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Ronan O’Gara: The Move Wasn’t Right For Either Of Us

Ronan O'Gara

Life doesn’t stop for Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O’Gara.  The Cork man finished up his role as assistant coach with the Crusaders on July 6th as he watched his former side lift a third consecutive Super Rugby title thanks to their 19-3 victory over the Jaguares in Christchurch. Nine days later, he was on the other side of the …

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Brodie Retallick A World Cup Doubt Following Dislocated Shoulder

New Zealand suffered a massive injury blow during their 16-16 draw with South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, losing lock Brodie Retallick to a dislocated shoulder The All Black talisman left the field midway through the second half clutching his shoulder and looking in visible pain following a clearout at a ruck by Springbok lock RG Snyman. Speaking …

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All Blacks & Springboks Fight To 16-16 Draw In Wellington

Springboks left it late to claw their way back into today’s Rugby Championship test showdown against the All Blacks as things ended on a score of 16-16. The South Africans will have every reason to feel encouraged despite sharing the spoils in Wellington on Saturday. From the get-go, it was apparent that the All Blacks still had some tightening up …

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Iain Henderson Confirmed As New Ulster Rugby Captain

Ulster Rugby have today confirmed that Iain Henderson will take over as club captain for the 2019/2020 season following the retirement of Rory Best. The 27-year-old has previously captained the northern province on numerous occasions and brings a wealth of experience to the role having made 105 appearances for Ulster as well as having represented both Ireland and the British …

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Mo’unga Named At 10 For The All Blacks, Barrett Moved To 15

beauden barrett

The All Blacks have named Crusaders’ out-half, Richie Mo’unga, to start against the Springboks for Saturday’s Rugby Championship encounter.  The decision means that two-time World Player of the Year, Beauden Barrett, will make the switch to full-back for this weekend’s South Africa test. New Zealand scraped over the line in last week’s opening round match with Argentina on a scoreline …

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Former Ulster Out-Half Named In Wallabies Side For First Time Since 2016

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Ex-Ulster player, Christian Lealiifano, has been named in the Wallabies side for the first time since 2016. Lealiifano’s last appearance for Australia came in the 2016 Rugby Championships, however, he was diagnosed with leukaemia weeks later which forced him into an extended break from rugby. Amazingly, Lealiifano returned to Super Rugby action with the Brumbies just 11 months after being …

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Danny Cipriani Left Out Of Latest England Pre World Cup Squad

Danny Cipriani

England head coach Eddie Jones has left out Danny Cipriani in his latest World Cup training squad.  Jones has called up 38 players for what is England’s third official World Cup training camp. The camp will take place in Treviso, Italy in what will be warm-weather training to best prepare the players for the tough conditions which they will experience …

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“Fabulous” Joey Carbery Pushing For Position In Sexton Absence

Joey Carbery

Ireland are now entering a much needed ‘rest week’ after two gruelling two-week blocks of pre-season preparation ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Fitness and strength & conditioning work have been the main focus during the past month as the Ireland coaching staff hope to have the players in the best possible shape to deal with the difficult environmental …

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Referees Named For Ireland’s World Cup Pool Stage Games

Wayne Barnes Six Nations referees

The referees have been named for Ireland’s pool stage games of the upcoming World Cup, with England’s Wayne Barnes taking charge of their opener against Scotland. Reffing in his fourth World Cup, Barnes will be in the middle when Ireland kick-off their World Cup campaign against Scotland on September 22nd as they look to impress on the world stage. The …

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Henshaw & Murray On Key Area Where Ireland Need To Improve

Murray Henshaw

Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw have both discussed one of the areas which Ireland are keen to improve on ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  A disappointing Six Nations campaign which saw Ireland record losses to England in Dublin and Wales in Cardiff saw them finish in third place but those two games were similar, not only in the …

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Jake Flannery Among Four New Recruits To Munster Academy

Munster Academy

Ireland U20 star Jake Flannery is among four new recruits to the Munster Academy ahead of the new season.  Flannery has starred for the Ireland U20s during their Grand Slam-winning Six Nations campaign and also during the recent U20 World Championship in Argentina. Flannery, who can play at both out-half and fullback, was expected to join the Academy this year …

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