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David Gantly

Dave is our expert on rugby. He covers all aspects of world rugby, and is a Munster fan.

TBT: 2013 Six Nations

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, David Gantly looks back at the Six Nations 2013 campaign. With the 2014 Six Nations tournament now just weeks away, excitement is reaching boiling point. Can Ireland improve on last year’s poor performance under the stewardship of Joe Schmidt? Can England continue to improve and challenge for the title? Which French side will turn up? …

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TBT: Ronan O’ Gara – A True Great

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Dave Gantly looks back at the illustrious career of Ireland great Ronan O’Gara. Arguably Ireland’s all time greatest fly half, Ronan O’ Gara’s time in an Irish shirt was filled with highs and lows. From winning the Grand Slam for Ireland with a last minute drop goal to cruelly being dropped from the Irish squad, …

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TBT: Ireland 43-13 England

For this weeks Throwback Thursday, we look back at the famous Six Nations fixture between Ireland and England at Croke Park in 2007. With Lansdowne road under construction, controversially the home of the GAA was opened to both rugby and soccer. The thought of losing to England at Croke Park seemed unimaginable. An emotional day followed with Ireland producing an …

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TBT: The Career of Jonah Lomu

This week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to one of the greatest players to grace the game, New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu. Blessed with remarkable speed and strength, Lomu was the perfect winger. Having made his debut for the All Blacks in 1994, Lomu was the first real superstar of rugby union. He accumulated sixty-three caps for New Zealand before his health …

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Onwards and Upwards for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland

Last weekend’s loss to New Zealand left a bitter taste in the mouths of Irish rugby fans. However, there was most definitely a number of positives to be taken from the defeat. With the clock ticking ever slowly towards the 80th minute in last weekend’s thrilling encounter, Irish supporters could barely bring themselves to watch. Having faced the Haka (Cian …

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TBT: The 2009 Grand Slam

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at the historic Irish Grand Slam of 2009. Having come so close to beating the All Blacks last weekend following a truly remarkable performance by the men in green, hopes are high for the Six Nations 2014. Can Ireland build on that world-class performance and reach the heights of the 2009 campaign? …

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TBT: New Zealand win the World Cup in own backyard

This week’s Throwback Thursday moment looks back at New Zealand’s historic World Cup success in 2011. With the All Blacks just one win away from an unbeaten 2013 season – immortality awaits. Of course, Ireland will have other ideas. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at their 2011 season which saw them become world champions in their own …

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November Series: How will Ireland fare against the Wallabies?

Dave Gantly assesses Ireland’s chances of victory as they face Australia in the November Series. So, the Joe Schmidt era has finally begun. A man so deeply coveted by fans and pundits alike following Declan Kidney’s departure as Head Coach. There is no doubting that Irish rugby needed a major lift and Schmidt has the attributes to bring us back …

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TBT: Ireland defeat Australia in the 2011 RWC

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at Ireland’s famous win over Australia at the 2011 RWC (Rugby World Cup) in New Zealand. Going in to the game, Ireland were not given much of a chance of victory. A record of eight wins, twenty losses and one draw out of twenty-nine meetings did not bode well. This had to …

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TBT: Ireland overcome Argentina during the November Series

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, with the Autumn internationals beginning this weekend, we look back at last year’s November series victory over Argentina at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland came up against an Argentinian outfit coming to the end of their European tour and produced an all action display to secure the win. Tries from young guns Craig Gilroy and Simon …

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TBT: Jonah Lomu announces himself on the world stage

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at a game in which Jonah Lomu announced himself on the world stage. On only his sixth cap, he produced an all action performance to lead the All Blacks against England in the World Cup semi final in Twickenham in 1995, scoring four brilliant solo tries. At just twenty years of age, …

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TBT: Ronan O’ Gara – An Exceptional Career

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, with Ronan O’Gara’s testimonial dinner being held in Cork tonight, we look back at a truly fascinating career from his debut onwards. The Munster and Ireland legend hung up his boots at the end of last season and has gone overseas to take up a position as kicking coach for Racing Metro. Reunited once again with …

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TBT: Munster’s Miracle Match

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, with Munster’s crucial game against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup this weekend, we look back at the miracle match. Yes, that unforgettable day. Munster went in to the game knowing that anything less than a bonus point victory over Gloucester would see them out of the competition. An Anthony Foley led Munster produced an emphatic …

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TBT: Heineken Cup highlights 2011/12

This week’s TBT looks at the highlights of the explosive 2011/12 Heineken Cup. For this weeks Throwback Thursday, in anticipation of the Heineken Cup returning tomorrow night, we look back at the 2011/2012 season highlights. What a memorable season it was. From Munster’s famous forty one phase’s of play to Leinster’s irresistible style of attacking rugby, It was a fine …

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Could this be the end of our beloved Heineken Cup?

David Gantly talks about the worrying possibility of the Heineken Cup becoming obsolete, and the need for the Anglo-French breakaway to be rectified. So the unthinkable has occurred. After the upcoming Heineken Cup season, this prestigious competition may be no more. Worrying times for European rugby fans. The Heineken Cup has brought many happy memories to its fans, serving up …

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TBT: THAT Peter Stringer Try

We remember a famous try of one of Munster’s most beloved players, Peter Stringer. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at Peter Stringer’s famous try for Munster in the 2006 Heineken Cup Final against Biarritz at the Millennium Stadium. With the game locked at 10 – 10 with thirty minutes on the clock, a Munster scrum just outside …

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TBT: Last Season’s Best Heineken Cup Tries

Dave Gantly remembers some of the best tries of last season’s Heineken Cup. With the future of the Heineken Cup very much in doubt, for this week’s Throwback Thursday we have decided to look back at some of the best tries to grace the illustrious competition last season. With the English and French clubs looking to break away from the …

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