Simon Lewis

Rugby and Golf Correspondent

SIMON LEWIS: Gosper: We do not have ‘a systematic or institutional doping problem’

SIMON LEWIS: Gosper: We do not have ‘a systematic or institutional doping problem’

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper has said there is no evidence of systematic doping at the elite level of the sport, despite the spotlight turning once again ...

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SIMON LEWIS: Henshaw setback forces Schmidt to revise centre plans

SIMON LEWIS: Henshaw setback forces Schmidt to revise centre plans

So much for the best-laid plans. Having safely delivered a relatively fit and injury-free Ireland squad to Japan following a long, hard summer of preparation for ...

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SIMON LEWIS: It’s time to put best foot forward,says Schmidt

SIMON LEWIS: It’s time to put best foot forward,says Schmidt

It is a well-balanced Ireland squad, assembled by Joe Schmidt in forensic detail, with the intention of negotiating a successful seven-week World Cup campaign.

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SIMON LEWIS: No room for sentiment as Schmidt gets down to business

SIMON LEWIS: No room for sentiment as Schmidt gets down to business

So now the real work begins. The debates over squad selection are over, at least inside the Irish camp, and now comes the business end of Joe Schmidt’s preparations ...

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SIMON LEWIS: Schmidt's bold calls underlined by quality of players left at home

SIMON LEWIS: Schmidt's bold calls underlined by quality of players left at home

Ireland’s deep backline resources for the forthcoming World Cup campaign have been underlined by the quality of the players Joe Schmidt has decided to leave ...

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SIMON LEWIS: Carbery in race against clock to make World Cup

SIMON LEWIS: Carbery in race against clock to make World Cup

It does not take a mathematician to realise seven into five won’t go but the task facing Ireland team management as they juggle their half-back permutations ...

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SIMON LEWIS: Players know drill to earn plane ticket to Japan

SIMON LEWIS: Players know drill to earn plane ticket to Japan

Self-preservation or team cohesion?

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SIMON LEWIS: The small town welcoming the golfing world

SIMON LEWIS: The small town welcoming the golfing world

It was business as usual down on Portrush’s beautiful East Strand as the lifeguard looked out from her perch to the handful of dog walkers and paddlers on ...

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