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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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Joe Schmidt Provides Update On Cian Healy & Conor Murray

Healy Murray

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has provided an injury update on Cian Healy and Conor Murray.  Murray suffered a knock when he attempted to tackle Jonny May in the first half of Ireland’s 57-15 defeat to England at Twickenham this afternoon. The scrum-half was removed for a HIA, which he passed, but returned for the final minutes of the first …

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“It’s Hard To Describe It Without Using Profanity” – Rory Best

Rory Best

Rory Best cut a dejected figure when he spoke to Sky Sports immediately after his side’s embarrassing 57-15 loss to England at Twickenham this afternoon.  Ireland’s performance raises huge concerns ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and there are just a few weeks to go until Ireland’s opening game against Scotland in Yokohama. Speaking to Sky Sports, Best said …

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Ireland Embarrassed At Twickenham As England Run Riot

Ireland England

England 57 Ireland 15 Ireland suffered their second consecutive defeat to England this year after they fell to an embarrassing 57-15 loss at Twickenham in their second World Cup warm-up game. Despite Owen Farrell opening the scoring after seven minutes with a penalty, it was Ireland who started the brighter and they went ahead after nine minutes thanks to a …

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A Combined England-Ireland XV As Voted By You

England Ireland Combined XV

With England and Ireland both announcing their starting XVs for Saturday’s clash at Twickenham on Thursday, we thought it would be interesting to see who would win out on a head-to-head basis.  Today, we asked you to vote in a poll to choose your combined XV based on the starting sides announced by Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt. In some …

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Jaco Peyper Withdraws From Refereeing England V Ireland On Saturday

Jaco Peyper

World Rugby have confirmed that Jaco Peyper will not referee Saturday’s Test match between England and Ireland at Twickenham.  Peyper was originally pencilled in to be the man in the middle for the 3 pm kick-off on Saturday but due to flight and preparation issues, the 39-year-old South African has been stood down from the Test. Because of “significant” flight …

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Ireland Have The Chance To Make History This Weekend Against England

Ireland world rankings

For Ireland, their sole focus will be on delivering a performance when they take on England at Twickenham on Saturday. Their opening warm-up game, which saw Joe Schmidt’s side emerge 29-10 victors over Italy, was a non-affair but where exactly this Ireland team are with regards to their ability and confidence will be known once the full-time whistle is blown …

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