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Player Ratings As Ireland Dominate Scotland In World Cup Opener

Ireland player ratings

Ireland 27 – 3 Scotland Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama Ireland have got their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign off to a perfect start after they produced a completely dominant bonus-point performance over Scotland in Yokohama. Three first-half tries from James Ryan, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong ensured Ireland were up and running after the midway point of their first …

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High Tackle Framework Under Fire As Reece Hodge Escapes Punishment

Reece Hodge

World Rugby have come under fire for their initiative to clamp down on high tackles after an incident involving Reece Hodge went unpunished during Australia’s World Cup encounter with Fiji. The Australian winger’s shoulder made contact with Peceli Yato’s head in the 26th minute of the game while he also failed to use his arms in the tackle. The Fijian …

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“Johnny & The Boys Are Well Able To Look After Themselves”

Johnny Sexton

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama. Peter O’Mahony believes that Johnny Sexton or any other member of the Irish team are well able to look after themselves if they encounter any special treatment from the Scotland players on Sunday.  In recent years, we have seen an extra-bite to Ireland v Scotland fixtures and this applies to provincial level too with Munster …

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Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt Wary Of Scottish Threats In The Rain

Joe Schmidt

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Japan are up and running in Pool A after stuttering to a bonus-point 30-10 win over Russia at the Tokyo Stadium.  Both Joe Schmidt and Gregor Townsend would have watched on from the comfort of their respective team hotels and based on what they saw over the 80 minutes, they won’t be too concerned about …

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Reggie Corrigan Column: Doping Is A Global Problem & We Cannot Presume Ireland Is Exempt

Reggie Corrigan World Cup

October 12th, 2018: Capetown –  The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), in their annual report, announces that six schoolboys at the 2018 Craven Week tested positive for steroids. SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant, dubbed the findings “alarming”. August 13th, 2019: Capetown – SAIDS inform 25-year-old South African winger, Aphiwe Dyanti, that he has tested positive for anabolic steroids and …

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Schmidt’s Larmour Vision Puts Him At Ease In World Cup Cauldron

Jordan Larmour

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has said that the main reason for the omission of Keith Earls and Rob Kearney from Sunday’s matchday 23 for Scotland was due to a lack of time in building continuity.  Earls and Kearney have not been able to train fully this week as they recover from respective knee and …

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Kearney & Earls Out As Ireland Team Named For Scotland Clash

Ireland Team

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has announced his Ireland team to take on Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday.  As expected, Rob Kearney and Keith Earls have not been selected due to the injuries which they are carrying and this sees Jordan Larmour take up a spot at fullback while Andrew Conway starts …

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Owen Farrell At 12 As England Team Named For Tonga Clash

England Team

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his team for Sunday’s clash with Tonga in Sapporo (KO 19:45 local time, 11:45 UK & IRE time).  Owen Farrell will captain the side at inside centre which sees George Ford get the nod at out-half. Ben Youngs will start at scrum-half where he will win his 90th cap for his country. Manu …

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