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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

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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Six Nations Team Of The Championship

The Six Nations Team Of The Championship So Far As Chosen By You

Yesterday, we asked you to vote on the Six Nations team of the championship so far after the first two rounds of action.  As expected, England dominates this team as they top the Six Nations table with two wins from two and 10 points after securing two bonus points. Six Nations Team Of The Championship After Two Rounds:  15. Elliot …

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Declan Rice

FAI Release Statement Following Declan Rice England Switch

The FAI have released a statement confirming that Declan Rice will switch his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England.  Rice confirmed the news this afternoon via his social media accounts and the FAI have been quick to release a statement. It reads: The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that Declan Rice (West Ham United) has opted …

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Irish rugby transfers abroad

A Look Back At Some Of The Biggest Irish Rugby Transfers Abroad

Sean O’Brien will become the latest Irish rugby player to ply his trade abroad after it was announced this week that the ‘Tullow Tank’ will join London Irish after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.  O’Brien wasn’t offered a national contract by the IRFU which meant in Stuart Lancaster’s words the situation “was almost out of Leinster’s hands” when London Irish …

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Stuart Hogg Scotland Six Nations

Stuart Hogg Set To Miss Remainder Of Six Nations [Report]

Scotland have received a blow with the news that Stuart Hogg is set to miss the remainder of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations championship.  The fullback left the fray after 17 minutes with the shoulder injury occurring two minutes earlier when Peter O’Mahony made contact with Hogg when he was chasing a kick he put down the field. The Irish blindside has …

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