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Spotlight: Conor Cox The Hero Roscommon Badly Needed

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Roscommon are Connacht champions for 2019 and they won it the hard way.  It started with a trip to Castlebar where they defeated Mayo on their home turf for the first time since 1986. Their attention then turned to Pearse Stadium and Galway and despite the fact that the Rossies defeated the Tribesmen in the same fixture at the same …

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The Work Begins Now As Ireland Look To Exorcise Six Nations Demons

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Toulouse lifting the Top 14 title on Saturday signalled the end of the northern hemisphere club season but the lengthy nature of the French campaign aside, many of Europe’s elite players will be getting back to work soon.  Today, Ireland have reconvened at their Carton House base as they begin their preparations for their World Cup opener against Scotland on …

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Predicting Joe Schmidt’s 31-Man Ireland Squad For The World Cup

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It’s relatively quiet in the northern hemisphere with international players taking a well-deserved break after a gruelling 2018/19 season.  However, although many players are currently enjoying some sun on their backs, it won’t be long until the serious work starts again as preparations begin for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Warm-up games will take place in August and …

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Go And Watch Daniel Mandroiu While You Can, He’s A Special Talent

“In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on Danny Mandroiu.” Friday night’s Dublin derby was an absolutely brilliant showcase of everything that makes the League of Ireland special, as Bohemians once again got the better of their bitter rivals Shamrock Rovers. A sold-out Dalymount Park witnessed a fantastic game of Friday night …

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The Future Is Now: An Exciting Irish XI Of Players 25 & Under

With another international break in the books, Ireland sit top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group thanks to a strong draw against Denmark and a 2-0 win over Gibraltar. There may be tougher challenges to come, with home and away ties with Switzerland in September and October, but manager Mick McCarthy is on the right track in achieving his sole …

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Five Irish Players Who Were Absent At The Peak Of Their Powers

Mick McCarthy vented his frustrations during the week at the continued calls to somehow accommodate both Seamus Coleman and Matt Doherty in the same team.   In his second stint as Irish boss, the 60-year-old has been hard pressed by the media on the issue, especially given Doherty’s rousing form for Wolves this season. Having experimented with the Dubliner as …

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Robbie Keane On What Troy Parrott Needs To Do To Become A Top Player

Ireland assistant manager and former Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane has called for caution over the hyperbole surrounding 17-year old Troy Parrott who many feel is the heir to the record goalscorer’s throne. Parrott is one of Ireland’s most promising prospects having impressed for Spurs’ underage sides, scoring 19 goals this season, including 14 in just nine games for the U18s. …

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“I Text Him Last Night And Said, ‘Look, You’ve Got A Big Part To Play In This Ireland Team”

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“He needs a fresh start.” When James McCarthy suffered a double-leg break against West Bromwich Albion in January 2018, the television cameras panned away to a worried-looking Seamus Coleman sitting in the stands. The Republic of Ireland captain was still recovering from a similar injury, 11-days away from making his return to the first-team after nine months on the sidelines. …

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