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No Conor Murray As Squad Announced For November Internationals

Joe Schmidt has named a 42-man Ireland squad for the upcoming November internationals against Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and the USA. However, Conor Murray continues his rehabilitation and has not been included. Murray has not played since the third Test of Ireland’s summer tour of Australia, over four months ago, and will be a major loss for Schmidt’s men. #IrishRugby …

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Conor Murray PINERGY

“The Rumours Were Crazy” – Conor Murray Opens Up On Injury

Conor Murray has said that he is nearing a return from the neck injury which has seen him sidelined for all of this season so far.  Murray hasn’t played since the third Test against the Wallabies in the summer and the silence surrounding his injury has fuelled speculation and rumour. However, although Murray admits that the rumours were “crazy” he …

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Alex Lozowski and Eddie Jones

Blow For Eddie Jones As EPCR Extend Lozowski’s Ban

Eddie Jones has received another blow ahead of the November internationals with the news that Alex Lozowski has had his ban extended by the EPCR.  The centre was banned retrospectively after a citing complaint from his side’s win over the Glasgow Warriors in the first round of the Heineken Champions Cup. Lozowski entered a ruck dangerously and the disciplinary panel …

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Joe Schmidt and Ireland

The Ireland Squad We Think Joe Schmidt Will Name Tomorrow

Joe Schmidt is expected to name his Ireland squad tomorrow for the upcoming November internationals against Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and the USA.  With so many Irish players performing very well for the provinces this season, this will likely be one of the most difficult squads Schmidt has had to name in his tenure. Schmidt named a 38-man squad for …

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Bath Toulouse

EPCR Rebuff Bruce Craig’s Demand For Bath-Toulouse Replay

Late last week, Bath owner Bruce Craig outlined his intention to write to the EPCR to request a replay of the Heineken Champions Cup clash between his club and Toulouse.  That game, which was famous for Freddie Burns’ failure to ground the ball for a certain match-winning try, was won by Toulouse on a scoreline of 20-22. However, Craig was …

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English Rugby

English Rugby Season Extended But Player Welfare Plans Introduced

The Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby and Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have today announced that guaranteed in-season breaks will be introduced for players as part of the agreed structure for the next three seasons.  From 2019/20 onwards, there will be a commitment to a maximum number of match involvements,  rest for the next England World Cup squad in July 2020, a year before the …

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Arsenal

Aubameyang And Ozil Star As Arsenal Make It Perfect 10

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil stole the show as Arsenal swept to their 10th successive win with a dominant 3-1 victory against Leicester on Monday. Unai Emery’s side trailed to Hector Bellerin’s first-half own goal at the Emirates Stadium. But Ozil, captaining Arsenal on his return to the side after back spasms, produced a majestic display to lead the Gunners’ …

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Dave Kilcoyne chats about Joe Schmidt

“I Think Everyone Is Hoping For A Call From Joe Schmidt”

Joe Schmidt will announce his Ireland squad this week for the upcoming November internationals and you can be certain there will be a few cases of players incessantly checking their mobile phone in hope of that elusive call.  If you were to predict Schmidt’s squad, about 80% would be locked in but with so many impressive performances from Irish players …

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Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper And His Not So Subtle Dig At Brad Thorn

Quade Cooper and Brad Thorn have had a fractious relationship, to say the least.  The former All Black, who is now head coach of the Queensland Reds, axed Cooper from the Reds’ 2018 Super Rugby season while the 30-year-old plied his trade playing club rugby in the NRC with Queensland. It is expected that Cooper’s Super Rugby exile will come …

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Six Nations launch

Six Nations Set To Reveal New Title Sponsor [Report]

The Six Nations are set to announce their new title sponsor for the 2019 edition of the tournament according to a recent report in The Guardian.  It is understood that HSBC, the international bank who currently sponsor the World Sevens Series and previously sponsored the British and Irish Lions tours in 2009 and 2013, have secured the rights to sponsor …

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Ireland celebrate

Where You Can Watch All Of Ireland’s November Internationals

Now that the first two rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup have come to a close, the November Internationals and the fortunes of Ireland will come sharply into focus.  Joe Schmidt is expected to announce his squad for November either on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week and those players chosen will hope to grab their opportunity next month as the clock …

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Johann van Graan Munster

Munster May Look To The IRFU For Support On Injury Crisis

When looking at the opening two fixtures for Munster in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup, a seven-point return would have been considered a job very well done.  Their destiny is now in their own hands as they sit atop Pool 2; two points ahead of Castres, three ahead of Gloucester and four ahead of the Exeter Chiefs. However, this advantageous position …

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Toulouse Roll Back The Years In Titanic Leinster Battle

Toulouse and Leinster produced the game of the weekend in an incredible battle at the Stade Ernest Wallon as the French side came from behind to beat the European champions 28-27.  Toulouse had the advantage at the interval where they led 21-13 but Leinster, almost as expected, came roaring back into the match thanks to tries from James Ryan and …

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Jordan Larmour

Watch: Jordan Larmour Gets Sold By Sublime Guitoune Step

At halftime, Leinster currently trail Toulouse 13-21 at the Stade Ernest Wallon and it has been a breathtaking opening 40 minutes in sun-kissed conditions in the south of France.  Toulouse raced into a 14-0 lead thanks to a try from Maxime Medard and three penalties from the boot of Thomas Ramos. Leinster, once they got a sustained period of possession …

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Newcastle Falcons celebrate

39 Phases! Falcons Eke Out Superb Win In Grandstand Finish

The Newcastle Falcons have made it back-to-back wins in the Heineken Champions Cup after defeating Montpellier 23-20 at Kingston Park this afternoon.  Gary Graham’s first-half try and 11 points from the boot of the excellent Joel Hodgson in the first half gave the Falcons a 16-6 lead at the break. In the second interval, it was all Montpellier and they …

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Reece Hodge

Hodge Blow For Wallabies Ahead Of All Blacks Test

Wallabies back Reece Hodge was Sunday ruled out of their third Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand next weekend and the upcoming tour of Europe with a fractured ankle. The utility back, who has played in all nine of Australia’s Tests this season, picked up the injury in the team’s final training session on home soil on Friday before the …

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Peter O'Mahony of Munster

“No One Has Practiced High Tackles” – O’Mahony On High Tackle Spotlight

Munster’s bonus-point win over Gloucester at Thomond Park was overshadowed by the debate surrounding the consistency in the officiating of contact being made with the head.  Danny Cipriani received a straight red card in the first half on Saturday which ultimately ended the match as a competition as the southern province used the man advantage to score a further four …

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