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World Cup quarter finals

World Cup Quarter-Final Draw Confirmed After Superb Japan Victory

The quarter-final makeup of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is now confirmed after Japan’s sensational 28-21 victory over Scotland at the Yokohama Stadium.  Scotland took a 7-0 lead through a Finn Russell try but Japan dominated possession (79%) for the remainder of the half as they ran in three scintillating tries from Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka to …

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IRFU Sunday Times

IRFU Hit Back At “Completely False” Claims In Sunday Times Article

The IRFU have hit back at claims by Sunday Times columnist Stephen Jones that Ireland and New Zealand were “vehemently opposed” to the possibility that the Pool A clash between Scotland and Japan could be rearranged.  Prior to the confirmation that today’s game would go ahead as scheduled, Scotland have been putting pressure on World Rugby to rearrange the game …

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Scotland Japan

World Rugby Confirm Scotland & Japan Will Go Ahead Today

World Rugby have confirmed that the final Pool A clash between Scotland & Japan will go ahead on Sunday (11.45 am UK & Ireland time) as scheduled.  Typhoon Hagibis has left 19 people dead, 16 people missing and more than 100 people injured according to the latest figures from Kyodo News. The destructive weather event as already played havoc with …

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Bundee Aki

Joe Schmidt Sympathises With Bundee Aki After Red Card

Joe Schmidt sympathised with Bundee Aki as the Ireland centre faces the prospect of his World Cup being over because of the red card he picked up in Ireland’s 47-5 win over Samoa.  Ireland’s seven-try performance saw them clinch a quarter-final spot against either New Zealand or South Africa but Aki faces a nervous wait to see if he will …

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Ken Owens

Ken Owens Sees Yellow For Dangerous Flip On Fiji Player

At halftime, Wales lead Fiji 14-10 in a highly entertaining Pool D clash at the Oita Stadium.  The Pacific Islanders raced into a 10-0 lead thanks to some typically incredible tries from Josua Tuisova and Kini Murimurivalu. 04: TRY Fiji! What a sensational finish from Josua Tuisova 👏 LIVE now on eir sport 1! #RWC2019 #WALvFIJ pic.twitter.com/Fb19bxLBmz — eir Sport …

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Ulster Championship Draw

Draw For Next Year’s Ulster Senior Football Championship Confirmed

The draw for next year’s Ulster senior football championship has been made.  Reigning champions Donegal will face an incredibly difficult opening match as they take on neighbours Tyrone in the quarter-finals. Last year’s beaten finalists Cavan, who made their first provincial decider in 18 years in 2019, will take on Monaghan in the preliminary quarter-final. The winner of that match …

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Pool A Qualification

Explained: The Three-Way Race For Qualification In Pool A

There are just two matches remaining in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Ireland, Scotland and Japan all still within a shout of qualifying for the knockout stages.  Japan’s bonus-point victory over Samoa on Saturday has seen them go on top of Pool A with 14 points after three games played. Ireland are on 11 points with …

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Owen Farrell Red Card

Tomas Lavanini Sees Red For Nasty High Shot On Owen Farrell

At halftime, England lead Argentina 15-3 in a fiery encounter at the Tokyo Stadium.  Argentina are in must-win territory after their previous loss to France but they face an uphill task to keep their Rugby World Cup dreams alive after they were reduced to just 14 men after 18 minutes. Argentina opened the scoring with a penalty from Benjamin Urdapilleta …

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AIL

Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Brand New AIL Season

The 2019/20 Energia AIL season kicks off this weekend and there are no shortage of mouth-watering encounters to whet the appetite of Irish club rugby fans.  The first game takes place on Friday night in Division 2A with a Limerick derby under lights as UL Bohemian and Old Crescent go head-to-head in UL’s north campus. On Saturday, the remaining fixtures …

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Simon Zebo Joe Schmidt

“It Was A Tricky Position When I Was Playing Under Joe” – Zebo

In the wake of an uninspiring performance against Russia as Ireland claimed a 35-0 bonus-point win, Simon Zebo has revealed his frustrations with Ireland’s conservative attacking approach and also offered an insight into how head coach Joe Schmidt deals with players in the wake of a disappointing performance or loss.  Zebo, who was speaking as a Paddy Power Rugby Ambassador, …

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Ireland injury update

Joe Schmidt Provides Injury Update After Russia Win

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has provided an injury update after their 35-0 bonus-point victory over Russia. There were a number of injury concerns coming out of today’s win, most notably Jordi Murphy who left the fray with a rib injury after just 27 minutes. Murphy was a late call-up to the Ireland squad due to Jack Conan’s withdrawal and …

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