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Ireland Scotland Six Nations

Ireland Survive Scotland Storm To Secure Confidence Boosting Win

Scotland – 13 Ireland – 22 Sean McMahon reporting from Murrayfield  After a week which saw questions raised about this Ireland team after their humbling to England at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday, Joe Schmidt’s side were aiming to avoid falling to two successive Six Nations defeats for the first time since 2016. As it transpired, a chaotic game, which …

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Eddie Jones Makes Two Changes To England Team To Face France

Eddie Jones has made two changes to the England team which beat Ireland 20-32 in Dublin for their clash with France at Twickenham on Sunday.  England have started the competition superbly after dominating the reigning champions to score four tries en route to a 12 point win and they will hope to make it two wins from two when they …

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Jacob Stockdale Ireland Six Nations

“If The Opportunity Arises Then I Definitely Plan On Taking It” – Stockdale

The 2018 Six Nations was a memorable tournament for Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale.  The Ulsterman scored a Six Nations record seven tries during last year’s championship, three of which came from intercepts; against Italy, Wales and Scotland. Ireland will be looking to bounce back from their opening defeat to England at the Aviva Stadium when they take on the Scots at Murrayfield …

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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Scotland

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team to take on Scotland in Round 2 of the Guinness Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday. Injury has forced Schmidt’s hand as he has made a number of changes to the starting XV which lost to England last time out. In the second-row, Quinn Roux partners James Ryan as the Connacht man comes …

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Garry Ringrose Ireland

Blow For Ireland As Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner To Miss Scotland Trip

Ireland have been dealt a blow with the news that Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner have been ruled out of Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.  The pair emerged as major doubts for the upcoming clash with Scotland when the IRFU issued an injury update on Monday afternoon revealing that Ringrose was suffering from hamstring tightness and …

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Wasps Confirm Elliot Daly Will Leave Club At The End Of The Season

Wasps have confirmed that Elliot Daly will leave the club at the end of the season.  Daly has made 188 appearances for Wasps scoring 404 points for the club and he triggered a release clause in his contract according to Director of Rugby Dai Young. “Elliot triggered a release clause in his contract and despite our best efforts to keep him …

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Peter O'Mahony Ireland Six Nations

“This Squad Doesn’t Need A Wake-Up Call” – Peter O’Mahony

For someone who prides himself on his ability to physically impose himself on opponents, the manner of Ireland’s Six Nations loss to England on Saturday will sting Peter O’Mahony in particular.  O’Mahony and the rest of his forward pack came out second best to their English counterparts with the likes of the Vunipola brothers, Mako and Billy, Kyle Sinckler, Maro …

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Ireland Six Nations Joe Schmidt

Stick Or Twist? Schmidt Set For Some Big Selection Calls This Week

When Joe Schmidt spoke to the media after Ireland’s 20-32 loss to England in the Guinness Six Nations on Saturday, he mentioned how the Irish players were “very quiet” before the game.  The Ireland head coach also revealed that the energy levels weren’t there. Now, this poses a problem. Why couldn’t the players get themselves up to the required mental …

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Wallabies Sack Attack Coach With World Cup On The Horizon

Stephen Larkham has been removed from his position of Wallabies attack coach and will now take up a new job as a national high-performance coach advisor.  According to reports, tensions have been simmering between head coach Michael Cheika and Larkham with the latter understood not to have been able to implement his strategies on the team as the Wallabies averaged …

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Ireland England Six Nations

The Power Plays: How England Blitzed Ireland In 90 Seconds

Just seconds from the kick-off in England’s 32-20 win over Ireland in the opening round of the Guinness Six Nations, you got the sense that Eddie Jones’ side were going to make the next 80 minutes as uncomfortable as possible for the reigning champions.  Owen Farrell executes his kick off to perfection by sending it long but also high, just …

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