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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…

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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…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Irish Rugby Union to review futures of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding

• Ulster pair acquitted of rape following a nine-week trial• Review will determine if duo can resume rugby careersIrish rugby bosses will review the futures of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding after the Ulster pair were acquitted of rape following a nin…

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Irish rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding cleared of rape

Belfast court finds pair not guilty of raping woman in 2016 and clears two other men of indecent exposure and perverting course of justiceTwo Irish rugby stars and two of their friends have been found not guilty of charges of rape, indecent exposure an…

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England’s Anthony Watson ruled out for the rest of the season

• Achilles injury ends campaign for Bath wing• Watson hurt during England’s defeat to IrelandThe England and Bath wing Anthony Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an achilles injury.The 24-year-old was hurt during England’s NatWes…

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Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

The players of the tournament, the outstanding matches, best and worst moments and team of the championshipRobert Kitson: Conor Murray. Epitomises the team Ireland have become: classy, smart, consistent, strong, versatile. Probably the world’s best scr…

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Johnny Sexton hails Ireland’s ‘incredible’ defence under Andy Farrell

• Win over England was Farrell’s first Twickenham visit since sacking• ‘Hopefully we can have good crack at next World Cup,’ says SextonIreland were forced to cancel their planned homecoming in Dublin on Sunday because of the adverse weather but it wil…