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Israel Dagg On Mental Health Struggles: “I Hated Rugby”

Former All Black, Israel Dagg has opened up the mental health struggles that almost forced him out of the game. The 30-year-old former Crusaders player who retired from rugby last week due to a chronic knee injury claims to have entered into a severe mental health battle after missing out on selection for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Speaking to …

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Damian McKenzie Ruled Out Of World Cup After Rupturing ACL

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The New Zealand All Blacks have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Damian McKenzie has ruptured his ACL and is ruled out of the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The Chiefs player suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while on club duty at the weekend against the Blues with All Blacks head coach, Steven …

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Israel Dagg Announces Retirement From Rugby

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All Black Israel Dagg has announced his retirement from rugby due to ongoing injury issues which have forced him to withdraw from the game.  30-year-old Dagg has faced a lengthy period on the sidelines due to an ongoing knee injury and it is based on medical advice that he hang up his boots. Dagg made his debut in 2006 for …

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Barrett And McKenzie Retained As Hansen Makes 11 Changes To All Blacks Team

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The All Blacks will persist with a two-pronged attack against Italy on Saturday, despite coach Steve Hansen ringing the changes after last week’s loss to Ireland. Hansen retained fly-half Beauden Barrett and fullback Damien McKenzie in a starting line-up featuring 11 changes from the side that ran out in Dublin, resisting calls to start the in-form Richie Mo’unga. Instead, Mo’unga …

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Over 1 Million People Tuned In To Ireland’s Historic All Blacks Win

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Over one million people tuned into Ireland’s historic 16-9 victory over the All Blacks on Saturday, figures released today have confirmed.  883,700 was the average audience figure on RTÉ 2 who were the Irish television broadcaster for the match on Saturday, this accounts for more than half (57%) of the television audience share. At its peak, over one million people …

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Ireland Dominate The All Blacks In Historic Win

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Ireland –  16 New Zealand – 9 Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium This game was billed as a decider to which team is the best in the world and Ireland can certainly feel they deserve that tag as they produced a performance which the All Blacks had no answer to.  Everyone expected New Zealand to respond to last …

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Rory Best Denies Ireland Have Been Disrupted By Late Injuries

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Rory Best doesn’t believe Ireland have been disrupted by injuries as he spoke at today’s captain’s run just moments after the gathered media were informed of Dan Leavy’s injury.  Ireland informed the media that Leavy was not 100% and that he has general tightness, a term which was used by head coach Joe Schmidt at Thursday’s team announcement. Josh van …

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“We Have To Be On Edge And Ready For Anything”

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After two years and on paper at least, Joey Carbery finds himself in a very similar position – named on the Ireland bench ahead of a Test match with the All Blacks.  Of course, much has changed for Carbery in the 24 months since; he has continued his career trajectory to see himself established as international out-half while he has …

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Joe Schmidt Launches Defence Of Bundee Aki After NZ Attention

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has defended Bundee Aki amidst the extra attention being put on him from the New Zealand media and the All Blacks camp. Last weekend, much was made of the All Blacks facing off against England’s Brad Shields as up until the summer, he would have played all of his rugby in New Zealand with the …

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