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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.

Analysis

Where are they now? The 2008 New Zealand U20 Championship winners

It was music to New Zealand ears. They had won the final of the U19s tournament that was staged in Ireland in 2007, and it was onl…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
26 Jun 2024, 2:04
Analysis

Where are they now? The 2012 South Africa U20 Championship winners

A crowd of 33,210 turned up at the now-closed Newlands to see an age-grade South African side inspired by a then 18-year-old Handr…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
25 Jun 2024, 5:23
Analysis

Where are they now? The 2023 Ireland U20 Championship runners-up team

Ireland went into last year’s World Rugby U20 Championship with very high hopes after clinching their second successive Six Nati…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
25 Jun 2024, 3:45
Analysis

Where are they now? The 2016 five to follow U20 Championship players

A glossy 28-page programme was published for that edition of the tournament and the preview intro certainly hyped what was set to …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
25 Jun 2024, 3:37
Analysis

Where are they now? The 2023 France U20 Championship-winning team

Les Bleus had won the 2018 and 2019 tournament finals in Beziers and Rosario but the pandemic forced the cancellation of the next …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
23 Jun 2024, 3:02
Exclusive

Jack Murphy: 'It was a bit weird and took a while to get used to'

His cake and candles milestone is July 15, four days before the DHL Stadium final of the 2024 World Rugby U20 Championship in Cape…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
23 Jun 2024, 2:58

Leicester statement: The immediate effect exit of Dan McKellar

The 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership champions embarked on an extensive recruitment search after it was announced in December 2022 th…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
22 Jun 2024, 12:17
Analysis

England player ratings vs Japan | 2024 Lipovitan D Challenge Cup

In fielding a team showing just four changes from the dramatic high scoring defeat at Lyon to France, three injury-enforced altera…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
22 Jun 2024, 4:39

Dylan Hartley: 'I would have started Fin Smith against Japan'

Northampton rookie Smith recently helped the Saints to Gallagher Premiership glory at Twickenham, but he has only been chosen as a…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
21 Jun 2024, 10:34
Exclusive

Fumiaki Tanaka: 'As a human being, Eddie Jones is very mild now'

This dynamic of Jones going head to head with his former comrades – including his old Cherry Blossom/Red Rose assistant Steve Bo…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
21 Jun 2024, 5:18
Interview

Census Johnston: 'Too many get lost in the systems after footy'

After a glittering career mostly spent in Europe that included packing down with Toulouse for eight seasons as well as stints at B…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
16 Jun 2024, 2:13

'Christ, that’s going to sting for a while, I’m not going to lie'

The Irish side were heavily tipped to qualify for the final and host the Bulls next Saturday in Limerick.

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
15 Jun 2024, 16:16

Some TV critics reckon 'Leo Cullen is under a lot of pressure now'

The 20-25 loss in South Africa has left the Irish province without a trophy since 2001 – a drought that retired internationals T…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
15 Jun 2024, 13:11

Clive Woodward has named the England XV he wants to see play Japan

Steve Borthwick’s squad are in Tokyo for a fixture versus the Japanese that will be streamed live in the UK and Ireland on Rugby…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
15 Jun 2024, 5:07

English Championship statement: ‘We have got what we came for’

Clubs in the second division of English rugby recently reiterated their concerns for the future, claiming on June 3 that they had …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
14 Jun 2024, 15:21

RFU statement: Professional game partnership, Championship update

The update emerged on Friday following the latest RFU council meeting.

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
14 Jun 2024, 11:41

Ireland include four uncapped players in U20 Championship squad

Forwards Max Flynn and Mikey Yarr, along with backs Ruben Moloney and Jake O'Riordan are the new names added to the squad that Ric…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
14 Jun 2024, 9:48

Will Goodrick-Clarke signs a deal taking him back the Premiership

The prop was made redundant last June when London Irish folded and he opted to play second-tier rugby with a view to getting back …

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
14 Jun 2024, 7:36
Interview

George Gregan: 'I’m thinking that guy will play with Joe Schmidt'

Over the course of his stellar 139-cap career, he was their starting No9 when France were beaten in the 1999 Rugby World Cup final…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
13 Jun 2024, 11:53

Uncapped brothers included as Wales name U20 Championship squad

The Welsh signed off on the recent Six Nations with a fifth place finish following home wins over Scotland and Italy and are now p…

Liam Heagney
Liam Heagney
13 Jun 2024, 9:50
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