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Gatland Eyes All Blacks Lions Decider Ahead Of Springboks Tour

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland would like to see his side face off against the All Blacks next year before they travel to South Africa to take on the Springboks in a three-Test tour.  The match would be billed as a “decider” after the Lions secured a dramatic series draw against the All Blacks during the 2017 …

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Semple Stadium Redevelopment

Semple Stadium Set For Multi-Million Euro Redevelopment

Semple Stadium is set for a multi-million euro redevelopment after Tipperary county council granted planning permission for works on the 45,000 capacity ground.  The works will focus on the Kinane Stand or the Old Stand. The 14,500 capacity of the stand will remain unchanged but the works will include the development of a new floor which will provide new gym, …

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Lions Captains Quiz

Quiz: Can You Name Every Lions Captain From The Last 20 Years?

In our latest rugby quiz, we’re shifting focus from Irish rugby to the British and Irish Lions.  We’re going to start off with a relatively simple one by asking you to name every player to have captained the Lions in a Test match in the last 20 years. We can’t reiterate this enough, this quiz doesn’t include players who captained …

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Club World Cup Rugby

EPCR Release Statement On Club World Cup Proposal

EPCR have released a statement to address the media reports which emerged on Monday which outlined details of a proposed ‘Club World Cup’.  The competition, which is being proposed by the president of the French Rugby Union, Bernard Laporte, would see a 20-team club competition created which would involve teams from both the northern and southern hemisphere. However, reports on …

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World Club Rugby Competition

Radical World Club Rugby Competition Could Be On The Cards

The president of the French Rugby Union, Bernard Laporte, is proposing a radical new club rugby competition which could see the much loved but often maligned Champions Cup become defunct.  Laporte is hoping to become vice-chairman of World Rugby and he will seek election next month as Bill Beaumont aims to continue as chairman of the game’s world governing body. …

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Ireland Try Rugby Quiz

Quiz: Can You Name The Youngest Try Scorers For Ireland?

In our latest rugby quiz, we’re focussing on the young Ireland players who made an immediate impact at international level.  To be precise, we want you to name some of the youngest players ever to score a try for Ireland. To keep it relatively recent, we are focussing on players who have played for Ireland since the mid-1990s. To help, …

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Stephen Kenny Mick McCarthy

FAI Confirm Mick McCarthy Departure As Kenny Steps Into The Hotseat

The FAI have confirmed that Stephen Kenny will take up the role as manager of the Republic of Ireland senior side with immediate effect. It was originally planned that Kenny would take charge after Ireland’s Euro 2020 campaign but the global Covid-19 pandemic has seen the competition rescheduled for next year while Ireland’s qualifier with Slovakia has also been postponed. …

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Ian Keatley

“Yeah You Do Worry About Lads Whose Contracts Are Up”

Someone’s ears were burning.  Just as former Munster out-half and current Benetton 10 Ian Keatley was speaking to the media about how family life has altered his view on life and rugby, there was a brief interruption… “My daughter’s knocking on the door!” And that’s when Keatley’s two-year-old daughter, Beth, was introduced to the world of Zoom video conferencing as …

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Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones Signs New Contract Extension With England

England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a new contract extension which will see him remain in charge until the 2023 World Cup in France.  Jones’ current contract was due to expire in 2021 but it was expected that it would be extended, especially after the Australian guided England to the World Cup final last year. Jones has a win …

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Bernard Jackman

“A Lot Of Players’ Dreams And Careers Are Going To End”

Sport across the world is in a difficult and troubling place. And rugby is no different.  We have already seen that the US Rugby Union have filed for bankruptcy and the Australian Rugby Union have stood down 75% of their workforce. While closer to home, the IRFU have implemented pay deferrals to all professional players in the country. No one …

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Rugby Australia

Rugby Australia Stand Down 75% Of Its Workforce Due To Covid-19

Rugby Australia, rugby’s governing body in Australia, announced that they have stood down 75% of its workforce from April 1 to June 30, while any remaining staff will have their hours reduced or will be offered significant salary reductions due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Rugby Australia are looking at a loss of up to $120 million if the entire …

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Rugby Stadium Quiz

Can You Get Top Marks In This Rugby Stadium Quiz?

Can you get top marks in this rugby stadium quiz?  We have developed a quiz which will test your knowledge of some of the most famous rugby stadiums around the world. How familiar are you with some of these hallowed grounds which have seen some epic clashes in the past? The premise for this quiz is very simple. We give …

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