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James O'Connor

James O’Connor Starts For The Wallabies In All Blacks Bledisloe Clash

James O’Connor was the shock inclusion in Michael Cheika’s Wallabies team selection for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with the All Blacks.  O’Connor made his first appearance for Australia since 2013 two weeks ago in the win over Argentina when he was sprung from the bench. However, Cheika has now entrusted him to start at outside centre for the Wallabies as …

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All Blacks

Hansen Names Very Powerful All Blacks Side For Wallabies Showdown

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has named a side which looks close to his strongest XV for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with Australia in Perth.  In total, Hansen has made six changes to the side which drew 16-16 with the Springboks in Wellington two weeks ago. Up front, Dane Coles replaces Codie Taylor at hooker and Scott Barrett comes …

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Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt Returns To New Zealand Due To Family Bereavement

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has returned to New Zealand due to a family bereavement.  Ireland are currently preparing for their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up game on Saturday with Italy the opposition at the Aviva Stadium. Defence and future head coach Andy Farrell has been leading the training sessions over the last number of days along with Greg Feek, …

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Wales Could Be The Number One Team In The World This Weekend

Wales are going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in pretty good nick.  Warren Gatland’s side is currently on a 14-match winning streak which coincided with a Grand Slam victory in the Six Nations earlier this year. It all began with a win over Italy in last year’s Six Nations and continued throughout their summer tour, the Autumn internationals and …

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An Experimental Ireland XV To Take On Italy This Weekend

After what felt like a painfully long summer, Ireland will finally be back on the rugby pitch this weekend as they host Italy at the Aviva Stadium in their first warm-up game ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  This will be the first of four warm-up games as Ireland will also take on England (August 24) and Wales (August …

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Ireland Rugby

Ultan Dillane And Rory Scannell Released From Ireland World Cup Squad

Ireland have confirmed that two players have been released from the World Cup training squad ahead of the opening warm-up match against Italy on Saturday, August 10.  Ireland were working with a 45-man training squad over the last number of weeks but the IRFU have now confirmed that Connacht’s Ultan Dillane and Munster’s Rory Scannell have both been released from …

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Aidan O'Shea

“A Lot Of People Didn’t Give Us A Chance” – Aidan O’Shea

Mayo’s 1-14 to 1-10 win over Donegal at McHale Park in Castlebar on Saturday evening secured their spot in the All Ireland semi-final next Saturday where either Dublin or Tyrone lies in wait.  In fact, such has been Mayo’s competitiveness over the last decade, this will be their eight All Ireland semi-final in nine seasons. The green and red were …

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David Pocock

David Pocock Will “Kill It” When He’s Back – Michael Hooper

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is confident that David Pocock will show his best form for Australia once he makes his return from injury.  Inspirational flanker Pocock has been out of action for six months due to a troubling calf injury but he was named in Michael Cheika’s extended squad for this weekend’s clash with the All Blacks in Perth. This …

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Kerry Team

Moran Returns As Kerry Name Team For Final Super 8s Battle

Kerry manager Peter Keane has named his team for Saturday’s Super 8s clash with Meath at Pairc Tailteann in Navan.  The Kerry team named to start shows just one change to the side which secured a draw with Donegal in Croke Park two weeks ago. The change sees David Moran returning to midfield alongside Adrian Spillane which means that Diarmuid …

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Taulupe Faletau

Massive Blow For Wales As Taulupe Faletau Ruled Out Of World Cup

Warren Gatland and Wales have received a huge blow with the news that Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Faletau suffered an injury to his clavicle (collarbone) in an “innocuous” training ground incident, the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed today. “Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of Rugby World Cup contention due to a clavicle …

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Ireland Squad 2015

Can You Name Ireland’s 31-Man Squad For The 2015 World Cup?

We’re less than eight weeks away from the beginning of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and with the warm-up games beginning next week, players across the world will be desperate to put their hand up to gain selection for the respective final 31-man squads which will travel to Japan.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at back at …

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