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Conor O’Shea Backs ‘Unbelievable’ Mike Catt For Success With Ireland

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Conor O’Shea has backed Mike Catt to have an immediate impact in Ireland’s new-look management side under Andy Farrell.  The former England international spent the last three years working alongside O’Shea with the Italian national team. Both recently stepped away from their respective roles with Catt set to link up with former colleague Andy Farrell ahead of the 2020 Six …

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“He Won’t Be A Person That Will Go, ‘Right, We Have To Do It This Way'”

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The fallout from Ireland’s disappointing 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign will continue between now and the 2020 Six Nations as IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora conducts a thorough review of the campaign by interviewing players and coaching staff.  There are multiple theories being submitted to explain Ireland’s decline in 2019; a stagnant gameplan, an over-the-top, all-encompassing focus on breaking the …

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Andy Farrell Issues Positive Injury Update For Ireland

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has said that Jordi Murphy is better than expected following an injury suffered against Russia last week.  The back-rower, who arrived in Japan as cover for Jack Conan, appeared to be in distress as he was removed after 26 minutes of Ireland’s 35-0 win over Russia with a rib injury. Murphy went for a scan …

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Andy Farrell Provides Positive Update On Earls & Kearney Fitness

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Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has provided a positive update on the fitness of Keith Earls and Rob Kearney ahead of Sunday’s World Cup clash with Scotland. Earls and Kearney are suffering from knee and calf problems, respectively and there has been widespread concern that the duo could miss out the Pool A opener against …

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Andy Farrell Wants To See What Jean Kleyn Can Bring To The Table

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All going according to plan, Jean Kleyn will make his Ireland debut on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.  The 25-year-old South African has completed his three-year residency period which sees him qualify to play for Ireland just in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He’s been named to start on Saturday which could also see an international debut for …

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Williams Questions IRFU Decision To Not Consider McCall For Irish Job

Saracens have won the Heineken Champions Cup trophy for the third time in their history after dethroning Leinster at St. James Park this afternoon.  It’s the third time in four seasons that the English club have lifted European club rugby’s top prize and Irishman, Mark McCall, has been an ever-present in all three of those victories. The Saracens director of …

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Wales Coach Robin McBryde To Replace John Fogarty At Leinster


Wales assistant coach, Robin McBryde, will replace John Fogarty at Leinster when he becomes Ireland scrum coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Fogarty will also take up the role of IRFU National Academy forwards coach from July 1, working across all four provinces “to further develop the alignment and deliver a technical programme for both scrum and lineout for …

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Ireland To Face Scotland In 2020 Six Nations Opener


Andy Farrell will face Gregor Townsend’s Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in his first Six Nations game as Ireland head coach in February of next year. A full fixture list was announced today for both the 2020 & 2021 tournament with Ireland set to play all three home nations in the opening three rounds next year. Elsewhere, Grand Slam champions …

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It’s A Case Of Wait & See For Some Of Ireland’s Returning Stars

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A narrowed down 19-man Ireland squad took part in an open training session at a sun-kissed Aviva Stadium this afternoon as preparations begin for the trip to Rome for a clash with Italy on Sunday week.  Ireland defence coach, Andy Farrell, described today’s session, which involved a training game against the U20s who showed “a bit of intent”, as a …

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Rob Kearney Highlights Influence of Jared Payne On Ulster’s Form

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Rob Kearney will captain Leinster on his return to first-team action when they welcome Ulster to the RDS tomorrow evening (kick-off 5.15pm). It is the first meeting between the two provinces this season, and both are opting for a second-string side, ahead of crucial Champions Cup fixtures scheduled for next weekend. Leinster’s stand-in skipper believes they can’t read too much …

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Rory Best Backs Andy Farrell To Thrive As Ireland Head Coach

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The IRFU yesterday confirmed that Joe Schmidt will step down as Ireland head coach after the 2019 World Cup in Japan, and will be replaced by current defence coach Andy Farrell. It is seen as a smart appointment by the IRFU given that Farrell has made a huge contribution to this current Ireland squad over the last two and a half …

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