Rugby chief expresses disappointment at abandoned 'Nations Champions' plans

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has expressed his disappointment the game's global governing body abandoned plans for a new 'Nations Championship'.

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U20 Championship: Red Rose gain some revenge on Ireland

Tom Willis’ last-minute try ruined the Ireland Under-20s’ final quarter fightback as England won a titanic play-off 30-23 in awful underfoot conditions in Rosario.

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Bonus point win probably not enough for Ireland

The five-try display means that the Irish did all they can to stay in the hunt but must now await the results of France v Argentina (5pm) and South Africa v New Zealand games this evening.

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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

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

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‘My grandmother ran up the road and forced her way into Thomond Park’

It won’t prompt an update from the AA Roadwatch team but the steady traffic of players switching provinces will continue this summer on the back of IRFU performance director David Nucifora’s vision to maximise the playing pool.

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Kearney to stay at Leinster after extending deal

Rob Kearney has agreed a “nine-month extension” to his IRFU contract and will play with Leinster next season.

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IRFU ‘very very close’ to Rob Kearney deal

The IRFU has hit back at suggestions made by Rob Kearney’s manager that there is a significant gulf between the two parties in ongoing contract negotiations.

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‘Nothing less than a place in the semis will do in Japan,’ says Nucifora

Nothing less than a World Cup semi-final appearance in Japan later this year will constitute a good World Cup for Ireland, said a straight-talking David Nucifora, as the IRFU performance director threw down the gauntlet to Joe Schmidt and his squad yesterday.

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IRFU will help Johann van Graan like they did Leo Cullen

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora backed Johann van Graan as the right man to take Munster forward and pledged to surround the head coach with experience and support in the province’s new-look backroom staff.

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Noel McNamara insists focus is on the U20 World Cup

Ireland U20s coach Noel McNamara insists his full focus is on the upcoming Junior World Cup despite suggestions that he could be a possible candidate for a role with Munster under Johann van Graan.

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Leinster scrum coach to join Ireland back room team this summer

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty is set to join the IRFU in the summer.

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Your weekend IRFU round-up

Your Sunday rugby round-up.

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Paul O'Connell's firm tops €2m in profits for first time

The commercial firm owned by Irish rugby legend, Paul O’Connell last year enjoyed a bumper year as accumulated profits topped €2m for the first time.

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AIL clubs left in the wayside as the IRFU drives on for dollars

I read with interest the recent proposals from the Cork County Board to revamp their championship structures in an effort to cater for the differing demands and requirements of their club and county players.

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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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Farrell to begin Irish reign with Scotland clash at Aviva

Andy Farrell will begin his reign as Ireland boss with a Six Nations clash with Scotland at the Aviva.

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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

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

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World Cup hopes the furthest thing from Dillane’s mind

There was no doubting the satisfaction Joe Schmidt took from the heights Ireland scaled against France last Sunday, and yet the Kiwi coach wasn’t slow in pointing out how the collective performance fell off a cliff towards the end.

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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 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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Ireland still trying to escape ‘rut’, says Rob Kearney

Over a month now since England struck that unexpectedly heavy blow at the Aviva Stadium and, for all the debate and doubt, it seems that we are none the wiser as to why one defeat could have left a side that had climbed so high feeling so low.

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Dublin meeting over World League plans

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has called a meeting to discuss the future of the international game amidst controversy over plans for a World League.

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WATCH: Ireland's (smallest) biggest fan meets his rugby heroes

Six-year-old rugby superfan, Emmet O'Neill, from Monaghan, had the trip of a lifetime yesterday as he flew to Rome to support the Boys in Green.

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Robbie Henshaw signs contract extension with IRFU until 2022

Irish Rugby confirmed the news this morning that will see the Athlone native continue to play his rugby at Leinster.

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Schmidt to reveal squad for England opener

The raft of players coming back into contention for Champions Cup selection this weekend across the provinces bodes well for Joe Schmidt as he prepares to name his first Six Nations 2019 squad this afternoon.

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Raise toast to 2018 but biggest test on horizon for Ireland

With trophy cabinets laden with team and individual accolades after all the high points in 2018, next year can only surpass those achievements with a World Cup victory in Japan With trophy cabinets laden with team and individual accolades after all the high points in 2018, next year can only surpass those achievements with a World Cup victory in Japan, writes Simon Lewis.

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O'Gara: 'I personally happen to believe that Joe will return to coaching in New Zealand'

Ronan O'Gara has said he believes that Joe Schmidt will return to coaching in New Zealand at some stage in the future.

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'World class' Johnny Sexton signs contract until 2021

Johnny Sexton will continue to play after next year's World Cup in Japan.

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Henshaw a doubt for Ireland's Six Nations opener

Robbie Henshaw has emerged as a major doubt for Ireland's opening Six Nations clash against England in Dublin next year.

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Toner backs Farrell to flourish as Schmidt successor

Andy Farrell’s upcoming elevation to the role of Ireland head coach has been universally welcomed on these shores and yet no amount of succession planning can override the usual raft of known unknowns.

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Schmidt has had incredible impact on Ireland, says Ruddock

Schmidt has guided Ireland from eighth to second in the world rankings and overseen three Six Nations titles in five years.

