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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.

Ireland U20s confirm seven changes for match day two versus Georgia

The Irish were impressive 55-15 opening day winners over Italy last Saturday at DHL Stadium and Willie Faloon has now changed four…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Jul 2024, 9:14

Mapletoft names England U20s team showing 12 changes to face Fiji

The English were impressive 40-21 comeback winners over Argentina on opening day at the Championship last Saturday and coach Mark …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Jul 2024, 8:51

Junior Boks make three changes, opt for a six/two bench split

The age-grade South Africans got their World Rugby U20 Championship off to a winning start with a 57-7 victory over Fiji last Satu…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Jul 2024, 8:25

Junior Wallabies fly in four replacements for match day two

Four players were ruled out through injury following the 35-11 win and will miss the remainder of the tournament. Meanwhile, lock …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Jul 2024, 7:59
Interview

Fagmie Solomons: 'If you play there they will burn down this house’

It turned out that the welcoming host was rugby royalty, none other than Fagmie ‘Fluffy’ Solomons. He was the ridiculously tal…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Jul 2024, 1:57
Interview

Getting to know: France U20s out-half Hugo Reus

Reus was only a late confirmation in the French squad, as it wasn’t until La Rochelle were eliminated from the Top 14 at the sem…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
02 Jul 2024, 1:37
Exclusive

Junior Kpoku: 'That wasn't down to me, it was all behind closed doors'

The dramatic thing is, he wasn’t long packing up again in Devon and taking a giant October leap across the Channel. Stuart Lanca…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
30 Jun 2024, 2:11
Interview

The England U20 verdict on 17-year-old debut maker Lucas Friday

The hat-trick scoring jack Bracken wasn’t the player that coach Mark Mapletoft reserved special praise for in the aftermath of t…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
01 Jul 2024, 2:59
Interview

Getting to know: Wales U20s openside Lucas de la Rua

Lucas de la Rua was the starting Wales No7 on both occasions and his year in between these age-grade World Cup clashes featured a …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
01 Jul 2024, 2:16
Analysis

Four talking points after World Rugby U20 Championship day one

Saturday’s opening round of the 2024 World Rugby U20 Championship produced a feast of age-grade entertainment. There were some e…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
30 Jun 2024, 4:27
Interview

Eddie Andrews: 'We've seen players commit suicide... I was fortunate'

What took place in 2004 is the reference point for this particular interview as that two-game series heralded the arrival of Andre…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
30 Jun 2024, 2:09
Interview

Junior Boks boss Bafana Nhleko: ‘Two things stand out for me’

The Junior Boks spluttered their way into the semi-finals at the 2023 World Rugby U20 Championship, inconsistencies that Ireland e…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
30 Jun 2024, 2:02
Interview

Jack Bracken: 'Third try was pretty good; lucky with the bounce'

Jack Bracken wasn’t part of the England squad that clinched the Six Nations U20s title 15 weeks ago, yet he was in Cape Town on …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
30 Jun 2024, 1:16
Interview

The Faloon, O’Connell verdict as Ireland U20s soothe Italian pain

Numerous winning teams caught the eye on Saturday across the opening round of the World Rugby U20 Championship, but Ireland deserv…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
30 Jun 2024, 1:40

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

Five of the Six Nations countries and all four Rugby Championship participants are now in South Africa along with Georgia, Spain a…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
29 Jun 2024, 4:58
Interview

What would leave Mark Mapletoft 'pretty devastated as a coach'

Having clinched the Six Nations title with a spectacular win away to France in Pau last March, the English have been drawn in a po…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
29 Jun 2024, 2:01
Interview

The play where South Africa are expecting 'a lot more gamesmanship'

Six round one pool matches are on the schedule, with the host nation rounding off the three-game DHL Stadium programme with an eve…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
29 Jun 2024, 1:56
Analysis

Four World Rugby U20 Championship opening round talking points

It won’t be until the July 19 final that the 2024 champions become known, but this weekend’s six-match round one is set to del…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
29 Jun 2024, 1:04
Interview

Getting to know: Australia U20s out-half Harry McLaughlin-Phillips

However, if selection was a criteria that included good manners and conversational ability, then Harry McLaughlin-Phillips has eve…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
29 Jun 2024, 0:41

Mark Mapletoft: Why England U20s invited RugbyPass to film Embedded

The English open their Pool C campaign this Saturday with a heavyweight clash versus Argentina in Athlone and the first episode of…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
28 Jun 2024, 4:24
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