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Chris Farrell Passionately Defends Irish Project Players

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Chris Farrell has leapt to the defence of Ireland’s project players in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Jean Kleyn made headlines around the world when he was selected for Joe Schmidt’s 31-man squad in place of long-serving lock Devin Toner. Kleyn became eligible to represent Ireland just two days before making his debut against Italy in …

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Rory Best Keen To Establish A “Ferocious” Ireland At World Cup

Rory Best

Irish supporters have slept a little sounder in their beds since Ireland’s 19-10 victory over Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  After a summer series which raised worrying questions ahead of the World Cup, the last warm-up game against a strong Welsh side finally showed signs of the 2018 version of this team. Ireland consistently got over the gain …

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Brian O’Driscoll: Garry Ringrose Likely On Bench For World Cup Opener

Brian O'Driscoll

Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll thinks it’s looking increasingly likely that Garry Ringrose will find himself on the bench for the World Cup opener against Scotland on September 22.  Ireland have four out-and-out centres in their 31-man squad for the World Cup; Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell. Joe Schmidt has trialled four different centre partnerships throughout the …

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Joe Schmidt Happy With Jean Kleyn Progress But Looking For More

Jean Kleyn

Now that the dust has settled on the inclusion of Jean Kleyn in Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad, it would have come as a relief to the management and the player himself that he produced his most accomplished performance in a green shirt on Saturday.  Kleyn was busy throughout his 53-minute performance in the 19-10 victory over Wales and his …

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Joe Schmidt Provides Injury Update On Keith Earls

Keith Earls

Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium The only blight on what was a very good performance from Ireland in their 19-10 victory over Wales at the Aviva Stadium was a member of the Irish medical staff accompanying Keith Earls from the pitch during the second half.  On 53 minutes, just as Tadhg Furlong scored Ireland’s second try of the …

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Ireland Go Number One In The World With Victory Over Wales In Dublin

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Ireland 19 Wales 10  Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium  It was a day of ‘lasts’ at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon. Last appearance for Rory Best at the Aviva Stadium, last appearance for Joe Schmidt at the Aviva Stadium and most importantly, the last game for Ireland before they open their World Cup campaign on September 22 against …

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Eddie O’Sullivan Weighs In On Devin Toner Debate

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Former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan has weighed in on the debate surrounding Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad. The Leinster lock, capped 67 times for Ireland, was the shock omission from Joe Schmidt’s squad earlier this week and the decision has divided the nation in the lead up to the World Cup. Before today’s final warm-up …

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Ireland In Position To Go Top Of Rugby’s World Rankings

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Ireland will go top of the World Rugby rankings if they defeat Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. As it turns out both Ireland and Warren Gatland’s Welsh side are capable of leap-frogging New Zealand into first place as we countdown towards the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The All Blacks currently sit atop the rankings having regained it …

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Johnny Sexton Returns As Strong Ireland Team Named For Wales

Ireland Team

Ireland have named a strong team for the clash with Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  The big news is that Johnny Sexton returns to start at out-half in what will be his first appearance of the season. He will partner Conor Murray who makes his first appearance since the heavy loss to England at Twickenham. Ireland Team To …

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Wales Name Strong Team For Clash With Ireland In Dublin

Wales Team

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named a very strong side for Saturday’s clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  As expected, Gatland has named many of his front-liners in the starting XV which sees Alun Wyn Jones captain the side. Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee and Tomas Francis pack down in the front-row while Jake Ball and Alun …

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“A Lot Of The Criticism Quite Annoyed Me” – Jacob Stockdale

Jacob Stockdale

It was quite unfamiliar territory for Jacob Stockdale in the aftermath of Ireland’s record loss to England at Twickenham.  Not only were Joe Schmidt’s side poor across the board, but Stockdale, in particular, came in for criticism due to his defensive performance which saw his side concede eight tries. Stockdale made some poor defensive reads during that match but he …

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Joe Schmidt Hits Back At Agustin Pichot Criticism Of Kleyn Selection

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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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