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Edinburgh Leinster

Edinburgh Dish Out Big Win Over Leinster At Murrayfield

Edinburgh 28 Leinster 11  Leinster fell to just their third defeat of the Guinness PRO14 season as a far from first-string side had no answer to a powerful Edinburgh performance. The Scottish side dominated possession for long periods and their greater physicality and force up front yielded a lot of success throughout the 80 minutes. Ciaran Frawley opened the scoring …

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Jon Walters

Whatsapp Was A Mild Version Of What Actually Happened – Jon Walters

On the same day which saw Jon Walters announce his retirement from football due to a troubling Achilles injury, the former Ireland striker has revealed some insight into the infamous bust-up between former assistant manager Roy Keane, Harry Arter and Walters himself.  Speaking on Virgin Media Sport’s coverage of England v Czech Republic, Walters admitted that the widely-circulated Whatsapp voice …

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PRO14 Team News

Your PRO14 Team News As Irish Provinces Return To Action

The Irish provinces are back in action this weekend as they enter the final block of games which will define their respective seasons.  The Guinness PRO14 enters Round 18 with the playoff race beginning to hot up while there is also the added caveat of producing momentum and form ahead of quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup …

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Jon Walters retirement

Breaking: Jon Walters Announces His Retirement From Football

Republic of Ireland international Jon Walters has announced his retirement from football. The striker announced his decision on social media today as his recent struggles with an Achilles injury has put an end to his footballing career. Isn’t it ironic…my Achilles heel has literally been my Achilles heel and finished me off! I am now retired from playing football It’s …

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The Ireland Players Who Emerged From Six Nations With World Cup Boost

One of the main positives which Irish supporters can take out of this 2019 Six Nations is that the opening game of Ireland’s World Cup campaign is still 188 days away.  There is hope that before that clash with Gregor Townsend’s Scotland in Yokohama, Ireland can rectify the glaring problems which presented themselves over the last seven weeks. Confidence is …

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Midi Olympique Team Of The Six Nations

Two Ireland Players Make Midi Olympique’s Team Of The Six Nations

French rugby publication Midi Olympique has published its team of the 2019 Six Nations championship and it includes two Irish players despite Ireland suffering a disappointing campaign which has called into question their World Cup credentials later this year.  Across the 15 fixtures, there have been many standout performances and it’s always a challenge to produce a team such as …

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Six Nations Player Of The Championship

Nominees For Six Nations Player Of The Championship Announced

The nominees for the official Six Nations Player Of The Championship have been announced and unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by Wales.  A total of six players have been nominated and these were selected by the media. The ultimate winner will be decided by an online vote which you can take part in here. Voting closes at 12 noon on …

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Six Nations Report Card

Report Card: Grading The Six Nations Teams After 2019 Championship

The 2019 Six Nations Championship culminated in a special weekend or ‘Super Saturday’, as it was dubbed, which saw Wales clinch their first Grand Slam since 2012.  Scotland’s stunning second-half comeback will live long in the memory and Italy blew a big opportunity to get their first win over France since they last managed that feat in 2013. With everything …

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Six Nations Team Performances

Team By Team Performance Stats Breakdown From 2019 Six Nations

To follow up our earlier piece which looked at the top individual performances from the 2019 Guinness Six Nations, here we take a look which teams produced the best stats in wide-variety of categories throughout the championship.  Points Scored  England – 184 Wales – 114 Scotland – 105 Ireland – 101 France – 93 Italy – 79 Tries Scored  England – …

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Six Nations Top Performers 2019

The Top Performers Of The 2019 Six Nations

The Six Nations is over for another year which saw Wales emerge with a first Grand Slam since 2012 and a first championship title since 2013.  Warren Gatland’s final Six Nations match in charge of Wales will live long in the memory as they produced an emotional and dominant performance which Ireland had no answer for. For Ireland, the post-mortem …

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Rugby World Rankings

Updated World Rankings After Dramatic Final Day Of Six Nations

The Six Nations is over for another year and 2019 will be remembered for Wales securing their first Grand Slam since 2012 and their first championship title since 2013.  Warren Gatland’s side produced a suffocating performance in Cardiff which Ireland had no answer for as they eased to a 25-7 victory over Joe Schmidt’s side. That win sees Wales up …

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Six Nations Report Card

France Break Italian Hearts As Last Minute Penaud Try Seals Win

Italy 14 – 25 France  Italy’s wait for a first Six Nations win since 2015 goes on as they couldn’t show the composure required to come out on top against an unstructured France side in Rome. Italy dominated the match for long periods but they spurned numerous try-scoring opportunities. They will look back at this 80-minute performance with a lot …

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Joe Schmidt Ireland Wales

Schmidt Emphasises The “Fine Margins” When Up Against Wales

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is expecting another tight battle when his side meets Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.  Matches between these two teams are rarely won by big margins. In fact, a two converted try margin of victory hasn’t been achieved since Ireland beat Wales 26-3 in Dublin in the 2014 edition of the …

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