Home Rugby (page 30)

Rugby

A Combined England-Ireland XV As Voted By You

England Ireland Combined XV

With England and Ireland both announcing their starting XVs for Saturday’s clash at Twickenham on Thursday, we thought it would be interesting to see who would win out on a head-to-head basis.  Today, we asked you to vote in a poll to choose your combined XV based on the starting sides announced by Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt. In some …

Read More »

Murray: Complacency May Have Played Role In Disappointing Six Nations

Conor Murray

Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has admitted that complacency may have crept into the side’s performances during their disappointing Six Nations campaign. After a memorable 2018 season during which Ireland won the Grand Slam, recorded the first series win away to one of the major Southern Hemisphere teams in 39 years and beat the All Blacks in Dublin, Joe …

Read More »

Jaco Peyper Withdraws From Refereeing England V Ireland On Saturday

Jaco Peyper

World Rugby have confirmed that Jaco Peyper will not referee Saturday’s Test match between England and Ireland at Twickenham.  Peyper was originally pencilled in to be the man in the middle for the 3 pm kick-off on Saturday but due to flight and preparation issues, the 39-year-old South African has been stood down from the Test. Because of “significant” flight …

Read More »

Ireland Have The Chance To Make History This Weekend Against England

Ireland world rankings

For Ireland, their sole focus will be on delivering a performance when they take on England at Twickenham on Saturday. Their opening warm-up game, which saw Joe Schmidt’s side emerge 29-10 victors over Italy, was a non-affair but where exactly this Ireland team are with regards to their ability and confidence will be known once the full-time whistle is blown …

Read More »

England V Ireland: Choose Combined XV From Starting Teams

Ireland England

Ireland travel to Twickenham on Saturday for the second of their World Cup warm-up games and Joe Schmidt has named an exciting, experimental side for the clash. Ross Byrne is named at fly-half alongside the experienced Conor Murray while Jean Kleyn is once again named in the second row alongside Iain Henderson. There’s a wealth of experience running throughout with …

Read More »

Champions Cup Fixtures Announced As Irish Provinces Learn Their Fate

The full list of fixtures have been announced for this season’s Heineken Champions Cup with all four Irish provinces involved in the competition. Last year’s beaten finalists Leinster will fancy their chances in a pool containing Lyon, Benetton and Northampton and begin this year’s tournament against the Italian side on Saturday 16th of November at 15:15 in the RDS They …

Read More »

Danny Care Reveals Pain Of Losing World Cup Spot To Willi Heinz

Danny Care

England’s second most capped scrum-half Danny Care has revealed his hurt at being left out of Eddie Jones’ squad for the World Cup.  Jones announced his 31-man squad for the tournament in Japan last week with Ben Youngs and Willi Heinz chosen to wear the number nine jersey. Heinz’ inclusion in the squad may have come as a surprise to …

Read More »

Eddie Jones Names Powerful England Side For Ireland Challenge

Eddie Jones has announced his team for England’s clash with Ireland on Saturday.  Jones has made a number of changes to the side which lost to Wales in Cardiff last time out as captain Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs make their first starts of the summer. Jones said: “The players have come back in a very good physical …

Read More »

Full List Of 2019 Rugby World Cup Kits Released So Far

Rugby World Cup Kits

We’re a month away from the first match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and excitement is certainly building as we close in on what should be a memorable tournament.  With all the unions currently focussing on their pre-season preparations, there is also some activity off the field as we see the release of the various kits the participating teams …

Read More »

Numbers Aren’t There For 7s And 15s To Thrive – Lynne Cantwell

Lynne Cantwell

It’s an interesting time for women’s rugby in Ireland.  Saturday saw another milestone reached with the first double-header taking place at Energia Park where Leinster’s opening pre-season friendly of the summer acted as the curtain-raiser for Leinster’s women who opened their interprovincial series with a 34-6 victory over Connacht. This was the first round of the women’s interprovincial championship which …

Read More »

A More Mature Jack Conan Is Now Ready To Grab World Cup Chance

Jack Conan

“This time around is a lot different and (I’m) now really coming into my own performance-wise.”  This time four years ago Jack Conan received his first cap for Ireland as he looked to make a late surge into Joe Schmidt’s final 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. That cap came in a warm-up game against Scotland at the …

Read More »

Debuts Aplenty In Leinster Squad For Pre-Season Opener

Leinster

Leinster will hand out a number of debuts for their opening preseason game of the summer against Coventry on Saturday which could include Roman Salanoa, a former high school American football player from Hawaii Salanoa plays at AIL level with Old Belvedere and he represented Leinster ‘A’ in the inaugural Cara Cup competition in Boston earlier this year. He has …

Read More »

ITV Announce Pundits For Rugby World Cup Coverage

ITV pundits

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is just five weeks away and fans around the world are growing increasingly excited about what the tournament will have in store.  At the moment, all of the participating nations are currently finalising their preparation with a series of warm-up matches where the respective head coaches will be hoping for no unfortunate injuries. With the popularity …

Read More »