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Eddie Jones Takes Further Swipe At Sexton Preferential Treatment

England head coach, Eddie Jones, has once again hit out at the treatment Irish outhalf, Jonathan Sexton, receives from referees.  The war of words began during the Six Nations in 2016 when Jones questioned Ireland’s use of Sexton following his spate of concussions. “Sexton is an interesting one, they’ve talked about him having whiplash injury which is not a great …

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Irish Referee John Lacey To Retire At End Of Season

The IRFU have announced that referee, John Lacey, will retire at the end of the season and will take up a high-performance referee coaching and talent identification role. The Tipperary native will take charge of his final Test match when Argentina face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday, December 1. He will continue to officiate PRO14 and European games until the end …

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“He’s A Kiwi At Heart & He’d Probably Love To Give It A Crack”

Richie McCaw Joe Schmidt

All Blacks legend, Richie McCaw, believes New Zealand native, Joe Schmidt, would relish the opportunity to coach in his home country. Schmidt’s current contract with the IRFU expires after next year’s World Cup in Japan and New Zealand Rugby chief Steve Tew has admitted that the 53-year-old is among the names being considered to replace the current head coach, Steve Hansen, …

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Blow For Italy As Parisse Ruled Out Of Eagerly-Anticipated Georgia Battle

Sergio Parisse Italy Georgia

Italy captain Sergio Parisse was on Thursday ruled out of the Azzurri team for Saturday’s opening November Test match against Georgia in Florence. Flanker Parisse is struggling with a calf problem that sidelined him for a month in September, before returning two weeks ago for Stade Francais. Conor O’Shea has reshuffled his pack with Bram Steyn taking the 35-year-old’s place …

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Weekends Off And Pilates, CJ Stander Is Full Steam Ahead For Argentina

CJ Stander Ireland

Last weekend was a strange one for CJ Stander as he tells the media on Thursday at the Ireland squad announcement in Carton House.  Two teams that he currently represents, Munster and Ireland, were both playing, yet he wasn’t involved. Munster secured an impressive win against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein while Ireland produced a second-half surge to obliterate Italy in …

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Three Areas That Could Determine The Outcome Of Ireland vs Argentina

Brought to you by Vodafone, the official sponsor of the Irish rugby team Ireland’s first proper test of this November series will take place this Saturday when they take on Argentina at the Aviva Stadium. That’s no disrespect to Italy, who have often proved to be tricky opposition in the past, but with Conor O’Shea fielding a rather experimental and …

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You Could Pick Him At 7 And He’d Do A Really Good Job – Schmidt

Robbie Henhsaw Joe Schmidt Ireland

Sean McMahon reports from Carton House You would be forgiven for letting the fact that Robbie Henshaw started his career at fullback slip your mind, such has been his transformation into a world-class centre.  The Athlone native was superb in this position during the early days of his Connacht career and he often switched between 15 and centre during Pat Lam’s …

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Steve Hansen: England Clash Bigger Than Lions Series

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has insisted the All Blacks’ clash with England this weekend is even bigger than last year’s series against the British and Irish Lions. Saturday’s match will be the first time world champions New Zealand have met England since a 24-21 All Blacks win at Twickenham in 2014 and the long-anticipated fixture has been given added …

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Kearney And Ringrose Close But Can’t Play Argentina At “A Pinch” – Schmidt

Joe Schmidt Ireland

Sean McMahon reports from Carton House  Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose were the two high profile injury omissions from today’s Ireland squad announcement for Saturday’s clash with Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.  Kearney emerged as a doubt ever since he picked up a shoulder injury for Leinster playing against Benetton in the Guinness PRO14 a few weeks ago. Ringrose picked …

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Larmour Starts As Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Argentina

Joe Schmidt Ireland

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland matchday 23 for the clash with Argentina on Saturday.  Jordan Larmour has been named at fullback and he will be joined alongside Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls who make up the back-three. In midfield, Bundee Aki starts at inside-centre while Robbie Henshaw will play outside him. In the half-backs, Kieran Marmion has won the race …

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Six Changes To Argentina Side Facing Ireland On Saturday

Argentina have named their lineup as they travel to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to face Ireland on Saturday. In November 2017, when the two sides last met, it was Ireland who came out on top by a score of 28-19. The big takeaways from the recently announced Argentinian squad are, of course, the six changes head-coach Mario Ledesma has opted to …

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Dan Carter Tips Japan To Reach Rugby World Cup Knockouts

All Blacks legend Dan Carter has tipped Japan to reach the knockout stages of their home World Cup next year — and warned favourites New Zealand will not have it all their own way. The 36-year-old fly-half, who confirmed his stint in Japan would bring down the curtain on his glittering career, said the Brave Blossoms were capable of reaching …

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Strong New Zealand Team Named To Face Under-Pressure England

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New Zealand have signalled their attacking intent against England by naming two playmakers in a full strength side for Saturday’s blockbuster Test at Twickenham. Two-time world player of the year Beauden Barrett and mercurial youngster Damian McKenzie will both start in the one-off Test in London. As expected, the run-on XV has no players from the second-string All Blacks side that …

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All Blacks Still Have Faith In Williams Ahead Of England Clash

New Zealand plan to remain patient with Sonny Bill Williams despite having a midfield quartet “jumping out of their skin” ahead of Saturday’s clash against England at Twickenham. Cross-code international Williams won his 50th All Blacks cap as the world champions beat Australia 37-20 in Yokohama last month. But the 33-year-old centre did not feature in last weekend’s 69-31 rout …

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Luke McGrath Embracing Every Opportunity In The Green Shirt

Leinster and Ireland scrum-half, Luke McGrath has said that being chosen for the World Cup squad next year would be a “dream”.  The 25-year-old is competing with Connacht’s Kieran Marmion, and John Cooney of Ulster to be the backup for Conor Murray and with the British & Irish Lion currently out injured, the November Series is the perfect opportunity to …

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“Jordan Larmour Is A Freak. He Can’t Stop Moving & Can Do It All.”

Ireland scrum-half Luke McGrath has heaped praise on teammate Jordan Larmour and stated that he’s “getting better and better”. Larmour has been in brilliant form for Leinster this season both in the Guinness PRO14 and the Champions Cup and made his international Test debut against Italy last weekend. The 21-year-old certainly made a good impression, scoring a try after a …

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Johnny Sexton Produced A Lovely Gesture To Anthony Foley’s Family

Johnny Sexton

Leinster and Ireland star, Johnny Sexton, gave the family of the late Anthony Foley a lovely gift earlier this year.  ‘Axel’ tragically passed away a little over two years ago on the eve of Munster’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 in Paris. Anthony’s father, Brendan, recently appeared on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live where he revealed that Sexton sent his …

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