Schmidt meant business with the hardest fitness drill Best had ever seen

Schmidt meant business with the hardest fitness drill Best had ever seen

If Rory Best was in any doubt over his physical fitness at the grand old age of 37, then a Joe Schmidt training ground special in Portugal put an end to such thoughts. ...

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'You probably only use 10% of the research': Tommy Bowe adjusting to pre-season as a presenter

'You probably only use 10% of the research': Tommy Bowe adjusting to pre-season as a presenter

Joe Schmidt has made a lot of changes to his Ireland set up since the 2015 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina.

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What can Ireland expect of Scotland? Even Barclay unsure of what’s com

What can Ireland expect of Scotland? Even Barclay unsure of what’s com

John Barclay says Ireland won’t know what hit them when they face Scotland in the World Cup opener — because Gregor Townsend’s own players don’t ...

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O'Driscoll: ‘Ringrose could lose out on centre role’

O'Driscoll: ‘Ringrose could lose out on centre role’

Brian O’Driscoll believes Garry Ringrose’s place in the Ireland starting XV is in doubt.

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Brian O'Driscoll: We need a lot going for us but I’m still a believer

Brian O'Driscoll: We need a lot going for us but I’m still a believer

Brian O’Driscoll believes Ireland can back up their World No.1 ranking by winning the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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O'Driscoll: Ireland can justify No.1 ranking at World Cup

O'Driscoll: Ireland can justify No.1 ranking at World Cup

Brian O'Driscoll believes Ireland can back up their World No.1 ranking by winning the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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Ross: Ruthless Schmidt may speak softly but he carries a big bloody stick

Ross: Ruthless Schmidt may speak softly but he carries a big bloody stick

This time four years ago, Mike Ross was trying to figure out how to impress his fellow World Cup squad members.

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O’Kelly advises Toner not to give up on Rugby World Cup dream

O’Kelly advises Toner not to give up on Rugby World Cup dream

Malcolm O’Kelly has told Devin Toner not to switch off after he was sensationally left out of Joe Schmidt’s 31 man Rugby World Cup squad.

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Malcolm O'Kelly shocked by Toner's omission, but trusts Schmidt's decisions

Malcolm O'Kelly shocked by Toner's omission, but trusts Schmidt's decisions

The IRFU named the group that will travel to Japan today, six days earlier than planned, after the shock demotion was leaked.

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Coetzee: Late bloomer Kleyn was right to leave Boks

Coetzee: Late bloomer Kleyn was right to leave Boks

Fifteen minutes after hanging up, Allister Coetzee rings back, eager to share one last thought.

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Problems aplenty but solutions not as readily available, says D’Arcy

Problems aplenty but solutions not as readily available, says D’Arcy

England in Dublin last February was a “mental failure”.

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D'Arcy: Conway may have stepped ahead of Larmour in World Cup wing battle

D'Arcy: Conway may have stepped ahead of Larmour in World Cup wing battle

Gordon D'Arcy believes Andrew Conway has done himself “no harm” in Ireland's World Cup warm ups – but warns that Jordan Larmour's Japan dream could ...

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Michael Cheika: Schmidt has not been found out

Michael Cheika: Schmidt has not been found out

Having seen a record win over the All Blacks followed by a 36-0 hammering by the same side, you may not be surprised to hear Michael Cheika refuse to read too much ...

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Cullen: We may ‘keep an eye’ on partying players

Cullen: We may ‘keep an eye’ on partying players

Leinster rugby coach Leo Cullen says they may be forced to send minders along to player nights-out, after last May’s end-of-season controversies.

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Lynne Cantwell concerned for 15s game

Lynne Cantwell concerned for 15s game

Lynne Cantwell says she would be disappointed if sevens rugby takes over as the IRFU’s primary focus in the women’s game.

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Jamie Heaslip still rues one that got away

Jamie Heaslip still rues one that got away

‘Rugby World Cup,’ Jamie, those three words — what comes to mind when you hear them?

