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news from Thursday, 19 September 2019

- Scotland centre Sam Johnson believes that his side will have to put as much pressure as possible on the Irish half-back line and disrupt their rhythm if they are to cause an upset in their Pool A opener on Sunday. Ireland go into the game as the number 1 ranked team in the world, claiming that title after victory in their last warm-up game against Wales a fortnight ago. Joe Schmidt's side will be ...

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- New Zealand head coach Steven Hansen has accused his South African counterpart Rassie Erasmus of trying to influence referee Jerome Garces ahead of their titanic World Cup battle this weekend.  During a press conference on Wednesday, Erasmus commented that the era in which the All-Blacks benefit from marginal calls because they are the best in the world has ended. The former Munster coached calle...

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- It is a hot topic once more in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup but Ireland powerhouse CJ Stander has said that he was never aware of doping during his time in South Africa.  The 29-year-old previously played for Currie Cup side Blue Bulls and represented South Africa at the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Japan. Stander was called up to train with the senior side during their prepara...

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- Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  The selection of Jean Kleyn in Joe Schmidt's 31-man Ireland for the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been one of the biggest talking points over the last few weeks.  The South African born lock qualified to play for Ireland just two days before he made his international debut against Italy in what was the first warm-up game of the summer. Since then, Kleyn has gone...

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news from Wednesday, 18 September 2019

- Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  When the images of Joey Carbery grimacing on the Aviva Stadium turf were broadcasted to the thousands of supporters watching Ireland's win over Italy, they would have feared the worst.  Carbery suffered an ankle injury in Ireland's first warm-up game, an injury all that more difficult to take considering he was producing a man-of-the-match performance up un...

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- Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has provided a positive update on the fitness of Keith Earls and Rob Kearney ahead of Sunday's World Cup clash with Scotland. Earls and Kearney are suffering from knee and calf problems, respectively and there has been widespread concern that the duo could miss out the Pool A opener against Gregor Townsend's side. However, ...

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