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“It Was A Tricky Position When I Was Playing Under Joe” – Zebo

In the wake of an uninspiring performance against Russia as Ireland claimed a 35-0 bonus-point win, Simon Zebo has revealed his frustrations with Ireland’s conservative attacking approach and also offered an insight into how head coach Joe Schmidt deals with players in the wake of a disappointing performance or loss.  Zebo, who was speaking as a Paddy Power Rugby Ambassador, …

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Ireland injury update

Joe Schmidt Provides Injury Update After Russia Win

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has provided an injury update after their 35-0 bonus-point victory over Russia. There were a number of injury concerns coming out of today’s win, most notably Jordi Murphy who left the fray with a rib injury after just 27 minutes. Murphy was a late call-up to the Ireland squad due to Jack Conan’s withdrawal and …

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Ireland player ratings

Ireland Player Ratings After Uninspiring Win Over Russia

Ireland 35 – 0 Russia Ireland have secured a 35-0 victory over Russia in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. However, it will be the nature of the victory which will continue to cause concern for Irish supporters and Joe Schmidt. Ireland were solid in the first half as they ran in three first-half tries but it was …

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England Team

England Name Powerful Team For Clash With Argentina

England head coach Eddie Jones has named a strong team for the much-anticipated Pool C clash with Argentina on Saturday at the Tokyo Stadium.  In total, Jones has made nine changes to the starting XV which beat the USA with only Joe Marler, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola, George Ford, and Elliot Daly retaining their place. Mako Vunipola returns …

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Joey Carbery

Late Blow For Ireland As Joey Carbery Drops Out Of Matchday Squad

Ireland have received a late blow ahead of kick-off in their clash with Russia in Kobe with the news that Joey Carbery is a late withdrawal.  With the team sheets confirmed over an hour before kick-off, Carbery was a notable absentee with Conor Murray coming onto the bench to replace him. Carbery was initially named amongst the replacements and he …

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Rob Penney

Former Munster Head Coach Rob Penney Bags Top Super Rugby Gig

Former Munster head coach Rob Penney has landed a big job in Super Rugby ahead of the new season.  Penney coached Munster between 2012 and 2014 as he helped the southern province to two European Cup semi-finals. Since then he has been involved in Japanese Rugby as coach of Shining Arcs who compete in the Top League. The Kiwi has …

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Incredibly Frustrated Michael Cheika Didn’t Hide His Feelings After Loss

Sean McMahon reporting Tokyo Stadium Well, that was certainly entertaining, wasn’t it?  Drop goals, offloads, high tackles, yellow cards, interceptions, length of field tries – the Pool D clash between Australia and Wales certainly packed a punch. Wales ultimately came out on the right end of a 29-25 scoreline after Australia mounted a comeback in the second half when they …

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Australia Wales

Wales Hold Off Thrilling Australia Comeback To Clinch Famous Win

Sean McMahon reporting from the Tokyo Stadium Wales have defeated Australia 29-25 at the Tokyo Stadium as they set their course on securing top spot in Pool D.  Wales produced a superb first-half performance as they scored tries through Hadleigh Parkes and the excellent Gareth Davies. Points from the boot of Dan Biggar, who was replaced by Rhys Patchell due …

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Cian Healy

“I Didn’t Have A Good Game And That’s Stinging With Me At The Moment”

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for Cian Healy in the aftermath of Ireland’s loss Japan on Saturday.  The powerful loosehead prop cut a downcast figure as he walked through a packed media mixed zone amid journalists probing with questions about Ireland’s shock defeat. But as ever, Healy spoke incredibly well despite the downbeat circumstances …

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Jordi Murphy

IRFU Confirm Jordi Murphy To Replace Jack Conan At World Cup

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka.  The IRFU have confirmed that Jordi Murphy will replace Jack Conan in Ireland’s 31-man 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.  Last night, when Joe Schmidt spoke to the media in the aftermath of Ireland’s 19-12 loss to Japan in Shizuoka, the Kiwi head coach confirmed that Conan would be departing Japan on Sunday to return home …

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Ireland Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt Reveals His Biggest Disappointment With Ireland Display

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.  Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt cut a downcast figure when he spoke to the media in the aftermath of his side’s 19-12 loss to Japan.  Ireland, after the opening 25 minutes of this game, were shambolic and they completely lacked the control and penetration which was evident in the opening quarter of the …

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Jack Conan

Jack Conan Ruled Out Of World Cup

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed in his post-match interview that Jack Conan is departing from the Rugby World Cup.  Conan was originally pencilled in to feature in today’s historic 19-12 loss to Japan but a foot injury sustained in training ruled him out of the Pool A clash. However, with Jordi Murphy …

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Ireland Japan Scrum

Ireland Coach Greg Feek Rejects Scrum Criticism From Japan

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  Ireland coach Greg Feek has rejected the criticism coming from the Japanese camp on his side’s scrum as the two teams prepare for battle on the eve of their clash at the Shizouka Stadium Ecopa.  One the narratives which has dominated proceedings throughout the week has been the criticism of the Irish scrum with Japan …

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