Six Nations: England’s Marcus Smith and Alex Mitchell return to squad ahead of Ireland clash at Twickenham on Saturday | Rugby Union News

Marcus Smith and Alex Mitchell have returned to England’s Six Nations squad ahead of the visit of Ireland on Saturday after calf and knee injuries respectively. Fly-half Smith is yet to play a minute in this season’s competition after picking up a knock on a pre-tournament camp in Girona, sitting out the wins over Italy…

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Ireland earn historic first Test win as Andy Balbirnie anchors fourth-innings chase against Afghanistan | Cricket News

Ireland earned an historic first Test win at the eighth attempt with a six-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the only match of the series in Abu Dhabi. Set 111 to win on day three at the Tolerance Oval, captain Andy Balbirnie – the only man to appear in all of Ireland’s eight Tests – fittingly…

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Chris Nicholl: Former Aston Villa, Southampton and Northern Ireland defender dies aged 77 | Football News

Former Southampton and Northern Ireland defender Chris Nicholl, who captained Aston Villa to League Cup glory, has died at the age of 77. Nicholl, who also managed Southampton before taking charge of Walsall, had been living with dementia, specifically chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which he attributed to brain damage caused by repeatedly heading balls over his…

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Six Nations: Ireland bring Ciaran Frawley in for injured Hugo Keenan; Caelan Doris passed fit to start vs Wales | Rugby Union News

Ciaran Frawley has been named to start for Ireland at full-back in place of the injured Hugo Keenan vs Wales in Six Nations Round 3, as Andy Farrell reverts the rest of his XV back to the side which won in France on the opening night. Ireland began their campaign with a 38-17 victory over…

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France 17 – 38 Ireland

Jamison Gibson-Park, Tadhg Beirne, Calvin Nash, Dan Sheehan, Ronan Kelleher score tries as Ireland win big vs France on opening Six Nations Friday at Stade Velodrome in Marseille; Jack Crowley kicked all five conversions and penalty; France’s Paul Willemse red carded for two yellows By Michael Cantillon Last Updated: 02/02/24 10:03pm Ireland produced a magnificent…

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Six Nations 2024: Ireland hand Calvin Nash and Joe McCarthy 6N debuts against France | Rugby Union News

Munster wing Calvin Nash and Leinster lock Joe McCarthy will make their Six Nations debuts in Ireland’s championship opener against France but centre Garry Ringrose misses out due to a shoulder issue. Jack Crowley has been selected at fly-half for Friday evening’s curtain-raiser in Marseille following the retirement of former captain Johnny Sexton after the…

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Lee Carsley: England U21 boss not interested in Republic of Ireland head coach role | Football News

England U21 boss Lee Carsley has turned down the opportunity to talk to the Football Association of Ireland about the possibility of him becoming the next senior Republic of Ireland manager, Sky Sports News understands. The 49-year-old was on Ireland’s shortlist of candidates to replace Stephen Kenny after the FAI confirmed in November that it…

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Six Nations: Peter O’Mahony to captain Ireland for 2024 tournament as Andy Farrell names squad | Rugby Union News

Peter O’Mahony will lead Ireland’s defence of their Six Nations title in 2024. The flanker takes over as captain from Jonny Sexton, who called time on his international career following last year’s Rugby World Cup. O’Mahony has previously captained Ireland on 10 occasions and will lead the team out when they begin their 2024 Six…

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Women’s Nations League: Wales hold Germany as Republic of Ireland thrash Northern Ireland | Football News

Wales earned their first Women’s Nations League point in their concluding group match as they held Germany to a goalless draw in Swansea. Gemma Grainger’s side, already confirmed as relegated from Group A3, put in a highly commendable performance as they kept their two-time world champion opponents at bay and almost took the lead early…

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Women’s Nations League: Scotland help out England by drawing with Belgium, Wales lose while Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland win | Football News

Scotland will play in League B of the next Women’s Nations League after their relegation was confirmed despite a strong showing in a 1-1 draw in Belgium, which helped England after the Lionesses’ 3-2 win over Netherlands. Marie Detruyer put Belgium ahead on the half-hour in Leuven but Scotland battled back and levelled through a…

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