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Ireland inflict shock Women's Rugby World Cup defeat on champions New Zealand

Andrew Callus Ireland pulled off one of the greatest ever shocks in women's rugby by beating reigning champions New Zealand 17-14 in their World Cup pool match in Marcoussis, France, on Tuesday.

Scrappy Ireland win series in Argentina for first time

Ireland were made to fight hard for the win in Tucuman.

Ireland won a Test series in Argentina for the first time on Saturday as the Six Nations champions came from a try behind for the second successive week to prevail with a scrappy 23-17 victory in...

All-Ireland World Cup bid gets support

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Ministers from both sides of the border have signalled their backing for an all-Ireland bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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Ireland cruise to Six Nations rugby win over Scotland

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 02:  Rob Kearney of Ireland dives over for a try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 2, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt enjoyed a winning start to his first Six Nations rugby campaign as his team eased to a 28-6 win over a one-dimensional Scotland on Sunday at Lansdowne Road.

Ireland play down Lions tensions as Wales clash looms

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Oliver Brown Joe Schmidt, Ireland's head coach, moved to douse the simmering tensions over Brian O'Driscoll's Lions snub by Warren Gatland, claiming that the controversy would not be a distraction from their...

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Ireland dent Wales' hopes of record Six Nations three-peat

Ireland's Paddy Wallace (C) scores a try against Wales in their Six Nations rugby union match at Aviva stadium in Dublin February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: SPORT RUGBY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Ciaran O'Raghallaigh Ireland has put a huge dent in Welsh hopes of a record third Six Nations title in a row, with a clinical display in Dublin's Lansdowne Road as they ran out 26-3 winners.

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Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll's milestone match one to forget

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll reacts after being defeated by England in their Six Nations Championship rugby union match at Twickenham in London February 22, 2014.   REUTERS/Eddie Keogh  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Oliver Brown Brian O'Driscoll's forlorn retreat into the Twickenham night brought the unhappy task of separating the man from the aura.

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England end Ireland's Six Nations triple crown bid

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  England scrum half Danny Care scores the first England try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

A second-half Danny Care try helped England to a 13-10 victory over Ireland in a thrilling encounter at Twickenham Saturday to keep their Six Nations rugby championship hopes very much alive.

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Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll to equal George Gregan's world record for rugby Test caps

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Ireland great Brian O'Driscoll is set to equal George Gregan's world record for the most Test rugby appearances when he runs out against England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.

Ireland give O'Driscoll triumphant farewell

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Ciaran O'Raghallaigh Ireland turned on the style to give a teary-eyed Brian O'Driscoll the perfect farewell present in his last Test on home soil with a thumping 46-7 victory over Italy at Lansdowne Road in their Six...

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France bring back Fickou for Ireland clash

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre volunteered Thursday to be the scapegoat for France's much criticised performances as he brought back powerhouse Louis Picamoles for the Six Nations rugby decider against...

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Title-chasing Ireland travel with clean bill of health

Padraic Halpin Ireland will travel to France with a full bill of health as they seek the victory that would almost certainly make them Six Nations champions and end Brian O'Driscoll's international career on a high.

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Paul O'Connell named new Ireland captain

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Paul O'Connell was named as the full-time captain of Ireland by new coach Joe Schmidt on Thursday.

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Ireland begin Schmidt era with Samoa win

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Ireland began the Joe Schmidt era with a convincing five-try, 40-9 victory over injury-stuck Samoa at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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Ireland have Sexton back, Bowe in doubt

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Jim Morton Jonny Sexton's return to the Irish backline to torment the Wallabies for the second time this year has been tempered with the likely loss of another Lions hero, Tommy Bowe.

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Ewen McKenzie enjoying challenge of Wallabies after being linked with Ireland job

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Georgina Robinson Ewen McKenzie says the Wallabies job is not the easiest but that's what makes it all the more rewarding.

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Wallabies prepare for Ireland's choke tactic

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Georgina Robinson The Wallabies welcome back Scott Fardy in anticipation of a fierce battle against Ireland.

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Ireland show enough against Samoa to suggest they'll be a real handful for Australia

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Paul Cully On the morning of the deciding British and Irish Lions Test in Sydney in July, Irish captain Paul O'Connell by chance walked into a Bondi cafe and took the seat right beside me.

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The Breakdown

Ireland great Brian O'Driscoll prepares for one last shot at the Wallabies

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Georgina Robinson There is more than a hint of poignancy to Saturday's Test in Ireland. It is most likely the last time the Wallabies will play an Ireland team featuring Brian O'Driscoll.

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Wallabies ring the changes in readiness for torrid Test against Ireland

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Georgina Robinson DUBLIN: The Wallabies will welcome back breakdown pest Scott Fardy and keep fetcher Liam Gill on the bench in anticipation of a fierce contact battle against Ireland at the weekend.

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