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Super League — Who Will Progress To The Grand Final?

It’s been 29 regular matches since the 2019 season of Super League kicked off. This year things are a little different; historically the Super 8s and two semi-finals have decided which two teams will reach the coveted spots in the Grand Final. Now it’s a high-pressure five-team, four-week playoff system. And with the first two weeks already past, here’s a …

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Late Blow For Ireland As Joey Carbery Drops Out Of Matchday Squad

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Ireland have received a late blow ahead of kick-off in their clash with Russia in Kobe with the news that Joey Carbery is a late withdrawal.  With the team sheets confirmed over an hour before kick-off, Carbery was a notable absentee with Conor Murray coming onto the bench to replace him. Carbery was initially named amongst the replacements and he …

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Former Munster Head Coach Rob Penney Bags Top Super Rugby Gig

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Former Munster head coach Rob Penney has landed a big job in Super Rugby ahead of the new season.  Penney coached Munster between 2012 and 2014 as he helped the southern province to two European Cup semi-finals. Since then he has been involved in Japanese Rugby as coach of Shining Arcs who compete in the Top League. The Kiwi has …

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Ardie Savea To Make History By Wearing Goggles Against Canada

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All Blacks back-row Ardie Savea will become the first player to wear goggles at a Rugby World Cup as he battles vision problems. A key player for Steve Hansen’s side, Savea was unstoppable in their opening round victory over South Africa. However, the loose forward is apparently fearful of going blind after the vision in his left eye became blurred …

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Johnny Sexton Incredibly Proud To Realise Childhood Ambition

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Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland for the first time on Thursday when they face Russia in the third pool game of their Rugby World Cup campaign. The Leinster out-half has been joint vice-captain alongside Peter O’Mahony for some time now and has previously taken over the duties during games when Rory Best was replaced. However, Thursday’s game marks the first …

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World Rugby Admit Referee Got Three Decisions Wrong In Ireland Loss

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Joe Schmidt has revealed that Ireland received confirmation from World Rugby surrounding three key errors made by referee Angus Gardner in Saturday’s shock defeat to Japan. However, Schmidt was also quick to praise the Japanese performance and reiterate that they deserved their win. “I think I mentioned earlier that we certainly learned that we’re capable. In that first 20 minutes, …

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Murphy Straight In As Schmidt Makes 11 Changes For Russia Clash

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Joe Schmidt has made 11 changes for Ireland’s crunch World Cup clash with Russia on Thursday. Jordi Murphy comes straight into the back-row at number eight alongside Rhys Ruddock and Peter O’Mahony who makes his third start in 12 days. Tadhg Beirne and Jean Kleyn are set to start their first World Cup matches when they take their place in …

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Finn Russell Cross Field Kick The Highlight In Strong Scotland Win

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Scotland looked lacklustre against Ireland, to say the least. None more so than their mercurial out-half Finn Russell who failed to exploit what was seen as an inexperienced Irish backfield.  Gregor Townsend’s men bounced back in style, however, earlier today with a 34-0 win over Samoa to get their World Cup campaign up and running. The win piles a massive …

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“Japan & Ireland Are Still Favourites” – Townsend On Scotland’s Prospects

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is remaining cautious about his sides’ chances of qualifying from Pool A following today’s 34-0 win over Samoa.  Scotland currently lie in third position in the pool table following today’s bonus point victory and the result piles even more pressure on their final group game against Japan on October 13. As it stands, the host …

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New Zealand’s Barrett Brothers To Make History Against Canada

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Beauden, Scott and Jordie Barrett will make history on Wednesday when they become the first trio of brothers to start a Rugby World Cup game for New Zealand.  It will mark just the second occasion that a trio of brothers has started in a World Cup game after Tonga’s Fe’ao, Elisi and Manu Vunipola played together against Scotland in 1995. …

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