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The Breakdown EP112 ‘Ireland Are Built To Take Advantage Of What Sexton Offers’

By Raffaele Rocca / October 11, 2019 /

Episode 112 of The Breakdown is here! Raffaele Rocca and Tom Savage preview Ireland’s must-win game against Samoa on Saturday in Fukuoka and look at why Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton is central to Ireland’s play. Plus, the lads take a look at World Rugby’s decision to cancel two Pool games this weekend due to the…

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Schmidt Names Team For Samoa As Tournament Chaos Reigns

By Raffaele Rocca / October 10, 2019 /

Joe Schmidt has named his Irish side to take on Samoa as the World Cup has been thrown into scheduling chaos with the cancellation of several games and potentially Scotland’s crucial final pool game with Japan. There are 11 changes from the side that beat Russia with Conor Murray, Rory Best, James Ryan and Robbie…

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The Breakdown EP111 Munster Down Kings & Ireland’s Struggles Continue

By Raffaele Rocca / October 8, 2019 /

Munster made it two wins from two in the Pro14 with a 31-20 BP win over the Kings in South Africa. We look back as some encouraging trends from the game as Munster look to develop their attacking game this season. All that plus a look at the latest Rugby World Cup action as Ireland…

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Treaty Talk EP83 Football Semis, PIH & SH Finals & Much More

By Raffaele Rocca / October 4, 2019 /

In what is a hectic weekend of GAA finals, we look back on last week’s football semi finals as Oola beat St Kierans in the Senior while it took extra time for Galtee Gales to get past Mungret in the intermediate semi final. First up, we look ahead to Mungret v Old Mill in the…

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WATCH: Reaction form Kleyn, Beirne & Kilcoyne as Ireland beat Russia

By Raffaele Rocca / October 3, 2019 /

Yes it was hard to watch, yes it was turgid at times and yes it will be nowhere near good enough to beat the likes of New Zealand or South Africa. Despite all the doom and gloom Ireland are still alive and have one foot in the 1/4 finals. A win over Samoa in the…

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Sexton returns to Captain Ireland against Russia

By Raffaele Rocca / October 1, 2019 /

The biggest news out of Joe Schmidt’s selection today was the news that Leinster’s Johnny Sexton returns to the squad as captain for the crucial Pool A encounter. Head coach Joe Schmidt makes 11 changes for Thursday’s clash in Kobe following Japan defeat. Sexton missed Ireland’s shock defeat in Shizuoka defeat due to the thigh…

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WATCH: CJ Stander says Ireland have plenty of places to ‘fix-up’ after Japan loss

By Raffaele Rocca / September 30, 2019 /

Munster’s CJ Stander and team masseur Willie Bennett were up for the daily media pool on Monday as Ireland look to bounce back from a terribly poor performance against Japan. Next up for Ireland it is Russia with Joe Schmidt’s side knowing that two bonus point wins in their remaining games will be enough to…

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28 Man Munster Panel Depart For Pro14 Games Against Kings & Cheetahs

By Raffaele Rocca / September 29, 2019 /

Fresh from their opening round Pro14 win over the Dragons, Johann van Graan and a 28 strong Munster panel departed for sunnier South African climbs as the face into back to back games against the Kings and Cheetahs. The Kings suffered an opening round 31-27 loss at home to the Cardiff Blues despite leading 13-5…

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WATCH: JvG & O’Donnell React To Munster’s Opening Pro14 Win Over Dragons

By Raffaele Rocca / September 28, 2019 /

Johann van Graan and Tommy O’Donnell post match reaction after Munster’s 39-9 Pro14 win over the Dragons #SportLK. The routine victory should see the squad in good spirits as they head to South Africa for games against the Kings and Cheetahs. See their reactions below. Jerry Flannery gives his take on the game. Man of the…

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WATCH: JP McManus, Shane Lowry & Padraig Harrington Talk Ryder Cup

By Raffaele Rocca / September 26, 2019 /

Open Champions past and present, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry, joined J.P. McManus earlier today at the Alfred Dunhill to discuss the boom in Irish golf and to look ahead to the 2026 Ryder Cup at Adare Manor. The Adare venue will host the 2026 edition of the competition in what promises to be a…

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