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Down to the final Two - 29/10/2019

Two countries have made it to the finals on Sun 2nd November at 9 am, both are previous winners - England won the cup in 2003 and were beaten in the  final in 1991 by Australia and in 2007 by their opponents in this edition South Africa - who won the Cup also in 1995.

To get straight to the point, England are 8/15 and South Africa are 7/4 for the CUP final, both were 2nd ...

The Ireland coaching group have named the 31 man squad that will travel to Japan on the 11th September to compete at Rugby World Cup 2019.

The squad is captained by Rory Best who will play at a fourth Rugby World Cup having been involved in the 2007, 2011, 2015 editions.  

Six of the squad named featured at the previous two Rugby World Cups (2011 & 2015...

JOE SCHMIDT HONOURED FOR SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION TO IRISH RUGBY AT 2019 GUINNESS RUGBY WRITERS OF IRELAND AWARDS


JAMES RYAN, CIARA GRIFFIN, JORDAN CONROY, AMEE-LEIGH MURPHY CROWE, IRELAND U-20s & CORK CONSTITUTION AMONGST THE OTHER AWARD RECIPIENTS
 
Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt was honoured by the Rugby Writers of Ireland at the annual Guinness Rugby Wr...

The IRFU accounts for 2018/19 confirm that investment in domestic rugby topped €11.25million last year, a record for funding dedicated to the grassroots development of the game.

The investment was made across numerous areas, with some €3.5 million invested in development officers across the four Branches together with other Provincial initiatives, €2.3million in res...

The British & Irish Lions can today confirm that Warren Gatland has been appointed head coach for the Tour of South Africa in 2021.

Gatland is unbeaten in two consecutive tours to Australia and New Zealand as head coach of the Lions, and following today’s appointment becomes only the second person to lead a third tour after Sir Ian McGeechan.

The 55-y...

 

 The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) have extended the contract of Performance Director David Nucifora for a further three years to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Appointed in April 2014, David was charged with developing and advancing all aspects of the professional game in Ireland including the elite player development pathway, succession planning,...

The semi finals of the Guinness PRO14 are imminent in the second half of May and the final of the Heineken Cup takes place on Saturday May 11th in Newcastle’s - St. James Park between Leinster and Saracens.

It is so tight that the betting is evens for both teams in this historic Ireland V. England classic.

Leinster are the holders and four times champions and Saracen...

Ballyclare Rugby Club’s Clare Hares preparing to welcome hundreds of players to international festival

THE Annual Wooden Spoon International TagRugby Festival for young people with a learning disability will be held at Ballyclare Rugby Club on Saturday 8th June.

The event will be the biggest ever and is due to be attended by over 900 players and coaches...

Jason Leonard has been appointed Chairman of the British & Irish Lions Board

Former Lion, England international and Past RFU President Leonard will replace Tom Grace as Chairman of the British & Irish Lions Board as of 16 April 2019.

Lion No 644 Jason Leonard is a three times Lions tourist (1993, 1997 and 2001) and will bring both a player and an administrator&r...

One eye on the RWC - 28/03/2019

By Frank Quinn

We have had our ups and downs without real success in the RWC since 1987.

“Our 6n form historically had nothing to do with it” in the eight editions since then. It was hugely disappointing to be well beaten by England and Wales and to end up third in the 2019 6N competition based on very poor performances.

We are not used to ...

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