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Munster Scarlets

Munster Errors Prove Costly As They Fall To Defeat In Wales

Scarlets 10 Munster 6 Munster fell to a narrow 10-6 defeat against the Scarlets but they will look back on this game with a lot of regret as they dominated possession and territory for long periods. Munster had a good opportunity in the opening minutes when a botched lineout from the Scarlets saw Rhys Marshall collect and drive towards the …

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Connacht Ospreys

Six Try Connacht Thrash Ospreys With Huge Win In Galway

Connacht 46 Ospreys 5 Connacht are up to third in Conference A thanks to a huge six try victory over the Ospreys at the Sportsground in Galway this afternoon. Connacht got off to a fantastic start with just two minutes on the clock when Peter Robb received a flat pass in midfield and burst through the Ospreys defence. He laid …

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PRO14 Team News

All Your Irish PRO14 Team News Ahead Of Crucial Round Of Action

Another round of Guinness PRO14 action takes places this weekend and with the regular season reaching the finishing line, the Irish provinces will hope to secure further wins to guarantee themselves a playoff spot.  With just four rounds left after this weekend’s matches take place, every point from here on in will be crucial towards achieving knockout rugby at the …

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Ireland Sexton Carbery

Schmidt Confident On Sexton Availability And Hopeful On Carbery Injury

Joe Schmidt offered an injury update on some of Ireland’s key players when he spoke to the media this afternoon at an open training session at Queen’s University, Belfast.  The Ireland head coach is confident that Johnny Sexton will be fit for next weekend’s clash against France at the Aviva Stadium. Joey Carbery is also in contention which dampens reports …

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Leinster Name Team For Friday Night Clash With The Cheetahs

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his matchday 23 for their Guinness PRO14 clash with the Cheetahs on Friday night at the RDS (KO 19:35).  The eastern province are leading the way at the top of Conference B and they will be expected to record another win at home even with a much-changed side. The back three is made …

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Johnny Sexton World League

Sexton Hits Out At “Out Of Touch” 12-Team ‘World League’ Proposal

International Rugby Players President Jonathan Sexton has hit out at the newly proposed 12-team World Rugby tournament which could begin as early next year.  The ‘World League’ model, which has received considerable media attention in recent months, has come in for criticism from many quarters but most notably the players themselves. The new tournament will consist of the Six Nations …

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Top 10 Six Nations

Ranking The Top 10 Moments From The Weekend’s Six Nations Action

There was no shortage of exciting moments from Round 3 of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.  From Italy putting it up to Ireland for large periods at the Stadio Olimpico to the French flair on display in Paris and of course, Josh Adams’ last-gasp try to seal the win against England at the Principality Stadium – there is plenty of contenders …

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Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

The Six Nations Team Of The Weekend As Voted By You

Earlier today we asked you to vote for your Guinness Six Nations team of the weekend.  All players who started the round three fixtures were eligible including those who were introduced early on. Unsurprisingly, Wales dominate the XV after their superb win over England on Saturday evening and Warren Gatland’s side now have Scotland and Ireland standing in their way …

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Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

Vote For Your Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

After round three off the 2019 Guinness Six Nations, Wales are in pole position for the championship and the Grand Slam after their 21-13 victory over England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Elsewhere, France got their first win of the tournament with a victory over Scotland in Paris while Ireland are still in contention thanks to their bonus point win …

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Ireland Italy Six Nations

The Top Performers As Ireland Escape Rome With Bonus Point

It wasn’t a perfect performance by any stretch of the imagination but Ireland did what was required to come out on top against Italy with a bonus point which keeps their slim hopes of retaining their Guinness Six Nations crown alive for another two weeks.  The Six Nations now takes a break with action not returning for a fortnight and …

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Ireland Italy Six Nations

10 Quickfire Conclusions From Ireland’s Bonus Point Win Over Italy

Ireland still have a slim chance of reclaiming their Guinness Six Nations crown thanks to their bonus point 16-26 victory over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this afternoon.  However, what will be most concerning for Irish supporters will be the performance of the team who look a shadow of the side who brilliantly defeated the All Blacks just …

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Ireland Italy Six Nations

Error-Strewn Ireland Survive Italy Scare To Emerge With Bonus Point

Ireland avoided a shock defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this afternoon as they eventually emerged with a four-try 16-26 victory.  Ireland were 16-12 behind at halftime and deservedly so. Their play, not only in the opening 40 minutes but in the second half too, was full of uncharacteristic unforced errors with a clear nervous energy running through …

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Wales England World Rankings

England And Wales Set For Movement In Rugby World Rankings

Saturday’s results in round three of the Guinness Six Nations means we will see some movement when the official world rankings are updated on Monday.  France’s bonus point 27-10 victory over Scotland in Paris will see them move up two places in the world rankings from 10th to 8th. Scotland remain in 7th but their loss to Jacques Brunel’s side …

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