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Six Nations: Who will be Joe Schmidt’s Perfect 10?

The Six Nations is upon us. But who will Joe Schmidt go with at number 10? Here are the talents, contenders and forgotten men.   And so there are no more games left to impress Joe Schmidt. The next time Ireland’s finest run out onto the paddock it will be into Rome’s modern day Coliseum and the Irish Six Nations’ …

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Leinster Unveil Plans For New-Look RDS

Leinster Rugby have today announced plans to extend and revamp their home ground, the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin. The new design will faciltate up to 25,00o supporters in what is sure to be a move welcomed by the IRFU. It is expected to cost in the region of €20 million. The expansion at the Ballsbridge venue is a move which …

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Ireland Wolfhounds Selection – Three Talking Points

The Ireland Wolfhounds face the England Saxons in Cork tonight in a tie which is attracting far greater interest than an Ireland A side is accustomed to.   The days of the Eddie O’Sullivan era where there was little debate surrounding team selection are a distant memory. As we are experiencing a second wind of the ‘Golden Generation’ of Irish rugby, …

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Ireland Wolfhounds Watch – Who Has The Most To Play For?

Has there been a more eagerly anticipated Ireland Wolfhounds game? So many players have so much riding on tonight. Here’s who to watch.    This evening the Ireland Wolfhounds host their English counterparts in a highly anticipated clash in what is the final step to the 2015 RBS 6 Nations. This game is a perfect appetiser, with a number of …

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Strauss: Competition For Places Is Driving Six Nations Squad On

Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss believes the competition for places in the squad is a driving the players on as Ireland face England Saxons tonight.   Strauss is one of four hookers in Joe Schmidt’s extended squad but Leinster’s South African born front row forward says he wouldn’t have it any other way. “That’s the way we would prefer it to …

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9 Sports Stars Who Look A lot Older Than They Actually Are

  Diego Costa – 26 Chelsea Footballer Photo Credit: Ben Sutherland, Flickr.   Arjen Robben – 31 Bayern Munich Footballer Photo Credit: Global Panorama, Flickr.   Michael Van Gerwen – 25 Darts Player   Dean Winstanley – 33 (Dubbed ‘The World’s Oldest 33 year-old’.) Darts Player   Joseph Minala – 18 Lazio Footballer   Francois Pienaar – 28 in 1995 …

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Would Toulon Win The World Cup?

Toulon have been rewarded for their stroll through Pool 3 of the European Champions Cup with a home quarter-final against Wasps, and should they proceed, a semi-final against Leinster or Bath in the south of France. Bernard Laporte’s side are on the brink of completing a historic and unprecedented three European Cups in a row. No club side has ever …

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Six Nations Preview: Glory For The Men In Green?

Matt Cassidy previews Ireland’s chances in the upcoming Six Nations, where the holders will be looking to retain the trophy for the first time since 1983.   2014 finish Ireland 28-6 Scotland, Dublin Ireland 26-3 Wales, Dublin England 13-10 Ireland, London Ireland 46-7 Italy, Dublin France 20-22 Ireland, Paris 2014 was a glorious year for Joe Schmidt and Irish rugby …

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Modern Rugby – How The Irish Wolfhounds Have Evolved

Ozer McMahon discusses the development of the Irish Wolfhounds from a test-bed for up and coming players, to a stage where established internationals can gain precious minutes. It’s not long since the Irish A team, or the Wolfhounds as they have been rebranded, was a stepping stone towards elite international recognition and a breeding ground for those excelling themselves at …

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Five Fighting For Their Six Nations Spot

This weekend’s Champions Cup action  gave us a glimpse of some of the players who have been out of the Irish side for quite a while now. But while these players will be looking to grab the attention of Joe Schmidt ahead of the Six Nations, there are plenty of others that are hanging by a thread to a potential …

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Six Nations: Can France Restore National Pride?

After a disappointing few campaigns, will 2015 be the year that France finally get back to European rugby’s top table? Ozer McMahon doesn’t think so.   2014 Finish The opening fixture of France’s 2014 tournament was strangely prophetic as to how their campaign would unfold. They sparkled, and sprinted into a 15-3 lead within 22 minutes against England, crossing for …

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Munster’s Nine Try Victory Can’t Cover Cracks

Getting a team physically and mentally prepared for a dead rubber is not an easy task for any coach and is unfamiliar territory for Munster. Thinking back to thrilling do or die round six encounters against Gloucester, Wasps, Racing Metro and today’s opponents Sale made the occasion all the more strange. The game against Sale represented the first since 1998 …

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6 Nations: Welsh Dragon To Roar

Wales look set to make amends for last season’s dismal away form. But it still won’t be enough to take the Grand Slam back to Cardiff.    Warren Gatland’s men headed into last season’s competition with a chance of becoming the first ever team to win three outright championship’s in-a-row. However, the men in red endured a disappointing tournament with …

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Match Preview: Munster vs Sale

Sale travel to Munster this Sunday in a tie which has no bearing on the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup, but nonetheless may have a big impact on the rest of Munster’s season, and consequently, Anthony Foley’s future at the helm. Given the fact that Munster have missed out on the knock-out stages of Europe for only the …

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Is The Return of Tomás O’Leary A Sign of Munster’s Decline?

The news of Tomás O’Leary’s return to Munster has been welcomed by fans throughout the province. However, is his return indicative of just how far the Reds have fallen? Brian Barry discusses. Munster announced this week that prodigal son Tomás O’Leary was returning to the province after two seasons with London Irish. While this may be a positive step for both parties, it is in …

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Six Nations Preview: Scotland Set To Struggle Once Again

With the Six Nations now very much so on the horizon, Matt Cassidy previews the prospects of Scotland before they head into the tournament next month.  2014 results Ireland 28-6 Scotland, Dublin Scotland 0-20 England, Edinburgh Italy 20-21 Scotland, Rome Scotland 17-19 France, Edinburgh Wales 51-3 Scotland, Cardiff The 2014 edition of the Six Nations championship is one that Scotland’s long …

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Six Nations: Will It Be A Dream Year For The Red Rose?

The Six Nations is just around the corner and 2015 has the potential to be a momentous year for England Rugby. Is it inconceivable that the World Cup hosts can secure a Six Nations and World Cup double? Ozer McMahon discusses their potential for the former. Englands’s 2014 Six Nations Campaign After maintaining a 100% home record and securing a …

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Leinstertainment Returns To Ballsbridge

That’s more like it from Leinster. Seven tries and an incredibly accurate performance with a blend of pack domination and backline precision that will buoy them before their quest to secure top spot against Wasps next weekend. There was further evidence of Leinster’s continued conveyor belt of youth coming through with accomplished performances from all of their respective young guns. …

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