Healy back and Daly debuts for Connacht, but Aki absent for Munster clash

CONNACHT HEAD COACH Andy Friend has recalled star wing Matt Healy for tomorrow’s eagerly-anticipated inter-provincial clash with Munster at the Sportsground (kick-off 19.35, TG4, eir Sport). The Western province must do without Bundee Aki, however, after the Ireland man started both of the seasonal derby clashes in Christmas week. On-loan Leinster centre Tom Daly starts at inside centre in Aki’s […]

Aki insists he’s ‘a cog in the wheel’ as he aims to build on stellar first year of international rugby

BUNDEE AKI CAN see a lot of similarities between this season and Connacht’s glorious march to silverware in 2016 as he prepares for his second Six Nations campaign. Three years ago Connacht’s great season was kick-started by a memorable trip to Siberia, a first win of the professional era in Thomond Park, the creation of their longest winning run and […]

Contepomi: Sexton won’t be fazed by Eddie Jones ‘showbiz’

LEINSTER BACKS COACH Felipe Contepomi doesn’t expect to see Jonathan Sexton put off his usual approach and natural game after his communication style was highlighted by England head coach Eddie Jones. Jones’ side face Ireland in Dublin in the opening round of the Six Nations (2 February) and the Australian stoked the flames before the clash by taking issue with Sexton’s […]

France squander 16-point half-time lead to suffer Six Nations defeat to Wales

Wales winger George North celebrates after scoring their third try. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO France 19Wales 24 A GEORGE NORTH try double helped Wales overcome a 16-point first-half deficit to seal a dramatic 24-19 victory over France in the 2019 Six Nations opener and equal their longest winning sequence since 1999. In an uncharacteristically error-ridden first half, Wales spilled the ball […]

Australia pull Larkham from attack coach role after Cheika row

STEPHEN LARKHAM WAS axed as Wallabies assistant coach this morning Monday after disagreements with Michael Cheika over strategy and game philosophy just over seven months their World Cup kick-off in Japan. Rugby Australia said he will move to a new role as national high performance coach advisor, focusing on mentoring and skills development across the Sevens and junior teams. Larkham, […]

Wilson to miss the rest of the Six Nations as Hogg and Jones await specialist’s verdict

SEASONED SCOTLAND BACK-ROW forward Ryan Wilson will miss the rest of the Six Nations due to a knee ligament injury, the Scottish Rugby Union said on Monday. The 29-year-old, capped 43 times since making his debut in 2013, had to be withdrawn at half-time of Saturday’s 22-13 loss to Ireland at Murrayfield. “Scotland back-row Ryan Wilson will play no further […]