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Andy Farrell: Ireland must deal with revitalised Springboks

The Springboks are back with a bang and Andy Farrell believes Ireland had better learn to deal with them if they are to claim history for themselves and secure a series victory at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium today.

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Ireland must ignore high stakes of World U20 Championship final

Coach Nigel Carolan has urged his men to play the game and not the occasion when they take on England this evening (7pm) in the World Rugby U20 Championship at the AJ Bell Stadium in Greater Manchester.

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Confidence has brought Paddy Jackson a long way

Whatever happens at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium today, Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson should leave South Africa feeling he has finally laid the foundations for a long and fruitful Test career.

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Magnificent defensive display sees 14-man Racing 92 and Ronan O’Gara claim title

Racing 29 Toulon 21: An incredible 14-man defensive stand added to some ice-cool kicking allowed Racing 92 and former Ireland icon Ronan O’Gara to secure their first Top 14 title in 26 years.

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The return of brave little mouse Allister Coetzee

When Allister Coetzee touched down in Port Elizabeth with his team last Sunday afternoon, he had a spring in his step, and not just from the previous night’s series-levelling victory over Ireland.

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Joe Schmidt puts faith in pack that bullied Boks in opener

Joe Schmidt has already seen his players succeed against expectation on this tour to South Africa but with one more game to go in this longest of seasons, to win this final Test with the Springboks will be the toughest task they have faced to date.

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Irish loss as Eoin Reddan retires

Rugby’s loss will be business’s gain but Joe Schmidt believes the retirement of Eoin Reddan after a spectacularly successful playing career need not leave Ireland short-handed at scrum-half.

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Allister Coetzee: We know now what to expect

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee expects something different when the sides meet in tomorrow’s final Test in Port Elizabeth.

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Jacob Stockdale living the dream at World Rugby U20 Championship

It has been some year for Jacob Stockdale and the Newtownstewart native is hoping to crown it by helping Ireland win the World Rugby U20 Championship tomorrow evening.

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Ronan O'Gara: Altitude no excuse for biggest Ireland disappointment in a long time

Ronan O'Gara insists Ireland can't blame altitude for last Saturday's second Test defeat by South Africa. And fears the comeback victory will prove a pivotal confidence boost for the Springboks.

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Veteran Mike Ross still happy to answer Ireland call

When a friend and colleague retires it always gives pause for thought and Mike Ross is no exception, but Eoin Reddan’s decision to quit the game has not prompted a rethink for the Ireland prop.

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Lucy Mulhall looks to Olymoic games

Ahead of her side’s crunch Global Sevens Qualification tournament in UCD this weekend, Ireland Women’s Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall believes that qualifying for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio would represent a huge step forward for the game in Ireland.

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Johnny McPhillips thrives after switching country and code

Excuse Johnny McPhillips if he hesitates a second in the corridors of the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.

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Anthony Eddy: Home advantage will inspire Ireland Women’s Sevens

The Irish Women’s Sevens side aim to secure qualification for the Rio Olympics in UCD this weekend with a ringing endorsement from IRFU Director of Women’s and Sevens Rugby, Anthony Eddy.

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Cork Con coach Tom Mulcahy says Ireland’s young guns will be in England’s faces

Cork Constitution Under 20 coach Tom Mulcahy believes Ireland won’t allow England “to play their game” in the World U20 Championship final on Saturday.

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Ireland will learn lessons from video of defeat by South Africa, says Iain Henderson

Like sitting down in front of a horror movie, Iain Henderson knew the review into last Saturday’s Test defeat at Ellis Park would deliver some nasty moments. The trick is knowing how to move on from them.

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