Sunday, August 25, 2019
Rugby Ireland squad to be announced on Thursday

Rugby Ireland squad to be announced on Thursday

Joe Schmidt has confirmed that opportunity knocks for his pair of relatively inexperienced outhalves amid ongoing concern for Joey Carbery, with both Ross Byrne and Jack Carty to see game time against England at Twickenham on Saturday. As expected, Byrne will made his first test start after two appearances off the bench last November after…
Rugby Ireland coach Joe Schmidt gives Ross Byrne chance to compete for RWC spot

Rugby Ireland coach Joe Schmidt gives Ross Byrne chance to compete for RWC spot

Ross Byrne has the chance to book his place on the plane to Japan for the Rugby World Cup as he starts at fly-half for Ireland in its warm-up test with England on Saturday.The 24-year-old Leinster playmaker is competing with Jack Carty to be the third option to first choice Johnny Sexton with regular backup…
Rugby Ross Byrne named at outhalf for warm-up clash with England

Rugby Ross Byrne named at outhalf for warm-up clash with England

Joe Schmidt has confirmed that opportunity knocks for his pair of relatively inexperienced outhalves amid ongoing concern for Joey Carbery, with both Ross Byrne and Jack Carty to see game time against England at Twickenham on Saturday. As expected, Byrne will made his first test start after two appearances off the bench last November after…
Rugby Upbeat Leavy eyeing Leinster return this season

Rugby Upbeat Leavy eyeing Leinster return this season

Irish rugby player Dan Leavy pictured at Vodafone’s “Ireland’s Ball” launch event in Ukiyo-e. Photo: Naoise Culhane Dan Leavy is targeting a return with Leinster before the end of the coming season, but the Ireland flanker warned that he will not rush back from his career-threatening injury. The 25-year-old suffered a horrific knee injury during…
Rugby Ross Byrne in line for Test debut against England

Rugby Ross Byrne in line for Test debut against England

Ross Byrne is expected to be named for his full Test debut against England on Saturday, with Jack Carty on the bench, when Joe Schmidt announces the Irish team and replacements for the Twickenham warm-up game from the squad’s base in the Algarve on Thursday. The Irish head coach has been obliged to fast-track the…
Rugby Carbery injury sharpens focus on Ireland’s back-up 10s

Rugby Carbery injury sharpens focus on Ireland’s back-up 10s

No one expected Ireland to get through a four-game warm-up run without an injury but the hope was that misfortune would not befall a main man. And as it happens, when Ireland select their strongest XV Joey Carbery is not on the sheet. But, in old GAA parlance, he's first sub, among the backs anyway. It’s…
Rugby Joe Schmidt to recall big hitters: Here is the likely Ireland team to face England this weekend

Rugby Joe Schmidt to recall big hitters: Here is the likely Ireland team to...

Conor Murray, left, and Keith Earls should face England Joe Schmidt is set to recall the majority of his front-liners for Saturday's clash against England as he looks to build momentum ahead of the World Cup. As per today's Irish Independent, Ross Byrne is in line to be handed his first Test start as the…
Rugby Schmidt set to give Byrne World Cup chance in Twickenham as big guns return to starting team

Rugby Schmidt set to give Byrne World Cup chance in Twickenham as big guns...

Leinster's Ross Byrne. Photo: Sportsfile Ross Byrne could be handed a major opportunity to stake his World Cup claim by starting against England on Saturday. The Leinster out-half is in line to wear the Ireland No 10 shirt for the first time at Twickenham as Joe Schmidt prepares to call on a host of his…
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 Unlucky run of injuries doesn’t mean Joey Carbery is too ‘brittle’ for international rugby

Rugby Unlucky run of injuries doesn’t mean Joey Carbery is too ‘brittle’ for international...

Joey Carbery. Photo: Sportsfile Joey Carbery hasn't had much luck lately, so last weekend when he crumpled to a heap after getting his ankle caught awkwardly while making a tackle, his and everyone else's natural inclination was to automatically fear the worst. The sight of the motorised stretcher being called for and the look of…