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Sean O’Brien – Conqueror Of Injury And Bane Of The All Blacks

France v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

“I have learned one thing,” screenplay writer Marshall Brickman told the New York Times in an interview alongside Oscar winning director Woody Allen in 1977. “As Woody says, ‘Showing up is 80 percent of life.’” In Hollywood showing up is 80% of life and 100% of the job. You have to show up to shoot. It’s the most basic, fundamental …

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Ireland Vs New Zealand: The Most Anticipated Rugby Game In Years?

Ireland The AIG Rugby Weekend, Solider Field, Chicago, USA 5/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand All Blacks Ireland's Jamie Heaslip celebrates winning

The world is watching to see if history will repeat itself. All eyes are on Dublin. Ireland vs New Zealand at the Aviva on Saturday is the most anticipated game of rugby for years. When a plucky outsider defeats a heavyweight, it sends shockwaves and creates storylines. But in rugby at least, outside of a bilateral series it’s very rare …

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A Lions XV Made Up Of Only One Player Per Club

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Maro Itoje (L) of England celebrates with England captain Dylan Hartley after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Getting a team comprised of four nations with different styles to gel is what makes the Lions so special and Lions series victories so memorable. But what if we made the criteria even more stringent? What if head coach Warren Gatland could only pick one Lions-eligible player from each club? How strong would the side look then? Perhaps slightly surprisingly, …

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Three Things Steve Hansen’s Selection Tells Us About New Zealand’s Game Plan

New Zealand All Blacks Media Access

The All Blacks will be looking to avenge their defeat in Chicago. Immediately after the referee blew the final whistle on Ireland’s historic 40-29 win over the All Blacks in Chicago, Steve Hansen’s thoughts must have immediately turned to the much anticipated re-math in Dublin this weekend. The All Black coach would have been fuming at his side’s indiscipline, and …

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Ireland Name Team To Face All Blacks In Dublin

Joe Schmidt 16/6/2016

Joe Schmidt has made one change to the Irish team. After recording a famous 40-29 win over the All Blacks in Chicago, Ireland must do it all over again in Dublin on Saturday evening. Last weekend saw Schmidt make fifteen changes to the Irish side to face Canada, with much attention placed on the performances of Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony …

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Ultan Dillane – Impact Sub Or Pending Starter?

Ultan Dillane scores his sides fifth try 12/11/2016

When Johnny Sexton replaced Ronan O’Gara as Ireland’s first-choice fly-half in the third round of the 2010 Six Nations it was time for some new blood in the Irish backline. Sexton had been patiently biding his time behind O’Gara who was less than 12 months removed from booting Ireland to their first grand slam triumph in 61 years. Sexton had …

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By The Numbers – Rugby World Cup Would Give Irish Rugby Massive Boost In Playing Numbers

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 22/11/2014 Ireland vs Australia Ireland flags at the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Colm O'Neill

The chairman of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Dick Spring, formally announced Ireland’s entry into the ‘candidate’ phase to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Tuesday. Spring will head Ireland’s bid to host the tournament as the IRFU will team up with the GAA to offer 12 stadiums throughout the country in order to facilitate the …

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