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Category: Ireland rugby union team

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Rugby World Cup: Ireland pair Kearney and Earls fit to face Scotland

Andy Farrell says Irish team are ‘building nicely’Stuart Hogg finding himself in Greig Laidlaw’s shadowAndy Farrell has declared Rob Kearney and Keith Earls available for Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday.Assistant coach Farrell sai…

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Scotland strive to avoid World Cup slip-ups with shampoo-soaked balls

Thunderstorm forecast for Scotland v Ireland game15,000 people turn up for Wales open training sessionScotland have brushed up their act before Sunday’s wet and wild World Cup opener with Ireland – by practising with balls soaked in shampoo. Gregor Tow…

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Joe Schmidt’s powerplays can break Ireland’s World Cup jinx | Brendan Fanning

This Ireland side is not without flaws but it finally has the necessary grit and grind to reach the World Cup last fourPerhaps the greatest weakness of the Rugby World Cup is its predictability. Look at the way the pools are filled and from a distance …

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Brave new world: Japan braces for ‘anything-can-happen’ World Cup | Robert Kitson

The defending champions New Zealand look mortal and the chasing pack sense the opportunity to lift the Webb Ellis CupThe sumo wrestlers of Japan will have competition for the next seven weeks. Suddenly there will be big men everywhere, blocking out the…

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Simply the best? Can Ireland and Wales live up to top billing at World Cup? | Paul Rees

Ireland and Wales have both topped the world rankings but might the Celtic threat come from a less likely source?The chapter on the Celts in the history of the World Cup is one of the shortest. Wales have made two semi-finals, double the number of Scot…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland team guide

In the first of a series on all 20 World Cup teams, our global experts’ network focuses on Ireland, who head to Japan ranked as the No1 team in the world Continue reading…

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Ireland top rankings after Wales are worn down and suffer fly-half blow

• World Cup warm-up: Ireland 19-10 Wales• Wales’ Rhys Patchell could face absence after head injuryIreland leave for Japan on Wednesday on top of the world rankings after their most grindingly efficient performance since they defeated New Zealand last …

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Ireland v Wales: Rugby World Cup warm-up match – live!

Updates from the 2pm BST match at the Aviva StadiumRhys Patchell: ‘It’s a long time since I’ve been this excited’Email Lee or tweet @bloodandmud with your thoughts 2.07pm BST 5 mins. Very nearly a try for Wales. From the scrum Wales shape to go left bu…

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Joe Schmidt ignores fuss over Ireland’s Kleyn to focus on last World Cup hurrah

• Head coach unfazed by Agustín Pichot criticism of selection• ‘Pichot has big opinions, but they are not relevant’Lost in the din over the inclusion of the newly-qualified second row Jean Kleyn in Ireland’s World Cup squad rather than the second row s…

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Sexton back for Ireland as Wales turn to Patchell for final World Cup warm-up

• Sexton returns after missing last three matches• Patchell starts at fly-half for first time this yearJohnny Sexton returns to the Ireland side against Wales in Dublin on Saturday after missing the first three World Cup warm-up matches because of inju…

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The Breakdown | Devin Toner omission follows trend of favouring youth over experience

The lock being left out of Ireland’s World Cup squad reflects coaches not wanting senior players on long tours where they must get used to no longer being first choicesBrian O’Driscoll knew just how Devin Toner, the 33-year old second-row who had won m…

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Devin Toner is shock omission from Ireland Rugby World Cup squad

• Leinster lock has been regular choice under Joe Schmidt• Jean Kleyn has been given the nod ahead of TonerDevin Toner has been confirmed as the shock omission from Ireland’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.The 33-year-old Leinster lock has number…

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Ireland show no signs of ageing to dampen Gatland’s home farewell | Michael Aylwin

Warren Gatland’s final home match in charge of Wales did not go to plan with Ireland’s players responding to criticismIt is difficult to know what will have annoyed Warren Gatland more. The end of his glorious tenure in Wales with defeat, the end of Wa…

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Two-try Jacob Stockdale helps Ireland squeeze home against Wales

• World Cup warm-up: Wales 17-22 Ireland• Wales’s great surge comes just too lateHow rank are the rankings? There was a moment here when Ireland were in position to replace Wales at the top of them one week after they had conceded 57 points at Twickenh…

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Wales v Ireland: Rugby World Cup warm-up – live!

Updates from the 2.30pm BST match in CardiffJarrod Evans hopes to take chance and claim spot for WalesYou can email Luke here or tweet him @lukemclaughlin 2.46pm BST 13mins: Jarrod Evans puts an excellent kick over Stockdale’s head, out wide. It is sup…

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Lane and Carre to make Wales debuts against Ireland in World Cup warm-up

• Wing and prop among 14 changes from victory over England• Warren Gatland says spots in final squad ‘still up for grabs’The wing Owen Lane and the prop Rhys Carre will make their Wales debuts in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up against Ireland in Cardiff….

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England’s chariot running like a dream heading into the World Cup

Eddie Jones is determined to avoid complacency but the team’s destruction of Ireland bodes well for their chances in JapanThey love a bit of karaoke in Japan and England’s supporters were in full advance cry in the West Stand on a warm Saturday evening…

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Battered Ireland leave Twickenham nursing World Cup injury headaches | Robert Kitson

Ireland suffered a crushing defeat by England at Twickenham but a bigger concern could be fitness doubts to key playersNo world No 1 ranking for Ireland this week, unless the measurement is injury concerns. With two warm-up games against Wales still to…

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Manu Tuilagi makes up for lost time to take centre stage against Ireland | Gerard Meagher

The Leicester man turns on the power at Twickenham with an outstanding display in the No 13 shirtIt may seem strange to single out one player after such an imperious England performance across the board but Manu Tuilagi is someone worth making an excep…

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England v Ireland: Rugby World Cup warm-up – live!

Updates from the 3pm BST kick-off at TwickenhamScotland edge to comeback victory against FranceAnd you can email Lee here or tweet at @bloodandmud 4.33pm BST 61 mins. Ireland send it all hands left to Stockdale who tries to go around Cokanasiga but is …