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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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Eddie Jones Makes Two Changes To England Team To Face South Africa

Eddie Jones has made two changes to his starting XV for the second Test between South Africa and England in Bloemfontein.  Jones has drafted in Brad Shields and Joe Launchbury as he hopes those players make the desired impact to avoid a fifth consecutive Test defeat after the 42-39 loss on Saturday. Shields will be making his second appearance and …

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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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