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Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray says they must improve to beat England at Twickenham | Rugby Union News

first_imgMurray began on the bench against Wayne Pivac’s side as Jamison Park-Gibson took the number nine jersey to make his first Test start.The Munster man was eventually brought on to win his 84th cap in the unfamiliar role of fly-half after injuries forced off captain Johnny Sexton and debutant Billy Burns.With head coach Farrell seeking to give opportunities to peripheral members of his squad, Murray offered a diplomatic response to losing his starting spot.“You’ve got to be realistic. Jamison’s been playing really well and he deserved the chance,” said Murray. Jacob Stockdale in action for Ireland Jacob Stockdale in action for Ireland

Julian Edelman injury update: Pats receiver has broken thumb, could miss preseason, report says

first_imgThe injury was described as a “mild trauma” when it was first reported by ESPN earlier this week.Edelman opened last season on a four-game suspension for PED use. He caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns upon his return and was named the Super Bowl MVP in the Patriots’ win over Rams. With tight end Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, Edelman, 33, likely is set up to be Tom Brady’s top target in 2019 — if he can stay healthy.In 2017, Edelman missed the entire season after he tore his ACL in the preseason. He also missed seven games in 2015 and two in 2014 due to injuries. In fact, in a 10-year NFL career, he has played a full 16-game regular-season games only twice while compiling 499 catches for 5,390 yards and 30touchdowns.Nonetheless, he signed a two-year contract extension worth $18 million in May after he caught 10 passes for 141 yards to earn the Super Bowl MVP honors. Related News Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is recovering from a broken thumb he suffered roughly three weeks ago, NFL Media reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources.The report said Edelman sustained the injury “playing catch” some three weeks ago. Given the typical six-week window for broken bones to heal, he is expected to miss just a few more weeks and be ready for the Patriots’ regular-season opener against the Steelers on Sept. 8, though he may not play in the preseason. Titans’ Taylor Lewan turns to polygraph for proof after failed drug test NFLPA sends players ‘work stoppage ready’ plan after CBA talks Panthers’ Cam Newton should be ‘ready to roll’ for camp, coach Ron Rivera sayslast_img read more