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Chris Ashton Withdraws From England Squad For Family Reasons

Chris Ashton

The RFU have confirmed that England and Sale Sharks winger Chris Ashton has withdrawn from the World Cup training squad due to family reasons. A 28-man squad have convened at Pennyhill Park today for a training camp with another get together set to take place at Lensbury between June 30 and July 4. However, Ashton will not be a part …

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Ireland Fall To Narrow Defeat In Final Of Moscow Sevens

Ireland Sevens

Ireland fell to a narrow 31-26 defeat in the final of the Moscow 7s in the Rugby Europe Men’s 7s Grand Prix Series.  Anthony Eddy’s side came into this final after securing wins over Spain and Germany in the quarter-final and semi-final, respectively. Although Ireland have qualified for next year’s HSBC Sevens World Series, there was added motivation at this …

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Folau Defends GoFundMe Page As Rugby Australia Deem It Inappropriate

Israel Folau

Former international Israel Folau has taken to social media to defend his GoFundMe page which he set up to raise funds for his legal battle against Rugby Australia.  Folau is filing a claim with the Fair Work Commission against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs for unlawful dismissal on the grounds of religious discrimination. The page has received over $723,000 …

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Ireland Rue Horrible Opening 20 Minutes In Defeat To Baby Blacks

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New Zealand U20 – 40 Ireland U20 – 17 Ireland rounded off their 2019 World Rugby U20 Championships with defeat to New Zealand in their seventh-place playoff encounter after a horrible opening 20 minutes that saw Noel McNamara’s side give the Baby Blacks a four-try lead. Ireland showed great heart to battle back and make a game of it midway …

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Johnny McPhillips Departs Ulster For Leicester Tigers

Ulster out-half, Johnny McPhillips has signed a deal with Leicester Tigers and will join the English Premiership ahead of next season.  McPhillips becomes the second Irish player to move to Welford Road this summer alongside Leinster’s, Noel Reid, where they will be coached by former Irish international, Geordan Murphy. He was born in England and spent five years playing soccer …

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Report: Mike Catt To Join Irish Backroom Staff

Former England and Lions star Mike Catt is reportedly set to join the Irish backroom staff as their attack coach following the World Cup in Autumn. According to Brendan Fanning of Independent.ie, the IRFU are expected to announce the appointment in the coming days as Ireland complete their coaching roster, with Simon Easterby, John Fogarty, Richie Murphy and head-coach Andy Farrell. …

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English Player Cops Three Month Ban After Biting Ireland U20

cameron redpath

England U20 international, Cameron Redpath, has been handed a three-month ban after admitting to biting Irish hooker, Dylan Tierney-Martin, at the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championships. Ireland faced England on Monday for the second time in the tournament in a fifth-place playoff semi-final where it was England who came out on the right side of a 30-23 result following a …

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Ireland Ring The Changes For Final U20 Game Against New Zealand

Ireland

Noel McNamara has made a number of changes to his side for their final U20 World Championship game against New Zealand in Rosario on Saturday (kick-off 5pm Irish time). Ireland are competing in the 7th-8th place play-off following their last-gasp seven-point loss to England earlier this week.  Leinster duo Max O’Reilly and Brian Deeny will make their first starts in …

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Israel Folau’s GoFundMe Page Raises Almost $400,000 In Two Days

Israel Folau

A GoFundMe page set up by former Australian international Israel Folau to help cover his legal costs has raised almost $400,000 in two days.  ​Folau has launched legal proceedings with the Fair Work Commission against Rugby Australia following their decision to terminate his contract due to a high-level breach of the players’ professional code of conduct last month. Folau has …

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Sprinting Star Aaron Sexton Among Exciting Ulster Academy Intake

Aaron Sexton Ulster

Ulster Rugby have announced their Academy intake for next season and it includes Irish Schools sprint record holder Aaron Sexton.  The 18-year-old broke the Irish Schools record in the 100m and 200m recently but he has made the decision to focus on rugby full-time instead of athletics. Despite his age and that he is now only entering his first year …

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Ranking The Toughest Pool Draws Of Irish Teams In Champions Cup

Irish Teams Champions Cup

The draw for the 2019/2020 pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup took place on Wednesday as clubs from across Europe learned their fate as to who stands between them and the knockout stages of the competition.  It’s a special year for the Irish teams as it’s the first time that all four provinces have qualified for Europe’s premier club …

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World Rugby Scraps Plans For Nations Championship

Rugby Law Changes

World Rugby has discontinued their Nations Championship plans having failed to gain unanimous support from the countries involved in the Six Nations.  The proposed structure, which they hoped to launch in 2022, would have seen the Six Nations winners take on the winners of the expanded six-team Rugby Championship. The governing body says that plans were scrapped due to “a …

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Zebo’s Munster Return & Other Talking Points From Champions Cup Draw

Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/2020 edition of the Heineken Champions Cup was made on Wednesday afternoon in Lausanne, Switzerland.  All four of the Irish provinces are competing in next season’s edition of the Champions Cup and today they learned who stands between them and European glory. Here we discuss some of the biggest talking points from Wednesday’s draw. Pool Of …

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Munster Handed Pool Of Death In Champions Cup Draw

Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/2020 Heineken Champions Cup has been made in Lausanne, Switzerland.  20 clubs from across Europe will compete in next season’s edition of the competition. This is the first time since the 2016/17 season in which all four Irish provinces have qualified for the competition on their own merits – prior to the 2016/17 season, Connacht only …

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Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Champions Cup Draw

Champions Cup pool draw

The draw for the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup takes place today at 1.20 pm in Lausanne, Switzerland.  20 clubs have qualified for next season’s premier European club rugby competition. Before the main pool draw can take place, the 20 qualified clubs must first be placed into four tiers of five teams based on their ranking: Tier 1 The three domestic …

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