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'No words of condolence will help' for trio cut from Ireland squad, says Jamie Heaslip

'No words of condolence will help' for trio cut from Ireland squad, says Jamie Heaslip

Jamie Heaslip says there are no words to console John Cooney, Mike Haley, and Finlay Bealham – the latest trio to be cut from Ireland's potential Rugby World ...

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Joey Carbery to continue ankle rehab with Ireland squad in Portugal

Joey Carbery to continue ankle rehab with Ireland squad in Portugal

Munster out-half Joey Carbery is part of the 40-man squad flying to Portugal today for an eight-day warm-weather training camp.

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Peter O’Mahony not surprised by Boks’ revival under Erasmus

Peter O’Mahony not surprised by Boks’ revival under Erasmus

It was just one week before South Africa played Ireland in Aviva Stadium in November 2017 that Rassie Erasmus bid an emotional farewell to Munster.

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O'Mahony: Players can't take their foot off the gas despite injury concerns

O'Mahony: Players can't take their foot off the gas despite injury concerns

Peter O'Mahony says no player can afford to give less than 100% in Ireland's World Cup warm-up games – despite Joey Carbery's injury scare against Italy.

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Cullen sizes up World Cup contenders

Cullen sizes up World Cup contenders

Ireland’s win over Italy at the weekend told us little about the eventual destination of the Webb Ellis trophy this year – for that you had to look to ...

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Dave Kearney did more than most to grab his World Cup chance

Dave Kearney did more than most to grab his World Cup chance

During this year’s Six Nations, the vast majority of the players on show last Saturday were either watching from the bench, the stands or from the comfort ...

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Tommy Bowe: Six Nations Defeat to Wales rattled us

Tommy Bowe: Six Nations Defeat to Wales rattled us

Tommy Bowe believes Ireland’s players will have been “rattled” by their Six Nations defeat to Wales last March.

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Ireland need ‘fear factor’, reckons Johnny Sexton

Ireland need ‘fear factor’, reckons Johnny Sexton

Johnny Sexton has rejected suggestions that Ireland have peaked a year too early.

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#SafeToDream: ‘It gives a voice to show it’s OK to be who you are’

#SafeToDream: ‘It gives a voice to show it’s OK to be who you are’

Sitting in a Technicolor Aviva Stadium on Monday night, Katie McCabe turned to Ruesha Littlejohn and dreamed out loud.

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D-Day edges closer as rugby chiefs discuss new tournament

D-Day edges closer as rugby chiefs discuss new tournament

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper says there could be a Women’s Nations Championship if the male concept is given the thumbs up.

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Nervous Flier’s seamless return massive boost for Schmidt

Nervous Flier’s seamless return massive boost for Schmidt

Josh van der Flier admits he was a bundle of nerves ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final win over Munster.

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Ryan hails ‘heart on sleeve’ O’Mahony

Ryan hails ‘heart on sleeve’ O’Mahony

It will be Andy Farrell’s choice who captains Ireland in next year’s Six Nations, but James Ryan believes he has a gem in Peter O’Mahony.

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Carty gaining ground in Ireland’s weapons race at 10

Carty gaining ground in Ireland’s weapons race at 10

Jack Carty knows that being voted on to the four-man shortlist for the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year does not mean he will automatically receive a ticket ...

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Byrne hoping for a late, late show with Leinster

Byrne hoping for a late, late show with Leinster

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Bryan Byrne was playing in the B&I Cup final at Ealing’s Trailfinders Sports Ground in front of 1,386 fans. ...

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McBryde to replace Ireland-bound Fogarty at Leinster

McBryde to replace Ireland-bound Fogarty at Leinster

Robin McBryde, the Wales forwards coach, will join Leinster after the Rugby World Cup, replacing Ireland-bound John Fogarty.

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Low-key derby as stars kept for big stage

Low-key derby as stars kept for big stage

The promotional posters for this game pitted Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale against Jamison Gibson-Park and Adam Byrne.

