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Foster: Bundee Aki Absence Has No Bearing On All Blacks Preparation

Ian Foster

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster has said that his side will not be altering their preparations in light of the suspension of Ireland centre Bundee Aki. On Monday, a judicial committee handed the 29-year-old a three-match ban following his dangerous tackle on Ulupano Seuteni during Ireland’s win over Samoa, thus ruling him out of Saturday’s clash in Toyko. While …

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Aki Continues To Aid Preparations As Ireland Yet To Decide On Appeal

Bundee Aki

Bundee Aki will continue to train with the Ireland squad ahead of their titanic World Cup quarter-final showdown with New Zealand and will have a “massive” influence on preparations, according to Simon Easterby.  The Connacht centre was handed a three-match ban on Monday following his high tackle on during Ireland’s 47-5 win over Samoa in their final Pool A game, …

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Bundee Aki Receives Three Match Ban For Dangerous Tackle

Bundee Aki

Ireland will have to plan for their clash with the All Blacks without the services of Bundee Aki who has been banned for three games following his dismissal against Samoa. The Ireland centre received a straight red card from referee Nic Berry in the 29th minute of their 47-5 win in Fukuoka. As the Samoan fly-half Ulupano Seuteni went to …

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“That’s Been Pretty Strange” – Sexton Baffled By Ireland Negativity

Johnny Sexton

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has remarked that the squad find the lingering negativity surrounding their current form “pretty strange”.  Joe Schmidt’s men are currently preparing for their titanic Rugby World Cup quarter-final battle with New Zealand on Saturday in Toyko. Ireland go into the clash on the back of a relatively mixed pool campaign, finishing in second place behind hosts …

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New Zealand’s Barrett Brothers To Make History Against Canada

barrett brothers

Beauden, Scott and Jordie Barrett will make history on Wednesday when they become the first trio of brothers to start a Rugby World Cup game for New Zealand.  It will mark just the second occasion that a trio of brothers has started in a World Cup game after Tonga’s Fe’ao, Elisi and Manu Vunipola played together against Scotland in 1995. …

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“It’s Pretty Obvious” – Hansen Accuses Springboks Of Pressurising Referee

Hansen Erasmus

New Zealand head coach Steven Hansen has accused his South African counterpart Rassie Erasmus of trying to influence referee Jerome Garces ahead of their titanic World Cup battle this weekend.  During a press conference on Wednesday, Erasmus commented that the era in which the All-Blacks benefit from marginal calls because they are the best in the world has ended. The …

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All Blacks Dealt Huge Blow As Jacobson Ruled Out Of World Cup

luke jacobson

New Zealand have been dealt their first blow of the Rugby World Cup with the news that rising star Luke Jacobson has been ruled out of the tournament with a delayed bout of concussion.  Shannon Frizell has been called up to replace Jacobson in the back-row as the All Blacks chase a third straight World Cup crown in Japan. Head …

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Ireland In Position To Go Top Of Rugby’s World Rankings

ireland world rankings

Ireland will go top of the World Rugby rankings if they defeat Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. As it turns out both Ireland and Warren Gatland’s Welsh side are capable of leap-frogging New Zealand into first place as we countdown towards the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The All Blacks currently sit atop the rankings having regained it …

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