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Ireland world rankings

Ireland Have The Chance To Make History This Weekend Against England

For Ireland, their sole focus will be on delivering a performance when they take on England at Twickenham on Saturday. Their opening warm-up game, which saw Joe Schmidt’s side emerge 29-10 victors over Italy, was a non-affair but where exactly this Ireland team are with regards to their ability and confidence will be known once the full-time whistle is blown …

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Eddie Jones Names Powerful England Side For Ireland Challenge

Eddie Jones has announced his team for England’s clash with Ireland on Saturday.  Jones has made a number of changes to the side which lost to Wales in Cardiff last time out as captain Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs make their first starts of the summer. Jones said: “The players have come back in a very good physical …

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Rugby World Cup Kits

Full List Of 2019 Rugby World Cup Kits Released So Far

We’re a month away from the first match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and excitement is certainly building as we close in on what should be a memorable tournament.  With all the unions currently focussing on their pre-season preparations, there is also some activity off the field as we see the release of the various kits the participating teams …

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Lynne Cantwell

Numbers Aren’t There For 7s And 15s To Thrive – Lynne Cantwell

It’s an interesting time for women’s rugby in Ireland.  Saturday saw another milestone reached with the first double-header taking place at Energia Park where Leinster’s opening pre-season friendly of the summer acted as the curtain-raiser for Leinster’s women who opened their interprovincial series with a 34-6 victory over Connacht. This was the first round of the women’s interprovincial championship which …

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Jack Conan

A More Mature Jack Conan Is Now Ready To Grab World Cup Chance

“This time around is a lot different and (I’m) now really coming into my own performance-wise.”  This time four years ago Jack Conan received his first cap for Ireland as he looked to make a late surge into Joe Schmidt’s final 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. That cap came in a warm-up game against Scotland at the …

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Debuts Aplenty In Leinster Squad For Pre-Season Opener

Leinster will hand out a number of debuts for their opening preseason game of the summer against Coventry on Saturday which could include Roman Salanoa, a former high school American football player from Hawaii Salanoa plays at AIL level with Old Belvedere and he represented Leinster ‘A’ in the inaugural Cara Cup competition in Boston earlier this year. He has …

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ITV pundits

ITV Announce Pundits For Rugby World Cup Coverage

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is just five weeks away and fans around the world are growing increasingly excited about what the tournament will have in store.  At the moment, all of the participating nations are currently finalising their preparation with a series of warm-up matches where the respective head coaches will be hoping for no unfortunate injuries. With the popularity …

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Liberty Fields

Liberty Fields RFC – The Inspirational Japanese Women’s Rugby Team

“Liberty Fields” is the inspirational story of a Japanese women’s rugby team who stood together, in the face of societal pressure, to pursue their passion for the game. “Liberty Fields” tells the remarkable tale of a group of women who defied the social conventions of 80s Japan, by forming an ultimately indomitable rugby team. In 1989 Tokyo, women’s rugby was …

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England Team

Eddie Jones Makes Three Changes To England Team For Wales Clash

Eddie Jones has made three changes to the team from Sunday’s win over Wales at Twickenham for the return fixture in Cardiff this weekend.  Saturday’s clash at the Principality Stadium will see an international debut for Bath’s Ruaridh McConnochie as he has been named to start on the right wing. Maro Itoje has been named in the second row where …

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Jack Conan

“He’s Like A Ballerina” – Heaslip Backs Conan To Beat Stander To Eight Shirt

Ireland are creeping ever-closer to their final 31-man World Cup squad.  Last week, the original 45-man squad was reduced to 43 when Rory Scannell and Ultan Dillane returned to Munster and Connacht, respectively. Joe Schmidt’s side then played their first warm-up game of the summer on Saturday which saw a 29-10 victory over Italy. On Wednesday, Schmidt reduced the squad …

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Steve Hansen Rings The Changes For All Blacks Showdown With Wallabies

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has made a number of changes to the team for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia.  In total, Hansen has made five changes which sees some highly experienced players cut from the starting XV. Upfront, the 108 times capped Owen Franks loses his place at tighthead to Nepo Laulala while Patrick Tuipulotu comes in …

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Sene Naoupu

“It’s Really Important We Feel Like We Belong To Something” – Sene Naoupu

History will be made this weekend when Leinster Rugby host a double-header at Energia Park.  Saturday’s action will consist of the senior men’s team opening their preseason campaign with the visit of Coventry which will act as the curtain-raiser to the main event – Leinster Women taking on Connacht in the opening match of the extended interprovincial series. Women’s rugby …

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rugby quiz

Quiz: How Well Do You Remember That Exciting Weekend Of Rugby?

It was an exciting weekend of international rugby as preparation ramped up for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Northern hemisphere nations got back onto the pitch with some warm-up games while down south, the Rugby Championship came to an exciting conclusion which included a win for Australia over New Zealand. With everything that happened, we want to know how close …

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