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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.

Paddy Jackson and the Galway question

Paddy Jackson is theoretically free to go whenever he wants in Ireland. Ideally he should be in Galway next Saturday, running the …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Dec 2018, 5:58

'Everyone is ready to put the hard work in to get Wasps back to where we want to be'

It wasn't a pretty season for ambitious Wasps, but Rob Miller - who charitably spends some down time helping a community soup kitc…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
10 Jun 2019, 14:42

'It's rugby's biggest downfall' - Ellis Genge believes rugby can learn from football's open-minded recruitment

Ellie Genge knows his career could be very different if Leicester didn't offer him a life away from trouble in Bristol, but he is …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Jun 2019, 4:01

'The gangs and the prison really interests me... because of my history and experiences of mistakes and doing things wrong'

Calum Clark has a bruising on-field reputation, but the maligned Saracens' back row has his good side judging by his Venezuela vis…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
30 May 2019, 13:23

'I have been very lucky to have been thrown right in at the deep end... I really enjoyed it'

Ted Hill expected to spend his season on the Worcester fringes, not score the match-winning try at Leicester on his Premiership de…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
29 May 2019, 14:42

'Rugby's unbelievable... I have done things I only thought were possible in movies'

World Rugby believes the women's game will be its biggest growth sector in the next decade and American Kiki Morgan is one of 15 p…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
28 May 2019, 14:56

Ireland's RWC training squad winners and losers

There were some eye-catching winners and losers when Joe Schmidt announced his 44-strong Ireland RWC training squad following a ni…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
28 May 2019, 11:09

'My mum's Welsh, dad's Irish and I moved to England five years ago so there is a twist... it's a tough one'

International selection wasn't on Callum Sheedy's mind when he spoke with RugbyPass last month, but England are now in pole positi…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
28 May 2019, 5:08

'I'm upset lots of players have to hide their sexuality for years before they retire... I want everyone to be themselves'

Just over a year since he copped a ban for a homophobic slur he insists he never said, Denny Solomona wants rugby to have an envir…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
26 May 2019, 15:00

'It's a bit of a weird one having to play Northampton again... there will be a bit of chess here and there'

It's usually Europe in December - not May in the Premiership - when clubs face the same opposition on consecutive weekends, but Ma…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
24 May 2019, 19:14

Rob Kearney the latest victim of an IRFU 'lowball'

David Nucifora had nine IRFU centrally contracted players falling out of deals this term and his hardball approach at the negotiat…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
22 May 2019, 9:06

Leinster have used eye-watering 57 players to reach the PRO14 final

There wouldn't be much Guinness left in the keg if Leo Cullen was to serve up a pint of the PRO14 sponsor's brew to every player t…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
22 May 2019, 15:11

It was a taboo. It wasn't a case of just going, 'I'm not alright, I need some help mentally'. Now we have the confidence to say, 'No, I'm not alright'

Starting just one Premiership game this season, it would be understandable if Tom Lindsay felt aggrieved but he has the mental too…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
19 May 2019, 6:04

'You get stars that get all the attention, but I'm more than happy to just plug along, keep the head down and still succeed'

From Invercargill to Kanagawa via Bath and many other places, Kiwi James Wilson has had a blast using his excellent work ethic to …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
18 May 2019, 4:33

'It's frustrating when Saracens are talked about negatively... but you just have to take the rough with the smooth at the top'

After a decade's service, the retired Chris Wyles believes the often criticised Saracens are 'an amazing story - an unbelievable c…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
11 May 2019, 4:16

Marcelo Bosch going from chasing a European/Premiership double... to level five rugby in England

Marcelo Bosch announced last month he was leaving Saracens - but the expectation was he would play on professional not step down t…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
09 May 2019, 6:29

'If you're over the ball and have two blokes over 100 kilos flying into you off their feet, it can be pretty difficult to survive'

Sam Underhill doesn't turn 23 until June, but he has already been on the receiving end of numerous injuries in a sport where he fe…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
05 May 2019, 12:02

'It's so outrageous how things have gone' - Jake Woolmore's journey from teaching kids with learning difficulties to playing in the Premiership

Jake Woolmore was nervous about getting his Premiership chance just months before his 28th birthday, but the late developer prop h…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
04 May 2019, 9:12

'Getting on that World Cup plane would be pretty amazing... but I have a lot of catching up to do'

A double fracture to an arm has meant Taulupe Faletau hasn't appeared for Wales since March 2018, but he is hoping his inclusion i…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
01 May 2019, 13:36

James Wilson is another Kiwi at Bath with his bags packed for Japan

Salary cap juggling elbowed James Wilson off the Bath roster this time last year, but after a November recall due to injuries he i…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
29 Apr 2019, 3:11
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