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Ireland Dominate The All Blacks In Historic Win

Ireland –  16 New Zealand – 9 Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium This game was billed as a decider to which team is the best in the world and Ireland can certainly feel they deserve that tag as they produced a performance which the All Blacks had no answer to.  Everyone expected New Zealand to respond to last …

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Watch: Huw Jones Magic Sets Up Stunning Scotland Try

It’s all action in Murrayfield as Scotland are tied with South Africa 17-17 with halftime approaching. The Springboks took the lead after six minutes when some superb offloading in midfield led to Jesse Kriel touching down – Handre Pollard converted which gave South Africa a 7-0 lead. Peter Horne hit back for Scotland in what was a beautiful move from …

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Ailsa Hughes Ireland Women's Rugby

Ailsa Hughes Ready To Kick On After Period Of Self-Discovery

Most sporting careers come with their ups and downs and Ireland’s Ailsa Hughes has certainly experienced the often unforgiving nature of top-level rugby since she made her international debut. The Tullamore native received her first cap for Ireland in the 2017 Six Nations against Scotland at Glasgow’s Broadway Stadium. In what seemed like perfect timing, with the 2017 Women’s Rugby …

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Danny Cipriani Gloucester

Watch: Danny Cipriani With Outstanding One-Handed Pass In Gloucester Win

The Gallagher Premiership returned this weekend after a three-week absence and Gloucester were in action tonight as they beat the Leicester Tigers 36-13 at Kingsholm with help from the influential Danny Cipriani. Gloucester ran in five tries from Jason Woodward, Matt Banahan, Fraser Balmain and a brace from the incredible Ollie Thorley to secure the bonus point victory over a …

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Alby Mathewson Chris Farrell Munster

Mathewson Signs New Contract And Farrell Fitness Boost As Munster Return To Work

The Munster squad returned to their High-Performance centre at the University of Limerick to prepare for next weekend’s clash with Zebre in Italy.  The squad have been on a break for the last week after their victory against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last time out. With the November internationals currently in full swing, Munster’s Ireland contingent are currently preparing for …

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Evan Metcalfe Boxer Irish Ireland

Irish Boxer Loses His Appeal After Failed Drugs Test

Irish boxer, Evan Metcalfe, has failed in his appeal against a decision made regarding a failed drugs test.  Dubliner Metcalfe, who fights at bantamweight, was stripped of his National Elite Boxing Championship title which he won on the 24th February this year. He tested positive for carboxy-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is a by-product of cannabis. A four-month ban was also issued …

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Ireland New Zealand

Key Battles Ahead Of Mammoth Ireland-New Zealand Clash

Brought to you by Vodafone, the official sponsor of the Irish rugby team The eagerly-anticipated Test match between Ireland and New Zealand is just around the corner. Since 2013, when Ryan Crotty crossed the line with the clock in the red to break Irish hearts, an intense rivalry has developed between these two teams. In 2016, Ireland finally secured their …

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Rory Best Dan Leavy Ireland

Rory Best Denies Ireland Have Been Disrupted By Late Injuries

Rory Best doesn’t believe Ireland have been disrupted by injuries as he spoke at today’s captain’s run just moments after the gathered media were informed of Dan Leavy’s injury.  Ireland informed the media that Leavy was not 100% and that he has general tightness, a term which was used by head coach Joe Schmidt at Thursday’s team announcement. Josh van …

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Joey Carbery Ireland All Blacks

“We Have To Be On Edge And Ready For Anything”

After two years and on paper at least, Joey Carbery finds himself in a very similar position – named on the Ireland bench ahead of a Test match with the All Blacks.  Of course, much has changed for Carbery in the 24 months since; he has continued his career trajectory to see himself established as international out-half while he has …

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Watch: God Save The Queen Widely Booed At The Aviva

Tonight’s international football friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland has got off to a rather unsavoury start as the anthem, God Save The Queen, was widely booed by the crowd in the Aviva Stadium.  Of course, fixtures between these sides are always going to carry that extra bit of edge and potential for animosity between both sets …

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Bundee Aki Joe Schmidt Ireland

Joe Schmidt Launches Defence Of Bundee Aki After NZ Attention

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has defended Bundee Aki amidst the extra attention being put on him from the New Zealand media and the All Blacks camp. Last weekend, much was made of the All Blacks facing off against England’s Brad Shields as up until the summer, he would have played all of his rugby in New Zealand with the …

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Joe Schmidt Ireland

Schmidt Makes Four Changes As Ireland Team Named For All Blacks

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team to take on the All Blacks this Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.  Much of the concern this week surrounded the fitness of Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose, Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki but all four players have come through training this week to make it into the team. In the forwards, the front-row is …

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Ireland Adam Griggs Beibhinn Parsons

16-Year-Old Parsons Set For Debut As Griggs Hails Growing Depth

Ireland Women will begin their season on Sunday when they take on the USA in Donnybrook in the first of two international fixtures pencilled in for November.  After Sunday, Ireland will travel to Twickenham next weekend to take on England which should provide an indication of where this team are in their current development. It hasn’t been the easiest 15 …

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