Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Rugby Powerhouse Walsh hasn’t looked back since ‘shock’ final debut

Rugby Powerhouse Walsh hasn’t looked back since ‘shock’ final debut

Different path: Walter Walsh's career story will always be framed by its unusual origins. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile It's almost seven years since Walter Walsh went into a Kilkenny team meeting on the Friday night before an All-Ireland final replay... and came out a different man. It was the last weekend of September, 2012. Kilkenny and…
Rugby Joe Schmidt’s decisions clouded by Joey Carbery recovery

Rugby Joe Schmidt’s decisions clouded by Joey Carbery recovery

Three down nine to go. John Cooney is depending on injury to Conor Murray, Kieran Marmion or Luke McGrath to feature at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The Ulster scrumhalf, along with Connacht prop Finlay Bealham and Munster fullback Mike Haley, was cut from the Ireland squad that travelled to Portugal on Wednesday for warm…
Rugby Carbery included in 40-man training squad as Cooney among trio cut

Rugby Carbery included in 40-man training squad as Cooney among trio cut

JOEY CARBERY HAS been included in Joe Schmidt’s 40-man squad bound for a warm weather training camp in Portugal despite picking up an ankle injury last weekend against Italy. The IRFU confirmed that Munster fly-half will be available for selection in “four to six weeks” as his rehab continues. The versatile John Cooney is among…
Rugby Carbery World Cup fitness boost for Ireland

Rugby Carbery World Cup fitness boost for Ireland

Updated / Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 14:15 Joey Carbery remains in the mix for the World Cup Joey Carbery looks set to be fit for the start of the Rugby World Cup after the IFRU confirmed that his ankle will keep out him of action for 'four to six weeks'. Carbery suffered an ankle sprain…
Rugby John Cooney cut from Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad

Rugby John Cooney cut from Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad

John Cooney is out of Ireland’s squad for the Rugby World Cup, with Joe Schmidt cutting another three players on Wednesday. Ulster scrumhalf Cooney’s departure leaves three number nines in the reckoning for Japan - Conor Murray, Kieran Marmion and Luke McGrath. Schmidt’s party has now been reduced to 40 members - 22 forwards, 18…
Rugby ‘You don’t need much motivation against Tipperary’

Rugby ‘You don’t need much motivation against Tipperary’

They don't do hyperbole in Kilkenny. Walter Walsh made his senior inter-county bow in the 2012 All-Ireland hurling final replay, having been a substitute throughout that summer. The former underage rugby player - a team-mate of Tadhg Furlong at New Ross - scored 1-03 and won the man of the match award for his efforts in the victory…
Rugby Joey Carbery faces an anxious wait as Joe Schmidt ponders cuts to squad

Rugby Joey Carbery faces an anxious wait as Joe Schmidt ponders cuts to squad

Joey Carbery can’t hide his anguish as he is taken off with an ankle injury. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile The only thing anyone ever remembers about these infernal warm-up matches are the injuries. Consider the pre-tournament games from World Cups past and the images that appear are of Tommy O'Donnell and David Wallace prone on the…
Rugby Cruel cull continues as Ireland’s World Cup squad whittles down

Rugby Cruel cull continues as Ireland’s World Cup squad whittles down

Joe Schmidt has confirmed that the Irish coaching staff will most likely prune another two or three players from the 43-man squad prior to their departure on Wednesday for an eight-day warm-weather training camp in Portugal. The Irish head coach has also confirmed that Ireland will field a much-changed side, featuring at least 10 or…
Rugby Anxious wait for Carbery as Schmidt ponders cuts

Rugby Anxious wait for Carbery as Schmidt ponders cuts

Joey Carbery can’t hide his anguish as he is taken off with an ankle injury. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile The only thing anyone ever remembers about these infernal warm-up matches are the injuries. Consider the pre-tournament games from World Cups past and the images that appear are of Tommy O'Donnell and David Wallace prone on the…
Rugby Porter hoping versatility will help World Cup bid

Rugby Porter hoping versatility will help World Cup bid

Andrew Porter has described the key to his World Cup selection as "like writing with your bad hand". The versatile prop knows he must flourish on both sides of the scrum in order to force his way into Ireland's final 31-man World Cup squad. The 23-year-old made the testing transfer from loosehead to tighthead two…