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Ireland Fans Drowned Out The Haka By Singing The Fields Of Athenry

Ireland and New Zealand met in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Saturday and the atmosphere was electric ahead of the game. The Tokyo Stadium in Japan’s capital city was a sea of colour and noise, with both sets of supporters combing to create a brilliant spectacle. After the players lined out for the anthems, the All Blacks performed their …

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Eddie Jones Wants New Zealand In World Cup Semi-Final

England are the first side through to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals following their 40-16 win over Australia at Oita Stadium. Australia started well but England were full value for their win. Jonny May went over in the first-half for two tries in quick succession before Kyle Sinkler and Anthony Watson rounded off the win in the second half. England …

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England Thrash Australia To Secure Semi-Final World Cup Spot

England Australia

England 40 – 16 Australia  England are through to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup after they completely suffocated Australia at the Oita Stadium. Australia dominated the opening exchanges and their first score came from a Henry Slade knock-on which allowed Kurtley Beale to break upfield before Scott Sio was high tackled on the next phase. Christian Lealiifano kicked …

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A Combined Ireland-All Blacks XV As Voted By You

With Ireland and New Zealand both naming their starting XVs ahead of Saturday’s mouth watering World Cup quarter-final, we thought it would be interesting to see who would win out on a head-to-head basis.  On Thursday , we asked you to vote in a poll to choose your combined XV based on the starting sides announced by Steve Hansen and Joe …

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Mo’unga Hails Impact Of Ronan O’Gara Despite Accent Barrier

Mo'unga

New Zealand fly-half Richie Mo’unga has praised the role former coach Ronan O’Gara played in his development during the Cork man’s time with the Crusaders.  O’Gara spent two seasons as backs coach with the New Zealand side, prior to his move to Top 14 side La Rochelle, and had a pivotal role in the side securing back-to-back Super Rugby titles. …

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Reggie Corrigan Column: Top Three Players Of The World Cup So Far

Top Three Players World Cup

In choosing the top three players of the 2019 Rugby World Cup so far, it’s difficult to pick out players from the big nations considering as of yet, they haven’t seriously been tested consistently, writes former Leinster and Ireland international Reggie Corrigan.  At the moment, you can’t look beyond Japan in terms of what they have brought to the tournament. …

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Ireland V All Blacks: Choose Combined XV From Starting Teams

Ireland New Zealand

New Zealand will face off against Ireland in a mouth-watering Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash in Toyko on Saturday (kick-off 11.15 Irish/UK time).  While Steve Hansen’s side are in the hunt for their third World Cup campaign victory in a row, Ireland are hoping to qualify for the semi-final stage for the first time in history. While the All Blacks …

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Schmidt: Ireland Have Lost Element Of Surprise Against All Blacks

Joe Schmidt Ireland

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt believes New Zealand will be “well aware” of how his side play when the teams meet in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Saturday. Steve Hansen will be well accustomed to Ireland’s current style of play having faced off against Schmidt’s side on three occasions since 2016, losing twice, in Chicago in 2016 and last …

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England & Australia Teams Named For Quarter-Final Showdown

England Australia Teams

England and Australia have named their respective sides for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Oita.  Eddie Jones had made three changes to the team which beat Argentina in the pool stages. Mako Vunipola is selected at loose-head prop in place of Joe Marler who is among the replacements. Courtney Lawes replaces George Kruis in the second row. Henry Slade …

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Darren Cave: This Was Supposed To Be Our Year

We’ve beaten the All Blacks on two of the last three occasions, but this Irish team are going to need to return to the form of 2018 if we’re to have any chance of making it three from four, writes Darren Cave. A subject I’ve been outspoken about in the past is the importance of Johnny Sexton to Ireland, and …

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Ireland & All Blacks Name Teams For Mouth-Watering Quarter-Final

Ireland All Blacks

Ireland and the All Blacks have named their respective teams for Saturday’s mouth-watering quarter-final in Tokyo.  Ireland’s team is as expected. Ireland make three changes from the starting XV which beat Samoa last Saturday. Peter O’Mahony returns in place of Tadhg Beirne, Garry Ringrose comes in for the suspended Bundee Aki but plays at 13 as Robbie Henshaw moves to …

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Rob Herring Called Into Ireland Squad In Place Of Sean Cronin

Herring

Ulster hooker Rob Herring will join up with Ireland’s World Cup squad in Japan in place of the injured Seán Cronin, according to the BBC.  Cronin is thought to have sustained an injury in training which has ruled him out of the rest of the tournament. The news comes just days away from Ireland’s titanic World Cup quarter-final meeting with …

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