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World Cup Quarter-Final Draw Confirmed After Superb Japan Victory

World Cup quarter finals

The quarter-final makeup of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is now confirmed after Japan’s sensational 28-21 victory over Scotland at the Yokohama Stadium.  Scotland took a 7-0 lead through a Finn Russell try but Japan dominated possession (79%) for the remainder of the half as they ran in three scintillating tries from Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka to …

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IRFU Hit Back At “Completely False” Claims In Sunday Times Article

IRFU Sunday Times

The IRFU have hit back at claims by Sunday Times columnist Stephen Jones that Ireland and New Zealand were “vehemently opposed” to the possibility that the Pool A clash between Scotland and Japan could be rearranged.  Prior to the confirmation that today’s game would go ahead as scheduled, Scotland have been putting pressure on World Rugby to rearrange the game …

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World Rugby Confirm Scotland & Japan Will Go Ahead Today

Scotland Japan

World Rugby have confirmed that the final Pool A clash between Scotland & Japan will go ahead on Sunday (11.45 am UK & Ireland time) as scheduled.  Typhoon Hagibis has left 19 people dead, 16 people missing and more than 100 people injured according to the latest figures from Kyodo News. The destructive weather event as already played havoc with …

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Explained: The Three-Way Race For Qualification In Pool A

Pool A Qualification

There are just two matches remaining in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Ireland, Scotland and Japan all still within a shout of qualifying for the knockout stages.  Japan’s bonus-point victory over Samoa on Saturday has seen them go on top of Pool A with 14 points after three games played. Ireland are on 11 points with …

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Finn Russell Cross Field Kick The Highlight In Strong Scotland Win

finn russell

Scotland looked lacklustre against Ireland, to say the least. None more so than their mercurial out-half Finn Russell who failed to exploit what was seen as an inexperienced Irish backfield.  Gregor Townsend’s men bounced back in style, however, earlier today with a 34-0 win over Samoa to get their World Cup campaign up and running. The win piles a massive …

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Jacob Stockdale Happy To Prove His Critics Wrong

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama. Jacob Stockdale is happy to prove his critics wrong after he produced an excellent display in Ireland’s 27-3 win over Scotland in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Stockdale has been criticised on occasion for his defensive performances, most recently in Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham as part of their warm-up …

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Player Ratings As Ireland Dominate Scotland In World Cup Opener

Ireland player ratings

Ireland 27 – 3 Scotland Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama Ireland have got their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign off to a perfect start after they produced a completely dominant bonus-point performance over Scotland in Yokohama. Three first-half tries from James Ryan, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong ensured Ireland were up and running after the midway point of their first …

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“Johnny & The Boys Are Well Able To Look After Themselves”

Johnny Sexton

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama. Peter O’Mahony believes that Johnny Sexton or any other member of the Irish team are well able to look after themselves if they encounter any special treatment from the Scotland players on Sunday.  In recent years, we have seen an extra-bite to Ireland v Scotland fixtures and this applies to provincial level too with Munster …

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Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt Wary Of Scottish Threats In The Rain

Joe Schmidt

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Japan are up and running in Pool A after stuttering to a bonus-point 30-10 win over Russia at the Tokyo Stadium.  Both Joe Schmidt and Gregor Townsend would have watched on from the comfort of their respective team hotels and based on what they saw over the 80 minutes, they won’t be too concerned about …

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Huw Jones The Shock Exclusion As Scotland Name World Cup Squad

huw jones scotland

Huw Jones is the shock exclusion from the Scotland squad officially announced by Gregor Townsend earlier today.  The Glasgow Warriors centre has scored 10 tries in 22 international appearances but has ultimately paid the price after a recent dip in form. Jones made an impressive start to his Test career with Scotland scoring notable tries in some big games but …

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Two Ireland Players Make Midi Olympique’s Team Of The Six Nations

Midi Olympique Team Of The Six Nations

French rugby publication Midi Olympique has published its team of the 2019 Six Nations championship and it includes two Irish players despite Ireland suffering a disappointing campaign which has called into question their World Cup credentials later this year.  Across the 15 fixtures, there have been many standout performances and it’s always a challenge to produce a team such as …

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Nominees For Six Nations Player Of The Championship Announced

Six Nations Player Of The Championship

The nominees for the official Six Nations Player Of The Championship have been announced and unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by Wales.  A total of six players have been nominated and these were selected by the media. The ultimate winner will be decided by an online vote which you can take part in here. Voting closes at 12 noon on …

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Report Card: Grading The Six Nations Teams After 2019 Championship

Six Nations Report Card

The 2019 Six Nations Championship culminated in a special weekend or ‘Super Saturday’, as it was dubbed, which saw Wales clinch their first Grand Slam since 2012.  Scotland’s stunning second-half comeback will live long in the memory and Italy blew a big opportunity to get their first win over France since they last managed that feat in 2013. With everything …

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Team By Team Performance Stats Breakdown From 2019 Six Nations

Six Nations Team Performances

To follow up our earlier piece which looked at the top individual performances from the 2019 Guinness Six Nations, here we take a look which teams produced the best stats in wide-variety of categories throughout the championship.  Points Scored  England – 184 Wales – 114 Scotland – 105 Ireland – 101 France – 93 Italy – 79 Tries Scored  England – …

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The Top Performers Of The 2019 Six Nations

Six Nations Top Performers 2019

The Six Nations is over for another year which saw Wales emerge with a first Grand Slam since 2012 and a first championship title since 2013.  Warren Gatland’s final Six Nations match in charge of Wales will live long in the memory as they produced an emotional and dominant performance which Ireland had no answer for. For Ireland, the post-mortem …

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Updated World Rankings After Dramatic Final Day Of Six Nations

Rugby World Rankings

The Six Nations is over for another year and 2019 will be remembered for Wales securing their first Grand Slam since 2012 and their first championship title since 2013.  Warren Gatland’s side produced a suffocating performance in Cardiff which Ireland had no answer for as they eased to a 25-7 victory over Joe Schmidt’s side. That win sees Wales up …

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