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Beauden Barrett At Fullback As All Blacks Name Team For Boks

All Blacks Team

Steve Hansen has named his All Blacks team for Saturday’s blockbuster showdown with the Springboks on what will be the second day of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Rassie Erasmus confirmed a strong side yesterday and Hansen has followed suit with a formidable looking team of his own in what should be an exhilarating encounter. Joe Moody, Dane Coles and …

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Cullen Urges Toner “To Get Back On The Horse” Should Call-Up Occur


Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has urged Devin Toner “to get back on the horse” following his disappointing omission from Ireland’s World Cup squad earlier this month.  Toner was expected to be named as part of Joe Schmidt’s 31-man panel but there was widespread surprise when the Leinster stalwart was left at home with Munster’s Jean Kleyn named instead. Ross …

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“Nervous Days” Behind Joey Carbery As He Looks To Attack World Cup

Joey Carbery

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  When the images of Joey Carbery grimacing on the Aviva Stadium turf were broadcasted to the thousands of supporters watching Ireland’s win over Italy, they would have feared the worst.  Carbery suffered an ankle injury in Ireland’s first warm-up game, an injury all that more difficult to take considering he was producing a man-of-the-match performance …

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Andy Farrell Provides Positive Update On Earls & Kearney Fitness

Kearney Earls

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has provided a positive update on the fitness of Keith Earls and Rob Kearney ahead of Sunday’s World Cup clash with Scotland. Earls and Kearney are suffering from knee and calf problems, respectively and there has been widespread concern that the duo could miss out the Pool A opener against …

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Springboks Team Named For Blockbuster Clash With All Blacks

Springboks Team

Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus has named his team for Saturday’s blockbuster encounter with the All Blacks at International Stadium Yokohama.  With just one exception, South Africa have selected the same side which secured a draw against New Zealand in Wellington during the Rugby Championship. Captain Siya Kolisi was unavailable that day but he comes into the team at blindside …

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Jack Carty On How Life In Galway Has Prepared Him For Japan

Jack Carty

It has been a whirlwind number of months for Jack Carty. A highly impressive season with Connacht saw him earn a spot in Ireland’s squad for the Six Nations and he made his Test debut against Italy earlier this year. On the back of his displays for province and country, the 27-year-old was named in Joe Schmidt’s squad for the …

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WRU Release Statement Following Rob Howley Betting Scandal

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have released a statement confirming that attack coach Rob Howley has been sent home from the World Cup following a betting scandal.  The former scrum-half has been working alongside Gatland with the Welsh national side for the last 11 years with the upcoming World Cup set to be their farewell swansong. Stephen Jones, who was …

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Louise Galvin On Female Pundits And Silencing Keyboard Warriors

Louise Galvin

For most of us rugby fanatics, or even half-interested bystanders, the most difficult decision we’ll face this weekend is choosing which channel to tune into for the Rugby World Cup.  Over the past number of weeks, broadcasters have been revealing their illustrious panels for their coverage with a mixture of established names and new faces. Irish people will have a …

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Wales Coach Sent Home From World Cup Amid Betting Scandal

rob howley

Wales attack coach Rob Howley has been forced to leave their camp days before the start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan after being implicated in a betting scandal. Howley was removed after being named at the centre of an investigation in relation to a potential breach of World Rugby regulation 6, specifically betting on rugby union. News of …

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World Rugby Reveal Concern Over “Shrouded” CVC Six Nations Deal


Sean McMahon reporting from Tokyo.  World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper has revealed his concern at CVC’s growing influence in northern hemisphere rugby.  The private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners, are currently in negotiations with Six Nations officials with regards to purchasing a stake in the northern hemisphere’s premier international competition. This comes off the back of the firm buying a …

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Irish Players Proud Of How Bundee Aki Responded To Eligibility Criticism

Bundee Aki

Seán McMahon reporting from Chiba.  Rhys Ruddock has said that the Irish players are proud of how Bundee Aki has responded to criticism surrounding his eligibility for the Ireland team.  Former Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald criticised the potential inclusion of Aki ahead of Garry Ringrose on his podcast recently. “He shouldn’t be in that team,” Fitzgerald said. “The guy is …

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Ruddock Brothers Return To Japan 10 Years On


Sean McMahon reporting from Chiba.  In Irish rugby, there has been no shortage of sets of brothers who have either played for their country or being involved at provincial level at least.  Rob and Dave Kearney would be the most recent example but going back through the years, you would have Richard, Paul and David Wallace, Simon and Rory Best, …

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IRFU Confirm Injury To Rob Kearney

Rob Kearney

Sean McMahon reporting from Chiba The IRFU have confirmed that Rob Kearney suffered an injury to his calf on Monday.  The 33-year-old fullback was in line to start against Scotland for Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday but this setback has put that in doubt. Today, a spokesman for the IRFU confirmed that Kearney has tightness …

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Predicting Ireland’s Backline Against Scotland

Ireland Backline

There are some doubts surrounding the makeup of Ireland’s backline ahead of the Pool A opener against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday.  According to reports this evening, Rob Kearney suffered a calf injury in training today which puts him in doubt for Sunday’s match. An update will likely be issued tomorrow (1am Irish time) on Kearney’s fitness but it just …

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Rob Kearney A Doubt For World Cup Opener Against Scotland

Rob Kearney

Sean McMahon reporting from Chiba.  Ireland fullback Rob Kearney has emerged as a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Scotland in Yokohama.  It is being widely reported that Kearney suffered a calf injury in training this morning and his availability for the clash with Gregor Townsend’s side is now deemed doubtful. Ireland are currently in the midst of a backline injury …

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