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Joe Schmidt Hits Back At Agustin Pichot Criticism Of Kleyn Selection

schmidt pichot

Joe Schmidt has responded to Agustin Pichot after the World Rugby Vice-Chairman expressed his disappointment at Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s World Cup squad. The Leinster lock was the shock exclusion from Schmidt’s squad announcement yesterday after it was confirmed that South African born Munster second-row Jean Kleyn had been selected in his stead. Kleyn only qualified for Irish selection …

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Joe Schmidt Explains Devin Toner Omission From World Cup Squad

Devin Toner World Cup

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has explained a number of the tough calls he had to make in finalising his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  One of the biggest omissions is that of Devin Toner who has been left out for Munster’s Jean Kleyn. Schmidt told Irish Rugby TV that it was a difficult conversation. “I’ve coached …

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Ireland Confirm 31-Man Rugby World Cup Squad

Ireland World Cup Squad

Joe Schmidt has confirmed the 31-man Ireland Rugby World Cup squad which will travel to Japan in the coming weeks.  The announcement was due to take place this coming Sunday, a day after Ireland’s final warm-up game against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. However, with the players being notified of their selection/exclusion over the last 24 hours, multiple …

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Devin Toner Reportedly Set To Miss Out On World Cup Squad

Devin Toner

Devin Toner is set to be the big omission from Ireland’s final 31-man Rugby World Cup squad according to multiple reports this morning.  Ruaidhri O’Connor of the Irish Independent reports that Toner will be left out of the final 31-man squad as Joe Schmidt opts to include Munster second-row Jean Kleyn. Kleyn made his Ireland debut in the first warm-up …

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Player Ratings As Ireland Get Much-Needed Confidence Boost

Ireland Player Ratings

Ireland are back to winning ways after recording a 22-17 victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff this afternoon.  In what was a much-improved performance from Joe Schmidt’s charges, Ireland claimed a confidence-boosting victory which boasted a number of outstanding individual performances. Here are our player ratings from this afternoon’s action. Dave Kilcoyne – 9  Despite only lasting …

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Ireland Need To Show That Humbling Was Just A Blip & Not Systemic


When Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and his staff were formulating Ireland’s pre World Cup schedule, the penultimate game against Wales which takes place today was always going to provide an opportunity for some fringe players to clinch their spot in the final 31-man squad.  In an ideal scenario, Ireland would have performed to a decent level against England. They …

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Joe Schmidt: Some Players Had One Eye On The Plane To Japan

Joe Schmidt

If you have been paying attention to the news this week, you would have seen multiple potential for Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham last weekend.  From heavy legs to the first hit out of the season and to a drastic lack of confidence in the squad, supporters and pundits alike have been putting their heads together to figure …

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Tadhg Beirne Starts As Schmidt Names Ireland Team For Wales

Ireland Team Wales

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has announced his team for Saturday’s clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Like Warren Gatland, Schmidt has opted to make considerable changes to his team. Up front, there is an all-Munster front-row which consists of Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan. Iain Henderson, who is retained from last weekend’s record defeat …

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“I Got A Bit Of A Scare To Be Honest” – Conor Murray

Conor Murray

Conor Murray was one of the injury concerns coming out of Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham on Saturday.  Murray and Cian Healy both left the fray earlier than expected and in the Limerick man’s case, it was getting caught on wrong side of tackling England winger Jonny May which caused the damage. May’s elbow made contact with Murray’s …

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Joe Schmidt Provides Injury Update On Sexton, Murray, Earls & Healy

Johnny Sexton

Generally, on a Tuesday of a Test match, one of Joe Schmidt’s assistant coaches would address the media.  The head coach generally only appears for media duties on team announcement day and directly after games. So it was interesting that Schmidt went against this trend in the immediate aftermath of Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham on Saturday. There …

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Five Players Who Can Make A Big Difference For Ireland

James Ryan

Ireland need to respond, that much is simple.  The record 57-15 defeat to England at Twickenham on Saturday has raised serious questions about Ireland’s prospects at the World Cup. The players lacked physicality, they defended incredibly poorly, they offered little in attack and their setpiece crumbled under the weight of English pressure. There are a myriad of problems which need …

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England Rise And Ireland Fall In Latest World Rankings

Ireland England Rankings

The biggest talking point of the weekend was England’s demolition job on Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday. That 57-15 defeat for Ireland has raised serious questions about their prospects at the upcoming World Cup. Ireland were shambolic in defence while their set-piece crumbled under the pressure of an excellent England performance. There is no doubt that Joe Schmidt is facing …

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