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Galway and New York clash first major casualty of pandemic

GAA bosses anticipate a “re-drawing of the national fixtures calendar for 2020” as the Galway-New York Connacht SFC game became the first senior inter-county championship fixture to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Galway and New York were due...

No training for Munster next week as IRFU considers standing down provinces

Ireland’s professional rugby players could be facing further disruption due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak with the IRFU considering standing the provinces down next week. The Munster Rugby High Performance Centre Munster on Friday announced its squad schedule had been...

Connacht rugby’s information revolution

YOU take a breath at the start of the season and tell your wife you’ll see her in May. As job pitches go, delivered as a North Atlantic gale whipped rain and sleet horizontally across The Sportsground, it was far...

Coronavirus hits Munster and Connacht games in Italy

Guinness PRO14 chiefs have postponed games involving Munster and Connacht in Italy later this month due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the northern part of the country. Munster's clash with Benetton (originally scheduled for March 21)...

McAllister makes emotional return to South Africa

Connacht prop Paddy McAllister will make an emotional return to South Africa for the first time in 11 years to take on the Southern Kings. Andy Friend's men suffered a hammering in Edinburgh last weekend and must bounce back at...

IRFU seek meeting as minister says Italy clash can’t be played amid coronavirus fears

There’s never a good time to have a major disruption to fixtures involving a few countries, but one coming in a Rugby World Cup season is going to exacerbate the situation, with Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Italy on...

Galway’s cultural credentials get stamp of approval

A new stamp to mark Galway's designation as European Capital of Culture has been released by An Post. The Galway 2020 stamp will be available all Post Offices in the city and county for the next 12 months.  Another stamp to recognise...

Ulster GAA chief opposes provincial changes

Ulster GAA secretary Brian McAvoy has warned against tinkering with the senior provincial football championships in his annual report. Commenting on the fixtures review committee’s proposals, McAvoy believes there is merit in their document but is vehemently against flipping the...

Ireland squad talking points: Is this farewell to the most decorated player around?

Andy Farrell's first squad was not one named for shock value, though the omissions are as notable as the new additions. It's worth noting that there are more Ulster players in the wider squad than from Munster, while Connacht's representation...

Ireland name team to face England

The Ireland coaching team have named the side that will face England in Saturday's final Rugby World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham (kick-off 2.30pm). Paul O'Connell captains the team and is partnered in the second row by Devin Toner. The...
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