International

Joe Schmidt Named as New Ireland Rugby Coach

            Leinster’s head coach Joe Schmidt has just been confirmed as the new head coach of Ireland rugby. The Kiwi coach has long been the favourite to take over after Declan Kidney stood down after Ireland’s disappointing six nations campaign this year. Schmidt joins with an impressive coaching record having worked as backs coach at …

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First on the Plane & Worthy Contenders for The Lions

I’m no Warren Gatland and, apart from the money, influence and prestige (are women an option here?), I wouldn’t want to be when faced with choosing this years squad. That said, and for what it’s worth, here are my nailed-on, dead-cert, first names on the plane and some of my preferred first choices. I have little or no relevant skills …

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My Squad for The Lions

Loosehead Andrew Sheridan The destructive loosehead is in fine form for French Top 14 leaders Toulon this season, keeping fellow contender Gethin Jenkins out of the starting line-up. His vast experience and scrimmaging technique makes him an ideal option for taking on the Wallaby’s up-front. Gethin Jenkins Although not having his strongest season domestically as indicated by re-signing for the …

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Six Nations Fixtures Announced

The latest six nations fixtures list announces a return to Friday night kick-off’s in 2015. Full fixtures list below… 2014 Saturday, 1 February Wales v Italy (14:30 GMT), France v England (17:00 GMT) Sunday, 2 February Ireland v Scotland (15:00 GMT) Saturday, 8 February Ireland v Wales (14:30 GMT), Scotland v England (17:00 GMT) Sunday, 9 February France v Italy …

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