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Ireland vs Wales: Three Key Clashes

With Ireland just two points ahead of Wales at the summit of the RBS Six Nations table, resident rugby writer Ozer McMahon previews three key clashes ahead of the game at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.  “Bish, bash, bosh.” TV chef Jamie Oliver may have made this phrase popular on his cooking shows, but anyone tuning into the penultimate round …

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It’s Ireland’s Game to Lose Against France

In what is one of the most pivotal games of the RBS 6 Nations year in year out, France come to Dublin off the back of a disappointing performance against Scotland, while Ireland will hope to improve their game after a lacklustre display against Italy. Ireland-France has been a controversial affair in recent years. A draw in 2012, a draw …

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Ireland vs France: Three Key Clashes

As Ireland prepare to take on France at the Aviva Stadium on Valentines day, Ozer McMahon picks out three key clashes ahead of Joe Schmidt’s sides second Six Nations game.   Before you can run, you have to start walking. And nobody can accuse Ireland of hitting the ground running against Italy last weekend. Yet, they emerged with a healthy margin of …

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Rugby: The Virtue Of Offloading And Why Ireland Don’t Do It

Offloading in rugby is an art form. It is a fantastic, attractive sight to see. It is to rugby what one-touch passing is to football, or the drop-shot is to tennis. A team known for offloads will invariably be associated with flair, skill, excitement – they’re worth the entrance fee. The French teams of the 1980s and ’90s were renowned …

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Six Nations: 5 Positives from Ireland Vs Italy

A comprehensive victory? Yes. A stand-out performance? Not so much. But here are five positives we can take from Ireland vs Italy. As the cold weary sun sets on the first month of 2015, we hurtle towards Spring. The whistle of wind throughout a cold February morning, the sun taking a bite through weary clouds, the air is alive with …

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Six Nations: Rome Conquered, A French Invasion Looms

Ireland’s Six Nations defence got off to a satisfactory, if somewhat uninspiring start at the Satdio Olimpico, as Joe Schmidt’s men ground out a 3-26 victory. The loss of Sean O’Brien to a hamstring strain in the warm up would not have helped the Irish cause in what was to become a turgid war of attrition. In a twist of irony, …

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Ireland’s Starting XV To Face Italy Announced

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Ireland travel to the Stadio Olympico on Saturday afternoon to face Italy in the first of their Six Nations Championship games. Kick-off in Rome is at 2:30pm.   Paul O’Connell unsurprisingly captains Ireland while try scorers from the Australia game back in November – Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe – start once again. Ian Madigan, who scored three penalties for the …

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Ireland’s Top 15 Six Nations Memories

Nostalgia alert! Calm your Six Nations excitement and hysteria with 15 of the best memories Ireland have provided us with.   The 16th instalment of rugby’s greatest tournament kicks off on Friday night and since the inclusion of the Italians, Ireland’s rugby fortunes have drastically changed from the dark days of the nineties when the men in green could not …

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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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