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Tag Archives: David Nucifora

Nucifora And IRFU Laud ‘World Class’ Andy Farrell

andy farrell andrew conway

The IRFU confirmed this morning that Andy Farrell will take over as Irish rugby’s head coach following Joe Schmidt’s decision to step down after next year’s World Cup in Japan.  Andy Farrell brings a wealth of experience to the role having coached both the Ireland and England national sides, as well as the British and Irish Lions. Farrell has been …

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Nucifora Doesn’t Rule Out Jackson And Olding Ireland Return

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora has not ruled out Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding returning to Ireland in the future.  The former Ulster Rugby duo had their contracts revoked in April due to the content of text messages exchanged in a WhatsApp group became public during the high-profile trial where both men were cleared on charges of raping a woman …

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Opinion: Bundee Aki Is A Great Signing For Connacht But Highlights Ireland’s Issues With Player Development

Bundee Aki Connacht

Connacht’s road to last season’s Pro 12 title was as magical and majestic as what you could have ever possibly imagined for Irish Rugby’s perennial whipping boys. Connacht started the season strong, soaring up the Pro 12 ladder before convincingly taking down Irish Rugby’s traditional heavyweights Leinster in the Pro 12 final at Murrayfield. Connacht’s 20-10 win over the Blues in Edinburgh …

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Ireland’s Five Most Important Players Ahead Of The November Series

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Irish rugby seems to be going through a smooth transition. A number of years ago Irish rugby fans were horrified at the prospect of Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and Gordon D’Arcy all retiring in quick succession. When you also consider that age and persistent injuries seemed to be catching up with the likes of Rory Best, Mike Ross, …

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IRFU Release Statement On Ruan Pienaar

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11: Ruan Pienaar of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Despite the best efforts of both player and club, Ruan Pienaar’s playing days at the northern province are now numbered. The South African has established himself as a real leader in the Ulster squad since arriving to Belfast in 2010. Scoring 777 points in 118 games Pienaar’s record speaks for itself. However, due to the IRFU succession policy Pienaar must …

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Johnny Holland May Be Forced To Retire Due To Hamstring Injury

After breaking into the Munster starting XV last season, Johnny Holland could be forced to retire due to a hamstring injury dating back to November 2014. Holland initially sustained the injury while playing with a Munster development side two years ago, when he tore his hamstring off the bone. However he subsequently fought his way back, ultimately winning a place …

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Paul O’Connell In Talks With IRFU Over Possible Coaching Role

The IRFU are anxious to secure the services of Paul O’Connell. Since Paul O’Connell was forced to retire in February after failing to recover from the hamstring injury he sustained during the World Cup, the legendary second row has been linked with a number coaching positions throughout Europe. First came the obvious link with Munster, followed by reports of interest …

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Exclusive: Stephen Ferris Argues For The Provinces To Be Allowed Sign More Overseas Players

Stephen Ferris wants the provinces to be allowed sign more overseas players. When Ulster announced the capture of Marcell Coetzee last February, fans of the northern province were salivating at the thought of the Springbok backrow creating space for Charles Piutau to exploit in the wider channels. However those plans were scuppered somewhat, after Coetzee sustained an ACL injury during the Sharks …

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Outlining A New Vision For Irish Rugby

Wales v Ireland - RBS 6 Nations

Ireland’s performances in both their opening round fixtures has sparked wide public debate over team selection and the overall landscape of rugby in Ireland. As a result, part one of this article identifies areas where the national team and rugby in the wider community can benefit. The strategic motives of the IRFU in the past have all been centred around getting the …

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Massive Double Contract News For Munster

Ireland v Italy - Group D: Rugby World Cup 2015

Munster have announced that both Conor Murray and Keith Earls have signed new contracts. Despite the Irish independent reporting that Keith Earls was on the verge of signing for Saracens yesterday, Munster have announced that both he and Conor Murray have signed new three year contracts. The news will come as a massive boost for the province, and deter talk …

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JJ Hanrahan Shows No Sign Of Wanting To Return To Munster

JJ Hanrahan hopes to break into the Irish squad. Although David Nucifora recently said that players who play abroad put themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to international selection, JJ Hanrahan hopes that he can break into the Irish side while playing with the Northampton Saints. The 23 year old Kerryman told RTE Sport, ‘If Ireland see me in contention …

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Munster And David Nucifora Offer Contradictory Positions On Stephen Moore Offer

David Nucifora’s statement on Stephen Moore offer contradicts that of Anthony Foley. While many of the details from David Nucifora’s press conference had been expected, one particular aspect of it stood out to us here at Pundit Arena HQ. Indeed while many had been expecting the IRFU’s Performance Director to make a statement on player recruitment, like most supporters, we …

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Irish Players To Take Part In IRFU World Cup Review

Ireland’s players will contribute to a review of their disappointing quarter final exit. Writing in the Irish Independent this morning, Ruaidhri O’Connor has reported that the Irish players will be invited to take part in a review of Ireland’s World Cup campaign. O’Connor points out that the review will be headed by the IRFU’s Performance Director, David Nucifora, who will investigate why Joe …

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