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Leinster Lose Out On Big Summer Signing As All Black Decides To Stay Put

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Israel Dagg of the All Blacks is tackled by Rob Kearney of Ireland during the international rugby match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

All Black Israel Dagg has confirmed that he will remain in New Zealand through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 28-year-old was recently linked to a move to the northern hemisphere, with Leinster and Toulon reportedly interested in the New Zealand fullback. However, Dagg has decided to remain in Christchurch, where he will continue playing for the Crusaders and …

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Ulster Set To Appoint Former All Black As New Head Coach

Leinster Rugby Press Conference 10/10/2013 Forwards coach Jono Gibbes

Ulster are set to appoint a new head coach as part of a structural shake-up, according to reports at the weekend. The Sunday Times are alleging that the Irish province will take steps to move current coach Neil Doak and assistant Allen Clarke on, with former All Black Jono Gibbes reportedly lined up to replace the former. #rugby Reports this morning …

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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

This weekend we were treated to two brilliant Six Nations fixtures. England and Wales played out one of the most physical games seen this season, while France and Scotland offered up a hugely entertaining spectacle in Paris. Ireland’s demolition of Italy will inevitably bring questions over their future participation in the tournament, particularly as Georgia’s demand for inclusion has grown louder in …

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Munster To Appoint Highly-Rated Frenchman As Forwards Coach [Report]

Bordeaux-Begles' French forwards coach Regis Sonnes looks on during the warm up prior to the start of the French Top 14 rugby union match between Bordeaux-Begles and Brive on May 28, 2016 at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP / NICOLAS TUCAT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Munster are set to appoint a new forward coach, according to a report in France on Saturday night. Former Bordeaux Bégles coach Régis Sonnes has apparently been lined up to join Rassie Erasmus’s coaching staff at the Irish province according to Parisien publication Le Figaro. Reports in France: Regis Sonnes has been appointed forwards coach @Munsterrugby He quit @UBBrugby last …

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Joe Schmidt Provides Positive Injury Update Following Ireland’s Thumping Win Over Italy

Italy v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Ireland got their Six Nations campaign back up and running in Rome after hammering a very poor Italian side 63-10 in the Stadio Flaminio. Following their defeat in Murrayfield, most fans were expecting Ireland to make a statement and demolish an Italian side that has now conceded a staggering 99 points in their opening Six Nations fixtures against Wales and …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Ireland’s Massive 63-10 Win Over Italy

1. Is This The Worst Italian Side Since They Joined The Championship? When the Five Nations became six in 2000, Italy joined the Championship having recorded wins over Ireland, Scotland and France throughout the 1990s. However, this particular side is a shadow of the team that was led by Diego Dominguez and Alessandro Troncon. Despite beating South Africa during the autumn, it doesn’t …

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Twitter Reacts As Ireland Bounce Back To Wipe The Floor With Hapless Italy

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander

Ireland registered their first win of this year’s Six Nations at the second time of asking, with a well-deserved and comprehensive victory against Italy. Joe Schmidt had demanded a reaction from his side and they didn’t disappoint, sealing the all-important bonus point in the first half on their way to a 63-10 annihilation. The late withdrawal of captain Rory Best, …

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Ireland Hit With Freak Injury Concern Ahead Of Clash With Italy

Ireland Rugby Captain's Run

Ireland’s centurion Rory Best  missed Ireland’s captain’s run in the Stadio Olimpico ahead of their game against Italy. Ireland’s forwards coach Simon Easterby confirmed that Leinster’s James Tracy, who was not named in the eastern province’s team against Treviso, will provide cover at Hooker for Niall Scannell in case Best does not recover in time. The Ulster Hooker remained at the …

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