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Leinster Confirm Sean O’Brien Will Join London Irish After World Cup

Leinster Rugby have confirmed this afternoon that Sean O’Brien will join London Irish after the 2019 World Cup.  Leinster have released the following statement: The 31-year-old back row, who turns 32 this Thursday, is one of Leinster’s most decorated players, having come through the Leinster Academy system and having played 122 times for Leinster since his debut in September 20008 …

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Performers Six Nations

All The Key Performers After Round 2 Of The Six Nations

Round 2 of the Guinness Six Nations has come and gone as we now enter a two-week break until Round 3 kicks off with France hosting Scotland, England travelling to Wales and Italy welcoming Ireland to Rome.  Eddie Jones’ side lead the championship table on 10 points, two points ahead of Wales who also have a 100% record so far. …

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Joey Carbery Chris Farrell Ireland

Chris Farrell Praises “Resilient” Joey Carbery After Ireland Win

Ireland centre Chris Farrell has hailed Joey Carbery’s resilience in their win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.  Carbery was introduced to the game with just 24 minutes on the clock as Johnny Sexton was removed from the game as he subsequently failed a head injury assessment (HIA). It wasn’t a perfect performance from the Munster out-half. His intercept pass …

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England France Six Nations

England Send Out Message To Six Nations Rivals With Thumping France Win

England 44 France 8 Six-try England produced a blistering performance at Twickenham to set up a mouth-watering clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium in two weeks time. England were on another level to their French opponents and although Jacque Brunel’s side were dreadful, how England dismantled them from the off will be incredibly pleasing for Eddie Jones and bodes …

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Watch: England Off To A Flier With Try After 66 Seconds

England have produced a dream start to their Guinness Six Nations clash with France at Twickenham after scoring a try with just over 60 seconds on the clock.  A Ben Youngs box kick handed possession to the French after the away side kicked off the game. However, as Les Bleus were beginning to go through the phases to set up …

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Ultan Dillane Ireland

Hard Work Pays Off For Ultan Dillane After Six Nations Comeback

Sean McMahon reporting from Murrayfield Ultan Dillane made his first appearance for Ireland in 15 months when he came off the bench in their 22-13 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon.  The last time the Kerry man represented his country was when he started a 23-20 win over Fiji at the Aviva Stadium in November 2017. The 25-year-old …

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Johnny Sexton Joe Schmidt

Schmidt Confident Sexton Will “Bounce Back” Quickly After Failing HIA

Sean McMahon reporting from Murrayfield  Joe Schmidt in his post-match press conference confirmed that Johnny Sexton failed a HIA during Ireland’s 22-13 win over Scotland in Edinburgh this afternoon.  The Ireland out-half only lasted 24 minutes of Saturday’s encounter until he was replaced by Munster’s Joey Carbery. As has become the norm, Sexton was on the receiving end of some pretty …

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Ireland Scotland Six Nations

Ireland Survive Scotland Storm To Secure Confidence Boosting Win

Scotland – 13 Ireland – 22 Sean McMahon reporting from Murrayfield  After a week which saw questions raised about this Ireland team after their humbling to England at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday, Joe Schmidt’s side were aiming to avoid falling to two successive Six Nations defeats for the first time since 2016. As it transpired, a chaotic game, which …

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England team France Six Nations

Eddie Jones Makes Two Changes To England Team To Face France

Eddie Jones has made two changes to the England team which beat Ireland 20-32 in Dublin for their clash with France at Twickenham on Sunday.  England have started the competition superbly after dominating the reigning champions to score four tries en route to a 12 point win and they will hope to make it two wins from two when they …

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Jacob Stockdale Ireland Six Nations

“If The Opportunity Arises Then I Definitely Plan On Taking It” – Stockdale

The 2018 Six Nations was a memorable tournament for Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale.  The Ulsterman scored a Six Nations record seven tries during last year’s championship, three of which came from intercepts; against Italy, Wales and Scotland. Ireland will be looking to bounce back from their opening defeat to England at the Aviva Stadium when they take on the Scots at Murrayfield …

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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Scotland

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team to take on Scotland in Round 2 of the Guinness Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday. Injury has forced Schmidt’s hand as he has made a number of changes to the starting XV which lost to England last time out. In the second-row, Quinn Roux partners James Ryan as the Connacht man comes …

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