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Eddie Jones To Stay On With England Until 2021 At Least

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The RFU have confirmed that England head coach Eddie Jones intends to see out the remainder of his contract until 2021 and that defence coach John Mitchell has also committed to two years post 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Mitchell was appointed defence coach in September 2018 and in the nine Test matches in which Mitchell has been involved in, England …

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Diageo Ends Sponsorship Deal With London Irish Over Jackson Signing

Paddy Jackson

Diageo, the parent company of Guinness, have chosen to end their sponsorship deal with London Irish following their signing of Paddy Jackson. The former Irish international was acquitted of rape following a court case last year and subsequently joined French side, Perpignan. Following one season with them, it was announced that Jackson had signed for London Irish, coached by Declan …

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Enda Smith Returns To Captain Roscommon In Connacht SFC Final

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Galway and Roscommon have both named their starting XV for Sunday’s Connacht SFC final at Pearse Stadium. Hubert Darcy and Andrew Glennon make way for Anthony Cunningham’s side with Conor Devaney and Diarmuid Murtagh coming in, while Enda Smith returns to captain the side in place of Ultan Harney. Galway have made just one change following their semi-final victory over …

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Tonga Offer Israel Folau International Rugby Lifeline

Israel Folau

Tonga head coach, Toutai Kefu, has opened the door for Israel Folau to join the Pacific island international side ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.  Kefu revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that he has been in contact with Folau’s camp following the disgraced stars sacking over his controversial comments that “Hell awaits” homosexuals. Folau’s brother, John, …

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Ireland To Face England Again In World Rugby U20 Championship Playoff

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Noel McNamara’s Ireland charges will face England on Monday in the fifth-place playoff semi-final at the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championships after France secured the best runners-up spot. Ireland were in contention for a semi-final berth following their bonus-point win over Italy on Wednesday, however, a heavy defeat on Saturday against Australia ultimately cost them in the end. Hosts, Argentina, …

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Ronan O’Gara Confirmed As Head Coach Of La Rochelle

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Ronan O’Gara is the new head coach of La Rochelle The news was confirmed by the French club on Wednesday morning. O’Gara has been part of the coaching staff with Crusaders since January 2018. But will leave the Super Rugby side when their season ends next month to take up his first head coach role. The former Munster and Ireland …

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Ireland Name Side For Clash With Italy At U20 World Championship

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Ireland U20 head coach Noel McNamara has named his starting XV for Wednesday’s final pool match at the World Rugby U20 Championship.  Ireland will take on Italy (KO 2.30 pm) in the knowledge that there is still a mathematical possibility that they can reach the semi-finals. Ireland have been plagued by injuries throughout the campaign and McNamara has made a …

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Baird Free To Play Italy Following Red Card In U20s World Championships

Ryan Baird

Ireland second row Ryan Baird has been cleared to face Italy in the U20 World Championships in Santa Fe following the red card he received against Australia on Saturday.  Referee Christopher Ridley gave the Leinster player his marching orders for a high tackle on the Australian fly-half, Will Harrison after 20 minutes. Ridley consulted his TMO before concluding that there …

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Heroic 14-Man Ireland Fall Short Against Six-Try Australia

Australia 45 Ireland 17 Ireland played out a tense and physical battle with Australia in the World Rugby U20 Championships in Santa Fe but fell short with 14 men against the Junior Wallabies. It could have been very different for Noel McNamara’s side who Ryan Baird sent-off after 15 minutes and had Australia under pressure for 45 minutes before heading …

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