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Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt: Some Players Had One Eye On The Plane To Japan

If you have been paying attention to the news this week, you would have seen multiple potential for Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham last weekend.  From heavy legs to the first hit out of the season and to a drastic lack of confidence in the squad, supporters and pundits alike have been putting their heads together to figure …

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Ireland Team Wales

Tadhg Beirne Starts As Schmidt Names Ireland Team For Wales

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has announced his team for Saturday’s clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Like Warren Gatland, Schmidt has opted to make considerable changes to his team. Up front, there is an all-Munster front-row which consists of Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan. Iain Henderson, who is retained from last weekend’s record defeat …

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Conor Murray

“I Got A Bit Of A Scare To Be Honest” – Conor Murray

Conor Murray was one of the injury concerns coming out of Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham on Saturday.  Murray and Cian Healy both left the fray earlier than expected and in the Limerick man’s case, it was getting caught on wrong side of tackling England winger Jonny May which caused the damage. May’s elbow made contact with Murray’s …

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Felix Jones

Erasmus Confirms Role For Felix Jones In Springboks Setup

Director of Coaching of South Africa Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has confirmed that former Munster coach Felix Jones will take up a role in the Springboks setup for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  South Africa have been without an attack coach in recent weeks since the departure of Swys de Bruin from the coaching staff. Jones recently left Munster as the …

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All Blacks World Cup Squad

Owen Franks Left Out As Hansen Names All Blacks World Cup Squad

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has named his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Hansen has left out some big names including 108-Test veteran Owen Franks while Ngani Laumape and Liam Squire were other high-profile players not to make the cut. Laumape’s exclusion has paved the way for Ryan Crotty’s inclusion. All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen …

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Johnny Sexton

Joe Schmidt Provides Injury Update On Sexton, Murray, Earls & Healy

Generally, on a Tuesday of a Test match, one of Joe Schmidt’s assistant coaches would address the media.  The head coach generally only appears for media duties on team announcement day and directly after games. So it was interesting that Schmidt went against this trend in the immediate aftermath of Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham on Saturday. There …

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Felix Jones Set To Be Appointed New Springboks Attack Coach

Former Munster coach Felix Jones is set to be appointed as the Springboks’ new attack coach according to a report in Independent Online, a South African publication.  Jones recently resigned from his position as an assistant coach with Munster with former Wallabies attack coach Stephen Larkham replacing him. Of course, Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus was the former Director of …

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James Ryan

Five Players Who Can Make A Big Difference For Ireland

Ireland need to respond, that much is simple.  The record 57-15 defeat to England at Twickenham on Saturday has raised serious questions about Ireland’s prospects at the World Cup. The players lacked physicality, they defended incredibly poorly, they offered little in attack and their setpiece crumbled under the weight of English pressure. There are a myriad of problems which need …

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Andy Moran

Andy Moran Confirms Retirement From Inter-County Football

Mayo football legend Andy Moran has announced his retirement from inter-county football.  The Ballaghaderreen club man has had a distinguished career in the green and red which included eight Connacht senior titles, a national league title, two All-Stars and the Footballer of the Year award in 2017. Moran confirmed the news to Richie Sadlier of Second Captains this afternoon. “We’re …

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Ireland England Rankings

England Rise And Ireland Fall In Latest World Rankings

The biggest talking point of the weekend was England’s demolition job on Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday. That 57-15 defeat for Ireland has raised serious questions about their prospects at the upcoming World Cup. Ireland were shambolic in defence while their set-piece crumbled under the pressure of an excellent England performance. There is no doubt that Joe Schmidt is facing …

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Healy Murray

Joe Schmidt Provides Update On Cian Healy & Conor Murray

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has provided an injury update on Cian Healy and Conor Murray.  Murray suffered a knock when he attempted to tackle Jonny May in the first half of Ireland’s 57-15 defeat to England at Twickenham this afternoon. The scrum-half was removed for a HIA, which he passed, but returned for the final minutes of the first …

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Rory Best

“It’s Hard To Describe It Without Using Profanity” – Rory Best

Rory Best cut a dejected figure when he spoke to Sky Sports immediately after his side’s embarrassing 57-15 loss to England at Twickenham this afternoon.  Ireland’s performance raises huge concerns ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and there are just a few weeks to go until Ireland’s opening game against Scotland in Yokohama. Speaking to Sky Sports, Best said …

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Ireland England

Ireland Embarrassed At Twickenham As England Run Riot

England 57 Ireland 15 Ireland suffered their second consecutive defeat to England this year after they fell to an embarrassing 57-15 loss at Twickenham in their second World Cup warm-up game. Despite Owen Farrell opening the scoring after seven minutes with a penalty, it was Ireland who started the brighter and they went ahead after nine minutes thanks to a …

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Aphiwe Dyantyi

Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi Tests Positive For Banned Substance

South Africa winger Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for a banned substance.  The 24-year-old has requested the testing of a ‘B’ sample after he tested positive for a banned substance when he provided a urine sample on July 2 while attending a Springboks training camp. The sample returned positive for a banned substance on August 14 as reported by Sport24. …

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England Ireland Combined XV

A Combined England-Ireland XV As Voted By You

With England and Ireland both announcing their starting XVs for Saturday’s clash at Twickenham on Thursday, we thought it would be interesting to see who would win out on a head-to-head basis.  Today, we asked you to vote in a poll to choose your combined XV based on the starting sides announced by Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt. In some …

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Jaco Peyper

Jaco Peyper Withdraws From Refereeing England V Ireland On Saturday

World Rugby have confirmed that Jaco Peyper will not referee Saturday’s Test match between England and Ireland at Twickenham.  Peyper was originally pencilled in to be the man in the middle for the 3 pm kick-off on Saturday but due to flight and preparation issues, the 39-year-old South African has been stood down from the Test. Because of “significant” flight …

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