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Luke McGrath Eyeing Nine Jersey Following Six Nations Disappointment

Luke McGrath

Leinster and Ireland scrum-half Luke McGrath is hoping to put the disappointment of missing out on the Six Nations behind him as he eyes a starting position for this weekend’s game against Italy.  McGrath suffered knee ligament damage prior to the Six Nations, ruling him out of the entire tournament and should he feature against the Italians at the weekend, …

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Joe Schmidt Returns To New Zealand Due To Family Bereavement

Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has returned to New Zealand due to a family bereavement.  Ireland are currently preparing for their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up game on Saturday with Italy the opposition at the Aviva Stadium. Defence and future head coach Andy Farrell has been leading the training sessions over the last number of days along with Greg Feek, …

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Wales Could Be The Number One Team In The World This Weekend

Wales

Wales are going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in pretty good nick.  Warren Gatland’s side is currently on a 14-match winning streak which coincided with a Grand Slam victory in the Six Nations earlier this year. It all began with a win over Italy in last year’s Six Nations and continued throughout their summer tour, the Autumn internationals and …

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An Experimental Ireland XV To Take On Italy This Weekend

Ireland

After what felt like a painfully long summer, Ireland will finally be back on the rugby pitch this weekend as they host Italy at the Aviva Stadium in their first warm-up game ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  This will be the first of four warm-up games as Ireland will also take on England (August 24) and Wales (August …

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Ultan Dillane And Rory Scannell Released From Ireland World Cup Squad

Ireland Rugby

Ireland have confirmed that two players have been released from the World Cup training squad ahead of the opening warm-up match against Italy on Saturday, August 10.  Ireland were working with a 45-man training squad over the last number of weeks but the IRFU have now confirmed that Connacht’s Ultan Dillane and Munster’s Rory Scannell have both been released from …

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David Pocock Will “Kill It” When He’s Back – Michael Hooper

David Pocock

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is confident that David Pocock will show his best form for Australia once he makes his return from injury.  Inspirational flanker Pocock has been out of action for six months due to a troubling calf injury but he was named in Michael Cheika’s extended squad for this weekend’s clash with the All Blacks in Perth. This …

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Mathieu Bastareaud Set To Start In The Pack For Lyon

Bastareaud

French rugby star, Mathieu Bastareaud, is set to start Lyon’s pre-season game with Grenoble at number eight following discussions with the coaching staff. The ex-France captain joined the Top 14 side on a short-term deal before he joins Rugby United New York ahead of the 2020 campaign. According to Rugby Pass, it is believed that his power in close quarters …

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David Pocock Returns To Australia Squad After Injury Absence

David Pocock is back in the Australia squad. Pocock has been out of action since March due a long-standing calf injury. The Australian back-row forward missed the entire Super Rugby campaign and Australia’s first two games of the Rugby Championship. However, after being forced to sit out the tests against South Africa and Argentina, Pocock in back in the Wallabies …

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Massive Blow For Wales As Taulupe Faletau Ruled Out Of World Cup

Taulupe Faletau

Warren Gatland and Wales have received a huge blow with the news that Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Faletau suffered an injury to his clavicle (collarbone) in an “innocuous” training ground incident, the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed today. “Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of Rugby World Cup contention due to a clavicle …

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Israel Folau Begins Legal Action Against Rugby Australia & Waratahs

Israel Folau

Israel Folau has begun legal action against his former employers Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs following his dismissal over homophobic social media posts. The former Wallabies star’s contract was terminated in May after he was found guilty of a high-level Code of Conduct breach relating to an Instagram post in which he said “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists …

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Can You Name Ireland’s 31-Man Squad For The 2015 World Cup?

Ireland Squad 2015

We’re less than eight weeks away from the beginning of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and with the warm-up games beginning next week, players across the world will be desperate to put their hand up to gain selection for the respective final 31-man squads which will travel to Japan.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at back at …

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