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Despite Rocky World Cup It’s Important To Savour Unique Experience

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While Ireland’s World Cup campaign hasn’t gone the way many expected, it’s important to savour the unique experience that many of these players, as well as their families, are experiencing for the first time.  Opportunities like these don’t come along too often and Chris Farrell knows that. Having admitted that he found it difficult acclimatising to Japan on tour two …

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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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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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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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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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Ireland U-20’s Name Starting XV For England Game Tomorrow

Ireland have named the team that will face off against England in tomorrow’s World Rugby U20’s Championships. Noel McNamara’s men will look to kick off their World Rugby U-20 championship with a win in their opening fixture against neighbours England. The tournament will take place in Argentina between June 4 and 22 and the Irish have been drawn in Pool …

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Andrew Brace Named As IRFU’s Sole Official For Rugby World Cup

IRFU referee, Andrew Brace, has been selected in the 23-man match day officials squad ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan.  The 30-year-old has been named as one of seven assistant referees selected for the tournament which begins on September 20, 2019. ‘Team 21’ – the 21st tournament team – comprises of 12 referees, seven assistant referees and …

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Late Tavuyara Try Earns Benetton Deserved Draw With Leinster

Leinster 27 Bennetton 27 A makeshift Leinster side conceded an 80th minute try this evening as they were held at home by a brave Benetton outfit. Leinster held possession the majority of the first five minutes as they looked to build through the phases and keep the ball in play just as they had done against Ulster in last week’s …

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Paul O’Connell Confirms He Is To Leave Stade Francais

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Paul O’Connell has confirmed that he is to step down from his coaching role at French club, Stade Francais at the end of the season. However, the former Ireland captain has reiterated that he is not leaving to take up another coaching role. In a statement O’Connell said; “I have decided not to stay beyond my contract year with the …

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Ireland Women Drop Below Spain In Latest World Rugby Rankings

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Ireland women have fallen to tenth in the World Rugby rankings following their worst Six Nations finish in 13 years. It was a horrible campaign for Adam Griggs’ side who finished fifth in the table with just one win and four defeats. It started with a complete route by eventual Grand Slam champions, England and finished with a 24-5 defeat …

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“This Squad Doesn’t Need A Wake-Up Call” – Peter O’Mahony

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For someone who prides himself on his ability to physically impose himself on opponents, the manner of Ireland’s Six Nations loss to England on Saturday will sting Peter O’Mahony in particular.  O’Mahony and the rest of his forward pack came out second best to their English counterparts with the likes of the Vunipola brothers, Mako and Billy, Kyle Sinckler, Maro …

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