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Ireland Coach Greg Feek Rejects Scrum Criticism From Japan

Ireland Japan Scrum

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  Ireland coach Greg Feek has rejected the criticism coming from the Japanese camp on his side’s scrum as the two teams prepare for battle on the eve of their clash at the Shizouka Stadium Ecopa.  One the narratives which has dominated proceedings throughout the week has been the criticism of the Irish scrum with Japan …

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Scrum Jibe From Japan Will Only Motivate Cian Healy More – Schmidt

Cian Healy

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  The Japanese press conferences this week have been a breath of fresh air.  The players and coaches have made no secret about the fact that they know they can beat Ireland this weekend. From straight to the point statements such as “we are confident that we can beat them” and “we’ll attack that” or the …

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Unflappable Jack Carty Backed To Shine On Starting World Cup Debut

Jack Carty

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  Ireland out-half Jack Carty is set for a career milestone as he will start in his first World Cup match on Saturday when Joe Schmidt’s side take on Japan at the Shizouka Stadium Ecopa.  This will be just Carty’s ninth appearance for Ireland in what will be his second start since he made his debut …

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Ireland Name Team To Face Japan On Saturday

Ireland Team Japan

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizouka.  Head coach Joe Schmidt has named the Ireland team which will take on Japan in Saturday’s Pool A clash at the Shizouka Stadium Ecopa.  Schmidt has made a number of changes to the side which beat Scotland 27-3 in Yokohama on Sunday. In total, Schmidt has made four changes to the starting XV which defeated …

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Letter From Japan: Ireland Go From Bright Lights To Countryside Tranquility

Letter from Japan

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  One of the most interesting aspects of visiting Japan is the sheer environmental contrast between different parts of the country.  When Ireland first arrived to these shores, they based themselves in the rather uninspiring but radically functional Prefecture of Chiba. An area 40km south-east of Tokyo which consists of endless blocks of hotels, conference centres …

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Ireland Required To Go Up Another Level For “Fast & Loose” Japan

Ireland Japan

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu. Ireland are under no illusions to the challenges they will face when they take on host nation Japan in their second Pool A clash which takes place in Shizouka on Saturday.  In many people’s eyes, Ireland are already destined for a quarter-final showdown with the Springboks at Tokyo Stadium on Sunday, October 20. However, first, …

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Ireland Provide Latest Injury Update Ahead Of Japan Clash

Ireland injury update

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizouka  Ireland skills and kicking coach, Richie Murphy, has provided an injury update ahead of Ireland’s second pool game at the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Saturday against the host nation, Japan.  The main concern coming out of today’s press conference is Johnny Sexton. The out-half picked up a knock to his quad during the win …

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Couldn’t Ask Any More Of Irish Display But Bigger Test Awaits

Ireland World Cup

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  With 27 minutes on the clock, Ireland were 19-3 up in their toughest pool match of the World Cup, against opposition which have troubled them in the past and amid a backdrop which has questioned this squad’s mentality and ability on the field.  To be so on top so early on in this game was …

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Jacob Stockdale Happy To Prove His Critics Wrong

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama. Jacob Stockdale is happy to prove his critics wrong after he produced an excellent display in Ireland’s 27-3 win over Scotland in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Stockdale has been criticised on occasion for his defensive performances, most recently in Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham as part of their warm-up …

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Player Ratings As Ireland Dominate Scotland In World Cup Opener

Ireland player ratings

Ireland 27 – 3 Scotland Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama Ireland have got their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign off to a perfect start after they produced a completely dominant bonus-point performance over Scotland in Yokohama. Three first-half tries from James Ryan, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong ensured Ireland were up and running after the midway point of their first …

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“Johnny & The Boys Are Well Able To Look After Themselves”

Johnny Sexton

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama. Peter O’Mahony believes that Johnny Sexton or any other member of the Irish team are well able to look after themselves if they encounter any special treatment from the Scotland players on Sunday.  In recent years, we have seen an extra-bite to Ireland v Scotland fixtures and this applies to provincial level too with Munster …

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Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt Wary Of Scottish Threats In The Rain

Joe Schmidt

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Japan are up and running in Pool A after stuttering to a bonus-point 30-10 win over Russia at the Tokyo Stadium.  Both Joe Schmidt and Gregor Townsend would have watched on from the comfort of their respective team hotels and based on what they saw over the 80 minutes, they won’t be too concerned about …

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Schmidt’s Larmour Vision Puts Him At Ease In World Cup Cauldron

Jordan Larmour

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has said that the main reason for the omission of Keith Earls and Rob Kearney from Sunday’s matchday 23 for Scotland was due to a lack of time in building continuity.  Earls and Kearney have not been able to train fully this week as they recover from respective knee and …

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Kearney & Earls Out As Ireland Team Named For Scotland Clash

Ireland Team

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has announced his Ireland team to take on Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday.  As expected, Rob Kearney and Keith Earls have not been selected due to the injuries which they are carrying and this sees Jordan Larmour take up a spot at fullback while Andrew Conway starts …

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