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Joe Schmidt Returns To New Zealand Due To Family Bereavement

Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has returned to New Zealand due to a family bereavement.  Ireland are currently preparing for their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up game on Saturday with Italy the opposition at the Aviva Stadium. Defence and future head coach Andy Farrell has been leading the training sessions over the last number of days along with Greg Feek, …

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An Experimental Ireland XV To Take On Italy This Weekend


After what felt like a painfully long summer, Ireland will finally be back on the rugby pitch this weekend as they host Italy at the Aviva Stadium in their first warm-up game ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  This will be the first of four warm-up games as Ireland will also take on England (August 24) and Wales (August …

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Ultan Dillane And Rory Scannell Released From Ireland World Cup Squad

Ireland Rugby

Ireland have confirmed that two players have been released from the World Cup training squad ahead of the opening warm-up match against Italy on Saturday, August 10.  Ireland were working with a 45-man training squad over the last number of weeks but the IRFU have now confirmed that Connacht’s Ultan Dillane and Munster’s Rory Scannell have both been released from …

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Can You Name Ireland’s 31-Man Squad For The 2015 World Cup?

Ireland Squad 2015

We’re less than eight weeks away from the beginning of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and with the warm-up games beginning next week, players across the world will be desperate to put their hand up to gain selection for the respective final 31-man squads which will travel to Japan.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at back at …

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Ronan O’Gara: The Move Wasn’t Right For Either Of Us

Ronan O'Gara

Life doesn’t stop for Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O’Gara.  The Cork man finished up his role as assistant coach with the Crusaders on July 6th as he watched his former side lift a third consecutive Super Rugby title thanks to their 19-3 victory over the Jaguares in Christchurch. Nine days later, he was on the other side of the …

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“Fabulous” Joey Carbery Pushing For Position In Sexton Absence

Joey Carbery

Ireland are now entering a much needed ‘rest week’ after two gruelling two-week blocks of pre-season preparation ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Fitness and strength & conditioning work have been the main focus during the past month as the Ireland coaching staff hope to have the players in the best possible shape to deal with the difficult environmental …

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Henshaw & Murray On Key Area Where Ireland Need To Improve

Murray Henshaw

Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw have both discussed one of the areas which Ireland are keen to improve on ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  A disappointing Six Nations campaign which saw Ireland record losses to England in Dublin and Wales in Cardiff saw them finish in third place but those two games were similar, not only in the …

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IRFU Unveil Season Roadmap Ahead Of World Cup Qualification

Ireland Women World Cup

The IRFU have outlined details of the upcoming women’s rugby season which they hope will provide the perfect preparation for Ireland’s bid to qualify for the 2021 World Cup which takes place in New Zealand.  Ireland’s disappointing showing at the 2017 World Cup which was held on home soil resulted in them missing out on automatic qualification for 2021 and …

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Joe Schmidt Explains How Johnny Sexton Injured His Hand

Johnny Sexton Hand

There was a collective gasp among the Irish rugby public when news emerged earlier this week that Johnny Sexton injured his hand during Ireland training camp ahead of the Rugby World Cup.  As it emerged, a thumb injury has hampered Sexton’s preparations somewhat but the problem shouldn’t have too much of an impact as he is expected to be fit …

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