Former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick believes Ireland and England possess the greatest threat to ending the All Blacks’ hegemony at the World Cup.New Zealand are overwhelming favourites to clinch a third successive crown in Japan later this year but the natural order was disturbed by Ireland clinching a famous win over the Kiwis in Dublin last November.Defeat for New Zealand came just a week after they were pushed all the way by England, who have beaten Ireland and France in the Guinness Six Nations recently.Fitzpatrick expects both northern hemisphere sides as well as Wales – currently on an 11-match winning sequence – to shine on the global stage.But he thinks no top-tier nation can be ruled out of contention at a tournament where none of them can boast home advantage.The 1987 World Cup winner told Press Association Sport: “No disrespect to Japan because they can beat the big boys as we saw in 2015 (when they defeated South Africa) but it’s the … [Read more...] about Sean Fitzpatrick feels Ireland and England are genuine World Cup threat to All Blacks
Ireland and england
Jerome Garces is the referee for the Six Nations match between Ireland and England in Dublin. The 45-year-old is recognised as one of the best referees in world rugby and started out life helping build helicopters in an aeronautical company. He first refereed an international match in 2010 when England played the Barbarians and is among the favourites to referee this year's Rugby World Cup final. In 2015, he took charge of the New Zealand v South Africa semi-final and also refereed Japan's historic victory over the Boks in Brighton. Garces was the man in the middle for the Lions' second Test victory over New Zealand in 2017, becoming a big talking point after the match. This is the only 2019 Six Nations match he will referee, but he will be one of the assistants for the Wales v England and England v Scotland matches later in the tournament. He will be assisted by countrymen Romain Poite and Alexandre Ruiz in Dublin. The TMO is New Zealand's Glenn Newman. Garces apparently has a phobia … [Read more...] about Who is Ireland v England referee Jerome Garces?
Ireland vs England LIVESix Nations 2019Aviva Stadium The Six Nations - now widely revered as perhaps the greatest rugby tournament in either hemisphere - returns in all its bruising glory this weekend. After Wales's extraordinary comeback win in France and Italy's visit to Scotland, a titanic clash between defending champions Ireland and England at Dublin's Aviva Stadium is the main event this afternoon. Having claimed their third Grand Slam title courtesy of a hugely satisfying 24-15 victory at Twickenham on the final weekend in 2018, the hosts head into this year's tournament hoping to justify their billing as clear favourites and as New Zealand's closest global rivals ahead of the looming World Cup. England, meanwhile, will hope to improve significantly on their woeful fifth-place finish last time out and rediscover the sort of form that saw them win 22 of their first 23 Tests under Eddie Jones. Follow all the action with Standard Sport's LIVE blog! Live Updates New updates … [Read more...] about Ireland vs England
England start their Six Nations campaign with a tough test in Dublin against arguably the best rugby side in the world right now. Ireland stunned New Zealand last November, beating the world champions 16-9. And the Irish are favourites to retain their Six Nations crown this year, looking to send coach Joe Schmidt off on a high before he is replaced by Andy Farrell after September's World Cup in Japan. But will Eddie Jones' visiting side spoil the party? Fans in the UK can watch it live on ITV1 with the ITV Hub showing a live stream. And you can follow all the drama as it unfolds at the Aviva Stadium with in-game updates, analysis and reaction, right here. TEAMS Ireland: 15 - Henshaw, 14 - Earls, 13 - Ringrose, 12 - Aki, 11 - Stockdale, 10- Sexton, 9 - Murray; 1 - Healy, 2- Best (capt), 3 - Furlong, 4 - Toner, 5 - Ryan, 6 - O'Mahony, 7 - Van der Flier, 8 - Standler.Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Porter, O'Brien, Cooney, Carbery, Larmour, Roux. England: 15 - Daly, 14 - May, 13 - Slade, … [Read more...] about Ireland vs England Six Nations live score and updates
Sport by Press Association January 31, 2019, 4:02 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter Ireland will kick-start their Six Nations title defence by hosting England in Dublin on Saturday. Here, Press Association Sport examines some of they key statistical match-ups for the Aviva Stadium encounter. Ireland Tallest player: Devin Toner, 2.08m Shortest player: Keith Earls, 1.78m Heaviest player: Tadhg Furlong, 125.91kgs Lightest player: Joey Carbery, 85.91kgs Combined pack weight: 904.09kgs Oldest player: Rory Best, 36 years, 169 days (today) Youngest player: Jordan Larmour, 21 years, 235 days (today) England Tallest player: Courtney Lawes, 2.01m Shortest player: Dan Robson, 1.73m Heaviest player: Harry Williams, 131.82kgs Lightest player: Dan Robson, 81.82kgs Combined pack weight: 935.45kgs Oldest player: Chris Ashton, 31 years, 308 days (today) Youngest player: Tom Curry, 20 years, 229 days (today) Sign up to our Sport newsletter More from the … [Read more...] about A closer look at the statistics as Ireland and England go head-to-head