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Five Key Questions Ahead Of Ireland v Italy

Ireland play Italy in London tomorrow in their penultimate Pool D game. While everything has gone right so far for Joe Schmidt’s side, there are questions which are yet to be answered. _____ Can Iain Henderson continue his rich vein of form? The Ulster lock has been the story of the summer for Ireland, and looks to have ousted Devin …

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Irish Team To Face Italy Named

Joe Schmidt has revealed the Irish team that will play Italy. Joe Schmidt has revealed that Keith Earls will partner Robbie Henshaw in the Irish midfield. The Munster player has impressed over recent weeks, and will be joined by provincial team mate Simon Zebo at full back. Schmidt has arguably named his strongest pack, with Iain Henderson partnering Paul O’Connell in the …

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Further Midfield Injury Worries For Ireland

Ireland have been hit with yet another midfield injury. Although Ireland have gained maximum points from their opening World Cup fixtures against Canada and Romania, Joe Schmidt has yet to field his perceived first choice midfield partnership of Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne. Henshaw has yet to feature at the World Cup, after suffering a hamstring injury days before the …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Ireland V Romania

Ireland despatched Romania in a professional manner this afternoon. Ireland scored six tries as they overcame Romania 44-10 this evening. Although the Irish made difficult work of the first half, the second period saw them move the ball with much more accuracy and speed. 1. Ireland’s lack of an offloading game It is a well known fact that Joe Schmidt prefers …

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Ireland Name Team To Play Canada In Opening World Cup Clash

Ireland have included Luke Fitzgerald and Cian Healy for their game with Canada. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has returned Cian Healy to Ireland’s line up following his return from injury. The loosehead prop had missed each of Ireland’s warm up games, as doubts surrounded his fitness. Iain Henderson comes in for Devon Toner in the second, partnering Paul O’Connell. Although …

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Ireland’s Back Three Options Are Worryingly Weak

Ireland’s 21-13 loss to England last weekend produced more questions than answers for Joe Schmidt and the squad going into the World Cup. Sadly, one thing became alarmingly clear for this writer, and that is Ireland’s inability to handle overwhelming physicality in the back three. Historically Ireland have never been known to be a team of large players, we usually …

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Joe Schmidt Rumoured To Have Only Included Two Scrum Halves In Irish RWC Squad

Joe Schmidt will announce Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Squad later today. Reports in this mornings Irish Independent suggest that Joe Schmidt will leave Isaac Boss out of his World Cup squad, and only select two recognised scrum halves. With Kieran Marmion having been released from Ireland’s training squad earlier in the summer, it was expected that Boss would travel to the World Cup as the third …

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Three Talking Points From Joe Schmidt’s Team to Face Scotland

Joe Schmidt named his side to play Scotland this afternoon 1. Simon Zebo At Full Back To even get into the final 31 man squad, Ireland’s wingers face ravenous competition. After Keith Earls demonstrated last weekend that he has returned to form and has the ability to cover a number of positions, the level of competition stepped up a notch. Therefore, not only …

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5 Takeaways From This Weekend’s Rugby

Australia’s shock win over New Zealand, Argentina’s historic victory over South Africa, where to begin? Here are our five takeaways from this weekend’s Rugby. _____ Nehe Milner-Skudder Shows Class On Debut There was a lot of talk surrounding the Hurricanes player following an impressive Super Rugby season. He was handed his debut by Steve Hansen against Australia this weekend, to see …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Ireland’s Win Over Wales

Ireland Comfortably Beat Wales 35-21 this afternoon 1. Wales Look Undercooked Granted this was an experimental Welsh line up, but they looked very short of match intensity. It took Wales until the end of the first half to find any bit of rhythm, by which time the match was effectively over. Warren Gatland mentioned in the build up to the …

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Why is Felix Jones still on the bench for Ireland?

One of the contributing factors to Irish success over the current Six Nations campaign has been the impact of the bench. Springing the likes of Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, and Iain Henderson off the bench with twenty minutes left adds a huge amount of energy and physicality to the Irish cause. This represents the shift in how the bench is …

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Keith Earls Stars As Munster Go Top

Keith Earls was the star of the show at Irish Independent Park last night as Munster went top of the Guinness Pro12 with a 22-10 bonus point win over Glasgow.  The game was the official opening of the newly-renovated ground but what will please Munster fans far more that the addition of comfy new seats and covered stands is the …

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Ireland Wolfhounds Selection – Three Talking Points

The Ireland Wolfhounds face the England Saxons in Cork tonight in a tie which is attracting far greater interest than an Ireland A side is accustomed to.   The days of the Eddie O’Sullivan era where there was little debate surrounding team selection are a distant memory. As we are experiencing a second wind of the ‘Golden Generation’ of Irish rugby, …

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Modern Rugby – How The Irish Wolfhounds Have Evolved

Ozer McMahon discusses the development of the Irish Wolfhounds from a test-bed for up and coming players, to a stage where established internationals can gain precious minutes. It’s not long since the Irish A team, or the Wolfhounds as they have been rebranded, was a stepping stone towards elite international recognition and a breeding ground for those excelling themselves at …

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Keith Earls Injury Blow Leaves Munster Shorthanded

Per Munster Rugby, winger and centre Keith Earls,underwent surgery on his right knee on Tuesday afternoon, writes Garbh Madigan. Originally the prognosis was that Earls would be back training with the side within days but having consulted with experts in London,the decision was made to operate on his patellar tendon. The Moyross flier is not expected to be back for …

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The Gain Line: Taking Stock Of Joe Schmidt’s First Season

As the Irish international season comes to a close, this week’s edition of The Gain Line takes stock of all that the Irish team has achieved under Joe Schmidt. Rounding up what was a hugely successful first season in charge for Joe Schmidt, Ireland slugged their way to an underwhelming 23-17 win against Argentina in Tucuman. The game was no spectacle …

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Five Things Joe Schmidt’s Ireland Must Do In Argentina

The Irish team have touched down in Argentina and are gearing up for the first Test against Argentina on Saturday. Ozer McMahon is here to discuss the five most important things that Ireland must gain from the summer tour. 1. Familiarise Ideas Joe Schmidt has been in the hot seat for less than twelve months and with the winner-takes-all nature of …

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