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Stockdale Seeks Advice From Earls On The Pressures Of A World Cup


There can be no disputing that the pressure is mounting on this Ireland squad ahead of their final Pool A game with Samoa next weekend. Ireland’s all-conquering 2018 followed by a topsy turvy 2019 ensured that pressure was on Joe Schmidt’s side before the World Cup had even begun. Jacob Stockdale burst onto the scene during Ireland’s most successful ever …

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“It Was A Tricky Position When I Was Playing Under Joe” – Zebo

Simon Zebo Joe Schmidt

In the wake of an uninspiring performance against Russia as Ireland claimed a 35-0 bonus-point win, Simon Zebo has revealed his frustrations with Ireland’s conservative attacking approach and also offered an insight into how head coach Joe Schmidt deals with players in the wake of a disappointing performance or loss.  Zebo, who was speaking as a Paddy Power Rugby Ambassador, …

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Joe Schmidt Provides Injury Update After Russia Win

Ireland injury update

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has provided an injury update after their 35-0 bonus-point victory over Russia. There were a number of injury concerns coming out of today’s win, most notably Jordi Murphy who left the fray with a rib injury after just 27 minutes. Murphy was a late call-up to the Ireland squad due to Jack Conan’s withdrawal and …

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Ireland Player Ratings After Uninspiring Win Over Russia

Ireland player ratings

Ireland 35 – 0 Russia Ireland have secured a 35-0 victory over Russia in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. However, it will be the nature of the victory which will continue to cause concern for Irish supporters and Joe Schmidt. Ireland were solid in the first half as they ran in three first-half tries but it was …

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Late Blow For Ireland As Joey Carbery Drops Out Of Matchday Squad

Joey Carbery

Ireland have received a late blow ahead of kick-off in their clash with Russia in Kobe with the news that Joey Carbery is a late withdrawal.  With the team sheets confirmed over an hour before kick-off, Carbery was a notable absentee with Conor Murray coming onto the bench to replace him. Carbery was initially named amongst the replacements and he …

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Johnny Sexton Incredibly Proud To Realise Childhood Ambition

johnny sexton

Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland for the first time on Thursday when they face Russia in the third pool game of their Rugby World Cup campaign. The Leinster out-half has been joint vice-captain alongside Peter O’Mahony for some time now and has previously taken over the duties during games when Rory Best was replaced. However, Thursday’s game marks the first …

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“I Didn’t Have A Good Game And That’s Stinging With Me At The Moment”

Cian Healy

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for Cian Healy in the aftermath of Ireland’s loss Japan on Saturday.  The powerful loosehead prop cut a downcast figure as he walked through a packed media mixed zone amid journalists probing with questions about Ireland’s shock defeat. But as ever, Healy spoke incredibly well despite the downbeat circumstances …

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IRFU Confirm Jordi Murphy To Replace Jack Conan At World Cup

Jordi Murphy

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka.  The IRFU have confirmed that Jordi Murphy will replace Jack Conan in Ireland’s 31-man 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.  Last night, when Joe Schmidt spoke to the media in the aftermath of Ireland’s 19-12 loss to Japan in Shizuoka, the Kiwi head coach confirmed that Conan would be departing Japan on Sunday to return home …

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Joe Schmidt Reveals His Biggest Disappointment With Ireland Display

Ireland Joe Schmidt

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.  Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt cut a downcast figure when he spoke to the media in the aftermath of his side’s 19-12 loss to Japan.  Ireland, after the opening 25 minutes of this game, were shambolic and they completely lacked the control and penetration which was evident in the opening quarter of the …

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Jack Conan Ruled Out Of World Cup

Jack Conan

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed in his post-match interview that Jack Conan is departing from the Rugby World Cup.  Conan was originally pencilled in to feature in today’s historic 19-12 loss to Japan but a foot injury sustained in training ruled him out of the Pool A clash. However, with Jordi Murphy …

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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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