denies a single count of sexual assault.

New Zealand v Ireland: History is irrelevant IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Past matches between Ireland and New Zealand will be irrelevant when the two teams take the pitch in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, according to All Black coach Steve Hansen.

Carnacon exit after 'outstanding' Galway star Divilly shines, Leinster and Ulster finalists confirmed A wrap of this weekend’s ladies football provincial action.

Things You Might Have Missed: Premiership Rugby Cup Round 4 A month after 12 hopefuls began their Premiership Rugby Cup journey, only four remain ahead of the semi-finals. During a thrilling final round of pool action, Sale Sharks emerged as the only side to win all of their games while Saracens, Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs joined them in the last four.

Vote for the Premiership Rugby Cup Try of the Week - Round Four The Premiership Rugby Cup semi-finals might be confirmed but one thing is still up for grabs following the exciting weekend's action - the Try of the Week. So which scintillating score from the weekend impressed you the most?

What to expect from the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season All the talking, preparation and speculation is almost over - Gallagher Premiership Rugby returns on Friday night, 139 days after Saracens were crowned champions at Twickenham.

Gallery: Schools Rugby Photos - Saturday 12th October Please do get in touch with your stories, photos, videos, reports, and opinions from the week's rugby! It all makes a massive difference and allows us to feature your school and your team! You can get in touch via any of the below methods:. Twitter: @FifteenRugbyXV.

Double boost for Boks ahead of Japan clash WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT: Pocket rockets Cheslin Kolbe and Herschel Jantjies are expected to be fit for the Springboks' make-or-break World Cup quarterfinal against Japan in Tokyo on Sunday. The Boks transferred from Kobe to the capital city on Monday to be met by their largest media conference since arriving in Japan on September 1.

Breathtaking Shels goal sparks title race to life as holders Wexford book Aviva ticket An exciting weekend of Women’s National League action, between the league and cup.

High tackle directive demands cultural change A brief exchange in Samoa's game against Ireland on Friday perfectly encaps…

Sexton guides Ireland into World Cup quarter-finals Four-time European Cup winner Johnny Sexton scored two tries and kicked four conversions for a tally of 18 points as Ireland defeated Samoa 47-5 in Japan.

Tipp All-Ireland winner will try to overturn ban from red card before county senior semi-final Niall O’Meara was sent-off in a club quarter-final clash yesterday in Tipperary.

Fionnuala McCormack smashes marathon PB to secure Tokyo 2020 qualification The Wicklow native finished fifth in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

"That's Been Pretty Strange" - Sexton Baffled By Ireland Negativity Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has remarked that the squad find the lingering negativity surrounding their current form "pretty strange". Joe Schmidt's men are currently preparing for their titanic Rugby World Cup quarter-final battle with New Zealand on Saturday in Toyko.

American boxer Day in 'extremely critical condition' after suffering brain injury Day suffered a traumatic brain injury in his super welterweight fight with Charles Conwell on Saturday.

Cards like Christmas: World Cup's red and yellow records IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The 2019 World Cup has officially passed the record for the most red cards issued at a tournament. Seven players have been given their marching orders - three more than the previous high of four. But yellow cards have also been a hot topic.

Media watch: Pienaar on standby, Zebre's Formula One fun The dust has settled on another thrilling weekend of Guinness PRO14 action with three teams leading the way after three rounds. Hat-trick hero Sam Parry.

Megan Campbell helps City to pull clear at the top as champions Arsenal falter It was also a good weekend in the WSL for Leanne Kiernan, Courtney Brosnan and Grace Moloney.

The Offload: unprecedented IRFU statement ends a messy week Kotaro Matsushima and Cheslin Kolbe fight it out in our mid-tournament awards.

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