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Matt Doherty

Watch: Ireland’s Matt Doherty Puts Wolves Ahead In FA Cup Semi-Final

At halftime, Wolves lead Watford 1-0 in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley thanks to a goal from Republic of Ireland international Matt Doherty.  The Dubliner got on the end of a lovely cross from Diego Jota as he got away from his marker Abdoulaye Doucouré to glance a neat header home. 💥 | @MattDoherty20 heads @Wolves in front!#EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/503fWWCANJ …

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PRO14 Playoff

How The PRO14 Playoff Race Looks With Just Two Rounds Remaining

There are just two regular season rounds remaining in this season’s Guinness PRO14 campaign and the race for a coveted playoff position looks set to go down to the wire.  The top three teams in each conference qualify for the PRO14 playoffs. In terms of European qualification, the three highest ranked European sides from each conference will qualify for the …

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Ireland Sevens

Ireland Thump Russia To Secure Semi-Final Berth In Hong Kong

Ireland have won their quarter-final at the World Sevens Series qualifying tournament in Hong Kong which leaves them just two wins away from securing a place on next season’s World Series circuit.  Anthony Eddy’s side put in an utterly dominant display in their last-eight clash with Russia as they emerged 47-0 winners. Three players scored a brace of tries during …

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Ireland Sevens

Ireland Now Three Wins Away From World Series Qualification

The Ireland men’s sevens team are now just three wins away from securing a spot on the World Series circuit after overcoming Russia 33-7 in their final pool match at the Hong Kong 7s.  Anthony Eddy’s side are looking to secure a spot in the World Series for the first time and they have come through their pool thanks to …

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Ireland Women's World Cup

Ireland’s Long Road To World Cup Laid Out By World Rugby

World Rugby have today revealed details of how Ireland can qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup which is due to take place in New Zealand in 2021.  Ireland’s disappointing showing at the 2017 World Cup, which was hosted on Irish soil, saw them finish outside of the top seven teams and as a consequence, missed out on automatic qualification …

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Leinster Team

Luke McGrath Captains Leinster For PRO14 Clash With Benetton

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his matchday 23 for the visit of Benetton on Saturday.  The eastern province have named a much-changed side to the one which overcame the challenge of Ulster in the Heineken Champions Cup at the weekend. Up front, Jack McGrath starts at loosehead after his move to Ulster next season was confirmed this week. …

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Wayne Barnes Jerome Garces

Wayne Barnes And Jerome Garces Confirmed For Champions Cup Semi-Finals

EPCR have confirmed that Wayne Barnes and Jerome Garces will take charge of the two Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals which take place in two week’s time.  EPCR’s selection committee have confirmed that Garces will take charge of the first semi-final between Saracens and Munster at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Saturday, 20 April (KO 3 pm). Barnes will be the man …

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Ireland sevens

Ireland With Work To Do After Opening Two Rounds In Hong Kong

Ireland are undefeated after their opening two matches at the Hong Kong 7s as they bid to qualify for next season’s World Series.  The winner of the qualifying tournament secures a place on the World Series circuit and this has long been a goal of this team and the IRFU. Anthony Eddy’s side powered past Jamaica in their first match …

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Conor Murray

“There’s Not Much That Needs To Be Said After A Day Like That”

Conor Murray admits that the criticism he received throughout Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign hasn’t affected him.  The Munster and Ireland star was speaking this week as brand ambassador for Pinergy and he believes that such has been Ireland’s success over the last 18 months, any dip in form is always going to be met with a strong reaction. “It …

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Israel Dagg

Israel Dagg Announces Retirement From Rugby

All Black Israel Dagg has announced his retirement from rugby due to ongoing injury issues which have forced him to withdraw from the game.  30-year-old Dagg has faced a lengthy period on the sidelines due to an ongoing knee injury and it is based on medical advice that he hang up his boots. Dagg made his debut in 2006 for …

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Ireland Sevens

Everything You Need To Know As Ireland Bid For World Series Berth

The Ireland men’s Sevens squad are heading into a weekend which has long been marked on the calendar.  The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifying tournament takes place in Hong Kong this weekend and the winners will be awarded a place on next season’s World Rugby Sevens Series. Ireland’s women’s Sevens side already compete on the World Series circuit and …

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Supporters Player Of The Year

Six-Man Shortlist Announced For RPI Supporters’ Player Of The Year

A six-man shortlist for Supporters’ Player Of The Year have been announced by Rugby Players Ireland, the representative body for professional rugby players in Ireland.  Each of the Irish provinces have representatives among the nominees who have been selected by a panel of experts. The six players are; Tadhg Beirne (Munster), James Lowe (Leinster), Will Addison (Ulster), Cian Healy (Leinster), …

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Munster Ulster Teams

Munster & Ulster Name Sides For Crucial PRO14 Ties

Munster and Ulster have named their sides for their respective clashes in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday night.  Munster, buoyed by their come-from-behind victory against Edinburgh in the Champions Cup, will be looking to keep the pressure on the Glasgow Warriors at the top of Conference A when they welcome the Cardiff Blues to Irish Independent Park in Cork. Johann …

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Conor Murray Tadhg Beirne

“It Was Black And White” – Conor Murray On Controversial Beirne Penalty Call

There was no shortage of controversial moments from Munster’s come-from-behind Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday.  Johann van Graan’s side emerged 13-17 winners to secure a tie with Saracens in the last four with two tries from Keith Earls proving the difference against Richard Cockerill’s side. Both of Munster’s tries had some interesting moments. For the …

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Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend As Voted By You

Earlier this afternoon we asked you to vote for your best XV from the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup.  The weekend brought with it some incredible rugby and outstanding individual performances so it was always going to be a tough vote. Nevertheless, many of you have nailed your colours to the mast and the result is a superb looking …

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