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Chris Farrell injury

“Freaky” Incident Ruled Chris Farrell Out Of Munster Team

A “freaky” training ground incident is what caused Chris Farrell to be ruled out of today’s Heineken Champions Cup clash between Munster and Ospreys at Thomond Park.  Munster secured a bonus-point 33-6 victory to sign off their European campaign on a high but they did so without the services of Farrell who was withdrawn from the starting XV before kick-off. …

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Leinster team

James Ryan Returns As Leinster Eye Top European Seeding

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his team to take on Benetton in the final pool round of the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday (KO 1 pm).  The eastern province travel to Italy to take on Benetton and they have been boosted by the return of James Ryan who has been missing in recent weeks due to a calf …

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Ireland Women Six Nations

Ireland Women’s Squad Named For Pre Six Nations Warm-Up Clash

Ireland women’s head coach Adam Griggs has named a squad of 26 for a training camp in Cardiff this weekend which includes an uncapped match against Wales as his side ramp up their preparations for the beginning of the Six Nations in two weeks’ time.  Speaking of his selection, Ireland Women’s coach, Griggs said: “We have had two quality camps …

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Garry Ringrose

“Second Best Isn’t Acceptable…He’s Someone That Drives That”

New captain, new head coach, new assistant coaches, five uncapped players and four ‘development players’ – there’s a sense of turning the page as Ireland head into the 2020 Six Nations.  Andy Farrell named his first Six Nations squad on Wednesday and the new head coach is starting off his tenure in his typical no-nonsense approach by excluding some big …

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Energia 7s

Energia Launch New Rugby Festival In Dublin

Energia, proud sponsors of Irish Rugby, have launched a new annual rugby festival which will take place at Energia Park in Donnybrook, Dublin on the June Bank Holiday weekend.  The inaugural Energia 7’s festival of rugby will include men’s and women’s 7’s rugby tournaments and a mixed social tag rugby competition. The rugby festival will be a fun weekend packed …

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Ireland Six Nations Squad

Andy Farrell Names Ireland Squad For Six Nations

New Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has announced his squad for the upcoming 2020 Six Nations. Farrell has named a 35-man squad which includes five uncapped players; Billy Burns, Tom O’Toole, Max Deegan, Caelan Doris and Ronan Kelleher. With Rory Best retiring at the end of the World Cup, one of the big decisions that Farrell had to make was who would be …

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Wales Name 38-Man Six Nations Squad

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has named a 38-man squad ahead of the 2020 Six Nations.  This will be Pivac’s first Six Nations in charge after taking over from Warren Gatland after the culmination of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. In total, there are five uncapped players in the squad with Louis Rees-Zammit included. The Gloucester winger has …

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Scotland Six Nations Squad

Gregor Townsend Names Scotland Squad Ahead Of Six Nations

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named a 38-man squad ahead of the 2020 Six Nations.  There are six uncapped players in the squad which include Glasgow Warriors trio Tom Gordon (back-row), Kyle Steyn (wing/centre) and Ratu Tagive (wing). They are joined by Edinburgh back-row pair Luke Crosbie and Nick Haining, with Gloucester’s former Scotland U20 lock, Alex Craig, completing …

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James McClean Statement

Kick It Out Release Statement On Latest James McClean Abuse

Kick It Out have released a statement addressing the latest alleged discriminatory abuse targeted at Republic of Ireland international and Stoke City’s James McClean.  McClean has been the subject of chants from the stands in matches away to Huddersfield and Barnsley this season. The FA have charged Barnsley with a breach of FA Rule E20 while the latest example of …

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Clermont Ulster

Powerful Clermont Second 40 Sees Ulster Come Away With Nothing

Clermont Auvergne 29 – 13 Ulster  A powerful second-half performance from Clermont Auvergne saw the French side secure the win over Ulster in the top of the table Pool 3 clash. Ulster got off to a great start and showed their running intent from the off. A Stuart McCloskey linebreak and offload to Jacob Stockdale saw Ulster go deep into …

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Conor McGregor 170

Conor McGregor Explains Why He’s Fighting Donald Cerrone At 170

Conor McGregor has explained why he is fighting Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at 170 lbs ahead of their welterweight bout at UFC 246 in Las Vegas next weekend.  McGregor’s last bouts in the UFC, against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Eddie Alvarez have been at lightweight (155 lbs). The last time he fought at welterweight (170 lbs) was in his back-to-back clashes with …

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Stephen Kenny

“Treated Like A Minority Sport” – Stephen Kenny Hits Out At Government Funding

Republic of Ireland U21 boss Stephen Kenny has hit out at the latest allocation of government funding to the FAI.  On Friday, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport announced the first set of allocations under the new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF). A range of projects throughout the country across different sports were allocated money with rugby and …

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Allianz League TV Fixtures

RTÉ Announce Allianz League Live TV Fixtures For New Season

RTÉ have announced their live TV fixtures for the upcoming Allianz League.  TG4 have already confirmed that they will be showing 30 games from this years Allianz Leagues across both hurling and football. RTÉ will be showing live games on Saturday and their first match will be a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final as Dublin take on Kerry at …

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