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1dPA Sport

Tracy, Treadwell handed first Ireland starts

Leinster hooker James Tracy and Ulster lock Kieran Treadwell have been handed their first Test starts for Ireland in Saturday's rematch with Japan in Tokyo.

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1dTom Hamilton

The quiet man from Munster takes centre stage

Peter O'Mahony has been through an awful lot this season which is why captaining the British & Irish Lions in the first Test against the All Blacks will not faze or distract him in the slightest.

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1dSam Bruce

Hansen shows his hand with shock Ioane promotion

Warren Gatland may have taken out the award for multiple selection day shocks, but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen pulled his own swiftie with the shock promotion of Rieko Ioane.

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8dESPN Staff

Schmidt changes six for Ireland vs. Japan

Simon Zebo and Paddy Jackson return to the starting fold for Ireland as coach Joe Schmidt rotates his side that thrashed USA for Saturday's Test against Japan.

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10dPA Sport

Ireland's Carbery ruled out of Japan tour

Ireland have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their two-Test series against Japan with fly-half Joey Carbery returning home having suffered an ankle injury in their win over the USA.

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13dPA

Ireland hammer US Eagles in New Jersey

Ireland made a blistering start to their summer tour with an emphatic 55-19 victory over the United States at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

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15dPA Sport

Schmidt names young Ireland team vs. USA

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has handed exciting young Ulster back Jacob Stockdale his first Test start against the United States at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

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15dAAP

Powerful Crusaders to face Lions

A Crusaders starting team featuring eight All Blacks will set out to defend their perfect 2017 record when they host the British and Irish Lions.

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16dPA Sport

Ringrose: Lions talk least of my worries

Garry Ringrose is refusing to get distracted by a possible British & Irish Lions call-up as he concentrates on delivering for Ireland during their summer tour of the United States and Japan.

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19dTom Hamilton

Warburton: Two weeks to claim Test places

Kneejerk conclusions won't be drawn from the British & Irish Lions' struggles against the Provincial Barbarians, but the tourists need learn quickly and find try-scoring form if they are to knock over the All Blacks, according to captain Sam Warburton.

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22dESPN Staff

World Rugby U20: England off to a flier

England began their defence of the World Rugby U20 Championship by hammering Samoa 74-17 in Georgia.

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38dESPN Staff

Play ESPN's Lions Tour tipping game

Can you see anything other than a sweep for the All Blacks? Or will the Lions claim just their second series victory in NZ? Enter your tips and challenge your mates for bragging rights.

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39dPA Sport

Rowntree expects Warburton to play in Lions opener

Graham Rowntree says he does not envisage any problem with British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton being available for the opening New Zealand tour game on June 3.

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40dPA Sport

Gatland to keep Lions reserve list private

Warren Gatland is to draw up a standby list for his British & Irish Lions, but he will keep its contents private so as to avoid becoming a hostage to fortune.

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44dESPN Staff

Way-too-early predictions for RWC 2019

France to bow out in pool play? Ireland to finally feature in the last four? ESPN's global writers put their reputations on the line with these way too early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019.

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44dNick Bewley

What we'll all be talking about at RWC2019

As with any Rugby World Cup there's always massive issues and talking points that take the limelight -- but what will be on everyone's minds come 2019 in Japan?

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46dTom Hamilton

Henshaw ready for rough justice on Lions tour

Ireland centres know a thing or two about rough justice and off-the-ball skulduggery in New Zealand, but Robbie Henshaw is primed to embrace any late hits coming his way.

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47dESPN Staff

British & Irish Lions Team of the Week

It is going to be a nervous few weeks for Warren Gatland as he hopes all British & Irish Lions squad members can make the plane to New Zealand and face the All Blacks.

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50dESPN Staff

Conor Murray good to play before Lions

Ireland and Munster scrum-half Conor Murray looks set to complete the challenge set for him by British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland and play before the Lions depart for New Zealand.

2017 RankingsSix Nations

  • IRE2nd
    TRIES SCORED 1st England : 16 Tries Scored
    ENG1st
    14
    16
  • IRE2nd
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st England : 65 Points Difference
    ENG1st
    49
    65