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Category: Ireland rugby union team

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Ronan O’Gara: ‘There’s no secret to the All Blacks but no one believes that’

Former Ireland fly-half has cut his coaching teeth with Crusaders in New Zealand and says the world champions are undeniably brilliant but still beatableThose who attended this week’s World Rugby Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Rugby, across the roa…

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State of the rugby nations: Guardian writers’ verdicts on the June Tests

New Zealand are still the team to beat but Ireland’s series win and Wales’ charge up the rankings lay down markers for the northern hemisphere(World rankings as of Mon 25 June; ups and downs calculated from Mon 28 May) Continue reading…

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Wallabies prove ‘tactically inept’ against smarter Ireland

Australia have been so far unable to rise to the occasion when the stakes are highThe third and deciding Test between the Wallabies and Ireland in Sydney was billed as a grand final, the sense of occasion heightened by a record crowd for the last rugby…

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Israel Folau to face disciplinary World Rugby hearing

Folau was sin-binned in 31st minute of Irish defeatHearing relates to another incident in the ninth minuteWallabies fullback Israel Folau will face a hearing in front of World Rugby officials after receiving a warning over a second incident separate to…

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Ireland defeat Australia to claim Lansdowne Cup in dramatic third Test

Australia 16-20 IrelandJohnny Sexton kicks five penalties to hand visitors narrow winIreland have won the Lansdowne Cup with a heart-stopping 20-16 win over Australia in the series-deciding third rugby Test in Sydney.A record 44,085 fans packed into Al…

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Australia v Ireland: rugby union international – live!

Updates from the third and deciding Test in SydneyNew Zealand 49-14 FranceGet in touch on email or tweet @rrjparkin 12.01pm BST Nicely struck, and that’s bisected the posts perfectly.So! That’s the first 40. Some trademark tough defence from the Irish;…

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Schmidt defends Ireland’s aerial tactics with Australia series still up in the air

• Head coach says approach to counter Israel Folau is legal• Australia’s Michael Cheika: ‘Everything on the line’ in final TestAustralia expect the series against Ireland, which is locked at 1-1 going into the final Test at a sell-out Allianz Stadium i…

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Nick Phipps and Lukhan Tui in for Australia’s decider with Ireland

Halfback and blindside flanker to start in deciding TestSeries locked at 1-1 heading into Sydney showdown Halfback Nick Phipps and blindside flanker Lukhan Tui have won starts for the Wallabies’ series-deciding Test against Ireland in Sydney. Phipps re…

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Wallabies’ tactical kicking game goes missing in loss to Ireland | Bret Harris

It was hard to tell if Australia changed their game plan, or didn’t execute it as wellThe look of disgust on Kurtley Beale’s face said it all. Beale was hooked in the 63rd minute of the Wallabies’ 26-21 loss to Ireland in the second Test in Melbourne o…

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Johnny Sexton ensures Ireland gain revenge on Australia to level series

• Australia 21-26 Ireland• Sexton kicks 16 points as Ireland taste victory in MelbourneIreland’s summer series in Australia will come down to a winner-takes-all finale in Sydney next week after the tourists secured a first away win in Australia in exac…

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Australia v Ireland: rugby union international – live!

Updates from the second Test at AAMI Park in MelbourneFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @OliverTrenchard 10.50am BST Don’t forget to have your say on the game. You can tweet me at @OliverTrenchard, just like John has done below.Let’s hope it’…

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Johnny Sexton returns to Ireland’s starting side against Australia

• Joe Schmidt has made eight changes after last week’s loss• ‘Sexton is a maestro,’ says Wallabies coach, Michael CheikaThe selection of Johnny Sexton by the British & Irish Lions for the second Test against New Zealand last year marked a turn…

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Australia end Ireland’s unbeaten run as David Pocock returns in style

• Wallabies 18-9 Ireland• Six Nations champions lose for the first time in 13 matchesFrom Surfers Paradise to total wipeout. Ireland’s 12-match winning run hit the rocks against a fired-up Australia as David Pocock’s late try sunk the Six Nations champ…

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Australia v Ireland: rugby union international – live!

Updates from the first Test at Suncorp Stadium in BrisbaneNew Zealand 52-11 France: All Blacks cruise after key yellowFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @rrjparkin 11.27am BST Carbery slots the penalty, from about 10m out, dead in front. Not a…

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Australia’s Michael Cheika wary of ‘best Ireland team in history’ before first Test

• ‘They believe they are coming here to win 3-0,’ says head coach• Cheika surprised Carbery picked over Sexton for Brisbane gameIreland caused shockwaves in 2011 by defeating Australia at the World Cup. Since triumphing in Sydney in 1979 they had won o…

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Paddy Jackson joins Perpignan after release by Ulster

• Fly-half signs two-year contract at French club• Ulster contract was terminated after review into his behaviourThe Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson has joined Perpignan on a two-year deal.The 26-year-old’s contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union a…

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Summer tours offer chance to blow away mists over European rugby | Paul Rees

Southern hemisphere sides dominated the 2015 World Cup in England but since then three out of the four have struggledMaro Itoje was in reflective mood as he sprawled himself in a chair that struggled to contain his 6ft 6in frame at England’s Bagshot ba…

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Ireland to face Italy at Soldier Field as part of Chicago November triple-header

Six Nations champions return to scene of historic All Blacks winUSA men and women face New Zealand opponents on undercardIreland will return to Soldier Field in Chicago, the scene of their first and only win over the All Blacks, to face Italy on 3 Nove…

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Andy Farrell signs extended Ireland deal to dampen England’s hopes

• Defence coach agrees extended contract to summer of 2020 • England hoping to have next coach lined up after World CupAndy Farrell’s chances of replacing Eddie Jones as England’s next head coach look slim after he signed a contract extension with Irel…

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Former MP’s tweet almost collapsed Ulster rugby rape trial

Comment by leader of Alliance party, Naomi Long, led to demands from defence team that the trial be stopped, it has emergedA former Northern Ireland MP’s tweet almost collapsed the trial of two Irish rugby stars who were acquitted of rape, it has emerg…