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World Rugby To Take Next Steps With Potential Law Changes Post World Cup

World Rugby have announced that they will take the next steps towards potentially introducing law changes after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.  The law amendments under consideration are proposed with player welfare in mind and law experts, players, coaches, referees and elite competition representatives will meet in London this week to further build on the player welfare and …

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Sean O'Brien

IRFU Sanction Sean O’Brien Over Pub Incident [Report]

The IRFU have sanctioned Sean O’Brien due to an “incident of inappropriate behaviour” following Leinster’s PRO14 title win against the Glasgow Warriors.  The Irish Independent reports that O’Brien urinated on a member of the public in a pub in Dublin the day after Leinster clinched the title at Celtic Park. “The IRFU have investigated an incident of inappropriate behaviour by a …

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Football qualifiers tv

TV, Throw-In & Venue Details Confirmed For Round 3 Football Qualifiers

The TV, throw-in and venue details have been confirmed for the third round of qualifiers in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship.  The draw was made this morning which threw up some interesting encounters most notably Mayo against Armagh and Kildare versus Tyrone. The other two clashes will provide plenty of intrigue as Laois meet Offaly and Westmeath host Clare. …

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Israel Folau GoFundMe

Israel Folau GoFundMe Campaign Shut Down By Site

The GoFundMe campaign set up by Israel Folau to help fight his battle with Rugby Australia has been removed by the crowdfunding platform.  According to GoFundMe Australia, Folau’s campaign violated its terms of service and as a result, the campaign has been taken down and all money raised will be returned to the donors. Before the campaign was taken down, …

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Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton Withdraws From England Squad For Family Reasons

The RFU have confirmed that England and Sale Sharks winger Chris Ashton has withdrawn from the World Cup training squad due to family reasons. A 28-man squad have convened at Pennyhill Park today for a training camp with another get together set to take place at Lensbury between June 30 and July 4. However, Ashton will not be a part …

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Ireland Sevens

Ireland Fall To Narrow Defeat In Final Of Moscow Sevens

Ireland fell to a narrow 31-26 defeat in the final of the Moscow 7s in the Rugby Europe Men’s 7s Grand Prix Series.  Anthony Eddy’s side came into this final after securing wins over Spain and Germany in the quarter-final and semi-final, respectively. Although Ireland have qualified for next year’s HSBC Sevens World Series, there was added motivation at this …

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Aaron Sexton Ulster

Sprinting Star Aaron Sexton Among Exciting Ulster Academy Intake

Ulster Rugby have announced their Academy intake for next season and it includes Irish Schools sprint record holder Aaron Sexton.  The 18-year-old broke the Irish Schools record in the 100m and 200m recently but he has made the decision to focus on rugby full-time instead of athletics. Despite his age and that he is now only entering his first year …

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Irish Teams Champions Cup

Ranking The Toughest Pool Draws Of Irish Teams In Champions Cup

The draw for the 2019/2020 pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup took place on Wednesday as clubs from across Europe learned their fate as to who stands between them and the knockout stages of the competition.  It’s a special year for the Irish teams as it’s the first time that all four provinces have qualified for Europe’s premier club …

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Champions Cup Draw

Zebo’s Munster Return & Other Talking Points From Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/2020 edition of the Heineken Champions Cup was made on Wednesday afternoon in Lausanne, Switzerland.  All four of the Irish provinces are competing in next season’s edition of the Champions Cup and today they learned who stands between them and European glory. Here we discuss some of the biggest talking points from Wednesday’s draw. Pool Of …

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Champions Cup Draw

Munster Handed Pool Of Death In Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/2020 Heineken Champions Cup has been made in Lausanne, Switzerland.  20 clubs from across Europe will compete in next season’s edition of the competition. This is the first time since the 2016/17 season in which all four Irish provinces have qualified for the competition on their own merits – prior to the 2016/17 season, Connacht only …

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Champions Cup pool draw

Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup takes place today at 1.20 pm in Lausanne, Switzerland.  20 clubs have qualified for next season’s premier European club rugby competition. Before the main pool draw can take place, the 20 qualified clubs must first be placed into four tiers of five teams based on their ranking: Tier 1 The three domestic …

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