Posts Tagged "Ireland Rugby"

The Six Nations finale was meant to be a head-to-head between Eddie Jones’ resurgent England and a powerful Ireland.

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Rugby Australia has started marketing the mouth-watering June Test series of the Wallabies against the Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland with the battle cry, “Our Blood Runs Gold.”

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So we come to the game of this year’s Six Nations tournament. I doubt many people predicted that back in January.

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was relieved to pinch a last-gasp win in France, but how will his game plan hold up against other Six Nations rivals?

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Despite the relatively easy penalty miss from the French with three minutes to go, Ireland displayed a level of rugby smarts and execution which reaffirms their place as one of the top three sides in our game.

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Ireland has not beaten England at Twickenham with their current coach. To win the Six Nations, the number three-ranked Irish will probably need to do just that: on the last day of the tournament.

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Joe Schmidt must wonder which leprechaun, blarney stone or banshee he needs to kiss.

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​In the world of tennis, the serve and volleyers were once kings of the game. They showed an instinct and freedom for the game that was a beauty to behold.

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Joe Schmidt has named 38 players for Ireland’s upcoming November Series. Ireland will play South Africa, Fiji and Argentina in the Aviva Stadium. The First match takes place against South Africa, on November 11th.

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“So just how strong is Northern Hemisphere rugby – when the likes of Ireland, Scotland and even Britain are basically strip mining the Southern Hemisphere rugby for talent?”

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Ireland, France and South Africa are currently duking it out to see who will be crowned host of Rugby World Cup 2023, and the hyperbolic statements have ratcheted up a notch ahead of the November 15 decision.

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Match result: 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 are looking to win their 19th match in a row – a world record – when they face Ireland at the Aviva stadium, on Saturday, March 18th at 5pm.

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It’s not a case of ‘Wenger-Out’ like strikes for Ireland, but there is a strong argument for a new voice to be added the Irish set-up.

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Coach Joe Schmidt has picked a 34-man squad for Ireland’s Six Nations game against France this weekend. The squad contains a couple of surprise omissions.

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European rugby’s biggest tournament returns on February 4 as England look to retain their Six Nations crown.

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Ireland will field a very strong team for their opening game of the Six Nations against Scotland. It is Ireland’s best side, with the exception of Jonny Sexton, who has been ruled out of the game through injury.

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During the production of our book The Iron Curtain: My rugby journey from league to union, Phil Larder, England’s defence coach for the World Cup winning team in 2003, told me a very funny story.

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Ireland have beaten Australia, 27-24 and capped off an amazing year for the Irish rugby team. It is the first time that Ireland have beaten all three of the Southern Hemisphere giants in the same calendar year.

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The post-script of Ireland’s dramatic 27-24 win over Australia seems less about the quality of the contest and more about seeking out someone to blame.

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