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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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Brian O’Driscoll Refutes Moriarty Allegation Against Sexton

Brian O’Driscoll has come to the aid of his compatriot in the burgeoning dispute over treatment from match officials. Sunday saw Ross Moriarty claim that Ireland’s Johnny Sexton gets special treatment from referees as a result of his status. Moriarty received a yellow card in the Dragons’ game against Leinster for an off-the-ball challenge on Sexton, and had this controversial comment …

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Lions Bench Could Be the Key To Beating The All Blacks

With 62 minutes gone in Chicago, Ireland led the All Blacks 33-22. New Zealand had worked their way back into the match as is their wont, and looked poised to haul Ireland in. The All Blacks looked primed to launch a spectacular second half display to sink Ireland and extend their unbeaten run to 19 games. Just three minutes prior …

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Why Flying Finn Russell Deserves His Lions Ticket

On Saturday evening Scotland made history, and the Lions’ latest tourist Finn Russell was right in the midst of it. The Scots have jetted Down Under just twelve times since 1970, and on nine of those occasions the hosts have won. Before Saturday’s game Scotland had won just two matches in Australia; once in 1982 and another back in 2012. …

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Lions 2017: Who Should Start In Midfield For The All Blacks Tests?

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Twickenham London 27/2/2016 England vs Ireland England’s Owen Farrell and Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Lions partnerships and working combinations will all come under scrutiny over the coming weeks. And one of the most pivotal areas, the 10/12/13 Lions midfield axis, is an exciting one to cast our eye over first.  Owen Farrell should start the first Test at fly-half. His vision, playmaking ability and accurate goal kicking will be invaluable. Victorious in the Champions Cup …

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A Lions XV To Beat The All Blacks – From A Kiwi Perspective

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Twickenham Stadium, London, England 27/2/2016 England vs Ireland Ireland's Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton

Warren Gatland faces his proverbial Everest when the Lions tour kicks off in June in New Zealand this year. He has an enviable talent pool to draw from but winning in New Zealand will require players with strength, agility, vision and grit in combination with very astute tactics. What the Irish did in Chicago needs to be replicated. So who …

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Ireland’s Six Nations Campaign: A Tale Of Two Out-Halves

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has some tough decisions to make over the remaining Six Nations games as Leinster’s Johnny Sexton returns to the fold for international selection.  Sexton has been Ireland’s star player for the best part of the last five years, but now there is a new kid on the block, Ulster’s Paddy Jackson. Sexton and Jackson are …

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Watch: Leinster Denied Try By Football-Style Sliding Tackle

European Rugby Champions Round 6, Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres, France 20/1/2017 Castres Olympique vs Leinster Leinster's Rory O’Loughlin scores a try that was later disallowed Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

On Friday night Leinster played out an enthralling draw with Castres that left both sides battered and bruised. A game-winning try was crucially denied by the TMO after a football-style sliding tackle from Pierre Bérard. During a rumbustious first half Johnny Sexton yet again confirmed to his critics that he lacks the ability to stay injury-free as he was unable to …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Flyhalf Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland and Owen Farrell of England shake hands followinng the final whistle during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The ninth installment in the series takes a look at the options available to Warren Gatland and his coaching team at number ten for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. One of the most pivotal positions on a rugby pitch, only two out and out fly-halves were chosen for the 2013 Lions tour of Australia – …

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Ireland Rugby Manager Makes Shocking Claim After Fiery All Blacks Defeat

Ireland Rugby Press Conference, Carton House, Co. Kildare 21/11/2016 Team manager Mick Kearney

Ireland team manager Mick Kearney has been quoted as stating that as many as 12 incidents, 11 related to the All Blacks, were reviewed by the citing commissioner following the bruising Ireland-New Zealand game in Dublin on Saturday, according to the NZ Herald. Sam Cane’s shoulder charge on Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw and Malakai Fekitoa’s incredibly high tackle on Simon …

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Analysis: Who Is Ireland’s Most Irreplaceable Player?

During their Six Nations triumphs in 2014 and 2015, Ireland were used to star names being talismans. Back then it was Paul O’Connell up front and Brian O’Driscoll in the outside backs, with Jonny Sexton as the third musketeer. But with retirements to O’Connell and O’Driscoll, and injuries and age meaning Sexton is not the player of two years ago, …

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