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Saracens Centre Included In Ireland U20 Squad As McNamara Hopes For Improved 2019

2018 was a disappointing year for the Ireland U20s.  A third-placed finish during the Six Nations provided some optimism going into the summer for the World Championships but during that tournament in France the wheels came off somewhat. Ireland suffered defeat in all of their pool matches; against France, South Africa and Georgia. Noel McNamara’s side subsequently lost their ninth-place playoff …

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Edinburgh Reach Knockouts For First Time In Seven Years With Montpellier Win

Edinburgh have secured passage to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup thanks to a 19-10 victory over Montpellier at Murrayfield.  The last time the Scottish club reached the last eight was way back in the 2011/12 season and not only content with that, but Richard Cockerill’s side have secured a home quarter-final. Edinburgh chipped away at the scoreboard in …

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RTÉ Allianz League

RTÉ Announce Details Of Upcoming Allianz League Coverage

RTÉ Sport have announced the details of their upcoming 2019 Allianz League coverage.  The GAA announced earlier this month that an agreement was reached between RTÉ and Eir Sport which will see the broadcasters simulcast Allianz League matches this spring. In addition to the Allianz League, RTÉ will also be broadcasting club championship matches. To kick off their television coverage, …

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Ireland U20

Ireland Announce 40-Man Squad For U20 Six Nations

Ireland U20 head coach Noel McNamara has announced a 40-man squad ahead of the 2019 U20 Six Nations which kicks off in just over two week’s time.  After a disappointing 2018, which saw Ireland perform below expectation in both the 2018 Six Nations and the Junior World Cup, there is confidence that the next crop of emerging talent can have …

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WADA Have ‘Successfully Retrieved’ Doping Data From Moscow Lab

WADA said Thursday that they have “successfully retrieved” data from the Moscow laboratory at the heart of Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal which involved more than 1,000 athletes and 30 sports. The world anti-doping agency had demanded the data be handed over to complete its probe into the 2011-2015 scandal which saw Russia’s athletics team barred from the 2016 Rio Olympics …

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Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland Has Held Informal Talks For Lions 2021 Job

The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa will take place in 2021 and now that we’re nearing the halfway mark, conversations surrounding who will lead the team will start to take place.  Warren Gatland, of course, will be one of the first people Lions officials will likely speak to. The Kiwi was at the helm for the Lions’ series win …

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Eddie Jones England Ireland Six Nations

This Isn’t A Six Nations Squad, It’s A Squad To Beat Ireland – Eddie Jones

It’s hard not to get caught up in Six Nations fever this week as Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland named their respective squads.  The beginning of the tournament is a little over two weeks away and once the final round of European action is finalised this weekend, attention will all be on ‘Rugby’s Greatest Championship’. For the first weekend of fixtures, …

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Johnny Sexton Leinster Ireland

Johnny Sexton Ruled Out Of Leinster’s Trip To Wasps

Leinster have confirmed that Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of the province’s final Champions Cup clash with Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.  The eastern province provided an injury update at their media briefing today and they confirmed that Sexton is “continuing to rehab a tendon issue in his knee” and “will not be involved this weekend”. Luke …

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Wales Squad Warren Gatland Six Nations

Warren Gatland Announces Wales Six Nations Squad

Warren Gatland has announced his Wales squad for the upcoming Six Nations.  Confidence is high in Wales after the team went through the November internationals with a 100% record which yielded wins over Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa. The Welsh open their Six Nations campaign with a tricky trip to Paris to take on France on Friday, February 1. …

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Nathan Hughes Wasps Bristol Bears

Nathan Hughes Will Leave Wasps For Bristol Next Season

Bristol Bears have announced that they have signed England international back-row Nathan Hughes ahead of the 2019/20 season.  Hughes has signed a three-year deal which will keep him with his new club until the end of the 2021/22 season. “It’s tremendous to secure Nathan’s signing and to see how excited he is about coming to Bristol and helping us realise …

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Jean Kleyn Munster

Jean Kleyn: Sandy Park Was Hell, Saturday Will Be The Same

The 10-10 draw which took place when Munster and the Exeter Chiefs faced off at Sandy Park in the opening round of the Champions Cup was like a Test match in everything but name.  The physicality and intensity in which both sets of players went about their business was gripping viewing and supporters should be in for a treat when …

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Peter O'Mahony Johann van Graan Munster

Van Graan Confident Munster Can Get The Job Done Without O’Mahony

The main concern this week for Munster as they prepare for their deciding clash with the Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park on Saturday is the fitness of captain Peter O’Mahony.  The Corkman suffered a rib injury in the bonus-point win over Gloucester at Kingsholm and head coach Johann van Graan rated O’Mahony’s chances of featuring at the weekend as “50-50, …

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David Wagner Huddersfield

David Wagner Leaves Huddersfield By ‘Mutual Consent’

Huddersfield announced the departure of manager David Wagner by mutual consent on Monday, with the club rooted at the bottom of the Premier League. Saturday’s goalless draw at Cardiff halted a club-record nine straight defeats in all competitions but they have won just twice in the league all season. “David Wagner has departed his role as head coach of Huddersfield …

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Taulupe Faletau Wales

Blow For Wales As Taulupe Faletau Set To Miss Six Nations

Wales and Warren Gatland have been dealt a blow with the news that Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss the Six Nations, according to BBC Sport.  It is being reported that Faletau broke his arm in Bath’s 18-16 victory over Wasps in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday. In what is a huge case of cruel luck, Faletau only made …

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