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Johann Van Graan: the Sprinboks’ head coach Allister Coetzee says van  Graan will be a big loss to the Springboks but a massive gain for Munster. Photograph: Getty Images

Johann Van Graan will be released from his commitments to the Springboks after their forthcoming games against Ireland and France over the next two Sa(...)

Antonio Conte: will be forced to juggle his squad against Crystal Palace in the absence of key midfielder N’Golo Kante and leading scorer Alvaro Morata. Photograph: Ian Kingston/AFP

Antonio Conte has said he must plan for the next month without N’Golo Kante after the midfielder sustained a hamstring injury while on international (...)

Bernard Laporte: allegedly intervened on behalf of Mohed Altrad and Montpellier. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty

French president Emmanuel Macron’s decision to withdraw from France’s delegation to World Rugby in London on September 25th is the latest bodyblow in (...)

Ireland’s Jenny Murphy  and Lindsay Peat during a training routine. “They have some world class players but we know how we can beat them.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So many inspirational moments on August 5th, 2014. Jenny Murphy owns two of them squeezed into about five seconds. Amiria Rule was the epitome of a Ki(...)

 Marie Louise Reilly: her recall will add significantly to Ireland’s attacking options against France.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland v France (UCD Bowl, 7.45pm – Live RTÉ and eir Sport) France are the wrong team to face head on yet, of late, these brave Irish women know no (...)

Ireland’s Paul and  Gary O’Donovan. “I think we are creeping away from the rest of the pack slowly as the races are going on”

This could have been the year when it all went wrong for the O’Donovan brothers: new demands on their time, exams and the lack of long periods togethe(...)

France’s  Jonathan Danty: “We really thought it was a joke, because it was unthinkable that such a thing should happen.” Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Francais rugby players have gone on strike over a planned merger with rival Parisian club Racing 92, the head of the players’ union told Reuters(...)

Last throw of the dice: Joe Schmidt believes Ireland have a “fantastic chance” of getting something out of the championship. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Not even a title shoot-out, never mind a Grand Slam shoot-out. Instead, Ireland will have to regroup and host England in the 2017 Six Nations finale n(...)

France coach Guy Novès: “I hope  the players are aware Italy have got this match marked down.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France coach Guy Novès has warned his players that they are in no position to act high and mighty against Italy in Rome on Saturday. Defeats to Irela(...)

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea: ‘No one gave us a chance against England but we showed something there.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Italy have named three changes to the starting line-up for their home match against France in the Six Nations on Saturday as coach Conor O’Shea insist(...)

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