Experienced Ireland selection for Chicago game

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From Last Word on Rugby, Rory Boyd Joe Schmidt has gone for the most experienced Ireland starting 15 available to play New Zealand in Chicago. Ireland’s record against New Zealand is atrocious, with just one draw to go with the 27 defeats in the 28 games between the sides. Despite many exciting young players knocking […] READ MORE


Emotional Munster do Foley Proud

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Last Word On Rugby, by Rory Boyd. An emotional Munster side ran in five tries on Sunday, to beat Glasgow Warriors 38-7 at Thomond Park, Limerick. After the tragic death of their head coach and former captain Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley, the Munster boys did their best to honour his legacy. While it serves as an […] READ MORE



Three Key Players for Ireland in South Africa

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As Ireland embark on their Summer Tour around the beautiful South African continent, we have to take note of how long this season has in fact been. From pre-season friendlies games, a massive Rugby World Cup, a Champions Cup and including the prolonged Guinness Pro 12 this season, it has been an eternity. Which stands to question […] READ MORE


Six Nations: Joe Schmidt's Issues

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It’s not very often a Joe Schmidt coached team gets criticised, but he’s in it deep this week. Having led Ireland to successive Six Nations championships, their humiliation in the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina left a sour taste in many an Ireland fan’s mouth and now their indifferent start to this season’s Six Nations […] READ MORE


Absolute Flanker 3 February – 2016 RBS Six Nations Preview

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WELCOME TO ABSOLUTE FLANKER: A RUGGER’S SHOW Absolute Flanker is the Rugby radio show covering all things from around the world, from domestic and European club rugby to the Six Nations and the World Cup. Join Molly and Rob every week on Last Word Radio. Also follow us on twitter at @LWOSFlanker and like our Facebook […] READ MORE



Ireland Defeat Italy to Reach World Cup Quarter Finals

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Ireland defeated Italy at the Olympic Stadium to secure passage to the Rugby World Cup quarter finals. Joe Schmidt’s men will now face France next Sunday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to determine which of the two teams will be group winners, with the loser still advancing as runners up. However Ireland will need […] READ MORE


Cian Healy Admits Romania’s Strength Was A Struggle

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Cian Healy – the sturdy, reliable front rower who’s achievements on pitch and charismatic nature off it deem him a firm favourite amongst Leinster and Ireland fans alike. But a recent stint of injury in the lead up to this World Cup placed him in dangerous water. First of all, questions were raised as to […] READ MORE


Ireland Cruise to Victory Infront of Record Crowds

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It was almost given that Ireland were going to win this (Japan beating South Africa was the a big enough shock) so it was just a question of by how many points. Irish ran the ball but a slip through the hands gave Romania’s Calafeteanu an interception, allowing the underdogs their first feel of the […] READ MORE