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Luke Fitzgerald: ‘I Probably Never Reached My Full Potential’

Luke Fitzgerald

Former Ireland and Leinster winger Luke Fitzgerald admitted that he probably never reached his full potential as a rugby player after playing out a ten year career that was consistently marred by injury. In a candid interview on Second Captains, Fitzgerald spoke openly and honestly about his career and how a succession of injuries ultimately curtailed his career. At 29, Fitzgerald retired …

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British and Irish Lions Tour 2017: Scrumhalf Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Ben Youngs of England celebrates scoring his sides third try during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The eighth instalment in the series analyses the options Warren Gatland has at scrumhalf for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, with there being a number of experienced players with contrasting skill-sets to choose from. Ireland – Conor Murray, Kieran Marmion Conor Murray The favourite to don the number 9 jersey against the All Blacks, Murray …

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Cardiff Blues Targeting Ulster Second Row In What Would Be A Significant Transfer Coup

Ulster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

Despite the optimism that existed in Ulster following the signings of Charles Piutau and Marcell Coetzee last summer, their season has so far not gone to plan. Although the Irish province can still qualify from their European Rugby Champions Cup pool, they must attain at least nine points from their remaining two games against the Exeter Chiefs and Bordeaux Begles to …

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Leinster Squad Named For Champions Cup Tie With Montpellier – Sexton, Heaslip Start, O’Brien Absent

Leinster Rugby v Harlequins - European Rugby Champions Cup

Leinster have named a strong side for Friday’s Champions Cup clash with Monpellier at the RDS, with notable big names starting and one missing altogether. Coming off the back of their embarrassment of Zebre in the Pro 12 last weekend, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has rotated his squad for the crucial clash with the Top 14 side, making five …

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T-Shirts Commemorating England’s 2017 Grand Slam Triumph Have Already Gone On Sale

France v England - RBS Six Nations

It’s that time of year when rugby supporters sometimes get a little carried away. Following their side’s victory over the All Blacks, Ireland fans come into the Six Nations anticipating a Grand Slam showdown with England on the final day of the Championship. Likewise, the sense of pessimism that seemed to engulf Wales during the autumn is beginning to make way …

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Connacht Close In On Replacement For Departing Head Coach Pat Lam

Exeter Chiefs v Connacht Rugby - European Rugby Challenge Cup

Connacht are reportedly close to finalising a deal to replace the soon-to-depart head coach Pat Lam, with Clermont Auvernge assistant coach Jono Gibbes set to take up the top job at the Sportsground. Formerly the forwards coach at Leinster, Gibbes has been with the Top 14 side since 2014 and though contracted until 2018, a clause allows him depart should …

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Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid Handed Massive Boost From New Zealand’s Government

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 01:  A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

With World Rugby set to make a decision on who will host the 2023 World Cup in November, the political maneuvering and horse trading is stepping up a notch. Although four nations had officially lodged bids to host the tournament with the governing body, Italy withdrew their application last September, leaving Ireland, South Africa and France as the contenders to stage rugby’s …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Number 8 Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Billy Vunipola of England is tackled by Jamie Heaslip of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) Lions

The seventh article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at number 8 for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. There are arguably only a limited number of world-class out-and-out number 8s with the experience and/or form to realistically secure a place in this Lions squad, meaning this article might be shorter than …

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Watch: Munster Video Commemorates Zebo’s 50th Provincial Try

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Simon Zebo of Munster celebrates scoring his third try during the Heineken Cup match between Northampton Saints and Munster at StadiumMK on January 21, 2012 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Irish rugby is enjoying a stellar season and nobody personifies this more than Simon Zebo. The Munster winger has been ever-present in Munster’s successful (so far) European campaign and has even cemented a place for himself in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland XV. Ireland has produced countless stellar wingers down through the ages, who have tried and failed to topple the All Blacks. …

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