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Ireland Team & McCarthy Raging Against The Dying Of The Light

The Irish national team has been held back by conservatism. But time has caught up. On Thursday night at Tallaght Stadium, before Stephen Kenny spoke to reporters in his post-match press conference, there was a sense that he would be pleased with the result. The Republic of Ireland Under-21s had played out a hard-fought goalless draw with Italy Under-21s. The …

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Aki Continues To Aid Preparations As Ireland Yet To Decide On Appeal

Bundee Aki

Bundee Aki will continue to train with the Ireland squad ahead of their titanic World Cup quarter-final showdown with New Zealand and will have a “massive” influence on preparations, according to Simon Easterby.  The Connacht centre was handed a three-match ban on Monday following his high tackle on during Ireland’s 47-5 win over Samoa in their final Pool A game, …

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Bundee Aki Receives Three Match Ban For Dangerous Tackle

Bundee Aki

Ireland will have to plan for their clash with the All Blacks without the services of Bundee Aki who has been banned for three games following his dismissal against Samoa. The Ireland centre received a straight red card from referee Nic Berry in the 29th minute of their 47-5 win in Fukuoka. As the Samoan fly-half Ulupano Seuteni went to …

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MacKenna On Monday: World Rugby’s Lack Of Contingency Plan Reeked Of Amateurism

sru world rugby

Last September, with a year to go until tournament kick-off, World Rugby were busy ticking boxes. To mark the final countdown to their premier competition, they rolled out the usual stats from numbers of visitors to economic benefits. Chairman of the governing body Bill Beaumont added that he believed “in the tremendous opportunity to further the sport across Asia, and …

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“That’s Been Pretty Strange” – Sexton Baffled By Ireland Negativity

Johnny Sexton

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has remarked that the squad find the lingering negativity surrounding their current form “pretty strange”.  Joe Schmidt’s men are currently preparing for their titanic Rugby World Cup quarter-final battle with New Zealand on Saturday in Toyko. Ireland go into the clash on the back of a relatively mixed pool campaign, finishing in second place behind hosts …

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Sixteen Champions Crowned In Cracking Weekend Of Club Action

gaa club finals

What an epic weekend of county final action as 16 champions were confirmed across the country.  It started on Saturday afternoon when Cargin claimed back-to-back Antrim senior titles following an epic win over Lámh Dhearg. The action resumed on Sunday as 10 football finals and six hurling deciders went down tot he wire with one of the fairytale victories seeing …

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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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Permutations: What Ireland Now Need To Do To Qualify For Euro 2020

The Republic of Ireland must beat either Switzerland away or Denmark at home to qualify for Euro 2020. If they beat Switzerland on Tuesday, they will qualify for the tournament. McCarthy’s side were held to a disappointing scoreless draw against Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday afternoon, before Denmark defeated Switzerland at home to pick up a massive three points in …

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Player Ratings As Ireland Play Out Dour Draw Against Georgia

Georgia 0-0 Republic of Ireland. Ireland played out a dour goalless draw with Georgia on Saturday, a result that could greatly harm their chances of qualifying for Euro 2020. Here is how we rated the Ireland players. Just to note, every player starts with a base score of five out of 10. Darren Randolph – 5 The Middlesbrough goalkeeper has …

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