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Gordon D’Arcy: Sexton’s Lack Of Game Time Doesn’t Concern Me

Johnny Sexton Leinster

Gordon D’Arcy doesn’t believe that Leinster captain Johnny Sexton will struggle in this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final with Toulouse due to a lack of game time. The World Player of the Year hasn’t featured for Leinster since their 26-17 loss to Munster in December and has only 15 games to his name this season, lasting the full 80 minutes …

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D’Arcy: Carbery Won’t Be A Loss If Conor Murray Can Make His Mark

Conor Murray Tyler Bleyendaal

Gordon D’Arcy believes Conor Murray will need to stamp his authority in their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens in order to fill the void left by Joey Carbery. Carbery has been deemed as “highly unlikely” to start the game after being withdrawn during their quarter-final win over Edinburgh after 36 minutes with the hamstring injury that prematurely ended his …

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Gordon D’Arcy: “Sport Is Inclusive, It Doesn’t Care Who You Are”

Gordon D'Arcy

Former Leinster and Ireland rugby player, Gordon D’Arcy, believes anyone who wants to participate in sport must accept and live by approved societal norms. His comments come as Rugby Australia announced the termination of Israel Folau’s contract due to a “high level” breach of the professional players’ code of conduct, while stating that he had ignored formal instruction not to …

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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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The Five Best Centre Partnerships Of The Professional Era

There have been many fantastically talented centres since rugby turned professional, but having a centre partnership that works together effectively and with a balance that benefits the side as a whole is something that has eluded many teams over the years. However, we take a look back at the five best centre partnerships of the professional era. 5) Jean de …

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Video: The Massive Defensive Hits That Six Nations Sides Face This Summer

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Watson of England is tackled by Jamie Heaslip and Rory Best of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The Six Nations touring sides are in for a tough time down under this summer as southern hemisphere defensive units activate ‘beast mode’. When one thinks of rugby highlights, one will automatically look at huge point scoring moments, last minute or length-of-the-field turnover tries, drop goals and pressure penalties to win a series or tournament. Often the headlines are reserved for these …

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The Greatest Ireland XV Of The Professional Era

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 28: John Hayes of Ireland is tackled by Joe Worsley of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at Croke Park on February 28, 2009 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

As round three of the 2016 Six Nations approaches and following head coach Joe Schmidt’s squad announcement for the trip to Twickenham, we take a look at the greatest players Ireland has produced in the professional era.  The current Ireland set-up is severely hampered by a long list of injuries. The likes of Tommy Bowe, Iain Henderson and Peter O’Mahony remain …

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Four Of Rugby’s Greatest Ever Centre Partnerships

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Patrick Perry takes a look at the great partnerships in rugby. The most important partnership in rugby is your centre pairing. No team this millennium has been successful without two world-class centres. Through time the ideal 12 and 13 have changed but what has not changed is the quality of centres the game continues …

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These Messages From Ex-Teammates Show Just How Respected O’Connell Is

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Paul O'Connell (C) the captain of Ireland gathers his team ahead of the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Since Paul O’Connell announced his retirement from rugby this morning, tributes have been flowing in from past teammates congratulating the Limerick native on a truly stellar career for Munster and Ireland. The 36-year-old enjoyed a 14-year professional career and was capped 108 times for Ireland with 174 appearances for Munster. Over the course of his career he compiled an impressive list …

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Disagreeing With Gordon D’Arcy – Let The Best Players Play

You don’t play 82 games for Ireland without being aware of your surroundings and where you rank among your competition, but former Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy’s comments in today’s Irish Times represent an old-school mentality to a new wave of talent. Like many Irish rugby observers, Gordon D’Arcy has been impressed by the performances of several Irish youngsters this season and despite …

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Gordon D’Arcy Claims Sam Burgess’ ‘naivety embarrassed those around him’

Former Irish Centre, Gordon D’Arcy, has argued that Sam Burgess lacks timing in both attack and defence. Writing today in The Irish Times, Gordon D’Arcy was scathing in his criticism of Sam Burgess and Stuart Lancaster’s decision to select him. D’Arcy argued ‘It’s simply not possible for him to be ready. And now we have proof’. Significantly the Leinster centre …

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Lest We Forget: The End of An Era As Two Of Ireland’s Golden Generation Depart

We may have spent too much time this week considering Ireland’s scrum half allocation, front-row risks and giving Joe Schmidt Irish citizenship. In all the furore, we have forgotten that two of Ireland’s golden generation of rugby talent are moving on. It appears as though have seen the last of Gordon D’Arcy in an Irish jersey.  In most generations, D’Arcy would have been …

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Leo Cullen Appointed Leinster Head Coach

Leinster Rugby have appointed Leo Cullen as Coach on a two year deal Leo Cullen, has been appointed as Leinster’s head coach on a two year deal. The three time Heineken Cup winning captain with the province broke the news to the players at a team meeting this morning. Commenting on the news, Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson said, ‘We are delighted that …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Ireland V Scotland

Ireland beat Scotland 28-22 this evening 1. Poor Game Last week Ireland played with verve and purpose against Wales. However the Irish looked ponderous this evening. At times Joe Schmidt’s team looked to be going through the motions, as Ireland attempted to bludgeon their way through the Scottish defence. For their part Scotland were not much better, although Dave Denton …

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