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Vote For Your Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

After round three off the 2019 Guinness Six Nations, Wales are in pole position for the championship and the Grand Slam after their 21-13 victory over England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Elsewhere, France got their first win of the tournament with a victory over Scotland in Paris while Ireland are still in contention thanks to their bonus point win …

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The Top Performers As Ireland Escape Rome With Bonus Point

Ireland Italy Six Nations

It wasn’t a perfect performance by any stretch of the imagination but Ireland did what was required to come out on top against Italy with a bonus point which keeps their slim hopes of retaining their Guinness Six Nations crown alive for another two weeks.  The Six Nations now takes a break with action not returning for a fortnight and …

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10 Quickfire Conclusions From Ireland’s Bonus Point Win Over Italy

Ireland Italy Six Nations

Ireland still have a slim chance of reclaiming their Guinness Six Nations crown thanks to their bonus point 16-26 victory over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this afternoon.  However, what will be most concerning for Irish supporters will be the performance of the team who look a shadow of the side who brilliantly defeated the All Blacks just …

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Error-Strewn Ireland Survive Italy Scare To Emerge With Bonus Point

Ireland Italy Six Nations

Ireland avoided a shock defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this afternoon as they eventually emerged with a four-try 16-26 victory.  Ireland were 16-12 behind at halftime and deservedly so. Their play, not only in the opening 40 minutes but in the second half too, was full of uncharacteristic unforced errors with a clear nervous energy running through …

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England And Wales Set For Movement In Rugby World Rankings

Wales England World Rankings

Saturday’s results in round three of the Guinness Six Nations means we will see some movement when the official world rankings are updated on Monday.  France’s bonus point 27-10 victory over Scotland in Paris will see them move up two places in the world rankings from 10th to 8th. Scotland remain in 7th but their loss to Jacques Brunel’s side …

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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Italy

Joe Schmidt Ireland team Italy

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team to take on Italy in Rome in the Guinness Six Nations on Sunday.  The Ireland head coach has made four changes to the starting XV which beat Scotland at Murrayfield two weeks ago. In the front row, there are first Six Nations starts for Dave Kilcoyne and Sean Cronin while Tadhg Furlong continues …

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“If He Changes, He Is Not The Same Player He Was”

Johnny Sexton Richie Murphy

We will find out later this afternoon whether Johnny Sexton will be leading the line for Ireland when they take on Italy in Rome on Sunday.  Joe Schmidt’s team announcement will be interesting as the debate surrounding whether to provide valuable experience to fringe players ahead of the World Cup or to continue with the front-line players to develop form continues. …

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Richie Murphy Wants Team To Take Pressure Off Conor Murray

Conor Murphy Richie Murphy

Such is the world-class form which we have become accustomed to from Conor Murray over the last few years, once the Munster scrum-half is below-par, it becomes a major talking point.  Murray has yet to hit the heights this season that we saw in years gone by but that is understandable. The 29-year-old played his first game of rugby of …

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Clean Bill Of Health For Ireland As Italy Preparations Ramp Up

Ireland Six Nations Italy

Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy has confirmed that the 34 players who are currently preparing for Sunday’s trip to Rome to take on Italy have all come through training unscathed and are eligible for selection.  There were a number of doubts surrounding players like Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Beirne and Chris Farrell. Henshaw missed out on the trip to Murrayfield to …

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Iain Henderson Free To Play As Citing Complaint Not Upheld

Iain Henderson

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has a received a boost with the news that Iain Henderson is free to play this weekend after a citing complaint brought against him was not upheld.  Henderson took part in a disciplinary hearing this afternoon via video conference to investigate an alleged infringement of Law 9.11 – Players must not do anything that is …

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Boost For Ireland As Chris Farrell Fit Enough To Train This Week

Ireland Chris Farrell

Ireland have received a boost with the news that Chris Farrell has been passed fit to train today at the team’s base in Carton House.  Farrell was a doubt after he was replaced in the first half of Munster’s bonus-point win over the Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night. Munster head coach Johann van Graan …

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It’s A Case Of Wait & See For Some Of Ireland’s Returning Stars

Andy Farrell Ireland

A narrowed down 19-man Ireland squad took part in an open training session at a sun-kissed Aviva Stadium this afternoon as preparations begin for the trip to Rome for a clash with Italy on Sunday week.  Ireland defence coach, Andy Farrell, described today’s session, which involved a training game against the U20s who showed “a bit of intent”, as a …

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