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Ian Keatley To Join London Irish For Rest Of Season

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Munster have confirmed that out-half, Ian Keatley, will see out the rest of the season with Declan Kidney’s London Irish side.  The province announced earlier this month that the 31-year-old will join Benetton at the end of the season after eight years at Munster. Keatley stepped up to the out-half role following the retirement of Ronan O’Gara but has found …

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Henshaw Set To Start At Full-Back Against England [Report]

Robbie Henshaw

Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, is set to make a surprising positional switch in his team to face England on Saturday, with Robbie Henshaw set to start at full-back, according to reports. Henshaw made his debut for Ireland at full-back against the USA in Houston in June 2013, but all of his 35 caps since then have been at centre. According …

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Willemse To Make French Debut Against Wales In Six Nations Opener

Willemse

South African-born Paul Willemse will make his debut for France in Friday’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Paris. Willemse, a 2012 junior world champion with the Baby Boks, arrived on French soil in 2014 as a 21-year-old, so fulfilling the three years of residency required by World Rugby regulations. He received his French passport in November and will become …

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CJ Stander Wary Of “Power Athlete” Billy Vunipola Threat

Billy Vunipola CJ Stander Ireland England

CJ Stander says he is expecting a physical but smart performance from England when Eddie Jones’ side line out against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  This eagerly-anticipated clash between these two old rivals has all the makings of a classic and many are expecting England to produce a performance considering their promising form in November and also the …

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“I’d Love To Start Them All” – Carbery Hoping To Get The Nod From Joe Schmidt

Joey Carbery Ireland

Joey Carbery has admitted he would love to start all games for Ireland for the upcoming Six Nations but knows that the final decision rests with Joe Schmidt.  Carbery’s form at outhalf for Munster this season, especially in recent weeks as the southern province recorded victories over Leinster, Connacht, Gloucester and Exeter, has begun conversations around the potential for the …

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Stringer: Ireland Must Look To Rattle “Hothead” Farrell

Peter Stringer has said Ireland will look to get under the skin of ‘hothead’ England captain Owen Farrell when the teams meet in their Six Nations clash in Dublin. The build-up to Saturday’s match, which sees defending Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland up against an improving England at the start of a year culminating with the World Cup in …

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Donnacha Ryan Living With No Regrets As Another Six Nations Looms

There are so many photographs from Ireland’s triumphant Grand Slam win in Twickenham last year that will stay with Irish rugby fans for a long time to come. Rory Best lifting the trophy with Johnny Sexton holding the Tripe Crown plate, players embracing their families and Ireland fans preparing themselves for the celebrations that were to come. However, one photograph …

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Ulster Confirm Former Edinburgh Flanker As New Forwards Coach

Roddy Grant Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby have confirmed that former Edinburgh flanker Roddy Grant will be the province’s new forwards coach from the beginning of next season.  Grant was born in Botswana to Scottish parents, but grew up in South Africa and moved to Scotland to embark on a professional playing career that began in 2006 with Border Reivers. He later joined Edinburgh and …

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Peter Stringer: “I’m In Control Of My Own Life Now”

Peter Stringer Munster

For any rugby player who has played the game professionally for 20 years, the thought of retirement must be a daunting one. However, for Peter Stringer, who retired last year on his own terms, he is happy to now live his life in the same manner.  Ireland are favourites going into this weekend’s Guinness Six Nations opener against England, having won …

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“Billy Does What He Does Best” – Earls Ready For Vunipola Threat

Keith Earls Ireland England Vunipola

Keith Earls is expecting a typically physical Six Nations encounter with England this weekend as Ireland look to get their title defence off to the best possible start.  Matches between these two teams are always high in the physicality stakes and with England seeing the return of Mako and Billy Vunipola, Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes among others, there is a …

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Schmidt: Opponents Have Spied On Ireland Training Sessions

Joe Schmidt Ireland

Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, has said that his training sessions have been spied upon by opponents on more than one occasion.   Given Leeds United manager, Marco Bielsa’s astonishing admission last week, the subject of spying is very topical across all sports. Both Schmidt and Eddie Jones had joked that the England head coach would use binoculars to spy on the …

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