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Nigel Owens Responds To Luke Fitzgerald’s Criticism, Fans Put The Irishman On Blast

  Nigel Owens has responded to Luke Fitzgerald’s comments about the respected referee’s style of officiating on the field of play and fans have unanimously rounded on the former Leinster man for his troubles. Fitzgerald was critical of Owens’ comments during Munster’s defeat of Glasgow during their Pro 12 clash on Saturday, claiming they were ‘disrespectful’. Then, singling out the …

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Luke Fitzgerald: ‘I Probably Never Reached My Full Potential’

Former Ireland and Leinster winger Luke Fitzgerald admitted that he probably never reached his full potential as a rugby player after playing out a ten year career that was consistently marred by injury. In a candid interview on Second Captains, Fitzgerald spoke openly and honestly about his career and how a succession of injuries ultimately curtailed his career. At 29, Fitzgerald retired …

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All Blacks Superstar Linked With Shock Move to Leinster

Irish rugby is currently enjoying a wave of positivity following two impressive displays against the mighty All Blacks this month and now things could get even better for one province. While in Dublin for Saturday’s enthralling encounter with Ireland, it has been reported by the Irish Independent that New Zealand superstar Israel Dagg met with Leinster officials for talks about …

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Opinion: Bundee Aki Is A Great Signing For Connacht But Highlights Ireland’s Issues With Player Development

Bundee Aki Connacht

Connacht’s road to last season’s Pro 12 title was as magical and majestic as what you could have ever possibly imagined for Irish Rugby’s perennial whipping boys. Connacht started the season strong, soaring up the Pro 12 ladder before convincingly taking down Irish Rugby’s traditional heavyweights Leinster in the Pro 12 final at Murrayfield. Connacht’s 20-10 win over the Blues in Edinburgh …

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Ireland’s Overseas XV

Ireland have slowly been accumulating overseas players in recent seasons. In a very candid interview published in the Irish Examiner yesterday, Luke Fitzgerald bluntly took a stance against the IRFU’s policy of recruiting overseas players. Very deliberately, Fitzgerald reasoned that the policy was “wrong”, before bluntly asking “Are we not good enough to fill the spots? I don’t know if there’s …

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Leinster Confirm The Retirement Of Luke Fitzgerald

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 18: Luke Fitzgerald of Ireland scores his team's first try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Ireland and Argentina at the Millennium Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

In a statement released this morning, Leinster have confirmed that Ireland international Luke Fitzgerald is to retire from the game with immediate effect. The 28 year old has been forced to retire on medical grounds, relating to an incident in the recent Guinness Pro12 final against Connacht. Fears had been growing for the versatile back’s future due to a chronic …

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Is This The New First-Choice Ireland XV?

Ireland will be disappointed to miss out on a series win, but have blooded a number of young players.  Not too long ago, Ireland’s 19-13 defeat at the hands of South Africa would have been regarded as a moral victory. The performance would have been praised, but not analysed in any great detail. Therefore, the disappointment felt by fans at full time whistle is …

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Exclusive: Ex-Leinster Man McLaughlin Changing The Face Of Sports Science

Professional sport is one of the fastest growing industries in the world with cable television, multi-million dollar broadcasting deals and lucrative sponsorship agreements transforming it from a weekend activity to a full-time industry. Players aren’t necessarily players in the same way they would have been viewed traditionally, they are athletes now; professional athletes, who are investments as much as they are people. No one typifies this …

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Summer Tests: Our Injured XV Selection

The summer rugby tours of our home nations are set to kick off this weekend. Ireland, England and Wales all travel to the Super Rugby nations of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand respectively, while Scotland take on the emerging far eastern power that is Japan. As final match day squads are being formed, let’s take a look at the XV …

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Ireland Suffer Two Further Injuries Ahead Of South African Tour

Ireland v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

Joe Schmidt has been forced to to call up four players to the Irish squad. Earlier this morning, Irish rugby fans woke up to the news that Johnny Sexton had undergone surgery after suffering a shoulder injury during Leinster’s Pro 12 final defeat in the Pro 12 final last weekend. However, since then the news has got far worse for …

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Massive Injury Blow For Ireland Ahead Of South African Tour

Ireland have suffered yet another injury blow ahead of South African tour. After already losing Sean O’Brien, Cian Healy and Tommy Bowe to injury, Joe Schmidt will now have to plan for Ireland’s tour of South Africa without Johnny Sexton. The Irish Independent have this morning reported the Leinster fly half underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday, following last weekend’s Pro 12 final defeat …

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Ireland Name Training Squad Ahead Of South African Tour

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Joe Schmidt has named a 44 man training squad ahead of Ireland’s summer tour. In the aftermath of the Six Nations, many commentators argued that Joe Schmidt should use the summer tour of South Africa to introduce a number of players into Ireland’s starting XV. Given Matt Healy’s form with Connacht, those calls grew louder over the weekend, after the winger …

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Is This The Ireland XV You Would Like To See Named Tomorrow?

France v Ireland - Group D: Rugby World Cup 2015

Joe Schmidt will name the Ireland team to face Wales tomorrow. Given that Warren Gatland has already declared his hand, Joe Schmidt has had plenty of time to consider what type of Irish team he will select tomorrow. Will the Irish coach go for a tried and tested selection that has delivered back to back Six Nations Championships, or will he …

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Who Replaces Fitzgerald and Bowe In The Ireland Starting XV?

Never has there been a time in Irish Rugby where the national side has had a more talented group of wingers to choose from. Ireland have produced some exceptional wingers in the past with the likes of Denis Hickie, Shane Horgan and Simon Geoghegan all enjoying nice stints in green, but the current cohort of wingers that Joe Schmidt has to choose …

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