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Rugby Analysis: Joe Schmidt’s first World Cup cut is tough on two men – but bodes well for a few others

Rugby Analysis: Joe Schmidt’s first World Cup cut is tough on two men –...

Joe Schmidt's first cut came before the warm-up games had even started and, having briefly swelled to 45, the panel of players vying for places on the plane to Japan is down to 43. Before returning to Munster and Connacht, they'll have been told to stay fit and ready having banked a couple of months…
Rugby Ireland name extended squad for Italy warm-up match as two players are cut from squad

Rugby Ireland name extended squad for Italy warm-up match as two players are cut...

Ultan Dillane is one of two players released back to provincial duty. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Joe Schmidt has named an extended 43-man squad for the opening World Cup warm-up game against Italy on Saturday. Ireland host the Azzurri at the Aviva Stadium in a game that kicks off at 2pm, and will serve as…
Rugby Stockdale: Nobody will be ‘trotting around at 50%’

Rugby Stockdale: Nobody will be ‘trotting around at 50%’

Jacob Stockdale admits that players cannot fully shake off concerns about picking up costly injuries as Ireland begin a four-game World Cup warm-up series. Joe Schmidt's side face Italy on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium (live on RTÉ2) before a trip to face England at Twickenham on 24 August. That is then followed by away and home…
Rugby Schmidt’s first cut paves way for Kleyn to shine in bid for World Cup ticket

Rugby Schmidt’s first cut paves way for Kleyn to shine in bid for World...

Before returning to Munster and Connacht, they'll have been told to stay fit and ready having banked a couple of months of pre-season with the squad. Both players know they'll need a poor run of injuries to have a hope of travelling. The centre and the second-row were both long-odds outsiders to make the final…
Rugby The team that Joe built: Putting together a 2019 World Cup squad

Rugby The team that Joe built: Putting together a 2019 World Cup squad

JOE SCHMIDT IS unlikely to forget the exasperation of the 2015 World Cup, when Ireland’s quarter-final defeat to Argentina marked the lowest point in his largely glittering tenure as head coach. The 53-year-old has guided Ireland to Grand Slam glory, two other Six Nations titles, their first- and second-ever wins over the All Blacks, series…
Rugby Greg Feek and company ponder prop posers as World Cup looms

Rugby Greg Feek and company ponder prop posers as World Cup looms

One of the more interesting conundrums facing the Irish coaching staff is their choice of props for the World Cup. Four would be too little, and though some World Cup squads have had half a dozen, that is liable to be bulky and hence too restrictive, meaning five would be the optimum number. This was…
Rugby Gerry Thornley: World Cup warm-ups a necessary evil

Rugby Gerry Thornley: World Cup warm-ups a necessary evil

Prior to the inaugural 1987 World Cup, the IRFU in their then wisdom decided that the best preparation was to wrap their front-line players in cotton wool for almost two months. Innocent times. Far from organising a warm-up match or two, the union decreed that all the players involved in their concluding game of the…
Rugby Top Ways To Rugby Championship Live Stream 2019 Online Free – Australia vs New Zealand

Rugby Top Ways To Rugby Championship Live Stream 2019 Online Free – Australia vs...

We are on to the final round of Rugby Championship 2019. Three games in the slot today. Italy will face France in the opening game followed by Wales vs Ireland, and England vs Scotland. Out of every single sports event, the Rugby Championship 2019 is probably the most royal one. It’s 2019, and this time,…
Rugby Kleyn in green, last chance saloon and more Ireland team talking points

Rugby Kleyn in green, last chance saloon and more Ireland team talking points

JOE SCHMIDT HAS this afternoon announced his first team of the World Cup summer, as Ireland begin their four-match warm-up series against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  You can view the full team here, while below we take a closer look at some of the main talking points from today’s announcement at Carton…
Rugby Rugby World Cup: Four squad decisions facing Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Rugby Rugby World Cup: Four squad decisions facing Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland's 43-man panel will be trimmed to 31 before they travel to JapanWorld Cup warm-up match: Ireland v ItalyVenue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday, 10 August Kick-off: 14:00 BSTCoverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, audio coverage on BBC 5 Live Sports ExtraIt's reassuring to know that for however long you might have…

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