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“I Was Going To Come Back And Make Them Regret Not Picking Me”

John Cooney

For many, this enforced period of lockdown provides an opportunity for looking back, reflection and growth. For Ulster and Ireland’s John Cooney, there are no shortage of memories or experiences to mull over and dissect. To say Cooney’s career has had its ups and downs would be an understatement but the 30-year-old Dubliner has certainly experienced the euphoric highs and …

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IRFU Agree Payment Deferral Model With Four Provinces


The IRFU along with the four provinces have agreed on a payment deferral model for all employees amidst the Covid-19 outbreak. According to Sky Sports, pay deferrals ranging from 10 to 50 per cent will come into effect in April where it will remain under constant review of the IRFU, as well as each province, financial situation. The IRFU is …

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“You Don’t Want To Be Sitting At Home Not Being Able To Work”

Rugby Players Ireland

“Unchartered waters” and “the unknown” are two phrases which frequently crop up during a conversation with former Munster back and current Operations Manager with Rugby Players Ireland, Denis Hurley.  Of course, this can be applied to the livelihoods of everyone in Ireland. Irish society is attempting to get to grips with a whole new way of living due to the …

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“It’s Pretty Upsetting” – Resilience Key For Bealham After Ireland Setback

Finlay Bealham

“Yeah, I’ve seen that there, I didn’t make the…”  Connacht and Ireland international Finlay Bealham, just moments before our conversation, had learned the news that he wasn’t included in Andy Farrell’s pre Six Nations mini-camp which is taking place at the IRFU’s High-Performance Centre in Abbotstown this weekend. Bealham pauses and asks how many players were included in the squad …

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Six-Man Shortlist Announced For RPI Supporters’ Player Of The Year

Supporters Player Of The Year

A six-man shortlist for Supporters’ Player Of The Year have been announced by Rugby Players Ireland, the representative body for professional rugby players in Ireland.  Each of the Irish provinces have representatives among the nominees who have been selected by a panel of experts. The six players are; Tadhg Beirne (Munster), James Lowe (Leinster), Will Addison (Ulster), Cian Healy (Leinster), …

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Joe Schmidt Addresses Academy Players At Inaugural Rugby Rookie Camp

Ireland Head Coach, Joe Schmidt was among the guest speakers at the inaugural Rugby Players Ireland/BDO Rookie Camp held in Druids Glen this week.  New Academy players from each of the four provinces were invited to participate in the induction programme to help them with various aspects of a career in the game. There was a major focus on off-field matters during the …

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Keith Earls Named Zurich Players’ Player Of The Year

2018 Zurich Rugby Players Ireland Player's Awards, Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 16/5/2018 Zurich Players Player of the Year Award Keith Earls is presented with his award

On Wednesday night, Keith Earls was crowned the Zurich Players’ Player Of The Year 2018 after a stellar season which has seen the 30-year-old produce some of the best form of his career.  The accolade will be a special one for Earls considering it is decided upon by his fellow Irish players. Earls beat off stiff competition from Conor Murray, Johnny …

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“Hand On Heart, I Feel Privileged To Have Played With Them And To Have Played A Part In Their Rugby Journey.”

As Jack Cullen watched Garry Ringrose dance through defences in recent weeks from a London pub, he sat back, sipped on his pint and revelled in Ireland’s triumph. Those that sat nearby barely acknowledged the screen, but Cullen’s focus was undeterred. As a musician, Cullen is an avid storyteller yet when the conversation veers towards his own rugby past, those …

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‘If You’re Unhappy Doing Something, Why Are You Doing It?’ – An Insight Into The Marvellous Mind Of James Lowe

On a bitterly cold February morning, James Lowe enters a popular cafe on Dublin’s southside. He spots me from across the room with a typically big smile and the 25-year-old affable Kiwi plants himself on the seat opposite mine and orders a coffee. The former Chiefs star has been on the receiving end of many plaudits lately for his try-scoring exploits …

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Marcus Horan: “Every Day I’d Think Of Him And I Still Can’t Believe That He’s Gone”

As we made our way out of the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon, we counted ourselves lucky not to have bumped into Peter O’Mahony. Having heard his interview in the aftermath of Munster’s defeat at the hands of Leinster, it wouldn’t have needed much extra-sensory perception to imagine what was going on in the Cork man’s mind. The intensity of …

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Rugby Players Ireland Have Appointed A New CEO

Rugby Players Ireland have announced former Leinster and Harlequins player Simon Keogh as their new chief executive officer.   A panel consisting of current and former internationals chose the 2009 European Cup winner to lead the players’ union forward. Speaking straight after the announcement, current Ireland and Leinster full-back and chairman of Rugby Players Ireland Rob Kearney spoke of what Keogh …

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