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Liam Heagney

A seasoned rugby journalist, Liam hails from Limerick and has covered World Cups, Lions tours, Six Nations Championships and European Cup campaigns since 2000. He became a content editor at RugbyPass in 2019 after joining from the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday in Ireland.

World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final pairings confirmed

Meanwhile, England will take on Ireland in the other semi-final following the outcome of match day three at the tournament in Sout…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 Jul 2024, 16:45

Lyon statement: Recruitment of New Zealand U20s boss Jono Gibbes

It was January 2023 when a Champions Cup hammering at home to Leicester spelled the end for the 47-year-old at a club he agreed to…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
12 Jul 2024, 13:14

Three Ireland U20s changes but no recall for skipper Evan O'Connell

They also confirmed that skipper Evan O’Connell, the nephew of Paul O'Connell who last took the field in the July 4 pool win ove…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
12 Jul 2024, 10:07

Four changes for France for their U20s rematch with New Zealand

The French qualified for the last four with a 29-11 bonus-point win over Wales last Tuesday in Athlone, a result that was perfect …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
12 Jul 2024, 7:44
Interview

Getting to Know: England U20s No8 Nathan Michelow

A knock prevented Michelow from togging out for the middle game versus Fiji but he was in the thick against southern hemisphere he…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
12 Jul 2024, 1:56
Interview

Getting to know: New Zealand U20s lock Liam Jack

Graham Jack, the lanky lock’s father, was a 1998 Super Rugby champion playing in the Crusaders engine room.

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
12 Jul 2024, 1:36
Interview

Bafana Nhleko: 'South Africa fans have every right to be upset'

His team not only needed to beat England in the puddles of Athlone but they also had to win by a margin wide enough so that the ma…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
10 Jul 2024, 2:45
Interview

The 'silver lining' Wales have taken from latest U20s loss to France

A year ago, 19-43 was the margin of defeat which left them contesting the fifth to eighth placings on match day four. That 24-poin…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
10 Jul 2024, 3:20
Interview

The 'so perfect' France reaction to keeping alive U20s title defence

Any suggestion that their last-gasp defeat to New Zealand last Thursday had loosened their grip on the trophy they have won for th…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
10 Jul 2024, 3:00
Interview

Joe Bailey: From 'horrible' to 'everyone singing, dancing, hugging'

The World Rugby U20 Championship Pool C fixture on the Cape Flats had been deadlocked since the 51st-minute and the Exeter lock ha…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
10 Jul 2024, 2:31

An 86th-minute try clinches England U20s the win over South Africa

Repeated infringing from the Junior Boks, which included the yellow carding of Divan Fuller, meant the match continued level until…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 Jul 2024, 14:13

The Ireland U20s verdict on making semi-final without playing Australia

The Irish, who had nine points after two matches, were due to take on Australia, who had six points, on Tuesday in the final round…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 Jul 2024, 9:08

U20 champions France see off Wales to keep their title defence alive

With Pool A leaders New Zealand expected to run up a big score in the 7pm kick-off in Stellenbosch and progress with a total of 15…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 Jul 2024, 11:46

Live blog: World Rugby U20 Championship 2024 in Cape Town – Day Three

While the schedule in South Africa is officially listed as the final round of the pool stage, it’s essentially the quarter-final…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 Jul 2024, 4:57

World Rugby statement: The Ireland-Australia U20s match cancellation

The teams were set to kick-off at 2pm local time in a match to decide who would finish top of Pool B and advance to next Sunday’…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 Jul 2024, 9:47
Interview

Getting to Know: England U20s lock Junior Kpoku

Kpoku was given a dice roll as an in-camp forfeit and rolling a six meant dying his hair or getting a buzz. The upside was that wh…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 Jul 2024, 2:14
Analysis

Four World Rugby U20 Championship match day three talking points

Wales versus defending champions France in Pool A is essentially a play-off to decide who clinches the single best runner-up spot …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 Jul 2024, 1:48
Analysis

World Rugby U20 Championship match day three game-by-game guide

Three matches are scheduled for Athlone: Ireland-Australia (2pm local time), France-Wales (4:30pm) and South Africa-England (7pm).…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
08 Jul 2024, 7:35
Analysis

Kwagga Smith and three other South Africa vs Ireland talking points

Despite knocking around at altitude for over a week, Ireland were flat for far too long a stretch on the high veldt while South Af…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
07 Jul 2024, 1:31

The ‘slow poison’ that Rassie Erasmus loved about his Springboks

Only Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kwagga Smith from the starting pack remained on the field with the match delicately poised at 13-8 i…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
07 Jul 2024, 9:20
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