Rugby World Cup 2019

Schmidt left the Ireland set up in a better place despite the criticism

By Tom Savage / December 12, 2019 /

Did you ever read a book you didn’t like? I have and I’m sure you have. I’ve read plenty but the one that really stands out was Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. Firstly, the name is stupid because “Da Vinci” means “of Vinci” where Leonardo was born rather than it being a surname as…

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WATCH: Marcus Horan thinks Joe Schmidt will have planned for New Zealand

By Jack Neville / October 18, 2019 /

After finishing second to Japan in their RWC Pool Group, Ireland will face New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the competition this Saturday. Ireland will have expected to top their group after being paired with Scotland and Japan in the group stages. However, the loss to Japan saw Ireland finish as runners up and avoid…

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Schmidt goes for tried & trusted ahead of All Blacks clash

By Ronan Coughlan / October 17, 2019 /

Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has named his team to face New Zealand in their 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final in Tokyo on Saturday Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray will become Ireland’s most capped half-back pairing on Saturday, overtaking Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer, when they are paired together for their 56th international game. They first lined out together in Ireland’s…

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WATCH: Ian Dowling confident in Ireland’s chances against All Blacks

By Jack Neville / October 17, 2019 /

This Saturday in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and New Zealand, the Irish will take on the mantle as underdogs as they look to dethrone the back-to-back RWC Champions. Although Ireland have beaten the All Blacks twice in the past three years, the current form of both sides has seen Joe Schmidt’s side…

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WATCH: Niamh Briggs thinks Joe Schmidt has “something up his sleeve” for NZ

By Jack Neville / October 17, 2019 /

This weekend Ireland take on the All Blacks in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. The All Blacks are heavy favourites for the game as they chase a third title in a row while Ireland have never been past the quarter-final stages of the competition. Speaking at the Regeneron Panel Preview night, Irish international Niamh…

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Ireland need to be at their very best to beat rampant All Blacks

By John Keogh / October 16, 2019 /

Ireland face New Zealand on Saturday hoping to reach their first-ever World Cup semi-final. Joe Schmidt’s men go into the game as underdogs after beating Scotland, Russia and Samoa in their group games. Japan’s win over Ireland saw the host nation top Pool A and sees Schmidt’s charges up against the tournament favourites. Ahead of…

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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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OPINION: World Rugby must keep integrity of competition.

By Ronan Coughlan / October 9, 2019 /

Some of this weekends Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures are under threat, leaving many fans, pundits and media in the unknown as the dangers of Typhoon Hagibis are potentially huge. So much so that the current World Rugby regulations in place would affect the balance of competitive Sport should games get cancelled. Let’s focus on…

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WATCH: “We Have To Take Our Opportunities” Carbery and Henderson ahead of Samoa

By Ronan Coughlan / October 9, 2019 /

Ireland will play Samoa in what will be their final pool game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Munster’s Joey Carbery and Ulster’s Iain Henderson spoke to the media this week ahead of the game, where Ireland will look to get a bonus point victory at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on Saturday if they want…

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