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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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British and Irish Lions 2017: Openside Flanker Options

Guinness november series Aviva Stadium Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland’s Sean O'Brien

The sixth article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at openside flanker for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, with two players proposed from each country and three chosen in the conclusion (as was the case in the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia). Ireland – Sean O’Brien, Josh van der …

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Hugely Positive Injury News For Ireland Ahead Of Six Nations Opener

Joe Schmidt 16/6/2016

Ireland and Joe Schmidt are entering the final four weeks of preparations ahead of the 2017 Six Nations championships and today, they received an extremely positive injury update. Connacht’s Ultain Dillane has been a major doubt for the start of the new campaign, a tricky trip to Muirfield to take on a resurgent Scotland, and it was expected that head …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Blindside Flanker Options

Lions Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand Ireland's CJ Stander tackled by Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand

The fifth article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at blindside flanker for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. With recent injuries to Dan Lydiate and Chris Robshaw, the number six jersey might be slightly less competitive than previously thought. However, it will be no easy task attaining a place in Gatland’s initial Lions squad in …

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