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Ireland New Zealand

Key Battles Ahead Of Mammoth Ireland-New Zealand Clash

Brought to you by Vodafone, the official sponsor of the Irish rugby team The eagerly-anticipated Test match between Ireland and New Zealand is just around the corner. Since 2013, when Ryan Crotty crossed the line with the clock in the red to break Irish hearts, an intense rivalry has developed between these two teams. In 2016, Ireland finally secured their …

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Rory Best Dan Leavy Ireland

Rory Best Denies Ireland Have Been Disrupted By Late Injuries

Rory Best doesn’t believe Ireland have been disrupted by injuries as he spoke at today’s captain’s run just moments after the gathered media were informed of Dan Leavy’s injury.  Ireland informed the media that Leavy was not 100% and that he has general tightness, a term which was used by head coach Joe Schmidt at Thursday’s team announcement. Josh van …

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Joey Carbery Ireland All Blacks

“We Have To Be On Edge And Ready For Anything”

After two years and on paper at least, Joey Carbery finds himself in a very similar position – named on the Ireland bench ahead of a Test match with the All Blacks.  Of course, much has changed for Carbery in the 24 months since; he has continued his career trajectory to see himself established as international out-half while he has …

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Ireland Northern Ireland Anthem

Watch: God Save The Queen Widely Booed At The Aviva

Tonight’s international football friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland has got off to a rather unsavoury start as the anthem, God Save The Queen, was widely booed by the crowd in the Aviva Stadium.  Of course, fixtures between these sides are always going to carry that extra bit of edge and potential for animosity between both sets …

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Bundee Aki Joe Schmidt Ireland

Joe Schmidt Launches Defence Of Bundee Aki After NZ Attention

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has defended Bundee Aki amidst the extra attention being put on him from the New Zealand media and the All Blacks camp. Last weekend, much was made of the All Blacks facing off against England’s Brad Shields as up until the summer, he would have played all of his rugby in New Zealand with the …

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Joe Schmidt Ireland

Schmidt Makes Four Changes As Ireland Team Named For All Blacks

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team to take on the All Blacks this Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.  Much of the concern this week surrounded the fitness of Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose, Kieran Marmion and Bundee Aki but all four players have come through training this week to make it into the team. In the forwards, the front-row is …

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Ireland Adam Griggs Beibhinn Parsons

16-Year-Old Parsons Set For Debut As Griggs Hails Growing Depth

Ireland Women will begin their season on Sunday when they take on the USA in Donnybrook in the first of two international fixtures pencilled in for November.  After Sunday, Ireland will travel to Twickenham next weekend to take on England which should provide an indication of where this team are in their current development. It hasn’t been the easiest 15 …

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Rob Kearney Andy Farrell Ireland Johnny Sexton

Andy Farrell Provides Injury Update As All Blacks Loom

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell spoke to the media this afternoon at the team’s base in Carton House and he provided an injury update ahead of the eagerly-anticipated clash with the All Blacks on Saturday.   With Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray ruled out of the rest of the series, Ireland have been sweating on the fitness of Garry Ringrose, Rob …

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England Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones Includes Uncapped Players In 30-Man Squad For Japan

Eddie Jones has named a 30-man training squad as preparations ramp up for England’s next November international, a Twickenham showdown with Jones’ former side, Japan.  Saturday’s result against New Zealand was bittersweet but Jones will be happy with how his England side pushed the All Blacks to the pin of their collar. A big win is expected against Japan and …

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Stuart Hogg Exeter Chiefs Glasgow

Exeter Chiefs Confirm Signing Of Stuart Hogg

The Exeter Chiefs have completed a superb signing for next season after the club confirmed today that they have acquired the services of Stuart Hogg.  Hogg confirmed over the weekend that he will be leaving the Glasgow Warriors next season for “family and rugby reasons”. The 63-times capped Scotland full-back will be heading to Sandy Park on a two-year contract …

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