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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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Magnifique! France Claim Famous Six Nations Win Over England

France England

France 24 England 17 France produced an excellent, if not at times an erratic performance to clinch a famous win over England at the Stade de France in Paris. France produced a superb start when Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas broke through the English defence where he was hauled down on England’s 10m line. The home side went through the …

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Parsons & Naoupu Blend Youth With Experience As Ireland Claim Win

ireland women scotland women

Ireland Women 18 – 14 Scotland Women Michael Corry reporting from Energia Park. Ireland were pushed all the way by Scotland in Donnybrook this afternoon with an intercept try from 18-year-old Béibhinn Parsons proving vital come the end of the game.  In truth, it was a game of two halves as Ireland dominated the first while Scotland held the upper …

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Ronan Kelleher Sets Sights On Six Nations Title After First Cap

Ronan Kelleher

You’ve got to appreciate Ronan Kelleher’s enthusiasm. It’s that trait and drive which brought him to the Aviva Stadium this weekend where he won his first cap for Ireland after coming on for Rob Herring in the 73rd minute of the 19-12 win over Scotland. The 22-year-old Dubliner has been a revelation this season, grabbing his opportunity with both hands …

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Andy Farrell Provides Injury Update After Bruising Win Over Scotland

Ireland injury update

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell provided an injury update in the aftermath of his side’s narrow 19-12 win over Scotland in the opening round of the 2020 Six Nations.  The incredibly physical encounter led to a few injury worries from an Ireland perspective. Caelan Doris and Dave Kilcoyne both departed the field for Head Injury Assessments (HIA). Doris only last …

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