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3 Talking Points From Ireland’s Team Selection To Face Italy

Ireland Rugby Press Conference, Carton House, Kildare 9/2/2017 Head Coach Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt has named the Ireland side to face Italy in Rome on Saturday, making two changes from the disappointing defeat to Scotland last weekend. As was always going to be the case, Schmidt’s selection raises a number of talking points. 1. The Back Row Debate Will Rumble On Make no mistake about it, Scotland went after Ireland’s back row both on …

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Conor O’Shea Makes Four Changes To The Italian Side To Face Ireland

Italy v Wales - RBS Six Nations

Following their 33-7 drubbing at the hands of Wales last weekend, Conor O’Shea has made four changes to the Italian side to face Ireland this weekend. Three of the changes come in the pack, where Simone Favaro has been named at openside with Maxime Mbanda moving into the number six shirt. Andries van Schalkwyk has been preferred in the second …

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Niall Ronan Exclusive: CJ Stander Is “More Dynamic, Younger, And Abrasive Than Heaslip At This Stage Of His Career”

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 1, BT Murrayfield, Scotland 4/2/2017 Scotland vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander with Alex Dunbar of Scotland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

After picking over the bones of Ireland’s defeat 27-22 at the hands of Scotland last weekend, attention now turns to Saturday’s encounter with Italy. Although Ireland are expected to win in Rome, following their reversal in Murrayfield Joe Schmidt’s side will need to secure a four-try bonus point if they want to challenge for the Championship title at the end …

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Three Different Back Row Combinations Available to Joe Schmidt And Ireland

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

While picking over the bones of Ireland’s defeat at the hands of Scotland in Murrayfield, it became clear to most observers and fans that Vern Cotter had identified Ireland’s back row as an area of potential weakness. Although Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson and Josh Strauss may not be as highly regarded as CJ Stander, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, the Scottish trio dominated …

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Shane Williams Picks His Scottish Dominated Lions XV Following The First Round Of The Six Nations

Lions Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

The British and Irish Lions take on New Zealand in their first test match on June 24th. Who Warren Gatland will start that day remains anyone’s guess. Shane Williams is the latest man to name his preferred XV for the Tourists off the back of this weekend’s Six Nations results. After Scotland’s 27-22 win over Ireland, Vern Cotter’s men dominate …

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Munster’s Rassie Erasmus Issues Yet Another Statement On Reports He Is To Take Over As South Africa Coach

Rassie Erasmus 5/9/2016

Munster’s director or rugby Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks over a potential move back to South Africa to take over as head coach of the floundering national side. Under new head coach Allister Coetzee, the Springboks endured a difficult and disappointing 2016. With Erasmus guiding Munster into the last eight of the …

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Ireland Give Injury Update On Johnny Sexton Ahead Of Italy Clash

Johnny Sexton with Head Coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit

With Ireland falling to a disappointing 27-22 defeat to Scotland in their opening Six Nations fixture, the pressure is on to respond in strong fashion against Italy next weekend. The loss at Murrayfield has destroyed any hope of a grand slam for Joe Schmidt’s side, but a bonus point win in Rome on Saturday would at least put them back …

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