Posts Tagged "ireland rugby union"

Are England really as good as some commentators have suggested? Are they worse? While the Six Nations has not definitively answered this question, England are still well below the All Blacks’ standards.

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Ireland have denied England the chance to make some serious history, ending their undefeated streak with a 13-9 win in Dublin on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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England will face Ireland ready to make history and embrace “greatness” but the players and coach Eddie Jones are well aware that if there is anywhere in the rugby world where such dreams can be derailed it is Dublin.

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has backed Jared Payne to perform at fullback after naming him as one of three changes to his side for the visit of Six Nations champions England to Dublin.

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George North responded to criticism from his own coaches by scoring two tries for Wales in a 22-9 win over Ireland in rugby’s Six Nations on Friday (Saturday AEDT), handing England the chance to clinch the title with a game to spare.

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Ireland will field an unchanged side when they take on Wales at the Principality (formerly the Millennium) Stadium in Cardiff this weekend.

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Last weekend’s Six Nations action turned out some surprises, none bigger than Wales losing to Scotland for the first time in years.

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Another perfect goalkicking effort by Jonathan Sexton led Ireland over France 19-9 in an often sloppy, rain-soaked Six Nations rugby match on Saturday.

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Fit again, Ireland five-eighth Johnny Sexton returns to the side for France’s visit as coach Joe Schmidt picked from a near full-strength squad in a bid to stay in contention for the Six Nations title.

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Two weeks into the Six Nations we have already seen more than enough to draw some conclusions about each team.

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Ireland earned the first Six Nations four-try bonus point and a stack of records in drubbing Italy 63-10 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

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Cian Healy and Donncha Ryan have been brought into the Irish side to face Italy in Rome. They are the only changes to the XV that lost so decisively to Scotland on the opening day of the Six Nations.

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Ireland captain Rory Best must shake off a stomach bug if he is to face Italy in Rome in Saturday’s Six Nations showdown.

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Ireland opted not to risk injured five-eighth Johnny Sexton in Saturday’s Six Nations trip to Italy, making two changes from the side that lost their opening game to Scotland with lock Donnacha Ryan and prop Cian Healy coming into the pack.

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Narrow defence, a lack of penetration and a shaky lineout were the theme of the day for Ireland.

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First there was Eddie, engineering England’s 13-match unbeaten run in 2016. Then there was Ireland, handing the All Blacks their worst beating since 2012 in Chicago.

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Rather than ranking them ten to one style, this year’s significant rugby moments are separated into three categories.

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Choke, jackal and counter-ruck; working as an analyst and advisor for both Wales and England over the past decade, when Ireland came to town there was one outstanding area of the game I had to pay attention to above all others, and that was the breakdown.

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About 13 months ago, all four Rugby World Cup semi-final spots were taken up by Southern Hemisphere teams. Last weekend, Australia, South Africa and Argentina lost to Home Union sides, and the World Champions beat France by just five points.

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A win is a win and a loss, unfortunately for a brave, resilient and sometimes inaccurate Wallabies side, is always a loss.

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