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Scotland Wales Six Nations

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 U20 France U20 Six Nations

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 Team France Six Nations

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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Keith Earls Ireland

“Everyone Expects Us To Blow Teams Out Of The Water” – Keith Earls

Keith Earls admits that Ireland haven’t been themselves in recent weeks but is confident that they will “click” sooner rather than later.  There has been no shortage of potential explanations for Ireland’s dip in form; injuries, undercooked players in key positions, potential bad blood between Munster and Leinster players due to the Thomond Park derby clash, Joe Schmidt’s departure at …

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Cian Healy Ireland France

Cian Healy: We Need To Reinforce What We Stand For

Cian Healy is confident that Ireland can put in an improved performance when they take on France on Sunday in the penultimate round of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.  Ireland, of course, have been below par thus far in this championship but they still have a chance of reclaiming their title thanks to their wins against Scotland and Italy after …

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Rob Kearney Ireland Six Nations

“People Started To Go Into Their Shells” – Kearney Reflects On Ireland Mistakes

Ireland will hope for continued improvement in their performance when they take on France at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Sunday.  Since the disappointing opening round defeat to England, Joe Schmidt’s side have got their campaign back on track thanks to consecutive wins over Scotland and Italy. However, what remains a major talking point and worry among supporters is their respective …

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Ireland Provide Injury Update With France Clash Looming

Ireland have issued an injury update as they begin preparations this week for Sunday’s clash with France at the Aviva Stadium.  There are a number of injury concerns surrounding the Irish squad and the IRFU have addressed these in their latest update. Robbie Henshaw, who has been missing since he started at fullback against England in the opening round, is …

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France Team Ireland

France Name Team To Take On Ireland This Weekend

Jacques Brunel has named his starting XV to take on Ireland on Sunday in the penultimate round of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations championship. France have named an unchanged starting XV for Sunday’s trip to Dublin and it seems the Brunel is happy with what his side produced as they recorded their first win of the campaign in round three. …

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PRO14 Team Of The Weekend

A Best XV Of The Irish Provinces In PRO14 Action This Weekend

There were three wins for the Irish provinces this weekend in the Guinness PRO14 as Leinster, Connacht and Ulster all recorded victories.  Munster’s 6-10 loss to the Scarlets in Llanelli will have disappointed the supporters of the southern province but as we mentioned before, Johann van Graan’s side had ample opportunity to win that game as they dominated possession and …

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Munster Scarlets

Munster Errors Prove Costly As They Fall To Defeat In Wales

Scarlets 10 Munster 6 Munster fell to a narrow 10-6 defeat against the Scarlets but they will look back on this game with a lot of regret as they dominated possession and territory for long periods. Munster had a good opportunity in the opening minutes when a botched lineout from the Scarlets saw Rhys Marshall collect and drive towards the …

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Connacht Ospreys

Six Try Connacht Thrash Ospreys With Huge Win In Galway

Connacht 46 Ospreys 5 Connacht are up to third in Conference A thanks to a huge six try victory over the Ospreys at the Sportsground in Galway this afternoon. Connacht got off to a fantastic start with just two minutes on the clock when Peter Robb received a flat pass in midfield and burst through the Ospreys defence. He laid …

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