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Joe Schmidt Ireland team Italy

Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Italy

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team to take on Italy in Rome in the Guinness Six Nations on Sunday.  The Ireland head coach has made four changes to the starting XV which beat Scotland at Murrayfield two weeks ago. In the front row, there are first Six Nations starts for Dave Kilcoyne and Sean Cronin while Tadhg Furlong continues …

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Johnny Sexton Richie Murphy

“If He Changes, He Is Not The Same Player He Was”

We will find out later this afternoon whether Johnny Sexton will be leading the line for Ireland when they take on Italy in Rome on Sunday.  Joe Schmidt’s team announcement will be interesting as the debate surrounding whether to provide valuable experience to fringe players ahead of the World Cup or to continue with the front-line players to develop form continues. …

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Conor Murphy Richie Murphy

Richie Murphy Wants Team To Take Pressure Off Conor Murray

Such is the world-class form which we have become accustomed to from Conor Murray over the last few years, once the Munster scrum-half is below-par, it becomes a major talking point.  Murray has yet to hit the heights this season that we saw in years gone by but that is understandable. The 29-year-old played his first game of rugby of …

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Ireland Six Nations Italy

Clean Bill Of Health For Ireland As Italy Preparations Ramp Up

Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy has confirmed that the 34 players who are currently preparing for Sunday’s trip to Rome to take on Italy have all come through training unscathed and are eligible for selection.  There were a number of doubts surrounding players like Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Beirne and Chris Farrell. Henshaw missed out on the trip to Murrayfield to …

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Iain Henderson Ireland

Iain Henderson Free To Play As Citing Complaint Not Upheld

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has a received a boost with the news that Iain Henderson is free to play this weekend after a citing complaint brought against him was not upheld.  Henderson took part in a disciplinary hearing this afternoon via video conference to investigate an alleged infringement of Law 9.11 – Players must not do anything that is …

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Ireland Chris Farrell

Boost For Ireland As Chris Farrell Fit Enough To Train This Week

Ireland have received a boost with the news that Chris Farrell has been passed fit to train today at the team’s base in Carton House.  Farrell was a doubt after he was replaced in the first half of Munster’s bonus-point win over the Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night. Munster head coach Johann van Graan …

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Andy Farrell Ireland

It’s A Case Of Wait & See For Some Of Ireland’s Returning Stars

A narrowed down 19-man Ireland squad took part in an open training session at a sun-kissed Aviva Stadium this afternoon as preparations begin for the trip to Rome for a clash with Italy on Sunday week.  Ireland defence coach, Andy Farrell, described today’s session, which involved a training game against the U20s who showed “a bit of intent”, as a …

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Super Rugby roundup

Your Friday Morning Super Rugby Roundup

The first round of Super Rugby began on Friday as the Chiefs hosted the Highlanders in Hamilton and the Melbourne Rebels travelled to Canberra to take on the Brumbies.  Chiefs v Highlanders In the first of Friday’s two games, the Chiefs fell to a three-point defeat to the Highlanders as they came out on the wrong side of a 27-30 …

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Joe Schmidt Ireland Six Nations

A Lot Of Moving Parts Involved In Ireland Selection For Italy

Ireland will look to continue their Six Nations revival when they travel to Rome next weekend to take on Italy.  Joe Schmidt’s side bounced back from their opening round defeat to England with a 13-22 victory away to Scotland at Murrayfield. Their destiny is out of their hands currently with England and Wales both unbeaten up until this point but …

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Munster

Munster Name Very Strong Team For Friday Night Lights In Cork

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has named a very strong team to take on the Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night.  In total, there are seven changes to the team which defeated the Dragons at Rodney Parade last time out. Many of Munster’s Ireland contingent have returned as Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Niall Scannell, John …

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