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Bealham bounces back for another Irish casting call

Among the 23 to be granted auditions against the USA tomorrow will be Finlay Bealham.

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John Quill riding American rugby wave

USA flanker John Quill is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with former Dolphin team-mates Niall Scannell and Darren Sweetnam in tomorrow’s international encounter with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

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Claffey aiming to seal regular Ireland place

Michelle Claffey won’t forget this week in a hurry.

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Schmidt to make ‘tough’ decision on Ireland future over family brunch

Joe Schmidt has still to make the “tough” decision on his future as Ireland coach as he waits to reach a definitive conclusion following a family brunch on Sunday.

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Sexton: I’ve had to pinch myself over dream year

Johnny Sexton reflected on a landmark year for Ireland as he accepted the Guinness Rugby Writers Ireland Player of the Year award and did not waste too long stressing the importance of staying at the peak of the world game.

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Sexton: Joe’s left unbelievable mark on Irish rugby

Johnny Sexton has praised Joe Schmidt for the “unbelievable mark” he has made on Irish rugby and is certain he will continue to do so if he decides to stay as head coach beyond next year’s World Cup.

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Sexton scoops second player of the year award

Johnny Sexton was crowned Guinness Rugby Writers’ Ireland Player of the Year for 2017/18 at Aviva Stadium last night as an unprecedented season of success for Irish rugby was celebrated at the annual Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards.

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A lot more heavy lifting gives Kilcoyne’s game a boost

The days of players killing themselves in the gym are long gone. Nobody in the Ireland squad pumps iron for the sake of a bit more muscle mass anymore.

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Sexton a shoo-in to add world player of the year crown to success-strewn year

New Zealand are about to be knocked off another of their perches on Sunday night, for the second time in eight days.

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Ireland coach Richie Murphy: Murray absence had silver lining

It’s hard to recall any Irish coach describing the absence through injury of a Brian O’Driscoll or a Paul O’Connell or a John Hayes as “a good thing” and certainly not in the slipstream of a white-knuckle ride with the All Blacks.

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Why team trumps everything for Jack Conan and company

Joe Schmidt can’t abide talk of rankings and World Cups.

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Lion-hearted Rebels with a cause

For more reasons than one, Dublin was the place to be last weekend, writes Donal Lenihan

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Sexton in a 'good place' ahead of World Player of the Year vote

Richie Murphy feels Jonathan Sexton could hardly be better positioned to scoop the World Player of the Year award in Monte Carlo this weekend.

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Peter the Great: Beyond perfect and into myth

Looking at the ratings of the Irish players in the Monday papers, I noticed that all of them were eight or nine except for Peter O’Mahony, who was given a 10 out of 10.

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Beating All Blacks ‘just a rung on the ladder’ for ambitious Ireland

Iain Henderson believes Ireland will be able to cope perfectly well with the weight of expectation now on their shoulders following their win over New Zealand.

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Rassie Erasmus has words of caution for Ireland after All Blacks scalp

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has warned his former Munster players that beating New Zealand will only make it harder for Ireland as they build towards next year’s World Cup in Japan.

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Schmidt expects a spiky, physical battle

Joe Schmidt would have been foolish not to factor the expected high-intensity physicality between his Ireland side and the All Blacks tomorrow into his preparations for this sell-out blockbuster.

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Ireland V All Blacks: Three contests to set the tone

Ahead of Saturday's showdown between the top two teams in the world, Simon Lewis takes a look at three key match-ups to look out for.

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Goodhue looks to fill midfield holes for Blacks

Skirt through the many articles devoted to the raft of All Black retirements after the 2015 World Cup and odds are that the photos alongside them carry the photogenic face of Dan Carter or Richie McCaw’s spiky ruggedness.

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'It was terrifying': Aoife McDermott on leaving basketball for rugby

Despite still being in the infancy of her international rugby career, towering lock Aoife McDermott is ready to assume greater responsibility with Ireland.

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Aki relishing chance to hit back at NZ critics, says Marmion

Bundee Aki’s place in a Test opposition dressing room has come under fire in the New Zealand media this week but Connacht and Ireland team-mate Kieran Marmion believes the Auckland-born centre is relishing the opportunity to go toe to toe with the All Blacks tomorrow.

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Ryan Tubridy's brother played a part in Ireland v New Zealand back in 1989

They say the sixteenth man can make the difference in rugby - and that was quite literally the case for Ireland when they took on the mighty All Blacks in 1989.

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Andy Farrell insists New Zealand still the world’s best even if Ireland win

New Zealand will retain the world number-one ranking even if number two side Ireland win in Dublin.

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Crotty back to the scene where he broke Irish hearts

Ryan Crotty knows what his name means to folks in these parts.

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IRFU scoop €27m from lucrative Dublin land deal

The IRFU has landed a massive cash windfall with the sale of a track of prime land at Newland's Cross in Dublin.

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Sexton: It was 'smart thing' for Murray to sit out All Blacks test

Johnny Sexton has admitted it would have been a “big ask” for Conor Murray to have faced the All Blacks this weekend and the Ireland scrum-half not playing was “the smart thing”.

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Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw out for rest of November series

Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw have been ruled out of the rest of the November series.

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