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Six Nations Top Performers 2019

The Top Performers Of The 2019 Six Nations

The Six Nations is over for another year which saw Wales emerge with a first Grand Slam since 2012 and a first championship title since 2013.  Warren Gatland’s final Six Nations match in charge of Wales will live long in the memory as they produced an emotional and dominant performance which Ireland had no answer for. For Ireland, the post-mortem …

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Rugby World Rankings

Updated World Rankings After Dramatic Final Day Of Six Nations

The Six Nations is over for another year and 2019 will be remembered for Wales securing their first Grand Slam since 2012 and their first championship title since 2013.  Warren Gatland’s side produced a suffocating performance in Cardiff which Ireland had no answer for as they eased to a 25-7 victory over Joe Schmidt’s side. That win sees Wales up …

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Six Nations Report Card

France Break Italian Hearts As Last Minute Penaud Try Seals Win

Italy 14 – 25 France  Italy’s wait for a first Six Nations win since 2015 goes on as they couldn’t show the composure required to come out on top against an unstructured France side in Rome. Italy dominated the match for long periods but they spurned numerous try-scoring opportunities. They will look back at this 80-minute performance with a lot …

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Joe Schmidt Ireland Wales

Schmidt Emphasises The “Fine Margins” When Up Against Wales

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is expecting another tight battle when his side meets Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.  Matches between these two teams are rarely won by big margins. In fact, a two converted try margin of victory hasn’t been achieved since Ireland beat Wales 26-3 in Dublin in the 2014 edition of the …

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Ireland U20 Grand Slam

Ireland Come From Behind To Secure First Grand Slam Since 2007

Wales U20 17 Ireland U20 26 Ireland secured a first U20 Six Nations Grand Slam since 2007 as they came out on top of a see-saw battle with Wales in Colwyn Bay. Wales dominated the opening minutes of the game through a series of lineout mauls deep in Ireland’s 22 and although Noel McNamara’s side repelled many of these attacks, …

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Tadhg Beirne Ireland Joe Schmidt Wales

Schmidt: Tadhg Beirne To Face Biggest Challenge On Saturday

Tadhg Beirne is set for his Six Nations debut on Saturday after Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt named the Munster lock in his starting XV for the clash with Wales in Cardiff.  This will be Beirne’s fifth cap for his country and his first appearance in the Six Nations as a knee sprain to Iain Henderson opened the door for …

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Leinster Cullen Lancaster

Leinster Confirm New Contracts For Leo Cullen And Stuart Lancaster

Leinster Rugby have confirmed that head coach Leo Cullen has signed a contract extension with the club while Stuart Lancaster has been retained as “senior coach”.  Cullen, who won 221 caps for Leinster and was captain of three Heineken Cup-winning squads, was appointed Head Coach at the start of the 2015/16 season and will now lead the province for a …

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Wales Team Ireland Six Nations

Warren Gatland Names Wales Team For Grand Slam Clash With Ireland

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his side for their Grand Slam clash with Ireland at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday.  Wales will be bidding for their first Grand Slam since 2012 and their first championship victory since 2013. It will also be Gatland’s last Six Nations match in charge of Wales so there is no shortage of motivation …

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Joe Schmidt Wales Cardiff

“Wales In Cardiff Is Always A Complicated Fixture For Us” – Joe Schmidt

Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium Ireland will be keen to quickly move on from their bonus-point victory over France as they must immediately prepare for next weekend’s trip to Wales which is made all that more difficult considering Ireland’s six-day turnaround.  Ireland’s week, will, in Joe Schmidt’s’s words, be “truncated” and that will pose it’s own challenges as …

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Ireland Injury France Six Nations

Ireland Likely To Be Without Henshaw While Van Der Flier A Doubt For Wales Battle

Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium Ireland have kept alive their hopes of retaining the Six Nations championship after they recorded a 26-14 bonus-point victory over France at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.  The performance was much improved from Ireland, especially in the first half, where they registered 77% possession and 89% territory. However, final preparations didn’t get off …

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Ireland France Six Nations

Ireland Ease To Victory Over Disappointing France In Dublin

Ireland 26 – 14 France Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium Ireland secured a bonus-point victory over France this afternoon at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and the result ensures that Joe Schmidt’s side will be involved in the conversation around who will claim the championship next Saturday. A lot of pressure was on this Ireland side going into this game …

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