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Ireland Ring The Changes For Final U20 Game Against New Zealand


Noel McNamara has made a number of changes to his side for their final U20 World Championship game against New Zealand in Rosario on Saturday (kick-off 5pm Irish time). Ireland are competing in the 7th-8th place play-off following their last-gasp seven-point loss to England earlier this week.  Leinster duo Max O’Reilly and Brian Deeny will make their first starts in …

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Damian McKenzie Ruled Out Of World Cup After Rupturing ACL

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The New Zealand All Blacks have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Damian McKenzie has ruptured his ACL and is ruled out of the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The Chiefs player suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while on club duty at the weekend against the Blues with All Blacks head coach, Steven …

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Cane Cleared For Contact As Recovery From Broken Neck Continues

New Zealand flanker, Sam Cane, has been cleared for contact training six months after suffering a broken neck during their narrow win over South Africa. The 27-year-old underwent surgery after he sustained a small fracture in a vertebra on the lower right side of his neck in the 32-30 win in Pretoria last October but has been involved in light …

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FAI Confirm Two Home Friendlies For Later This Year


The FAI have today confirmed that Ireland will host two international friendlies against Bulgaria and New Zealand in the Aviva Stadium later this year. Mick McCarthy’s side will play Bulgaria on Tuesday, September 10, five days after the Republic of Ireland will have faced Switzerland at home in their UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier. The game against New Zealand will be …

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Ireland To Be The Chink In The All Black Armour In 2019

Double defending champions New Zealand will head into the 2019 World Cup in Japan as favourites, but Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland have proven there are chinks in the All Black armour. Steve Hansen’s team suffered a major bump on their run-in to the World Cup when they went down to a second defeat in three games by a …

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Jacob Stockdale Doesn’t Think Teams Fear New Zealand Like Before

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Jacob Stockdale is fast becoming an Irish rugby legend at the tender age of 22 having scored 12 tries in 14 tests. His scoring exploits aren’t exactly coming against weak opposition either. Stockdale scored seven tries in this year’s Six Nations as Ireland romped to a Grand Slam title, breaking the record in the process and scored the decisive try …

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Four Contenders To Replace Hansen As All Blacks Coach

New Zealand rugby has no shortage of coaching talent and the announcement from Steve Hansen that he will step down as All Blacks mentor after next year’s Rugby World Cup will spark intense competition for the coveted role. We look at four New Zealanders who could potentially become the new All Blacks coach: _____ 1. Ian Foster If New Zealand …

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Steven Hansen To Step Down As All Blacks Boss After World Cup

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen announced Friday that he will retire after next year’s World Cup in Japan, saying the world champions needed some “fresh thinking”. “I think it’s right for the team to have someone new after the World Cup, some fresh eyes, some fresh thinking,” he told reporters. Hansen took over in late 2011 after working as Graham …

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Ten-Try New Zealand Crush Italy 66-3 In Final November Test

World champions New Zealand bounced back from their try-less defeat to Ireland, scoring 10 against Italy in their biggest margin of victory over the Azzurri in 15 years to end their northern hemisphere tour with a 66-3 win in Rome. The All Blacks came out firing on all cylinders after their 16-9 defeat in Dublin last weekend, with five unanswered …

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Barrett And McKenzie Retained As Hansen Makes 11 Changes To All Blacks Team

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The All Blacks will persist with a two-pronged attack against Italy on Saturday, despite coach Steve Hansen ringing the changes after last week’s loss to Ireland. Hansen retained fly-half Beauden Barrett and fullback Damien McKenzie in a starting line-up featuring 11 changes from the side that ran out in Dublin, resisting calls to start the in-form Richie Mo’unga. Instead, Mo’unga …

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Luke McGrath On O’Mahony Heroics – “I Couldn’t Believe He Had The Ball”

As far as individual performances go, they don’t come much more heroic than Peter O’Mahony’s in Ireland’s historic victory over the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium last night. O’Mahony was incredible as Joe Schmidt’s men defeated New Zealand on home soil for the first time ever, thanks to a Jacob Stockdale try and some heroic defending, winning the game …

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In Pictures: Ireland’s Sensational Win Over The World Champions

The Aviva Stadium erupted last night as Ireland recorded their first ever win over New Zealand on home soil. Given the build-up and hype surrounding the game, the seven-point win was made all the sweeter. There were so many highlights from the game, Ireland’s intense reaction to the haka, Peter O’Mahony’s heroic performance, Jacob Stockdale’s try and the fact that …

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