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Johnny Sexton Defends Conor Murray Amid Scrum-Half Debate

Sexton Murray

It’s the selection debate which just doesn’t seem to go away. Andy Farrell has opted for the experienced Conor Murray ahead of John Cooney for the second week in succession.  Murray will line out against Wales on Saturday with Cooney on the bench and the subject of the Limerick scrum-half was raised once again at Thursday afternoon’s press conference at …

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Ireland v Wales: Choose Your Combined XV From Starting Teams

Ireland Wales

Ireland welcome Wales to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday for their battle in the second round of the Guinness Six Nations.  During last year’s championship, Wales dished out a humiliating 25-7 defeat of Ireland in Cardiff to secure the Grand Slam win. Hadleigh Parkes and Jordan Larmour were the try-scorers on the day. Two changes to the Ireland …

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Nick Tompkins Promoted As Wales Name Team For Ireland Clash

Nick Tompkins Wales

Wayne Pivac has made just one change to his Welsh side to face Ireland in the Guinness Six Nations on Saturday in the Aviva Stadium.  Following his impressive debut from the bench against Italy last week, scoring one try in the 42-0 win, Nick Tompkins is promoted to the starting XV for Saturday’s clash in Dublin. The 24-year-old Saracens centre …

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From GAA Stock, Andrew Smith Now Making Waves With The Oval Ball

Andrew Smith

In the Smith household, there was a bit of a shock when Andrew decided he wanted to forge a path in rugby.  The Ireland U20 winger, who scored one of Ireland’s six tries in their 38-26 win over Scotland on Friday, is related to former Mayo intercounty footballer Kevin O’Neill and of course, Kevin’s father, Liam, who was on that …

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Fatialofa Issues Positive Update One Month After Suffering Neck Injury

Fatialofa

Worcester Warriors forward Michael Fatialofa has been released from hospital one month after suffering a serious neck injury in their Premiership loss to Saracens.  The 27-year-old underwent surgery on January 6 to relieve pressure on his spinal cord caused by swelling and spent almost three weeks in the intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington in London. Earlier this …

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Andy Farrell Names Ireland Team For Wales Clash

Ireland team Wales

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named the team which will take on Wales in the second round of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations on Saturday. Farrell has been forced into a number of changes in his squad from the opening weekend win over Scotland. In the backline, Robbie Henshaw comes straight into the starting side for the injured Garry …

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Manu Tuilagi Ruled Out Of England’s Calcutta Cup Clash With Scotland

manu tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi will miss England’s Six Nations clash with Scotland on Saturday following an MRI that confirmed the powerful centre has sustained a “low-grade groin strain”.  The Leicester Tigers man limped off after just 16 minutes of Sunday’s 24-17 defeat to France in Paris. BREAKING: Manu Tuilagi will miss England's Six Nations game against Scotland on Saturday after an MRI …

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John Cooney On Conor Murray Inspiration & Winding Road To The Top

John Cooney

John Cooney cuts a relaxed figure as he sits in front of a packed media room alongside his rival for the Ireland nine jersey Conor Murray.  The IRFU communications department threw a curveball to the gathered media when announcing that the duo, whose selection merits have dominated the narrative in the build-up to this Six Nations championship, were those who …

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England Announce Squad Update Ahead Of Scotland Test

England squad

Eddie Jones has announced his England squad for their upcoming Six Nations clash against Scotland in BT Murrayfield on Saturday.  Five uncapped players, Ben Earl, Alex Moon, Fraser Dingwall, Ollie Thorley and Jacob Umaga, have been included while Alex Mitchell is named as an apprentice player. Jones remains stuck for options at number eight following the injury to Billy Vunipola. …

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Conor Murray V John Cooney The Friendliest Of Rivalries

John Cooney

There was a collective smile among the gathered journalists at the IRFU’s High-Performance Centre in Abbotstown when it was confirmed that Conor Murray and John Cooney would be up for interview – together.  Of course, the subject of these two players and their current form has dominated newspapers and sports websites alike with many being of the opinion that Cooney …

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AIL Plays Pivotal Role In U20s Development – Noel McNamara

Ireland U20s

Noel McNamara believes the AIL plays a vital and crucial role in the development of young players in this country.  The Ireland U20 head coach was speaking in the aftermath of Ireland’s excellent 38-26 victory over Scotland at Musgrave Park in Cork on Friday night and he highlighted how almost every single one of this year’s squad have been playing …

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