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Ireland Wolfhounds Watch – Who Has The Most To Play For?

Has there been a more eagerly anticipated Ireland Wolfhounds game? So many players have so much riding on tonight. Here’s who to watch.    This evening the Ireland Wolfhounds host their English counterparts in a highly anticipated clash in what is the final step to the 2015 RBS 6 Nations. This game is a perfect appetiser, with a number of …

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Mike Ross and Leinster’s Number 3 Jersey

Mike Ross is now a Leinster stalwart. His absence though could be Marty Moore’s gain.    With Leinster set to face Castres this weekend, there was one noticeable absentee from the first choice 23. We’ve become accustomed to missing names like Cian Healy, Sean O’Brien and a host of other first teamers through injury, yet, a man who has often …

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Ireland’s RWC Squad – Part 2

Jonathan Fitzpatrick is here with Part II of the 2014 end of year RWC stock take – the backs.   Conor Murray, Eoin Reddan, Kieran Marmion, Rob Kearney and Felix Jones have caught an early flight and have already touched down in England. To debate their standings at scrum half/full back is futile, as those 5 will travel as long …

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Glorious Ireland Hold Out Against Australia

If one was told Ireland would go undefeated in the Guinness Autumn International Series, we all would have bitten the proverbial hand off.  However, is this Irish team at the peak of its powers? Ireland backed up their win over South Africa two weeks ago as they held off a determined Australia fight-back to edge victory in a thrilling game in Dublin. …

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Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Australia

Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has made two changes from the side that defeated South Africa to face Australia this weekend. Rory Best returns in the front row while Gordon D’Arcy comes in at centre.   Ireland Team To Face Australia: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 …

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Ireland’s Chris Henry To See Brain Specialist

Ulster flanker Chris Henry is set for a spell on the sidelines, following the shocking news that the Ireland international suffered a blocked blood vessel in his brain. Henry had been due to start for Ireland in their crunch November international with South Africa just under two weeks ago, but was withdrawn prior to kick-off with complaints of a severe …

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Craig Gilroy Putting Injury Woes Behind Him

Ireland winger Craig Gilroy believes the success is in the detail as Ireland prepare for Georgia this Sunday, writes Cillian O Conchuir. Having dispatched the Springboks, Head Coach Joe Schmidt has refocused the players on the task in hand and the Kiwi has left nothing to chance in preparing for a team that pushed Ireland close, 14-10 in the 2007 …

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Irish Rugby: Georgia On My Mind

This weekend sees a triumphant, Joe-Schmidt inspired Ireland team take on a Georgia side fresh off a heavy defeat to Tonga. Straight forward enough right? Fans who have recently taken to rugby, or follow on a relatively casual basis will be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the Georgian rugby team. Those of us who have not repressed the memory of …

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Potential Ireland XV To Face Georgia

With confidence in the Ireland camp at what must be an all-time high, we take a look at what team Joe Schmidt could pick to face Georgia this week. Joe Schmidt has the perfect opportunity to rest some key players in preparation for the Australia game on the 22nd of this month. It’ll be interesting to see what mix of …

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Zebo On Ireland Depth: Anyone Can Step Up & Do A Job

Ireland winger Simon Zebo insists Ireland can mix it with the best after their commanding 29-15 victory over South Africa. The win over one of the best sides in world rugby gives Ireland momentum going into their final two November internationals and the belief that they can beat whoever they play.”We’d have the confidence and belief that on our day we …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here with this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not’, as Ireland celebrate a famous win and England ponder what could have been.   Who’s Hot Ireland If Einstein was a rugby coach, Joe Schmidt would make him look unintelligent. Ireland’s coach produced a masterpiece in tactics as his charges out-thought and out-fought the Springboks in …

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Ireland XV Prediction

Following the win over South Africa, Jonathan Fitzpatrick selects his XV to start for Ireland in the Rugby World Cup next summer. With the beginning of the November internationals comes the beginning of Ireland’s World Cup cycle, as after this season they’ll be vying for the William Webb Ellis trophy across the water. What fifteen are in pole position for …

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Tommy Bowe: Under Schmidt, We Believe We Can Take Anyone On

Ireland wing Tommy Bowe believes Head Coach Joe Schmidt has changed the mentality of the Irish team to one that can compete with the best. Following their 29-15 victory over the Springboks Bowe believes that the training implemented by Schmidt, which is up their with test match toughness, has given them that bit of consistency seen from Ireland’s narrow defeat …

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Henshaw: I Don’t Think I’ve Hit Bigger Fellas In My Life

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw insists the 14 minute cameo against Australia last November provided the “shock to the system” needed to prepare him for a dogged 80 minutes against the Springboks. With Henshaw and Jared Payne creating a new partnership in the centre it was always going to be a big ask against such physical opponents, but Henshaw equipped himself …

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Rob Kearney: We Need To Hit The Ground Running

Irish full-back Rob Kearney believes the confidence gained by South Africa after their 27-25 victory over the All Blacks will see them looking for a clean sweep in their four November tests. South Africa are unchanged from that last Rugby Championship test and with tests against England, Italy and Wales to come, will be hoping to carry their form into the …

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Focus Friday – Ireland Vs South Africa

This weekend sees the kick-off of the November internationals, including Ireland vs South Africa, with international colleagues preparing to lineout together in a series of mouthwatering clashes. These include – England vs New Zealand, Wales vs Australia and Ireland vs South Africa. The latter, is where this week’s ‘Focus Friday’ interests lie. Joe Schmidt has selected his team bereft of nearly 15 …

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Tommy Bowe All Set For Ireland Return

After missing Ireland’s triumphant 6 Nations campaign and the summer tour to Argentina, Ireland winger Tommy Bowe is set for his first game in green since the November defeat to the All Blacks last year. The Monaghan man missed the entire campaign due to a groin injury but looks set to star against South Africa this Saturday. Bowe played against …

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Foreign XV – Irish Rugby’s Adopted Sons

Matt Cassidy selects the Foreign XV, a team of Irish rugby stars that were born outside of the Emerald Isle. Finally, the first week of November has arrived and that means only one thing for the rugby public; the Autumn Internationals. Joe Schmidt and his men start their countdown to the next World Cup in earnest with two mouth-watering clashes …

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