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Ireland’s Underrated XV

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 24: Craig Gilroy of Ulster scores a try during this afternoons European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 match at the Kingspan stadium on January 24, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Ireland have developed an impressive amount of talent in recent seasons. Although David Nucifora may not be a popular figure among Irish rugby fans, his draconian policy has forced the Irish provinces to invest in their academies and produce players capable of replacing overseas imports. This has benefited Irish rugby tremendously, as the provinces must be far more selective in …

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What Is Ireland’s Best Centre Partnership Ahead Of The Autumn Series?

The composition of Ireland’s backline could be very different this autumn. Long before Brian O’Driscoll had even retired, Joe Schmidt and the IRFU had identified Jared Payne as his replacement at outside centre for Ireland. Although the New Zealand born player was 29 when he made his debut against South Africa, he has offered Ireland the space to integrate the …

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Cullen Provides Positive Sexton Injury Update Following Castres Win

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 1, RDS Arena, Dublin 15/10/2016 Leinster vs Castres Olympique Leinster's Head coach Leo Cullen Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster coach Leo Cullen has said that he’s expecting a tough, physical test against Montpellier next weekend following Leinster’s 33-15 win over Castres at the RDS on Saturday. Leinster scored five tries en route to a comfortable win over a Castres side that simply couldn’t stop Leinster at the set-piece. The French club conceded two tries directly from Leinster lineouts and …

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Three Brilliant But Different Irish Backlines At Joe Schmidt’s Disposal

England v Ireland - International Match

There is a huge amount of competition for places in Ireland’s backline. Never before has there been so much competition for places in the Irish squad. In years gone by Irish fans could only hope that neither Brian O’Driscoll or Ronan O’Gara got injured for fear of what lay below them in the pecking order. However, thanks to the IRFU’s succession planning, today …

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An Irish Draft System: 5 Players Who Should Switch Province Next Summer

Ireland’s provinces can be accused of creating bottlenecks for players to pass through. There are many things right with the way in which rugby is structured in Ireland. For some time now, clear pathways have existed enabling players to bridge the gap between the various tiers in the Irish system. Young players showing promise with their school/club are brought into provincial academies, …

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Watch: Paul O’Connell Reveals Who He Believes Should Captain The Lions In New Zealand

Australia v British & Irish Lions: Game 1

Paul O’Connell captained the British and Irish Lions to South Africa in 2009. There are few players better placed than Paul O’Connell to offer an opinion on the issue surrounding the captaincy of the Lions for their upcoming tour of New Zealand. Not only did the legendary second row captain the famous touring side in 2009, but more importantly perhaps, O’Connell …

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Is There Something Missing From Ireland’s Provincial Showdowns Today?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 23: Malcolm O'Kelly (L) of Leinster and Donncha O'Callaghan (R) of Munster grapple at a maul during the Heineken Cup Semi Final between Leinster and Munster at Lansdowne Road on April 23, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Prior to the introduction of the Celtic League in 2001, interprovincial clashes mattered little to those other than the hardened supporter. Played in the depths of winter, not even those charged with covering the sport bothered to give the fixtures the appropriate attention. Given their ambivalence towards an ‘All-Ireland’ league, Ulster engaged in the annual series with added impetus and …

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Exclusive – IRUPA CEO Omar Hassanein: The Stigma Of The Macho Rugby Player Is Being Broken Down

Omar Hassanein

IRUPA CEO Omar Hassanein was in Belfast on Tuesday night to speak as part of IRUPA’s Tackle Your Feelings panel discussions concerning mental health issues in rugby. Ulster and Ireland winger Tommy Bowe was at the event and said that it was encouraging to see “that IRUPA have committed to helping the rugby community and beyond come together and learn how to tackle their feelings”. …

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Munster Planning Double Raid On Connacht As Rassie Erasmus Looks To Strengthen His Squad

Munster are said to have approached Ultan Dillane and Bundee Aki. Rassie Erasmus is looking to revitalise Munster’s squad by signing Connacht duo, Ultan Dillane and Bundee Aki. According to the Irish Independent‘s Ruaidhri O’Connor, Munster have already made contact with the duo, with Dillane said to be open to the idea of returning to his native province. Although Munster’s …

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Ireland: Five Surprise Selections Schmidt Could Make Ahead Of The November Internationals

Ireland Rugby Tour To South Africa 2016 Ireland Rugby Captain's Run, Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa 24/6/2016 Head coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland’s recent endeavours in South Africa have shown the merits of introducing a dash of freshness into the camp. Several fringe players put their hands up in the intimidating environments of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. While they ultimately failed to finish out the job, several of the more inexperienced troop will have undoubtedly benefitted from the experience. Many …

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Which Team Will Finally Bring The All Blacks’ Incredible Winning Run To An End?

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kieran Read and Israel Dagg of New Zealand perform the haka with the team prior to the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

New Zealand’s 41-13 thrashing of South Africa effectively handed them their fourth Rugby Championship in five years and extended their superb unbeaten record to an incredible fourteen games. The win in Christchurch means Steve Hansen’s men are only two games away from equalling South Africa’s 17-match unbeaten streak, the world record for the most unbeaten games in a row by …

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