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5 Quick Conclusions From Ireland V France

Ireland overcame three massive injuries to blitz France 24-9. To argue that Ireland’s win was their most momentous of the professional era would not be overstating the mark. While Ireland’s victory over England in Croke Park in 2007 was built on raw emotion, and their win over Australia in the 2011 World Cup based on a superior scrum, today Ireland beat …

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5 Players Joe Schmidt Might Call Up To Replace Jared Payne

Jared Payne’s World Cup ending injury will force Joe Schmidt to call up a replacement. Until this morning, Ireland had enjoyed a relatively injury free World Cup Campaign. Indeed Ireland’s main injury concerns rested on the fitness of Cian Healy and Robbie Henshaw prior to the tournament. However Ireland’s injury free run came crashing to a halt this morning, when …

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The Long Read: Ireland vs France – Six Key Players

Ozer McMahon takes an in-depth look at six key players from the Ireland and France squads ahead of a pivotal game on Sunday. Regardless of the occasion, Irish sporting fans serenade their teams with the Fields of Athenry. One of the lines in that famous song states how lonely it is ‘round those fields.’ One thing is for certain, they will most …

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Irish Centre To Miss Remainder Of World Cup

Ireland’s World Cup campaign has been hit by news of a massive injury.  The IRFU have this morning announced that Jared Payne will miss the rest of the World Cup through injury. The Ulster player had been ruled out of tomorrow’s clash with France with what was thought to be a bruised foot, however further scans revealed that Payne was indeed suffering from a fracture. …

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France – Once More Onto The Breech

Diarmuid Ryan believes Ireland will shade it against France. On Sunday next, Ireland lock horns with their age old enemy the French, in that holy grail of rugby venues, the Millennium Stadium. France, this proud rugby nation, this “always the bridesmaid and never the bride” rugby team in world cup terms stand in Ireland’s way for a non-All Blacks Quarter final …

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Reports Suggest Significant Changes To Irish Team

Joe Schmidt is expected to make a number of changes to the Irish team. The Irish Independent has this morning reported that Joe Schmidt will recall a number of players ahead of Ireland’s pool decider with France. Ruaidhri O’Connor expects Devon Toner to be selected ahead of Iain Henderson in the second row, so as to allow Ireland have some impact …

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Have Ireland Invested Too Much In The Cult Of Joe Schmidt?

Joe Schmidt has been one of the most successful coaches in the history of Irish rugby. When Ireland lifted the Six Nations trophy aloft in Murrayfield last March, some commentators began to consider Joe Schmidt’s team as dark horses for the World Cup. Those commentators reasoned that Ireland, unlike England, had an established team that utilised effective tactics. They also argued that Joe Schmidt …

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Trio Of Ex-Teammates Will Be Gunning For Ireland’s Sexton On Sunday

The build up to France versus Ireland has become somewhat frostier than most would have expected due to remarks surrounding one Irish player in particular, Johnny Sexton.  Today’s comments from named French players are to do with tactics more than anything else but it still only adds to the degree of tension now surrounding the fixture, particularly after an anonymous former teammate …

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Watch Each Of Keith Earls’ Eight World Cup Tries

Keith Earls became Ireland’s leading World Cup Try Scorer last weekend. Munster utility back, Keith Earls, overtook Brian O’Driscoll as Ireland’s leading World Cup try scorer against Italy last weekend. In an otherwise dull game, Earls scored his eight World Cup try from close range after taking a Robbie Henshaw offload. The tournament has seen Earls return to his best form, after putting a number of …

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Martin Castrogiovanni Missed Ireland Game With Tumour

Veteran prop, Martin Castrogiovanni, missed Italy’s clash with Ireland after being diagnosed with a tumour. Prior to Italy’s game with Ireland, rugby fans were shocked to learn that their veteran prop, Martin Castrogiovanni, was missing from the Italian line up. As Castrogiovanni has been a mainstay in the Italian squad, rumours as to why he had been dropped circulated over the …

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All Blacks Want Ireland In World Cup Quarter Final

The New Zealand Herald have argued that Ireland are the All Blacks preferred Quarter Final opponents. With the All Blacks safely through to the World Cup Quarter Finals, New Zealanders will be watching their potential last eight opponents with interest. France and Ireland will clash on Sunday, with the loser likely to face the World Champions. Although Ireland were regarded …

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Long Read: 5 Takeaways From Gameweek 3 Of The Rugby World Cup

Week three of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is now consigned to the history books, and with it the hopes and dreams of the host nation winning the World Cup for the second time. England’s defeat on Saturday night means they can no longer progress from their pool. However, their defeat is far from the only talking point after another …

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Watch: Schmidt’s Roy Keane-Esque Stare After Phone Goes Off In Press Conference

Was it not for Paul O’Connell’s typical lightheartedness on Sunday evening, another Roy Keane-esque stare down may have begun at Ireland’s post-match press conference following victory over Italy.  As Joe Schmidt was just about to launch into discussion about Peter O’Mahony’s superb tackle on Josh Furno, a Rugby World Cup press officer’s mobile phone went off, resulting in a chilling look from the Ireland …

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5 Quick From Conclusions From Ireland V Italy

Ireland beat Italy 16-9 this evening. Although Ireland beat Italy this evening, Joe Schmidt will not be happy with his teams performance. Ireland lacked imagination in possession and intensity in defence, as they struggled to shake off the Italians. While Ireland’s win has guaranteed them a place in the quarter finals, they will have to improve if they are to …

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5 Things The Other Home Nations Can Learn From England’s Failure

England’s defeat can benefit the other home nations. Although England see themselves as the northern hemisphere’s premier side, they have not won a Six Nations Championship since 2011. Nevertheless both Ireland and Wales in particular, can learn much from England’s failure against Australia. 1. The necessity of having a balanced back row. For a number of years now New Zealand have dominated opponents …

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Georgia Want To Join Six Nations

Georgia are looking to join Europe’s elite competition. Following their victory over Tonga and impressive performance against the All Blacks, Georgia are looking to join the Six Nations. In the aftermath of their defeat to New Zealand last night, Georgia’s coach, Milton Haig, argued that his side should be included in the Six Nations. Speaking to the New Zealand Herald Haig stated, …

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Irish Team To Face Italy Named

Joe Schmidt has revealed the Irish team that will play Italy. Joe Schmidt has revealed that Keith Earls will partner Robbie Henshaw in the Irish midfield. The Munster player has impressed over recent weeks, and will be joined by provincial team mate Simon Zebo at full back. Schmidt has arguably named his strongest pack, with Iain Henderson partnering Paul O’Connell in the …

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Further Midfield Injury Worries For Ireland

Ireland have been hit with yet another midfield injury. Although Ireland have gained maximum points from their opening World Cup fixtures against Canada and Romania, Joe Schmidt has yet to field his perceived first choice midfield partnership of Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne. Henshaw has yet to feature at the World Cup, after suffering a hamstring injury days before the …

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