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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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Munster Confirm Short-Term Signing Of Waratahs’ Jed Holloway

Munster Holloway

Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed the short-term signing of Australian forward Jed Holloway as cover during the World Cup period. “An experienced and integral member of the Waratahs squad, Holloway has made 52 Super Rugby appearances and is known for his work-rate and strong ball carrying abilities”, their statement read. The 26-year-old will provide cover at lock, and …

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Ireland V Wales: Combined XV As Chosen By You

Ireland Wales

Ireland take on Wales in their final World Cup warm-up match at the Aviva Stadium today with both teams looking to impress before boarding the plane to Japan. While it is a warm-up game, there is much at stake for both sides. Having endured a mixed season so far, Warren Gatland will be hoping his side can gain momentum from …

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Ireland V Wales: Choose Combined XV From Starting Teams

Ireland Wales

Ireland welcome Wales to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon for their final warm-up game before they board the flight to Japan for the World Cup. The fixture will also mark the final game on home soil for captain Rory Best and head coach Joe Schmidt who will both be stepping away following the tournament. However, it will also serve …

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Pocock To Captain Australia On Test Return Against Samoa

David Pocock

Australia legend David Pocock will make his first Test appearance in almost a year when he captains his side in their final World Cup warm-up game against Samoa this weekend. The 31-year-old hasn’t featured on the international scene since last November after suffering a series of calf, neck and concussion issues which limited him to only three rugby games this …

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Marchant To Make First England Test Start Despite World Cup Omission

England centre Joe Marchant is set to make his first Test start in their final Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Italy in Newcastle on Friday, despite not being included in the squad for the tournament. Marchant has made two previous appearances for England from the bench, however, his inclusion raises questions as to the fitness of Jonathan Joseph, who withdrew …

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Wales Announce Squad For Upcoming Rugby World Cup

Wales manager Warren Gatland has revealed his finalised 31-man squad ahead of next month’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The side had their final opportunity to impress the coach ahead of the tournament – losing out to Ireland by a score of 22-17 yesterday. And while the match was technically a warm-up, there was quite a lot on the line …

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Wales Name Debutant Pair In Starting XV For Ireland Clash

England Team

Warren Gatland has made some interesting calls in his selection of the Welsh squad who will take on Ireland on Saturday in the Principality Stadium. The match will stand as the coach’s final outing in charge of the national side before embarking on his pursuit of World Cup glory in Japan and later leaving the role entirely upon its completion. …

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