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Kearney: 'Stuesday' sessions brought Leinster to boil

Kearney: 'Stuesday' sessions brought Leinster to boil

Rob Kearney says Leinster’s training sessions ahead of last Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final were tougher than the game itself.

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Ruddock and Cronin doubts for Champions Cup final

Ruddock and Cronin doubts for Champions Cup final

Rhys Ruddock and Seán Cronin have emerged as serious doubts for Leinster’s Champions Cup final next month.

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Leinster are motivated for Newcastle

Leinster are motivated for Newcastle

Leo Cullen is not convinced that Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to England last February will have any effect on next month’s Champions Cup final.

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It’s a big week for Devin Toner, says Leo Cullen

It’s a big week for Devin Toner, says Leo Cullen

Leo Cullen says the coming week will be a “big” one for Devin Toner, as the Ireland second row prepares to make a well-timed return to fitness.

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Leinster’s understudies aim to grab chance to impress

Leinster’s understudies aim to grab chance to impress

Some of their frontline players may have their feet up this weekend, but for those Leinster players in the RDS tonight, there’s a priceless opportunity to ...

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Leavy layoff puts van der Flier woes in context

Leavy layoff puts van der Flier woes in context

Josh van der Flier says Dan Leavy’s horror injury has helped him to put his own bad luck into perspective.

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Henshaw: We must rival All Black mentality

Henshaw: We must rival All Black mentality

Robbie Henshaw says Ireland must develop a New Zealand state of mind if they are to have any chance of winning this year’s Rugby World Cup.

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Henshaw injury suffered by ‘only three or four in world’

Henshaw injury suffered by ‘only three or four in world’

It has taken far longer than he ever expected, but Robbie Henshaw’s return to fitness has been timed well.

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Injury scuppers Leavy’s Ireland World Cup dream

Injury scuppers Leavy’s Ireland World Cup dream

Leinster qualified for their 11th European Cup semi-final just 36 hours earlier, but a “bizarre mood” hung over the province’s HQ on Monday morning. ...

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McFadden backs Schmidt to find solutions to woes

McFadden backs Schmidt to find solutions to woes

Fergus McFadden says Joe Schmidt is still the best man to turn around Ireland’s recent poor form.

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Bowe backs Ireland to deliver in Cardiff cauldron

Bowe backs Ireland to deliver in Cardiff cauldron

Tommy Bowe expects Ireland to deliver their best display of the year in Cardiff this weekend.

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Jones: ‘I still see us winning it, just...’

Jones: ‘I still see us winning it, just...’

As a man who won three Grand Slam titles on home soil, Adam Jones expects Wales to repeat the trick in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Tadhg Furlong gears up for Bamba battle

Tadhg Furlong gears up for Bamba battle

Tadhg Furlong admits he has little idea what to expect from France’s young and unpredictable side this Sunday.

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Chris Henry: If Seán O’Brien’s fit, let’s start him

Chris Henry: If Seán O’Brien’s fit, let’s start him

Chris Henry says Seán O’Brien should start for Ireland this weekend — to help ease some of the pressure on Ireland’s ‘untouchables’. ...

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Leo Cullen: France game a chance for Ireland to make a statement

Leo Cullen: France game a chance for Ireland to make a statement

Leo Cullen always strikes you as a man who’d forget to buy a lottery ticket on the week his numbers came up, then reply that he’d at least saved two ...

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Leinster nail down spot in semi-final

Leinster nail down spot in semi-final

Leinster 19 Cheetahs 7

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Wary Leinster haven’t forgotten Cheetahs’ bite

Wary Leinster haven’t forgotten Cheetahs’ bite

If the Cheetahs thought they might get an easy run out against Leinster during the Six Nations, the South Africans were sadly mistaken.

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O’Loughlin preaches the simple life at the top table

O’Loughlin preaches the simple life at the top table

Rory O’Loughlin has read the negative comments and heard the disparaging remarks — but the Leinster midfielder would still have given everything to play ...

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