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Joe Schmidt Ireland

Larmour Starts As Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Argentina

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland matchday 23 for the clash with Argentina on Saturday.  Jordan Larmour has been named at fullback and he will be joined alongside Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls who make up the back-three. In midfield, Bundee Aki starts at inside-centre while Robbie Henshaw will play outside him. In the half-backs, Kieran Marmion has won the race …

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Johnny Sexton

Johnny Sexton Produced A Lovely Gesture To Anthony Foley’s Family

Leinster and Ireland star, Johnny Sexton, gave the family of the late Anthony Foley a lovely gift earlier this year.  ‘Axel’ tragically passed away a little over two years ago on the eve of Munster’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 in Paris. Anthony’s father, Brendan, recently appeared on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live where he revealed that Sexton sent his …

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Eddie Jones All Blacks Retallick

All Blacks Took In England v Springboks Without Jones’ Knowledge

Brodie Retallick revealed to the media this week that the All Blacks attended England’s narrow 12-11 win over the Springboks at Twickenham on Saturday.  23 members of the All Blacks squad were already in London at the weekend as they were not involved in their side’s emphatic win over Japan in Tokyo which also took place on Saturday. According to …

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World Cup Misery To Irish Debut, Addison Goes From Fan To Cap

Three years is a long time in rugby, so much that someone can go to an Ireland match as a fan and wind up playing for them 36 months later – that’s what happened to Ireland’s latest capped international, Will Addison.  Addison, who made his debut for Joe Schmidt’s side against Italy on Saturday, spoke to the media today at …

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Rob Kearney, Conor Murray and Dan Leavy

Ireland Give Update On Kearney, Murray And Leavy

Rob Kearney remains a major doubt for Ireland’s clash with Argentina on Saturday after scrum coach Greg Feek confirmed that the 32-year-old has a 50% chance of being fit.  Kearney injured his shoulder in a PRO14 clash with Leinster against Benetton and as a result, was not involved in the 26-man squad which travelled to Chicago to take on Italy …

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Garry Ringrose Ireland

Ringrose Seeking Self-Improvement As Los Pumas Enter Focus

Ireland centre Garry Ringrose believes that himself and the rest of his teammates will need to improve on the performance which saw his side run out 54-7 winners against Italy in order to get a victory against Argentina this weekend.  “I think it probably has to come up a notch [the performance],” Ringrose said on Monday. “I think both teams …

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Dublin Meath Sean Cox

Dublin And Meath Set To Face Off For Sean Cox Fundraiser

Dublin and Meath will renew their historic rivalry in the coming weeks in order to raise funds for Sean Cox, the Liverpool supporter and St Peters Dunboyne GAA man who suffered serious injuries when attending Liverpool’s Champions League fixture with Roma last April.  According to The Irish Independent, Dublin will travel to Navan to take on their neighbours at Pairc …

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Jamie Carragher

Carragher On “The Only Chance” That Liverpool Can Win The Title

Manchester City’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton at the weekend coupled with Liverpool’s 1-1 draw away to Arsenal at the Emirates means that there is now ground to make up on the reigning champions who sit atop the Premier League table with 29 points from a possible 33.  Liverpool and City were neck and neck up until the weekend’s fixtures and …

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James McClean

FA Issue Warning To James McClean Over “Offensive” Language

The Football Association (FA) have issued a warning to James McClean due to the “offensive” language he used in the now-famous social media post which he put out on Instagram in the aftermath of Stoke City’s clash with Middlesbrough. In the post, McClean quoted Bobby Sands and also referred to the fans who abused him as “uneducated cavemen”. As reported …

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Larmour Performance Against Italy Almost Broke Israel Dagg Record

Jordan Larmour’s electric performance against Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday almost broke a long-standing record held by Israel Dagg.  Larmour scored three tries and set up another for Luke McGrath as he bamboozled the Italian defence with his superb footwork and breathtaking acceleration. Those attributes allowed Larmour to make six linebreaks and beat 12 defenders throughout the …

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Jones England Tuilagi Lawes Curry

Eddie Jones Gives Update On Tuilagi, Lawes And Curry Availability

Eddie Jones says England are “cautiously optimistic” that Manu Tuilagi will recover from a groin strain in time to face New Zealand at Twickenham this weekend. Tuilagi, 27, was withdrawn from the bench on the eve of Saturday’s nailbiting 12-11 victory over South Africa after sustaining the injury during a training session at the squad’s Portugal camp. He was set …

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Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones Names 35-Man Squad For All Blacks Prep

Eddie Jones has named a 35-man training squad this week as his side begin preparations for their much eagerly anticipated clash with the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday.  The squad will be revised as the week goes on and Jones will name his matchday 23 on Thursday for England’s second match of the November internationals – after they face the …

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Ireland Larmour Ringrose

“He Wouldn’t Get Carried Away” – Ringrose On Larmour Heroics

Sean McMahon reports from Carton House The main highlight from Ireland’s 54-7 thumping of Italy at Soldier Field on Saturday was without doubt Jordan Larmour’s blistering attacking performance.  Larmour scored three tries which all displayed his superb footwork and acceleration – this was also evident when he set up Luke McGrath for Ireland’s second try in the first half. With …

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Farrell Escapes Punishment As England Edge Springboks

Owen Farrell breathed a huge sigh of relief at the end of England’s 12-11 victory over the Springboks as a tackle at the death from the England co-captain went unpunished by referee Angus Gardiner.  Farrell led with his shoulder and made no clear attempt to wrap the arms. Play continued until the ball was kicked dead to end the game …

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