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Nov 24, 2013

Rugby-Hansen and McCaw salute All Blacks after perfect year

DUBLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Steve Hansen and captain Richie McCaw saluted a ‘special’ All Blacks team after they completed a clean sweep of victories this year with a last-gasp win over Ireland on Sunday.

Hansen’s team have set new standards since he took over from Graham Henry after the World Cup victory in 2011, losing just once before becoming the first team in the professional era to win all their test matches in a calendar year.

Nov 24, 2013

New Zealand complete perfect year with last-gasp Ireland win

DUBLIN (Reuters) – New Zealand completed the first perfect year of the professional era when they came from 19 points down to beat Ireland 24-22 thanks to a stoppage-time try in a dramatic finale on Sunday.

On the verge of losing against the Irish for the first time in their rich history, Ryan Crotty’s try and Aaron Cruden’s conversion ensured the All Blacks became the first team to win all their matches in a calendar year since the game turned pro.

Nov 24, 2013

Rugby-NZ complete perfect year with last-gasp Ireland win

DUBLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) – New Zealand completed the first perfect year of the professional era when they came from 19 points down to beat Ireland 24-22 thanks to a stoppage-time try in a dramatic finale on Sunday.

On the verge of losing against the Irish for the first time in their rich history, Ryan Crotty’s try and Aaron Cruden’s conversion ensured the All Blacks became the first team to win all their matches in a calendar year since the game turned pro.

Nov 21, 2013

Rugby-Civil war beckons as five unions back Heineken Cup

DUBLIN, Nov 21 (Reuters) – European rugby could be on course for civil war after the Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French and Italian unions on Thursday announced their commitment to existing European club competitions after a meeting in Dublin.

The unions’ determination to push on with a competition under European Club Rugby (ERC) control risks isolating English clubs who, along with their French counterparts, are planning a breakaway contest to replace the Heineken Cup from next season.

Nov 21, 2013

Civil war beckons as five unions back Heineken Cup

DUBLIN (Reuters) – European rugby could be on course for civil war after the Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French and Italian unions on Thursday announced their commitment to existing European club competitions after a meeting in Dublin.

The unions’ determination to push on with a competition under European Club Rugby (ERC) control risks isolating English clubs who, along with their French counterparts, are planning a breakaway contest to replace the Heineken Cup from next season.

Nov 19, 2013

Paddy Power profits hit by soccer and horse racing results

DUBLIN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Bookmaker Paddy Power
expects full year operating profit to be about 11
million euros ($15 million) lower than it forecast three months
ago after unfavourable soccer and horse racing results.

The Dublin-based group, which has posted stellar top-line
profit growth in recent years, said results had gone against it
since July, particularly at the Australian Spring Horse Racing
Carnival and Champions League soccer.

Nov 18, 2013

Ireland plans ambitious bid for 2023 World Cup

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland will consider launching a bid for the 2023 rugby World Cup this week, the country’s sports minister said on Monday, hoping a politically-symbolic proposal will win it the right to host the event for the first time.

The ambitious effort would see games played on both sides of the Irish border as unlike soccer, the national team is an all-Ireland selection, and would represent another major step since a 1998 peace agreement mostly ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

Nov 18, 2013

Rugby-Ireland plans ambitious bid for 2023 World Cup

DUBLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Ireland will consider launching a bid for the 2023 rugby World Cup this week, the country’s sports minister said on Monday, hoping a politically-symbolic proposal will win it the right to host the event for the first time.

The ambitious effort would see games played on both sides of the Irish border as unlike soccer, the national team is an all-Ireland selection, and would represent another major step since a 1998 peace agreement mostly ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

Nov 17, 2013

Long wary, UK pub chains take chance at last on Ireland

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – After years of waiting on the sidelines, Britain’s major pub chains have finally spotted an opening in Ireland, hoping tumbling property prices will give them a chance to expand into a neighboring market they never managed to crack.

At the height of a property boom in 2007 one in six Dublin pubs that changed hands was sold for at least 14 million euros, with almost half sold for over 6 million – far too pricey for big players in need of as many as 12 sites to make a market work.

Nov 16, 2013

Australian attack outclass Irish in 32-15 win

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Australia handed new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt his first defeat as they outclassed and outscored the hosts by four tries to none in an easy 32-15 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Two tries from flanker Michael Hooper and one each for Nick Cummins and Quade Cooper, who added 12 points from his boot, saw Ewen McKenzie’s side follow up last week’s demolition of Italy after defeat against England earlier this month.