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# ireland-rugby - Today’s News

‘The big thing is that we don’t overestimate the talent in the Southern Hemisphere’

Ireland hooker Rory Best says Michael Cheika’s Australia have been impressive in recent weeks.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 28 July, 2015

IRFU decline to comment amid Cian Healy World Cup fears

It is believed the 27-year-old is still struggling to shake off the after effects of neck surgery.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 22 July, 2015

Lions and All Blacks jobs loom behind 2017 expiry of Schmidt’s contract

What’s next in line for the Ireland head coach?

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 14 July, 2015

This is the new Ireland jersey for the Rugby World Cup

First impressions? We like it.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 9 July, 2015

‘Joe, more than anyone I know, looks at the small little details’ – Trimble

The Ulster wing is heading back towards full fitness after enduring a frustrating 2014/15 season.

Wing competition heats up for Trimble ahead of Ireland’s RWC warm-ups

The 2014 Six Nations winner is back in the mix for Joe Schmidt’s final 31-man squad.

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 21 June, 2015

Emerging Ireland claim Tbilisi Cup after win over hosts Georgia

Allen Clarke’s men kept their 100% record intact at Avchala Stadium.

Ireland 7s a step closer to Rio after streamrolling their way through Division B

Malta, Slovenia and Serbia were all on the losing side against Anthony Eddy’s men today.

# ireland-rugby - Monday 15 June, 2015

Mourad Boudjellal says Paul O’Connell’s move to Toulon is going ahead

A French newspaper suggests O’Connell signed a deal in Toulon yesterday.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

The42′s alternative Leaving Cert History quiz

We test your knowledge of all-time Irish sporting records.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 5 June, 2015

Analysis: Room to improve for Ireland at World U20 Championship

Nigel Carolan’s talented squad were close to a strong performance in testing conditions in Italy.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 3 June, 2015

The Schmidt effect: Ireland coach’s shadow looms over Leinster job

Leinster say they’re in ‘no immediate rush’ to replace Matt O’Connor.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 2 June, 2015

‘It’s a bit of a blessing that I won’t take contact for another few weeks’ — George North

Welsh winger is now in line to face Ireland in the Rugby World Cup warm-up match.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 29 May, 2015

Henry’s return boosts Schmidt’s back row options for World Cup

‘I think he’s a really good character to have in the group,’ says the Ireland coach of the Ulsterman.

McGrath escapes citing after knee offence to relieve World Cup fears

Ian Madigan has also escaped any sanctions for his use of the boot on Konstantin Mikautadze.

Henry, Strauss and Gilroy emerge from Barbarians defeat with credit

While Ireland’s team performance was sloppy, there were some solid displays at Thomond Park.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 28 May, 2015

Schmidt disappointed by Ireland’s breakdown effort as Baa-Baas win

‘We got a little bit of an opportunity to look at guys at a level they haven’t played at before.’

‘It’s out of our hands’ – Schmidt on Jack McGrath’s kneeing offence

Ireland will be hoping the loosehead prop is not cited for an incident that saw him sin binned.

Schmidt’s Ireland lose out to entertaining Barbarians in Limerick

The invitational side were deserved winners at Thomond Park.

Wexford native Furlong keen to impress Schmidt in Ireland’s green

The 22-year-old Leinster tighthead has earned his shot at international honours with an impressive season.

Gopperth plans to go out in style after ‘tough’ last months with Leinster

The Kiwi out-half will line up against his Leinster friends with the Barbarians this evening.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

June might be the time to discuss new Ireland contract – Joe Schmidt

The Kiwi’s current deal extends until after the 2016 Six Nations.

Schmidt: O’Connor’s departure from Leinster was not my decision

The Ireland head coach distanced himself from any involvement in O’Connor’s exit.

Ulster duo back in green, Madigan at 10 and more Ireland XV talking points

There are two uncapped Leinster men starting against Robbie Deans’ side.

Here’s Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team to face the Barbarians tomorrow

Colm O’Shea gets a shot at the 13 shirt, while Ian Madigan is given the nod at out-half.

The Barbarians have drafted in a Leinster legend to face Ireland

Nathan Hines has been called in at the last minute.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 26 May, 2015

‘I have a newfound respect for the United Nations after Baa-Baas training’

Shane Jennings has been named as captain of the Baa-Baas team to face Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 24 May, 2015

The Barbarians have a hugely strong squad to face Joe Schmidt’s Ireland

Brad Thorn and Ruan Pienaar are in the finalised squad to face Joe Schmidt’s side.

# ireland-rugby - Saturday 23 May, 2015

Johnny Sexton recalled by Racing Métro for pivotal Top 14 clash

It’s a big day in French rugby and former Ireland U20 prop Denis Coulson will also play a part.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 22 May, 2015

Robbie Deans calls on Leinster trio to face Ireland with Barbarians

Shane Jennings will finish his professional career by playing for the famous invitational side.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 21 May, 2015

‘I was forever thankful for avoiding probably the worst hangover of all time’

As he rehabs after shoulder surgery, Luke Fitzgerald remains confident about life under Joe Schmidt.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 20 May, 2015

Missing out on Pro12 play-offs is ‘unacceptable’ for Leinster – Madigan

The Leinster out-half says Matt O’Connor’s men will take positives from the season too.

‘I buried a nice shot on Dougie Howlett and broke the shoulder internally’

Luke Fitzgerald is on the comeback trail but expects to be fit for Ireland’s World Cup warm-ups.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 19 May, 2015

Ireland name Sevens squad as they bid for place in Olympics

Ireland Sevens will begin the qualification process next month.

# ireland-rugby - Saturday 16 May, 2015

Is Johnny Sexton being punished for a recent poor performance?

The Irishman has not had the best of times in France.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 14 May, 2015

Henshaw takes on Connacht leadership role after breakthrough Ireland season

The 21-year-old won the young player of the year and try of the years awards at last night’s IRUPA dinner.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 12 May, 2015

The hype wasn’t quite Jack Grealish but a rugby World Cup winner could have played for Ireland

There wasn’t much fanfare when Lawrence Dallaglio was asked to play in green though.

It’s Jonah Lomu’s 40th today… and he is still younger than Brad Thorn!

Let’s celebrate Lomu’s big birthday by watching this exceptional double bosh.

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