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Your Friday Morning Super Rugby Roundup

The first round of Super Rugby began on Friday as the Chiefs hosted the Highlanders in Hamilton and the Melbourne Rebels travelled to Canberra to take on the Brumbies.  Chiefs v Highlanders In the first of Friday’s two games, the Chiefs fell to a three-point defeat to the Highlanders as they came out on the wrong side of a 27-30 …

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Joe Schmidt Ireland Six Nations

A Lot Of Moving Parts Involved In Ireland Selection For Italy

Ireland will look to continue their Six Nations revival when they travel to Rome next weekend to take on Italy.  Joe Schmidt’s side bounced back from their opening round defeat to England with a 13-22 victory away to Scotland at Murrayfield. Their destiny is out of their hands currently with England and Wales both unbeaten up until this point but …

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Munster

Munster Name Very Strong Team For Friday Night Lights In Cork

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has named a very strong team to take on the Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night.  In total, there are seven changes to the team which defeated the Dragons at Rodney Parade last time out. Many of Munster’s Ireland contingent have returned as Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Niall Scannell, John …

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Six Nations Team Of The Championship

The Six Nations Team Of The Championship So Far As Chosen By You

Yesterday, we asked you to vote on the Six Nations team of the championship so far after the first two rounds of action.  As expected, England dominates this team as they top the Six Nations table with two wins from two and 10 points after securing two bonus points. Six Nations Team Of The Championship After Two Rounds:  15. Elliot …

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Declan Rice

FAI Release Statement Following Declan Rice England Switch

The FAI have released a statement confirming that Declan Rice will switch his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England.  Rice confirmed the news this afternoon via his social media accounts and the FAI have been quick to release a statement. It reads: The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that Declan Rice (West Ham United) has opted …

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Irish rugby transfers abroad

A Look Back At Some Of The Biggest Irish Rugby Transfers Abroad

Sean O’Brien will become the latest Irish rugby player to ply his trade abroad after it was announced this week that the ‘Tullow Tank’ will join London Irish after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.  O’Brien wasn’t offered a national contract by the IRFU which meant in Stuart Lancaster’s words the situation “was almost out of Leinster’s hands” when London Irish …

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Stuart Hogg Scotland Six Nations

Stuart Hogg Set To Miss Remainder Of Six Nations [Report]

Scotland have received a blow with the news that Stuart Hogg is set to miss the remainder of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations championship.  The fullback left the fray after 17 minutes with the shoulder injury occurring two minutes earlier when Peter O’Mahony made contact with Hogg when he was chasing a kick he put down the field. The Irish blindside has …

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Irish Provinces PRO14

Where The Irish Provinces Stand As PRO14 Returns

The Irish provinces return to Guinness PRO14 action this weekend after a three-week absence as the Six Nations has taken centre stage over the last few weeks.  As we are in the midst of a fallow week in the Six Nations, attention will shift back to the PRO14 and here we provide a little reminder as to where the Irish …

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Sean O'Brien Ireland abroad

Leinster Confirm Sean O’Brien Will Join London Irish After World Cup

Leinster Rugby have confirmed this afternoon that Sean O’Brien will join London Irish after the 2019 World Cup.  Leinster have released the following statement: The 31-year-old back row, who turns 32 this Thursday, is one of Leinster’s most decorated players, having come through the Leinster Academy system and having played 122 times for Leinster since his debut in September 20008 …

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Performers Six Nations

All The Key Performers After Round 2 Of The Six Nations

Round 2 of the Guinness Six Nations has come and gone as we now enter a two-week break until Round 3 kicks off with France hosting Scotland, England travelling to Wales and Italy welcoming Ireland to Rome.  Eddie Jones’ side lead the championship table on 10 points, two points ahead of Wales who also have a 100% record so far. …

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Joey Carbery Chris Farrell Ireland

Chris Farrell Praises “Resilient” Joey Carbery After Ireland Win

Ireland centre Chris Farrell has hailed Joey Carbery’s resilience in their win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.  Carbery was introduced to the game with just 24 minutes on the clock as Johnny Sexton was removed from the game as he subsequently failed a head injury assessment (HIA). It wasn’t a perfect performance from the Munster out-half. His intercept pass …

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England France Six Nations

England Send Out Message To Six Nations Rivals With Thumping France Win

England 44 France 8 Six-try England produced a blistering performance at Twickenham to set up a mouth-watering clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium in two weeks time. England were on another level to their French opponents and although Jacque Brunel’s side were dreadful, how England dismantled them from the off will be incredibly pleasing for Eddie Jones and bodes …

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