If a heavy defeat at Twickenham last week had totally derailed Ireland's Rugby World Cup bid, according to some people, what does victory in Cardiff mean? Frankly I think it means that these World Cup games are relatively meaningless in terms of predicting what will happen in the tournament. Take
England don't play this weekend, but there are still some interesting fixtures to look forward to, particularly with group rivals France in action again. Here are my predictions for this weekend's matches. France v Italy There are several changes for France from the team that lost to Scotland last weekend, and it’s a
Ross Byrne makes his first start at fly-half in Ireland's team to play England. IRELAND Team: (Player/Club/Province/Caps) 15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90 14. Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 14 13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 21 12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17 11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19 10. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72 1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 89 2.
Wales are the favourites to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Well, that’s what Eddie Jones has claimed, anyway. Warren Gatland’s recruits are currently ranked as the best side on the planet, however, so suggestions that they should be lifting the Webb Ellis trophy come November are hardly ludicrous. One thing
The All Blacks avenged their defeat in Australia last week by thrashing the Wallabies 36-0 at Eden Park, but still somehow lost their Number 1 ranking as Wales beat England at the Millennium Stadium. Australia gave a fairly insipid account of themselves, and after Christian Leali'ifano missed two shots at goal