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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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Blow For Ireland As Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner To Miss Scotland Trip

Ireland have been dealt a blow with the news that Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner have been ruled out of Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.  The pair emerged as major doubts for the upcoming clash with Scotland when the IRFU issued an injury update on Monday afternoon revealing that Ringrose was suffering from hamstring tightness and …

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Wasps Confirm Elliot Daly Will Leave Club At The End Of The Season

Wasps have confirmed that Elliot Daly will leave the club at the end of the season.  Daly has made 188 appearances for Wasps scoring 404 points for the club and he triggered a release clause in his contract according to Director of Rugby Dai Young. “Elliot triggered a release clause in his contract and despite our best efforts to keep him …

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“This Squad Doesn’t Need A Wake-Up Call” – Peter O’Mahony

For someone who prides himself on his ability to physically impose himself on opponents, the manner of Ireland’s Six Nations loss to England on Saturday will sting Peter O’Mahony in particular.  O’Mahony and the rest of his forward pack came out second best to their English counterparts with the likes of the Vunipola brothers, Mako and Billy, Kyle Sinckler, Maro …

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Stick Or Twist? Schmidt Set For Some Big Selection Calls This Week

When Joe Schmidt spoke to the media after Ireland’s 20-32 loss to England in the Guinness Six Nations on Saturday, he mentioned how the Irish players were “very quiet” before the game.  The Ireland head coach also revealed that the energy levels weren’t there. Now, this poses a problem. Why couldn’t the players get themselves up to the required mental …

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Wallabies Sack Attack Coach With World Cup On The Horizon

Stephen Larkham has been removed from his position of Wallabies attack coach and will now take up a new job as a national high-performance coach advisor.  According to reports, tensions have been simmering between head coach Michael Cheika and Larkham with the latter understood not to have been able to implement his strategies on the team as the Wallabies averaged …

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The Power Plays: How England Blitzed Ireland In 90 Seconds

Just seconds from the kick-off in England’s 32-20 win over Ireland in the opening round of the Guinness Six Nations, you got the sense that Eddie Jones’ side were going to make the next 80 minutes as uncomfortable as possible for the reigning champions.  Owen Farrell executes his kick off to perfection by sending it long but also high, just …

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Ireland Count The Cost Of Bruising Loss To England

Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium  There will be plenty of sore bodies around Carton House on Monday when the Ireland squad begin preparations for their trip to Murrayfield to take on Scotland.  In terms of the physicality and intensity which was evident at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Ireland were definitely second best. From the moment Jamie …

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England End Ireland’s Run With Dominant Win In Dublin

Ireland 20 England 32 Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium England inflicted Ireland’s first defeat since the summer tour of Australia last year after scoring four tries, two in either half, as Joe Schmidt’s side couldn’t find an answer to the excellent kicking game and physical approach from the visitors. England made their intentions known almost immediately when they …

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England Attack Coach “Surprised” At Robbie Henhsaw Fullback Decision

England attack coach Scott Wisemantel admitted he was surprised at Joe Schmidt’s decision to name Robbie Henshaw at fullback for tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated clash between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium.  Wisemantel and George Kruis addressed the media today at a city centre Dublin hotel and the duo were keen not to give too much away as they prepare …

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Joe Schmidt Expecting Big Impact From “Young Kid” Tom Curry

Joe Schmidt, when speaking to the media on Thursday during Ireland’s team announcement, singled out praise for England’s Tom Curry who he expects could have a big impact on proceedings on Saturday.  Curry, who now has five caps at senior international level and made his debut as an 18-year-old in the summer of 2017, will start at openside for England …

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