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Jake Gordon Joins Wallabies Squad For Irish Series Decider

NSW Waratahs scrum-half Jake Gordon has joined the Wallabies squad for the final Test against Ireland after Will Genia had surgery on a fractured arm, team officials said Monday. Gordon returned from Japan on Monday after playing for the Waratahs in an exhibition game against NEC Green Rockets in Tokyo at the weekend. The 24-year-old is yet to earn his first Test …

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Schmidt Backs Scrummaging Scannell For Saturday’s Second Test

Coach Joe Schmidt says he is backing Niall Scannell’s scrummaging ability over Sean Cronin for his recall to the Ireland side for Saturday’s must-win second Test against the Wallabies in Melbourne. Scannell earnt Schmidt’s nod among eight Irish team changes following the Six Nations champions’ 18-9 loss to the Australians in the first Brisbane Test last week. The Munster hooker, who …

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Michael Hooper: We Expect Ireland Backlash In Melbourne

The Wallabies are prepared for a sterner contest from Ireland with adverse weather conditions expected for the pivotal second Test in Melbourne, skipper Michael Hooper said Friday. There is a forecast for hail during Saturday’s international with the Six Nations champions needing to win to keep the three-Test series alive after losing the first Brisbane Test 18-9 last week. Hooper, …

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Stockdale Out As Schmidt Makes Eight Changes To Ireland Team

Joe Schmidt wielded the axe on Thursday morning, as he made eight changes to the Ireland squad to take on Australia in Melbourne on Saturday. Rob Herring has been relegated to the bench in place of Munster’s Niall Scannell, who will start in the front row. Sean Cronin has missed out on the matchday 23 altogether. Jacob Stockdale has been struggling to …

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Ireland Keep Good Run Going With Tough Victory Over Spain At Paris 7s

The Ireland men’s Sevens team made waves last weekend when they finished third at the London 7s despite being an invitational side.  Ireland has been invited to compete at two of the World Series events, in London last weekend and Paris this weekend. With some changes made to the starting lineup, it was always going to be difficult to replicate the …

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Five Talking Points Ahead Of Australia V Ireland Showdown

The captain’s runs have been completed and the next time the Irish and Australian players grace the Suncorp turf they will be going head-to-head in what should be an enthralling Test match.  Here, we take a look at five key questions ahead of Saturday’s first Test. 1. Joey Carbery Gets The Nod At 10 A few eyebrows were raised when Joe …

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Ulster Rugby CEO Shane Logan To Leave His Role At The Province

 Ulster Rugby have confirmed that their CEO, Shane Logan, will step down from his role in August.  The club confirmed that Logan will work until the end of the summer to ensure the smooth transition of employing his successor. After eight years in the job, Logan says that it is the right time to move on. “I am very grateful …

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Ruthless Ireland Off To Blistering Start At Paris 7s

Ireland have produced the perfect start to the Paris leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series by defeating Wales 24-5 in a one-sided encounter.  Ireland got off to a disappointing start when Kayleigh Powell scored in the first minute. The Welsh managed to rip the ball through Alisha Butchers and from the quick counter-attack, Powell managed to get over the line. Ireland …

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A Combined Ireland-Wallabies XV Ahead Of Brisbane Test

With less than 24 hours to go until Ireland and Australia face off in their first Test at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, we thought it would be fun to produce a combined Ireland-Wallabies XV.  Both sides have some world-class players which will make the selection difficult but the one crucial piece of criteria that we are using is that …

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