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Schmidt: Tadhg Beirne To Face Biggest Challenge On Saturday

Tadhg Beirne is set for his Six Nations debut on Saturday after Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt named the Munster lock in his starting XV for the clash with Wales in Cardiff.  This will be Beirne’s fifth cap for his country and his first appearance in the Six Nations as a knee sprain to Iain Henderson opened the door for …

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Leinster Confirm New Contracts For Leo Cullen And Stuart Lancaster

Leinster Rugby have confirmed that head coach Leo Cullen has signed a contract extension with the club while Stuart Lancaster has been retained as “senior coach”.  Cullen, who won 221 caps for Leinster and was captain of three Heineken Cup-winning squads, was appointed Head Coach at the start of the 2015/16 season and will now lead the province for a …

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Warren Gatland Names Wales Team For Grand Slam Clash With Ireland

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his side for their Grand Slam clash with Ireland at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday.  Wales will be bidding for their first Grand Slam since 2012 and their first championship victory since 2013. It will also be Gatland’s last Six Nations match in charge of Wales so there is no shortage of motivation …

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“Wales In Cardiff Is Always A Complicated Fixture For Us” – Joe Schmidt

Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium Ireland will be keen to quickly move on from their bonus-point victory over France as they must immediately prepare for next weekend’s trip to Wales which is made all that more difficult considering Ireland’s six-day turnaround.  Ireland’s week, will, in Joe Schmidt’s’s words, be “truncated” and that will pose it’s own challenges as …

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Ireland Likely To Be Without Henshaw While Van Der Flier A Doubt For Wales Battle

Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium Ireland have kept alive their hopes of retaining the Six Nations championship after they recorded a 26-14 bonus-point victory over France at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.  The performance was much improved from Ireland, especially in the first half, where they registered 77% possession and 89% territory. However, final preparations didn’t get off …

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Ireland Ease To Victory Over Disappointing France In Dublin

Ireland 26 – 14 France Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium Ireland secured a bonus-point victory over France this afternoon at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and the result ensures that Joe Schmidt’s side will be involved in the conversation around who will claim the championship next Saturday. A lot of pressure was on this Ireland side going into this game …

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The Top Performers From England’s Crushing Win Over Italy

England bounced back from their disappointing defeat to Wales last time out by recording a heavy win over Italy at Twickenham on Saturday.  Eddie Jones’ side crossed the whitewash eight times as they physically dominated their opponents from the first whistle. The result means that England are still in a decent position to win the championship but results will need …

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Eight Try England Too Powerful For Italy At Twickenham

England 57 Italy 14 England put in a totally dominating performance at Twickenham as they scored 57 points which included eight tries en-route to a routine win over Italy. Eddie Jones named a physical backline with the likes of Ben Te’o, Joe Cokanasiga and Manu Tuilagi all included and they certainly made their presence felt throughout the game. England were …

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Wales Grand Slam Is Still On After Win Over Scotland At Murrayfield

Scotland 11-18 Wales  A brave second-half comeback from Scotland wasn’t enough to end the Welsh Grand Slam dream as Warren Gatland’s side emerged victorious at Murrayfield. In the end, Scotland had ample opportunities to win this game, but they butchered numerous chances in the opposition 22 which has been a problem throughout this campaign for Gregor Townsend’s side. Both teams …

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Ireland Are Six Nations Champions After Superb Win Over France

Ireland U20s 31 – 29 France U20s  Ireland are just 80 minutes away from securing a historic Grand Slam as they produced a brave performance to beat a much-fancied French side 31-29 at Irish Independent Park in Cork. Tonight’s win has already secured the championship for Ireland and a Grand Slam will come with it if they can beat Wales …

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Ireland Name Team For France Six Nations Battle

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named his team to take on France in the penultimate round of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.  Schmidt has made a number of changes to the side which secured a bonus point victory over Italy two weeks ago. In the front row, there are two changes as Cian Healy …

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