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Ireland Fall To Disappointing Defeat To The USA

Ireland Women Sheehan

Ireland – 10 USA – 19 Sean McMahon reports from Donnybrook Ireland have fallen to a disappointing defeat in their opening November international against the USA at Donnybrook this afternoon. The result will no doubt frustrate head coach Adam Griggs because his side had enough possession and territory to get the points needed to win this game only for unforced …

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Ireland Dominate The All Blacks In Historic Win

Ireland –  16 New Zealand – 9 Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium This game was billed as a decider to which team is the best in the world and Ireland can certainly feel they deserve that tag as they produced a performance which the All Blacks had no answer to.  Everyone expected New Zealand to respond to last …

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Watch: Huw Jones Magic Sets Up Stunning Scotland Try

It’s all action in Murrayfield as Scotland are tied with South Africa 17-17 with halftime approaching. The Springboks took the lead after six minutes when some superb offloading in midfield led to Jesse Kriel touching down – Handre Pollard converted which gave South Africa a 7-0 lead. Peter Horne hit back for Scotland in what was a beautiful move from …

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Ailsa Hughes Ready To Kick On After Period Of Self-Discovery

Ailsa Hughes Ireland Women's Rugby

Most sporting careers come with their ups and downs and Ireland’s Ailsa Hughes has certainly experienced the often unforgiving nature of top-level rugby since she made her international debut. The Tullamore native received her first cap for Ireland in the 2017 Six Nations against Scotland at Glasgow’s Broadway Stadium. In what seemed like perfect timing, with the 2017 Women’s Rugby …

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Watch: Danny Cipriani With Outstanding One-Handed Pass In Gloucester Win

Danny Cipriani Gloucester

The Gallagher Premiership returned this weekend after a three-week absence and Gloucester were in action tonight as they beat the Leicester Tigers 36-13 at Kingsholm with help from the influential Danny Cipriani. Gloucester ran in five tries from Jason Woodward, Matt Banahan, Fraser Balmain and a brace from the incredible Ollie Thorley to secure the bonus point victory over a …

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Mathewson Signs New Contract And Farrell Fitness Boost As Munster Return To Work

Alby Mathewson Chris Farrell Munster

The Munster squad returned to their High-Performance centre at the University of Limerick to prepare for next weekend’s clash with Zebre in Italy.  The squad have been on a break for the last week after their victory against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last time out. With the November internationals currently in full swing, Munster’s Ireland contingent are currently preparing for …

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Irish Boxer Loses His Appeal After Failed Drugs Test

Evan Metcalfe Boxer Irish Ireland

Irish boxer, Evan Metcalfe, has failed in his appeal against a decision made regarding a failed drugs test.  Dubliner Metcalfe, who fights at bantamweight, was stripped of his National Elite Boxing Championship title which he won on the 24th February this year. He tested positive for carboxy-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is a by-product of cannabis. A four-month ban was also issued …

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Key Battles Ahead Of Mammoth Ireland-New Zealand Clash

Ireland New Zealand

Brought to you by Vodafone, the official sponsor of the Irish rugby team The eagerly-anticipated Test match between Ireland and New Zealand is just around the corner. Since 2013, when Ryan Crotty crossed the line with the clock in the red to break Irish hearts, an intense rivalry has developed between these two teams. In 2016, Ireland finally secured their …

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