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Referees Named For Ireland’s World Cup Pool Stage Games

Wayne Barnes Six Nations referees

The referees have been named for Ireland’s pool stage games of the upcoming World Cup, with England’s Wayne Barnes taking charge of their opener against Scotland. Reffing in his fourth World Cup, Barnes will be in the middle when Ireland kick-off their World Cup campaign against Scotland on September 22nd as they look to impress on the world stage. The …

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Henshaw & Murray On Key Area Where Ireland Need To Improve

Murray Henshaw

Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw have both discussed one of the areas which Ireland are keen to improve on ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  A disappointing Six Nations campaign which saw Ireland record losses to England in Dublin and Wales in Cardiff saw them finish in third place but those two games were similar, not only in the …

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Jake Flannery Among Four New Recruits To Munster Academy

Munster Academy

Ireland U20 star Jake Flannery is among four new recruits to the Munster Academy ahead of the new season.  Flannery has starred for the Ireland U20s during their Grand Slam-winning Six Nations campaign and also during the recent U20 World Championship in Argentina. Flannery, who can play at both out-half and fullback, was expected to join the Academy this year …

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Team News Ahead Of Rugby Championship Opening Weekend

Rugby Championship

The 2019 Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina battle it out over the next few weeks. This year’s edition is shortened to just three rounds due to the Rugby World Cup beginning in September but it will provide ideal preparation for the competing nations ahead of Japan. This weekend’s action takes place …

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Fixtures Released For The New Guinness PRO14 Season

PRO14 fixtures

The fixtures for the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season have been released by tournament officials this afternoon.  Due to the 2019 Rugby World Cup which takes place in Japan, the season will begin later than usual with the opening round taking place on the weekend of 27-28th September. Ahead of the new campaign, there has been some shake-up to the conferences …

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Setback For Ulster As New Signing Suffers Cruciate Injury

Gareth Milasinovich

Ulster have been hit with the disappointing news that their new signing, Gareth Milasinovich, has sustained an ACL tear in training.  The northern province are currently in pre-season training ahead of the 2019/20 campaign and Milasinovich, a tighthead prop signed from Worcester Warriors, will now miss nine months due to the injury. Milasinovich was expected to put pressure on Marty …

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Billy Vunipola Regrets How His Comments Impacted His Teammates

Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola has admitted that he feels regret for how his controversial comments which he made in April affected his Saracens teammates.  Vunipola was the subject of a warning from the RFU after the England number eight defended Israel Folau’s anti-homosexual views on social media. Vunipola wrote on Instagram: “There just comes a point when you insult what I grew …

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IRFU Unveil Season Roadmap Ahead Of World Cup Qualification

Ireland Women World Cup

The IRFU have outlined details of the upcoming women’s rugby season which they hope will provide the perfect preparation for Ireland’s bid to qualify for the 2021 World Cup which takes place in New Zealand.  Ireland’s disappointing showing at the 2017 World Cup which was held on home soil resulted in them missing out on automatic qualification for 2021 and …

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England Defeat Ireland By 17-7 In Women Sevens Olympic Qualifier

Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for 2020’s Olympic Games in Tokyo came to a halt as England found a way to secure their spot with a comeback victory.  England 17-7 Ireland  After two dominant wins in their opening pair of Rugby Europe Olympic Qualifying matches against Romania and the Czech Republic, Ireland finished second in Pool C after a losing out …

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Joe Schmidt Explains How Johnny Sexton Injured His Hand

Johnny Sexton Hand

There was a collective gasp among the Irish rugby public when news emerged earlier this week that Johnny Sexton injured his hand during Ireland training camp ahead of the Rugby World Cup.  As it emerged, a thumb injury has hampered Sexton’s preparations somewhat but the problem shouldn’t have too much of an impact as he is expected to be fit …

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