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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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Leinster Boss: Madigan Will Decide To Stay Or Go

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor insists that Ian Madigan will decide whether or not he stays or goes when Johnny Sexton returns. With Sexton signing a four year IRFU contract, O’Connor stated that it will be Madigan’s decision whether he will stay at Leinster or leave. Madigan is neck-and-neck with Paddy Jackson as back-up 10 with Ireland and will …

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Focus Friday – The Future Irish Rugby Midfield

In the race to find the heir apparent to Brian O’Driscoll’s throne, we’ve overlooked a particular detail. Brian O’Driscoll has been Ireland’s most important ever player. As we lament his retirement and scout potential replacements, we have to remember that in finding the new 13, we must also find the new 12. Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy together were excellent …

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The Southern Hemisphere Tour – A Pointless Exercise?

Aside from Scotland’s one off test against the Springboks in Port Elizabeth next Saturday, the trips down south of the equator have concluded. There is still a chasm in terms of quality between North and South. The 2014 Summer series makes for ugly reading for the Northern Hemipshere; 13 tests played, 3 wins and 10 losses. The three successes came …

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The Gain Line: Accuracy and Execution

The word “cauldron” has entered the rugby lexicon of late describing the hot and heavy imposing atmosphere of daunting away stadia. If the Marcel Michelin or Thomond Park are cauldrons, unfortunately the Estadio Centenario was more of a rusty kettle. Ireland trundled to their first win on Argentinian soil, another feather in Joe Schmidt’s now peacock-like-cap. Tries from Henry, Sexton …

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Five Things Joe Schmidt’s Ireland Must Do In Argentina

The Irish team have touched down in Argentina and are gearing up for the first Test against Argentina on Saturday. Ozer McMahon is here to discuss the five most important things that Ireland must gain from the summer tour. 1. Familiarise Ideas Joe Schmidt has been in the hot seat for less than twelve months and with the winner-takes-all nature of …

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Stephen Ferris & Other Irish Rugby Talking Points

John Elliott is here to bring us the latest news from the world of Irish rugby on a day when Stephen Ferris has announced his retirement from the game. Stephen Ferris Announces His Retirement from Rugby Irish and Ulster rugby fans today will be mourning the announcement that Stephen Ferris, the 28-year-old power-house backrow, has retired from rugby. Ferris who …

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Ireland ’s Southern Hemisphere Syndrome

The domestic season has finally concluded with Leinster winning back-to-back Pro 12 titles. However, there are two tests in Argentina to be negotiated before Ireland’s rugby players can put their feet up and reflect on a successful season in provincial and national colours. Joe Schmidt will look to continue the momentum built from the Six Nations championship win in South …

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