Rugby

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has shifted captain Peter O’Mahony from blindside to openside flanker for the series-deciding third test against Australia and made five personnel changes to the starting side that won the second match in Melbourne. O’Mahony’s move to the number seven jersey has allowed Schmidt to bring in Leinster number eight Jack Conan
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Reigning champions Leinster have been handed a tough defence of their European crown after they were named in a Champions Cup pool alongside four-time winners Toulouse, Wasps and Bath. Leinster battled their way 15-12 victory over Racing 92 in last season’s final, with Isa Nacewa’s 78th minute kick securing the victory infront of 52,000 spectators
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England are “bitterly frustrated” at their inability to hold leads and maintain their discipline in South Africa and have a point to prove in the final match of the series in Cape Town Saturday, lock Joe Launchbury has said. England lost the three-match series with defeats in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, where they made excellent starts
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Kurtley Beale has revealed Australia’s game plan to deliver the Wallabies a stirring series triumph over Ireland. And it’s not reliant on aerial kicks for superstar fullback Israel Folau. Beale believes the Wallabies’ best chance of beating the European champions in Saturday night’s series decider in Sydney will be through traditional ball-in-hand rugby – Australian
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South Africa flyhalf Elton Jantjies believes it is coach Rassie Erasmus’ attention to detail that has seen the side claim back-to-back Test wins over England and be on the brink of a series clean sweep in Cape Town on Saturday. Erasmus replaced Allister Coetzee this year and after a narrow loss to Wales with a
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