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Ireland Look a Good Bet for 2023 World Cup

The next World Cup is still three years away, however, all the leading nations will already be planning for that tournament in France. There have been ample signs during the 2020 Six Nations to suggest Ireland are a good bet at 12/1 to win the World Cup for the first time in 2023. Ireland got […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: New Zealand 46 Ireland 14

Another World Cup and another quarter final exit for Ireland. New Zealand followed Argentina’s lead by destroying Ireland’s defence in what was a very difficult final game for Rory Best and Joe Schmidt. The intensity of the Kiwi defence from the start set the tone for the match and Ireland coughed up 18 turnovers with […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Teams up for New Zealand v Ireland

It’s less than 48 hours until Ireland’s biggest game of this four-year World Cup cycle gets underway and Joe Schmidt has opted for experience in his starting 15. Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale are all involved in the lineup while Rob Herring, who flew to Japan during the week, misses out with Niall […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Ireland 35 Russia 0

Usually a seven try victory suggests a quality performance, particularly for a side like Ireland who wouldn’t be known to blow opposition teams away – the Scotland game being the exception – but I couldn’t help feel that Ireland produced a stuttering performance against a Russian side who are the 20th ranked side in the […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Teams up for Ireland v Russia

Joe Schmidt has made 11 changes to the Irish side looking to bounce back from a defeat against Japan when they take on Samoa on Thursday morning. Jordi Murphy is the only Ulsterman included as he is thrust into action after only being confirmed as a replacement for the injured Jack Conan earlier in the […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Japan 19 Ireland 12

Ireland are the first tier one casualty to suffer at the hands of a tier two nation in this year’s edition of the Rugby World Cup with Japan coming from nine points behind to win. Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney scored tries while a Jack Carty conversion had Ireland’s points wrapped up within 22 minutes. […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Teams up for Japan v Ireland

Having swept aside Scotland with relative ease, Ireland now face hosts Japan in what will be an atmospheric occasion in Shizuoka. Kick off is at 08:15 (UK/IRE). Joe Schmidt has made four changes to the side, all of which come in the backline: Jack Carty replaces Johnny Sexton at out half, Chris Farrell starts at […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Ireland 27 Scotland 3

Ireland take pole position in Pool A with a resounding four-try victory over Scotland in their opening Rugby World Cup 2019 match. James Ryan, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Andrew Conway were the try scorers and the bonus point sees Ireland join Japan at the top of Pool A on five points. A dominant Ireland […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Teams up for Ireland v Scotland

Almost four years of preparation has led up to this point as Ireland kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign with a crunch match against Six Nations rivals, Scotland. Both sides are favourites to progress to the knockout rounds so predictably have named strong sides. Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw miss out due […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

Ireland Men: Teams up for Ireland v Wales

Joe Schmidt has announced a strong Irish side to take on Wales in the last of Ireland’s warm up games before they head to Japan for the World Cup. Rory Best is the only Ulsterman involved in the starting lineup in what will be his final professional game of rugby on Irish soil. Jacob Stockdale […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Three Ulstermen in Ireland squad for Japan 2019

Joe Schmidt has announced his Ireland team that will travel to Japan in search of that maiden semi final match. Three Ulstermen, Rory Best, Jacob Stockdale and Iain Henderson have made the 31-man squad while Jordi Murphy, Jack McGrath and Will Addison failed to make the cut. It’s Ulster’s lowest representation in an Irish squad […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

Ireland Men: Wales 17 Ireland 22

Ireland hit back after last week’s drubbing with a narrow victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium. Two tries from Jacob Stockdale and a penalty try guided Ireland into a 22-3 lead before Wales mounted a fightback. Jack Carty and Jarrod Evans traded early penalties while Jacob Stockdale opened the try scoring account with a […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

Ireland Men: Teams announced for Wales v Ireland

Joe Schmidt has rung the changes ahead of Ireland’s trip to the Principality Stadium on Saturday to take on the world’s number one side, Wales. Jacob Stockdale, Iain Henderson Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki are the only players to retain their spots in the starting fifteen with Joe preferring to try new options. Joining Henderson […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

Ireland Men: England 57 Ireland 15

Ireland suffered humiliating record defeat at the hands of England, conceding eight tries in the sun of Twickenham this afternoon. The lineout seriously malfunctioned – as it has all season – recording only a 56% success rate, far from the targets a professional outfit should be hitting. Despite this, Ireland made a decent start. Jordan […]

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC Warm Ups: Teams up for Ireland v Italy

Ireland’s preparations for the Rugby World Cup 2019 continue with a warm up match against Italy at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow. Joe Schmidt has named a rotated squad including Rob Herring and Jordi Murphy in the starting lineup, and Iain Henderson providing impact off the bench. Unfortunately, Schmidt has returned to New Zealand after a […]

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Ireland training squad announced for World Cup preparations

Joe Schmidt has named a 44-man training squad ahead of preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. The squad contains six Ulstermen, Rory Best, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney and Jacob Stockdale. Future Ulster player, Jack McGrath is also included along with Fivemiletown native Chris Farrell. Despite the extended panel, there […]

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Ireland Women: Who did what 2017-18

We continue our review of the season just gone with a look at Ireland Women’s performance in the 2017 World Cup, at the beginning of the season, and their performance in the Six Nations in February and March. As there were significant changes in the coaching set up and in player availability between these two […]

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2017-18 Rugby World Cup

France announced as host for Rugby World Cup 2023

France will host the Rugby World Cup 2023 after winning the most votes casted by rugby-playing nations at a lunch in London this lunch time. Ireland were knocked out in the first round with just eight votes while France received 18 and South Africa received 13. In the second count, France won 24 votes compared […]

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2017-18 Rugby World Cup

Ireland receive setback in RWC2023 bid

Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup has hit a stumbling block after Rugby World Cup Limited unanimously recommended the selection of South Africa as the hosts of the tournament. Ireland were ranked last with 72.25%, behind France and South Africa on 75.88% and 78.97% respectively. France and South Africa used their experience […]

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WRWC2017: Ireland lose to Wales

Ireland went down 17 – 27 to Wales at Ravenhill on Saturday afternoon in their final match of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. It was a disappointing end to a disappointing tournament for the hosts who will now have to qualify for participation in the 2021 Tournament which is expected to be held in the […]

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2017-18 International Rugby Women Rugby World Cup

WRWC2017: Predictions League Winners

The Women’s World Cup came to a dramatic end on Saturday but it wasn’t as dramatic as the final round of The Front Row Union World Cup Predictions League! The Wales Bonus Point Win against Ireland and the normal time Draw between Italy and Spain spoiled a lot of entries. In a fantastic day of […]

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WRWC2017: Teams up for Ireland v Wales

The teams were announced earlier this afternoon for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup 7th Place Play Off match between Ireland Women and Wales Women. The match has added significance as the winner will gain automatic qualification for the next World Cup. Losing, however wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for either with […]

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WRWC2017: Predictions League Day 5 Entries

Here’s the Day 5 Entry Form for the Front Row Union 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Predictions League. Thanks to all who have participated, I hope you have enjoyed it. It’s also a big thank you to our partners HugeRugby.com and The Errigle Inn, Belfast who have supplied fantastic prizes for the winner and runner up. Please support these […]

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WRWC2017: Predictions League Day 4 Results

Unfortunately, we had quite a few drop out for Day 4 of the Women’s Rugby World Cup Predictions and we’re now down to the hard core. It was a difficult day for most, the bonus point wins for Italy and Australia spoiling most peoples ticket. Team FRU continues in mid table obscurity, but hopefully you […]