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IRFU Hit Back At “Completely False” Claims In Sunday Times Article

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The IRFU have hit back at claims by Sunday Times columnist Stephen Jones that Ireland and New Zealand were “vehemently opposed” to the possibility that the Pool A clash between Scotland and Japan could be rearranged.  Prior to the confirmation that today’s game would go ahead as scheduled, Scotland have been putting pressure on World Rugby to rearrange the game …

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Ireland Can Still Put Best Foot Forward Despite Knock In Confidence

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Despite yesterday’s bonus-point win over Russia, question marks still hang over Ireland’s form heading into their final Pool A game with Samoa. Joe Schmidt’s side were expected to bounce back in style following a shock defeat to Japan last weekend. However, a much-changed Irish outfit laboured to a 35-0 win over the Russian Bears. Rory Best was one of the …

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Johnny Sexton Incredibly Proud To Realise Childhood Ambition

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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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Chris Farrell Passionately Defends Irish Project Players

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Chris Farrell has leapt to the defence of Ireland’s project players in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Jean Kleyn made headlines around the world when he was selected for Joe Schmidt’s 31-man squad in place of long-serving lock Devin Toner. Kleyn became eligible to represent Ireland just two days before making his debut against Italy in …

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Rory Best Holds Back Tears As He Reflects On Final Home Game

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Rory Best started in 2005 coming on as a sub against New Zealand to take up his position in the scrum alongside his brother, Simon. While it’s not over just quite yet the end is most definitely approaching for the Ulster man who made his final appearance at the Aviva Stadium in Ireland’s 19-10 win over Wales this afternoon. The …

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Ireland In Position To Go Top Of Rugby’s World Rankings

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Ireland will go top of the World Rugby rankings if they defeat Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. As it turns out both Ireland and Warren Gatland’s Welsh side are capable of leap-frogging New Zealand into first place as we countdown towards the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The All Blacks currently sit atop the rankings having regained it …

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Joe Schmidt Hits Back At Agustin Pichot Criticism Of Kleyn Selection

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Joe Schmidt has responded to Agustin Pichot after the World Rugby Vice-Chairman expressed his disappointment at Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s World Cup squad. The Leinster lock was the shock exclusion from Schmidt’s squad announcement yesterday after it was confirmed that South African born Munster second-row Jean Kleyn had been selected in his stead. Kleyn only qualified for Irish selection …

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Numbers Aren’t There For 7s And 15s To Thrive – Lynne Cantwell

Lynne Cantwell

It’s an interesting time for women’s rugby in Ireland.  Saturday saw another milestone reached with the first double-header taking place at Energia Park where Leinster’s opening pre-season friendly of the summer acted as the curtain-raiser for Leinster’s women who opened their interprovincial series with a 34-6 victory over Connacht. This was the first round of the women’s interprovincial championship which …

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Iain Henderson Confirmed As New Ulster Rugby Captain

Ulster Rugby have today confirmed that Iain Henderson will take over as club captain for the 2019/2020 season following the retirement of Rory Best. The 27-year-old has previously captained the northern province on numerous occasions and brings a wealth of experience to the role having made 105 appearances for Ulster as well as having represented both Ireland and the British …

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IRFU Unveil Season Roadmap Ahead Of World Cup Qualification

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The IRFU have outlined details of the upcoming women’s rugby season which they hope will provide the perfect preparation for Ireland’s bid to qualify for the 2021 World Cup which takes place in New Zealand.  Ireland’s disappointing showing at the 2017 World Cup which was held on home soil resulted in them missing out on automatic qualification for 2021 and …

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IRFU Sanction Sean O’Brien Over Pub Incident [Report]

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The IRFU have sanctioned Sean O’Brien due to an “incident of inappropriate behaviour” following Leinster’s PRO14 title win against the Glasgow Warriors.  The Irish Independent reports that O’Brien urinated on a member of the public in a pub in Dublin the day after Leinster clinched the title at Celtic Park. “The IRFU have investigated an incident of inappropriate behaviour by a …

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Johnny McPhillips Departs Ulster For Leicester Tigers

Ulster out-half, Johnny McPhillips has signed a deal with Leicester Tigers and will join the English Premiership ahead of next season.  McPhillips becomes the second Irish player to move to Welford Road this summer alongside Leinster’s, Noel Reid, where they will be coached by former Irish international, Geordan Murphy. He was born in England and spent five years playing soccer …

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Ireland To Face England Again In World Rugby U20 Championship Playoff

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Noel McNamara’s Ireland charges will face England on Monday in the fifth-place playoff semi-final at the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championships after France secured the best runners-up spot. Ireland were in contention for a semi-final berth following their bonus-point win over Italy on Wednesday, however, a heavy defeat on Saturday against Australia ultimately cost them in the end. Hosts, Argentina, …

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Munster Confirm Graham Rowntree As New Forwards Coach

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Munster have confirmed that three-times British and Irish Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree will take over as forwards coach of the southern province.  Rowntree is the current forwards coach with Georgia and he will begin his new position once their involvement in the 2019 World Cup ends. Rowntree has signed on with Munster until June 2022. Commenting on the appointment, …

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