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Incredibly Frustrated Michael Cheika Didn’t Hide His Feelings After Loss

Sean McMahon reporting Tokyo Stadium Well, that was certainly entertaining, wasn’t it?  Drop goals, offloads, high tackles, yellow cards, interceptions, length of field tries – the Pool D clash between Australia and Wales certainly packed a punch. Wales ultimately came out on the right end of a 29-25 scoreline after Australia mounted a comeback in the second half when they …

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“I Didn’t Have A Good Game And That’s Stinging With Me At The Moment”

Cian Healy

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for Cian Healy in the aftermath of Ireland’s loss Japan on Saturday.  The powerful loosehead prop cut a downcast figure as he walked through a packed media mixed zone amid journalists probing with questions about Ireland’s shock defeat. But as ever, Healy spoke incredibly well despite the downbeat circumstances …

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IRFU Confirm Jordi Murphy To Replace Jack Conan At World Cup

Jordi Murphy

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka.  The IRFU have confirmed that Jordi Murphy will replace Jack Conan in Ireland’s 31-man 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.  Last night, when Joe Schmidt spoke to the media in the aftermath of Ireland’s 19-12 loss to Japan in Shizuoka, the Kiwi head coach confirmed that Conan would be departing Japan on Sunday to return home …

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Scrum Jibe From Japan Will Only Motivate Cian Healy More – Schmidt

Cian Healy

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  The Japanese press conferences this week have been a breath of fresh air.  The players and coaches have made no secret about the fact that they know they can beat Ireland this weekend. From straight to the point statements such as “we are confident that we can beat them” and “we’ll attack that” or the …

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Letter From Japan: Ireland Go From Bright Lights To Countryside Tranquility

Letter from Japan

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  One of the most interesting aspects of visiting Japan is the sheer environmental contrast between different parts of the country.  When Ireland first arrived to these shores, they based themselves in the rather uninspiring but radically functional Prefecture of Chiba. An area 40km south-east of Tokyo which consists of endless blocks of hotels, conference centres …

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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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Owen Farrell At 12 As England Team Named For Tonga Clash

England Team

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his team for Sunday’s clash with Tonga in Sapporo (KO 19:45 local time, 11:45 UK & IRE time).  Owen Farrell will captain the side at inside centre which sees George Ford get the nod at out-half. Ben Youngs will start at scrum-half where he will win his 90th cap for his country. Manu …

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Ruddock Brothers Return To Japan 10 Years On


Sean McMahon reporting from Chiba.  In Irish rugby, there has been no shortage of sets of brothers who have either played for their country or being involved at provincial level at least.  Rob and Dave Kearney would be the most recent example but going back through the years, you would have Richard, Paul and David Wallace, Simon and Rory Best, …

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Rory Best Keen To Establish A “Ferocious” Ireland At World Cup

Rory Best

Irish supporters have slept a little sounder in their beds since Ireland’s 19-10 victory over Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  After a summer series which raised worrying questions ahead of the World Cup, the last warm-up game against a strong Welsh side finally showed signs of the 2018 version of this team. Ireland consistently got over the gain …

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Johnny Sexton Returns As Strong Ireland Team Named For Wales

Ireland Team

Ireland have named a strong team for the clash with Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  The big news is that Johnny Sexton returns to start at out-half in what will be his first appearance of the season. He will partner Conor Murray who makes his first appearance since the heavy loss to England at Twickenham. Ireland Team To …

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Joe Schmidt Explains Devin Toner Omission From World Cup Squad

Devin Toner World Cup

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has explained a number of the tough calls he had to make in finalising his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  One of the biggest omissions is that of Devin Toner who has been left out for Munster’s Jean Kleyn. Schmidt told Irish Rugby TV that it was a difficult conversation. “I’ve coached …

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Joe Schmidt: Some Players Had One Eye On The Plane To Japan

Joe Schmidt

If you have been paying attention to the news this week, you would have seen multiple potential for Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham last weekend.  From heavy legs to the first hit out of the season and to a drastic lack of confidence in the squad, supporters and pundits alike have been putting their heads together to figure …

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Tadhg Beirne Starts As Schmidt Names Ireland Team For Wales

Ireland Team Wales

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has announced his team for Saturday’s clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Like Warren Gatland, Schmidt has opted to make considerable changes to his team. Up front, there is an all-Munster front-row which consists of Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan. Iain Henderson, who is retained from last weekend’s record defeat …

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