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RugbyU: Most capped rugby union internationals

Most-capped rugby union internationals after Brian O'Driscoll took to the field in his final Test appearance for Ireland against France in the Six Nations at the Stade de France on Saturday: 141 - Brian O'Driscoll (IRL/Lions) 1999-2014 139 - George Gregan (AUS) 1994-2007 130 - Ronan O'Gara (IRL/Lions) 2000-2013 124 - Richie McCaw (NZL) 2001- current 119 - Jason Leonard (ENG/Lions) 1990-2004 118 - Fabien Pelous (FRA) 1995-2007 116 - Nathan Sharpe (AUS) 2002-2012 111 - Philippe Sella (FRA) 1982-1995

RugbyU: Most capped rugby union internationals

Most-capped rugby union internationals prior to Brian O'Driscoll's final Test appearance for Ireland against France in the Six Nations at the Stade de France on Saturday: 140 - Brian O'Driscoll (IRL/Lions) 1999- 139 - George Gregan (AUS) 1994-2007 130 - Ronan O'Gara (IRL/Lions) 2000-2013 124 - Richie McCaw (NZL) 2001- 119 - Jason Leonard (ENG/Lions) 1990-2004 118 - Fabien Pelous (FRA) 1995-2007 116 - Nathan Sharpe (AUS) 2002-2012 111 - Philippe Sella (FRA) 1982-1995 111 - John Smit (RSA) 2000-2011

RugbyU: Ireland's Sexton fit to face Italy

Ireland playmaker Jonathan Sexton was given the all-clear to face Italy in the Six Nations in Dublin this weekend after being included in coach Joe Schmidt's starting XV on Thursday. The fly-half's place had been in doubt after he damaged thumb ligaments during Ireland's 13-10 defeat by England at Twickenham on February 22.

RugbyU: Ireland record awaits O'Driscoll against Scots

Brian O'Driscoll is set to become Ireland's most-capped player after being named Friday in the side to play Scotland in their Six Nations opener at Dublin's Lansdowne Road on Sunday. The veteran centre, who is in his final season before retirement, will win his 129th Ireland cap when he takes the field and so break the national record he currently shares with former fly-half Ronan O'Gara.

RugbyU: O'Gara says Six Nations unlikely in Asia

Ireland great Ronan O'Gara said Thursday Heineken Cup games could easily be played in Asia -- but he doubts fans would put up with having Six Nations Tests shifted to the region. The former flyhalf, now an assistant coach with Racing Metro, was speaking ahead of a friendly against Toulouse in Hong Kong on November 9. Australia and New Zealand have broken with tradition by playing Bledisloe Cup games in Hong Kong and Tokyo, but O'Gara said it would be a step too far for Six Nations fans.

RugbyU: European dreams continue from sidelines for retired O'Gara

The European Cup, potentially in its last season in its current format, is world rugby's best competition, according to Irish legend Ronan O'Gara. The former Ireland fly-half was twice successful on the European stage with Munster, in 2006 and 2008, but will this (his 16th) season be cheering Racing-Metro on from the sidelines in his role as kicking coach for the big-spending Parisian club. "There's a lot of concern over the future of the European Cup and that's a worry for me," O'Gara told AFP on Thursday.

RugbyU: O'Gara retires to take up Racing coaching role

Ireland's record points scorer Ronan O'Gara announced his retirement on Saturday to take up a coaching role at French Top 14 side Racing Metro. The 36-year-old fly-half, who scored 1,083 points while wearing the green jersey, is to become a kicking coach at Racing. One of his main roles will be to coach the man who pushed him out of the Ireland side, Jonathan Sexton, who is to join Racing this summer from Leinster.

RugbyU: Toulon edge Leicester, Munster beat Quins

Jonny Wilkinson starred for Toulon as they kept their European Cup hopes alive after disposing of Leicester 21-15 on Sunday, while twice winners Munster also progressed to the semi-finals after an 18-12 win at Harlequins. Wilkinson outscored former England teammate Toby Flood in a battle of the boot between past and present international fly-halves as the French Top 14 leaders squeezed past two-time champions Leicester.

RugbyU: Munster beat Quins, Toulon edge Leicester

Twice winners Munster kept their European Cup hopes alive with a powerful and gruelling 18-12 win at Harlequins on Sunday, while Toulon progressed to the semi-finals after disposing of Leicester 21-15. Irish province Munster reached the last four of the competition for the first time since 2010 and in so doing avenged a Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to the Londoners two years ago. In a brutal encounter Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara outscored Quins' Nick Evans by six penalties to four to maintain Irish hopes of continuing their recent domination in this competition.

RugbyU: Munster beat Quins to keep Irish hopes alive

Twice winners Munster kept their European Cup hopes alive with a powerful and gruelling 18-12 win at Harlequins on Sunday. The Irish province reached the semis for the first time since 2010 and in so doing avenged a Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to the Londoners two years ago. In a brutal encounter Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara outscored Quins' Nick Evans by six penalties to four to maintain Irish hopes of continuing their recent domination in this competition.
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