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Joe Schmidt Sympathises With Bundee Aki After Red Card

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Joe Schmidt sympathised with Bundee Aki as the Ireland centre faces the prospect of his World Cup being over because of the red card he picked up in Ireland’s 47-5 win over Samoa.  Ireland’s seven-try performance saw them clinch a quarter-final spot against either New Zealand or South Africa but Aki faces a nervous wait to see if he will …

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Business As Usual For Ireland Despite Drama Of Typhoon Hagibis

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Joe Schmidt claims it is “business as usual” for Ireland as they prepare for their final Pool A game with Samoa despite the disruptions due to Typhoon Hagibis. It was feared that Ireland’s match would be cancelled due to the typhoon, however, it is set to go ahead while England versus France and New Zealand versus Italy have both been …

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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

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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

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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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World Rugby Admit Referee Got Three Decisions Wrong In Ireland Loss

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Joe Schmidt has revealed that Ireland received confirmation from World Rugby surrounding three key errors made by referee Angus Gardner in Saturday’s shock defeat to Japan. However, Schmidt was also quick to praise the Japanese performance and reiterate that they deserved their win. “I think I mentioned earlier that we certainly learned that we’re capable. In that first 20 minutes, …

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Murphy Straight In As Schmidt Makes 11 Changes For Russia Clash

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Joe Schmidt has made 11 changes for Ireland’s crunch World Cup clash with Russia on Thursday. Jordi Murphy comes straight into the back-row at number eight alongside Rhys Ruddock and Peter O’Mahony who makes his third start in 12 days. Tadhg Beirne and Jean Kleyn are set to start their first World Cup matches when they take their place in …

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Joe Schmidt Reveals His Biggest Disappointment With Ireland Display

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

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

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

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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

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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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Cullen Urges Toner “To Get Back On The Horse” Should Call-Up Occur


Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has urged Devin Toner “to get back on the horse” following his disappointing omission from Ireland’s World Cup squad earlier this month.  Toner was expected to be named as part of Joe Schmidt’s 31-man panel but there was widespread surprise when the Leinster stalwart was left at home with Munster’s Jean Kleyn named instead. Ross …

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