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Joe Schmidt

Steve Hansen Praises Ireland As “The Best” In Managing Players

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has called for a four-month offseason to avoid player burnout. The All Blacks thumped Australia 37-20 in Yokohama on Saturday to complete a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup whitewash, but Hansen warned that players will continue to risk injury unless they get enough rest. “They don’t get enough of a break,” he said on Sunday. “You can’t …

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Leicester City

Fans In Shock After Leicester City Helicopter Crash

Fans laid down football scarves and shirts outside Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Sunday, a day after a helicopter belonging to the club’s Thai owner crashed outside the grounds. Dozens of candles and flowers could also be seen among the tributes, as well as an image of Ganesh — a Hindu god often found at Thai Buddhist temples. “I …

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Scannell The Hero As Munster Beat Glasgow At The Death

Munster 25 Glasgow 24  Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park  A late Rory Scannell penalty with the clock in the red saw Munster come from behind to secure an incredible 25-24 win over the Glasgow Warriors. Despite what looked like a certain loss where Glasgow utterly dominated in the second quarter and third quarter of this match, Munster mounted a …

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Last-Gasp TMO Check Sees Connacht Fall In Wales

Ospreys 22 Connacht 17 A full-strength Connacht side fell to a narrow 22-17 defeat to the Ospreys at Bridgend in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday night. Andy Friend’s side produced some uncharacteristic errors in the opening 10 minutes as they found themselves two tries down. With just two minutes into the game, a clearing kick from Tiernan O’Halloran was blocked down which …

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Spurs new stadium

Spurs To Play Remaining 2018 Home Games At Wembley

Spurs will play their remaining home games in 2018 at Wembley Stadium, the Premier League club announced Friday. Spurs had been hoping to move into a new 62,000-seater stadium near their old White Hart Lane home in north London in September. But chairman Daniel Levy said “factors completely outside of our control” meant Spurs would not now play at their …

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Will Addison Ulster

Watch: Will Addison Rips Dragons To Shreds With Superb Break

At halftime, it’s advantage Ulster as they lead the Dragons 24-13 at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Three tries from Henry Speight, Dave Shanahan and Michael Lowry have Dan McFarland’s side in control at the break while the Dragons are just about holding on thanks to a try from Huw Taylor and eight points from the boot of Jason Tovey. …

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Guilhem Guirado

France Captain Guilhem Guirado Will Leave Toulon Next Season

Top 14 outfit Toulon will be parting ways with France captain Guilhem Guirado at the end of the season, the club’s president Mourad Boudjellal said on Friday. While Stade Français have been chasing the 32-year-old hooker it appears his next stop may be Top 14 rivals Montpellier. Boudjellal said Guirado “needs a change of scenery and wanted to get closer …

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Cipriani rugby quiz

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember The Week In Rugby?

There was no shortage of interesting stories in the world of rugby this week.  From Champions Cup exploits to international squad announcements, the column inches have been filled with everything to do with the oval ball as we enter into an exciting part of the season. Below you will find a quiz containing 10 questions to test your knowledge on …

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Ireland rugby

Attrition: In-Depth Analysis Of Minutes Played By Ireland Squad

Joe Schmidt raised a few eyebrows when he named 42 players in his Ireland squad for the upcoming November internationals against Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and the USA.  This time last year, Schmidt named 38 men in his squad for the 2017 November series but with the World Cup now less than 12 months away, it’s clear that the head …

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Joe Schmidt philips award

No Conor Murray As Squad Announced For November Internationals

Joe Schmidt has named a 42-man Ireland squad for the upcoming November internationals against Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and the USA. However, Conor Murray continues his rehabilitation and has not been included. Murray has not played since the third Test of Ireland’s summer tour of Australia, over four months ago, and will be a major loss for Schmidt’s men. #IrishRugby …

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Conor Murray PINERGY

“The Rumours Were Crazy” – Conor Murray Opens Up On Injury

Conor Murray has said that he is nearing a return from the neck injury which has seen him sidelined for all of this season so far.  Murray hasn’t played since the third Test against the Wallabies in the summer and the silence surrounding his injury has fuelled speculation and rumour. However, although Murray admits that the rumours were “crazy” he …

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Alex Lozowski and Eddie Jones

Blow For Eddie Jones As EPCR Extend Lozowski’s Ban

Eddie Jones has received another blow ahead of the November internationals with the news that Alex Lozowski has had his ban extended by the EPCR.  The centre was banned retrospectively after a citing complaint from his side’s win over the Glasgow Warriors in the first round of the Heineken Champions Cup. Lozowski entered a ruck dangerously and the disciplinary panel …

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Joe Schmidt and Ireland

The Ireland Squad We Think Joe Schmidt Will Name Tomorrow

Joe Schmidt is expected to name his Ireland squad tomorrow for the upcoming November internationals against Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and the USA.  With so many Irish players performing very well for the provinces this season, this will likely be one of the most difficult squads Schmidt has had to name in his tenure. Schmidt named a 38-man squad for …

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