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Ireland Go Number One In The World With Victory Over Wales In Dublin

Ireland 19 Wales 10  Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium  It was a day of ‘lasts’ at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon. Last appearance for Rory Best at the Aviva Stadium, last appearance for Joe Schmidt at the Aviva Stadium and most importantly, the last game for Ireland before they open their World Cup campaign on September 22 against …

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Mako Vunipola

Blow For England As Vunipola & Nowell Set To Miss Chunk Of RWC

Eddie Jones and England have been dealt a blow with the news that both Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell will miss a number of games at the Rugby World Cup.  Both players have been included in Jones’ final 31-man selection but it looks like they won’t be featuring in Japan until the end of the pool stages. Vunipola suffered a …

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Ireland Team

Johnny Sexton Returns As Strong Ireland Team Named For Wales

Ireland have named a strong team for the clash with Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  The big news is that Johnny Sexton returns to start at out-half in what will be his first appearance of the season. He will partner Conor Murray who makes his first appearance since the heavy loss to England at Twickenham. Ireland Team To …

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Gary Neville Declan Rice

Gary Neville Reckons Declan Rice Should Not Be Playing For England

Gary Neville believes that Declan Rice should not be allowed to play for England due to the fact that he won three senior caps with the Republic of Ireland.  Rice, who switched allegiances to England, has now made three senior appearances for the Three Lions and was recently called up by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming 2020 European Championship qualifiers …

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Wales Team

Wales Name Strong Team For Clash With Ireland In Dublin

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named a very strong side for Saturday’s clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  As expected, Gatland has named many of his front-liners in the starting XV which sees Alun Wyn Jones captain the side. Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee and Tomas Francis pack down in the front-row while Jake Ball and Alun …

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Jacob Stockdale

“A Lot Of The Criticism Quite Annoyed Me” – Jacob Stockdale

It was quite unfamiliar territory for Jacob Stockdale in the aftermath of Ireland’s record loss to England at Twickenham.  Not only were Joe Schmidt’s side poor across the board, but Stockdale, in particular, came in for criticism due to his defensive performance which saw his side concede eight tries. Stockdale made some poor defensive reads during that match but he …

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Devin Toner World Cup

Joe Schmidt Explains Devin Toner Omission From World Cup Squad

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has explained a number of the tough calls he had to make in finalising his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  One of the biggest omissions is that of Devin Toner who has been left out for Munster’s Jean Kleyn. Schmidt told Irish Rugby TV that it was a difficult conversation. “I’ve coached …

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Ireland World Cup Squad

Ireland Confirm 31-Man Rugby World Cup Squad

Joe Schmidt has confirmed the 31-man Ireland Rugby World Cup squad which will travel to Japan in the coming weeks.  The announcement was due to take place this coming Sunday, a day after Ireland’s final warm-up game against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. However, with the players being notified of their selection/exclusion over the last 24 hours, multiple …

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Devin Toner

Devin Toner Reportedly Set To Miss Out On World Cup Squad

Devin Toner is set to be the big omission from Ireland’s final 31-man Rugby World Cup squad according to multiple reports this morning.  Ruaidhri O’Connor of the Irish Independent reports that Toner will be left out of the final 31-man squad as Joe Schmidt opts to include Munster second-row Jean Kleyn. Kleyn made his Ireland debut in the first warm-up …

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Ireland Player Ratings

Player Ratings As Ireland Get Much-Needed Confidence Boost

Ireland are back to winning ways after recording a 22-17 victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff this afternoon.  In what was a much-improved performance from Joe Schmidt’s charges, Ireland claimed a confidence-boosting victory which boasted a number of outstanding individual performances. Here are our player ratings from this afternoon’s action. Dave Kilcoyne – 9  Despite only lasting …

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Ireland Need To Show That Humbling Was Just A Blip & Not Systemic

When Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and his staff were formulating Ireland’s pre World Cup schedule, the penultimate game against Wales which takes place today was always going to provide an opportunity for some fringe players to clinch their spot in the final 31-man squad.  In an ideal scenario, Ireland would have performed to a decent level against England. They …

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Liverpool Champions League

Liverpool & Napoli Meet Again As Draw Made For Champions League

The draw for the group stages of this season’s Champions League has been made in Monaco this evening.  Reigning champions Liverpool have been drawn in Group E alongside familiar foes Napoli while FC Salzburg and KRC Genk make up the rest of the opposition for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Tottenham are in Group B where they will meet Bayern Munich, Olympiacos …

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