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Irish Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5, RDS, Dublin 13/1/2017 Leinster vs Montpellier Leinster's Jack Conan breaks free to score his sides second try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Irish provinces enjoyed their best weekend since the formation of the European Rugby Champions Cup in 2014. Victories for Leinster and Munster ensured their passage into the quarter-finals, and home draws must surely await as the Irish powerhouses face the already knocked out Castres and Racing 92 respectively in the final round of pool games. Although Connacht sit at …

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Warren Gatland Drops Major Lions Selection Hint After Listing Six Players Who Have Impressed This Season

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Although the Six Nations will prove to be the ultimate testing ground for any perspective British and Irish Lions tourist, a number of players have already staked a claim for selection. England’s 13 match winning streak should result in the Red Rose supplying the largest proportion of tourists, while Ireland’s recent triumph’s over the All Blacks and Australia has propelled …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Tighthead Prop Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Dan Cole looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on December 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

This is the third instalment in a series of articles analysing Warren Gatland’s best options for each position from each nation, with this article looking at the tighthead props most likely to be selected for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is expected that three tighthead props will initially be chosen by Gatland and his coaching …

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A World XV Based On The Autumn Internationals

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Tadhg Furlong Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The 2016 autumn internationals shook the world order. Ireland announced themselves as rugby royalty, England secured an unbeaten year and South Africa went into free fall. How do these developments shake up the world XV? To provide context, I have also named the players who would have made my XV before the autumn international season. _______ 1. Mako Vunipola The …

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Andy Goode Column: My Lions XV To Take On New Zealand

With the race to be included in Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad heating up, Andy Goode delivers his verdict on who should be starting against New Zealand next summer.     1. Mako Vunipola (England) 2. Rory Best (Ireland) 3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland) 4. Maro Itoje (England) 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) 6. Taulupe Faletau (Wales) 7. Sam Warburton (Wales) …

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Ireland’s 10 Most Likely Lions

Ireland v New Zealand - International Match

Following Ireland’s 2015 World Cup campaign, it appeared as though Joe Schmidt’s team were embarking upon a bumpy transitional period. Almost immediately after Ireland were knocked out of the tournament by Argentina, questions were being asked as to Mike Ross’ ability to play international rugby for another two seasons. The lack of depth at tight head was compounded by Marty Moore’s subsequent …

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5 Contenders To Be Named As Ireland’s Player Of The Autumn Series

Ireland v New Zealand - International Match

Following a 2015/16 season that saw Ireland once more fail to make it past the quarter final stage at the World Cup, suffer an underwhelming Six Nations campaign, and each of the provinces knocked out during the pool phase of the European Rugby Champions Cup, the early months of the new campaign have provided a much needed lift. Given the number …

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Australia Dealt Big Blow As Will Genia Likely Out Of England Clash

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 24: Will Genia of Australia looks for a pass during an Australia training session at the RDS Arena on November 24, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Australian rugby team’s chances of inflicting revenge on the old enemy at Twickenham were dealt a significant blow as key playmaker, halfback Will Genia has all but been ruled out due to club commitments with Stade Francais. Coach Michael Cheika confirmed the bad news in a press conference this morning. According to Genia’s contract, the match is classified as …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Ireland’s Absorbing Win Over Australia

1. Gary Ringrose Is Here To Stay At the conclusion of last season, Gary Ringrose was unlucky not to find himself in the Irish squad that toured South Africa. Although he performed admirably for Leinster, it was assumed that he was a little too light to play international rugby. However over the course of the summer Ringrose bulked up to …

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This Left Out Of The Irish Squad XV Illustrates The Depth Of Talent Now Available To Joe Schmidt

No other Irish coach has had such depth at his disposal. During the early part of the 21st century Irish fans hoped and prayed nothing untoward would happen to either Ronan O’Gara or John Hayes. Although Brian O’Driscoll was Ireland’s stand-out player at the time, Eddie O’Sullivan couldn’t do without his tighthead or flyhalf due to a shortfall of talent. …

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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Wallabies

Joe Schmidt has made a number changes to the Irish team that lost against the All Blacks. Following their 21-9 defeat at the hands New Zealand last weekend, Ireland will be looking to finish their autumn series on a high and end Australia’s quest to claim a northern hemisphere grand slam. However, while Ireland have being playing with renewed confidence this month, they …

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Five Players Who Furthered A Case For Lions Inclusion Last Weekend

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Another pulsating weekend of international rugby has passed and there were some stand-out ties. As all the talk is surrounding those all important World Cup seedings which will be determined at the end of the season, there is also the back-drop of the scrap to be included in Warren Gatland’s Lions plans. Here, we look at five players who will have …

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Is This The New First-Choice Ireland XV?

Ireland will be disappointed to miss out on a series win, but have blooded a number of young players.  Not too long ago, Ireland’s 19-13 defeat at the hands of South Africa would have been regarded as a moral victory. The performance would have been praised, but not analysed in any great detail. Therefore, the disappointment felt by fans at full time whistle is …

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Leo Cullen Announces The Leinster Team To Face Munster

Leo Cullen has announced a strong line up. Leo Cullen has selected most of his international players in an experienced side to face Munster at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow night. Although most rugby fans across the country look forward to seeing Jamie Heaslip go up against CJ Stander, the combination of Ben Te’o and Gary Ringrose in Leinster’s midfield could be even …

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