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“This Squad Doesn’t Need A Wake-Up Call” – Peter O’Mahony

Peter O'Mahony Ireland Six Nations

For someone who prides himself on his ability to physically impose himself on opponents, the manner of Ireland’s Six Nations loss to England on Saturday will sting Peter O’Mahony in particular.  O’Mahony and the rest of his forward pack came out second best to their English counterparts with the likes of the Vunipola brothers, Mako and Billy, Kyle Sinckler, Maro …

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Ireland Issue Squad Update Following Bruising Defeat To England

Ireland issued a squad update on Monday following their Six Nations defeat to England at the Aviva Stadium, with a number of injury concerns present ahead of Saturday’s clash with Scotland. Winger Keith Earls who was on the receiving end of a couple of questionable challenges from Tom Curry and Maro Itoje suffered a hip pointer injury and will be managed …

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Stick Or Twist? Schmidt Set For Some Big Selection Calls This Week

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When Joe Schmidt spoke to the media after Ireland’s 20-32 loss to England in the Guinness Six Nations on Saturday, he mentioned how the Irish players were “very quiet” before the game.  The Ireland head coach also revealed that the energy levels weren’t there. Now, this poses a problem. Why couldn’t the players get themselves up to the required mental …

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Wallabies Sack Attack Coach With World Cup On The Horizon

Joey Carbery

Stephen Larkham has been removed from his position of Wallabies attack coach and will now take up a new job as a national high-performance coach advisor.  According to reports, tensions have been simmering between head coach Michael Cheika and Larkham with the latter understood not to have been able to implement his strategies on the team as the Wallabies averaged …

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MacKenna On Monday: I Hate To Say I Told You So

Greg Feek Ireland Six Nations

I hate to say I told you so. But… I tried to warn that this would happen, based logically on our own past experiences and ongoing present attitude. However, with rugby in Ireland, it’s so often once bitten, twice bitten, three times bitten. If the saying is true that stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting …

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The Power Plays: How England Blitzed Ireland In 90 Seconds

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Just seconds from the kick-off in England’s 32-20 win over Ireland in the opening round of the Guinness Six Nations, you got the sense that Eddie Jones’ side were going to make the next 80 minutes as uncomfortable as possible for the reigning champions.  Owen Farrell executes his kick off to perfection by sending it long but also high, just …

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Jones Highlights Intensity As Key Ingredient In Beating Ireland

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Eddie Jones is refusing to get carried away with England’s performance following a huge win over Ireland in the opening round of the Six Nations Championship. England dominated the reigning champions from start to finish. They were much more aggressive and smarter in their play and have made a huge statement of intent going forward. However big the victory, Jones …

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Ireland Count The Cost Of Bruising Loss To England

Keith Earls Joe Schmidt Ireland Six Nations

Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium  There will be plenty of sore bodies around Carton House on Monday when the Ireland squad begin preparations for their trip to Murrayfield to take on Scotland.  In terms of the physicality and intensity which was evident at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Ireland were definitely second best. From the moment Jamie …

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England End Ireland’s Run With Dominant Win In Dublin

Ireland England Six Nations

Ireland 20 England 32 Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium England inflicted Ireland’s first defeat since the summer tour of Australia last year after scoring four tries, two in either half, as Joe Schmidt’s side couldn’t find an answer to the excellent kicking game and physical approach from the visitors. England made their intentions known almost immediately when they …

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Scotland Defeat Italy At Murrayfield Despite Conceding Three Late Tries

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Scotland welcomed Conor O’Shea’s Italy side to Murrayfield today in the opening round of this year’s Six Nations and it proved to be a relatively comfortable win for Gregor Townsend’s men despite conceding three tries in the final ten minutes. Scotland thought they had broken the deadlock after three minutes through Grant Gilchrist, however, the second-rower was deemed to have committed …

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Ireland U20s Claim Huge Scalp In Cork With Win Over England

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Ireland 35 – 27 England History was made tonight in the Irish Independent Park as Cork hosted an Irish rugby international game for the first time ever. England were the visitors to Leeside as Paul McNamara’s side attempted to get their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start. Ireland got off to an electric start and it looked like …

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Ireland V England: A Combined XV As Chosen By You

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The excitement is rising ahead of tomorrow’s Guinness Six Nations clash between Ireland and England in the Aviva Stadium.  In anticipation of the game, and following yesterday’s team announcements, we asked you to select the best combined XV from the two teams. The results are in and Ireland lead the way in the team with nine representatives on the team. …

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