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Category: Ireland rugby union team

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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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Rugby union power rankings: Ireland overtake New Zealand to be top dogs

Our ratings show Ireland are in pole position and New Zealand have slipped back, while Wales and England have made good progress and South Africa and Australia have much work to doSteve Hansen knew what he was doing when anointing Ireland as the world …

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Andy Farrell can make England wince when Schmidt’s era ends for Ireland

The former Great Britain rugby league captain may make the RFU rue not hanging on to their former coachFor the Rugby Football Union every syllable of the press release announcing Andy Farrell as Ireland’s next head coach will sting indefinitely. Had En…

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Andy Farrell to take over from Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach

Farrell will take the reins after next year’s Rugby World CupSchmidt says he will ‘prioritise family’ after leaving IrelandAndy Farrell will succeed Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach after next year’s World Cup, the Irish Rugby Football Union has annou…

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Andrew Conway’s hat-trick steers Ireland past USA to extend home record

• Ireland 57-14 USA• Joe Schmidt’s side complete autumn clean sweepAndrew Conway’s hat-trick sealed a second straight autumn series clean sweep as Ireland extended their record home winning run to 12 matches. Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, Stuart McCloskey,…

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Andrew Conway’s hat-trick steers Ireland past USA to extend home record

• Ireland 57-14 USA• Joe Schmidt’s side complete autumn clean sweepAndrew Conway’s hat-trick sealed a second straight autumn series clean sweep as Ireland extended their record home winning run to 12 matches. Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, Stuart McCloskey,…

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The Breakdown | Steve Hansen was right, Ireland really are the world’s best rugby union team

Some thought Hansen was playing pre-World Cup mind games but take a step back and there is no other reasonable conclusionSteve Hansen at his most animated is deadpan, so when he called Ireland the best team in the world after they had beaten New Zealan…

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Joy of Johnny Sexton is on the point of being globally appreciated | Robert Kitson

Ireland’s fly-half is in pole position to break the run of six successive New Zealand world players of the yearWorld Rugby will be announcing its male and female players of 2018 in Monaco on Sunday. When the shortlists were first published there was st…

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Rugby union: talking points from the third round of autumn Tests

Scotland need not be downhearted in defeat but Warren Gatland has an embarrassment of riches with WalesScotland continue to dazzle in attack while being susceptible at the breakdown and in defence. Huw Jones embodied both traits in their 26-20 defeat b…

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No limit to height Ireland can reach after historic win against All Blacks

Joe Schmidt outfoxes New Zealand but knows his green machine will have to go up another gear at World CupOfficially the rankings say otherwise but right now Irish rugby is on top of the world. Even more impressive than Saturday night’s historic first h…

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Ireland defeat could be pre-World Cup tipping point for All Blacks

This loss may not prove to be such a good thing for rugby for simple reason New Zealand are going to get better because of itWhen I was playing for the All Blacks we would always talk about making sure that after the November series we did not have “a …

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Steve Hansen decision could lead to Ireland’s Joe Schmidt joining All Blacks

• New Zealand head coach set to reveal decision on future soon• Hansen challenges Ireland to live up to being world’s bestSteve Hansen will reveal a decision on his future before Christmas that could yet see Joe Schmidt join New Zealand’s coaching rank…

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Steve Hansen decision could lead to Ireland’s Joe Schmidt joining All Blacks

• New Zealand head coach set to reveal decision on future soon• Hansen challenges Ireland to live up to being world’s bestSteve Hansen will reveal a decision on his future before Christmas that could yet see Joe Schmidt join New Zealand’s coaching rank…

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Ireland’s 113-year wait over as O’Mahony and Marmion make magic | Andy Bull

Here was a delirious and genuinely historic Dublin evening to sweep away a century of hard-luck stories against the All BlacksIn the minutes before kick-off, the All Blacks’ Steve Hansen handed over a wodge of notes to Ireland’s coach, Joe Schmidt. Wha…

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Ireland’s 113-year wait over as O’Mahony and Marmion make magic | Andy Bull

Here was a delirious and genuinely historic Dublin evening to sweep away a century of hard-luck stories against the All BlacksIn the minutes before kick-off, the All Blacks’ Steve Hansen handed over a wodge of notes to Ireland’s coach, Joe Schmidt. Wha…

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All Blacks’ Steve Hansen hails Ireland as best in world after defeat

• ‘As of now they are the No 1 team in the world,’ says coach• Ireland’s Joe Schmidt laughs off compliment from HansenThe All Blacks may be top of the rankings but according to their head coach, Steve Hansen, Ireland have overtaken them and become the …

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Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks

• Ireland 16-9 New Zealand• Ireland see out their second victory over New ZealandBrutal does not even begin to describe the contest but, for Ireland, the outcome was as beautiful as any in their rugby history. For the first time they have beaten the Al…

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Ireland v New Zealand: rugby union international – live!

All Blacks tackle Ireland in Dublin for 7pm GMT showdownEngland dig themselves out of a hole to beat Japan 35-15Feel free to email Barry your thoughts or tweet @bglendenning 7.02pm GMT 1 min: Ireland 0-0 New Zealand The All Blacks kick-off with Beaudon…

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Ireland can repeat Chicago win over New Zealand, says Rory Best

• Joe Schmidt’s side beat All Blacks in the US in 2016• Captain Best says injuries will not have big impactRory Best is confident Ireland can repeat their history-making efforts in Chicago by claiming a maiden win over New Zealand on home soil despite …

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Schmidt’s Ireland sense All Blacks scalp as world’s best brace for collision

Ireland are unbeaten at home in 10 games as they prepare for what is potentially the year’s most compelling 80 minutesIt is not every day that Ireland are a good bet to beat the All Blacks. Not just any old bunch of silver ferns, either, but a team unb…