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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.

France's bizarre campaign takes another twist as call-up is away on holiday

France's campaign took another strange twist on Tuesday when they called a player into the squad to face England who is away on ho…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
05 Feb 2019, 11:24

FFR confident Noves won't win the enormous sum he's demanding in damages following sacking

French rugby officials sound optimistic they can successfully defend Guy Noves' claim for €3million in damages which will be hea…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
06 Feb 2019, 10:50

Injury-free Coetzee repays Ulster's patience by singing on for another three years

Ulster have hailed Marcell Coetzee’s three-year contract extension, claiming the 27-year-old South African is primed to produce …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
06 Feb 2019, 4:27

England hero Slade cashing in with personalised video messages

England’s two-try Six Nations hero against Ireland, Henry Slade, is one of a number of rugby players looking to cash in on their…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
05 Feb 2019, 16:04

Ireland must turn screw in Scottish heads to avoid post-Six Nations repercussions

There may be a gap of 225 days in between Ireland’s two 2019 fixtures against Scotland, but next Saturday’s Six Nations outcom…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
05 Feb 2019, 3:26

O'Brien poised for first Six Nations start in two years as Stander ruled out until March

Sean O’Brien is poised to make his first Six Nations start for Ireland in two years after CJ Stander was ruled out of action wit…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
04 Feb 2019, 9:32

Brunel's bungling reaches a new low with Vahaamahina's bizarre revelation

Jacques Brunel’s chaotic France reign has been dealt another blow with Sebastien Vahaamahina’s revelation that he didn’t kno…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
04 Feb 2019, 12:16

'When the Russian anthem was played, you couldn't hear a note. That's how hostile the crowd was.'

We’ve heard all about the Test rugby haves this weekend. Glamour Six Nations fixtures. Bumper attendances. Massive global TV aud…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
03 Feb 2019, 9:20

Ireland player ratings - versus England

Ireland’s lavish dream of winning a second Grand Slam in succession was shattered at the first time of asking in the 2019 Six Na…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Feb 2019, 14:42

'The pain was almost like a ripping across my abdomen. I'd no idea what was going on'

Pull up a chair and be inspired. Ross Adair’s attempt to fight his way back into the professional ranks is a winter’s tale to …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
28 Jan 2019, 13:05

Henshaw could make shock positional switch for England match

Joe Schmidt is allegedly poised to throw an opening weekend Six Nations curveball by possibly selecting midfielder Robbie Henshaw …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
28 Jan 2019, 4:37

The 'new model' athletes fresh off Leinster's academy production line set to stalk the PRO14

Here it is, the time of season when reigning European Cup holders Leinster stand out from the crowd for very different reasons. …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
26 Jan 2019, 5:23

'I will not repeat it' - Zebo reflects on 'unacceptable' racism

Simon Zebo has opted not to make public the exact racist words aimed at him by an Ulster supporter who is now banned for life from…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
25 Jan 2019, 3:43

Discarded - the sobering Six Nations' 4-year attrition rate laid bare

Roll up, roll up. With European pool stage campaigns ending, Six Nations preparations will now quickly click into gear this we…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
20 Jan 2019, 8:29

Rugby union civil war brewing as PRO14's European dominion returns?

Buckle up. Here comes a round six weekend where the PRO14 is growling with a collective Champions Cup snarl not witnessed sinc…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
17 Jan 2019, 13:51

Jonny Sexton's 6'5, 118kg little brother and 52 other Irish exports playing pro-rugby in Europe

Not for nothing have the Irish been described as the Samoan rugby players of the northern hemisphere. More often than not, they ar…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
06 Jan 2019, 6:43

Cian Kelleher's massive, potentially career defining gamble

Cian Kelleher is a wanted man in Dublin. He’s scoring tries, three in his last five appearances. He’s in rude health, too,…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
13 Jan 2019, 6:55

'I do not know what happened to me that day. I'm not a bad guy'

Simon Zebo has insisted his run-in last October with Michael Lowry is past tense as he prepares to play in his native Ireland this…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
11 Jan 2019, 3:35

How the Irish rumour mill inevitably followed Grobler to Gloucester

What is it about Gerbrandt Grobler and whispers? A UK newspaper interview last August resulted in him branding Ireland as ‘unfor…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
10 Jan 2019, 14:43

Seventeen years after it was scrapped, Leinster tightening grip on unofficial 'third title'

Not since 2002 has the IRFU’s interprovincial title officially been played for. However, Leinster’s derby demolition of Ulster…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
06 Jan 2019, 10:35
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