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Munster Issue Worrying Injury Update Ahead Of Season Opener


Munster Rugby are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players ahead of their PRO14 season opener against Dragons in Thomond Park on Saturday afternoon.  With 12 members of their squad currently at the Rugby World Cup with Ireland, head coach Johann van Graan will have to shuffle his pack ahead of the new season with a number …

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World Rugby Criticise Refereeing Inconsistencies In Surprise Statement


World Rugby has taken aim at the World Cup over issues in refereeing inconsistencies over the opening weekend of the tournament.  There were various complaints regarding officiating over the first round of games, including the inconsistency of decision making at the breakdown, as well as the controversial tackle by Reece Hodge on Fiji’s Peceli Yato which left him concussed. Despite …

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Four Irish-Born Players Named In USA Squad To Face England

AJ MacGinty USA

 USA head coach Gary Gold has named his team for their World Cup Pool C encounter against England on Thursday with four Irish names included. Following on from their performances for the USA at the World Cup four years ago, the experienced AJ MacGinty and John Quill are named to start. MacGinty, who plays his club rugby with Sale, is …

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Cheika Disappointed In Fijians Following Reece Hodge Citing


Australia head coach Michael Cheika has said that the manner in which Fiji cited Reece Hodge following their clash at the weekend was not “in the spirit of the game”. The Australian winger has been cited for “an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) in the 25th minute of Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D …

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Israel Folau Set To Make Shock Return To Rugby League In Tonga

Israel Folau

Former Australian Rugby Union star, Israel Folau is set to make a dramatic return to Rugby League, nine years after his switch.  Folau’s contract with Rugby Australia was terminated earlier this month following a high-level breach of the Players’ Code of Conduct. The 30-year-old shared a post on social media in which he said that “hell awaits” various groups including …

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High Tackle Framework Under Fire As Reece Hodge Escapes Punishment

Reece Hodge

World Rugby have come under fire for their initiative to clamp down on high tackles after an incident involving Reece Hodge went unpunished during Australia’s World Cup encounter with Fiji. The Australian winger’s shoulder made contact with Peceli Yato’s head in the 26th minute of the game while he also failed to use his arms in the tackle. The Fijian …

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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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Cullen Urges Toner “To Get Back On The Horse” Should Call-Up Occur


Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has urged Devin Toner “to get back on the horse” following his disappointing omission from Ireland’s World Cup squad earlier this month.  Toner was expected to be named as part of Joe Schmidt’s 31-man panel but there was widespread surprise when the Leinster stalwart was left at home with Munster’s Jean Kleyn named instead. Ross …

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Jack Carty On How Life In Galway Has Prepared Him For Japan

Jack Carty

It has been a whirlwind number of months for Jack Carty. A highly impressive season with Connacht saw him earn a spot in Ireland’s squad for the Six Nations and he made his Test debut against Italy earlier this year. On the back of his displays for province and country, the 27-year-old was named in Joe Schmidt’s squad for the …

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Louise Galvin On Female Pundits And Silencing Keyboard Warriors

Louise Galvin

For most of us rugby fanatics, or even half-interested bystanders, the most difficult decision we’ll face this weekend is choosing which channel to tune into for the Rugby World Cup.  Over the past number of weeks, broadcasters have been revealing their illustrious panels for their coverage with a mixture of established names and new faces. Irish people will have a …

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Robbie Henshaw Emerges As Injury Concern Ahead Of World Cup Opener


Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw has emerged as an injury doubt for the side’s opening World Cup encounter against Scotland on Sunday.  According to a report in the Irish Times, the Leinster star suffered a hamstring injury during training at Ireland’s base in Chiba. Henshaw was in line to start in midfield against the Scots, alongside Bundee Aki, following the pair’s …

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