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James Neville

James Neville is a graduate of the University of Limerick and an avid all round sports fan but his true passion is rugby. He has a plethora of sporting statistics that are both pointless and impressive in equal measure. At 37, he now finds himself in the unenviable position of being too old to play and too young to be an alickadoo.

The Couch View: Boxing Clichés, The Lad From Blackburn & A Late Comeback

Between rugby Test matches and Euro 2016, Saturday was a bad day for anyone on the Sports Watchers Anonymous 12 Step Programme. Down in Wellington, Wales kicked things off against the All Blacks. Former Leinster coach Matt Williams often speaks about the ‘championship minutes’ approach of the southern hemisphere, referencing the minutes leading up to half time and those towards …

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: The players of Ireland celebrates beating New Zealand at the final whistle during the World Rugby U20 Championship match between New Zealand and Ireland at The Academy Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

An Irish Rugby Fan’s Take On A Surreal Saturday Of Sport

On any normal Saturday, Wales’ three-point half time lead against the All Blacks in Auckland, and the brief glimmer of hope it brought, would have been enough to get us through the tedium of what can often be the mundane and predictable world that is international rugby. But, this was no normal Saturday. New Zealand came storming back in the …

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Ireland Tour of South Africa 20/6/1998 South Africa vs Ireland A fight breaks out between the two teams Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Reviewing Ireland’s Previous Tours Of South Africa

Ireland kick-off their summer tour of South Africa this Saturday in what will be, remarkably, only their fifth time visiting the country. Previous expeditions occurred in 1961, 1981, 1998 and 2004. In fact 1961 was only Ireland’s third tour ever, having previously been to Canada in 1899 and Argentina and Chile in 1952. The 1961 party was captained by Ronnie …

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12 June 1999: Joe Roff of Australia passes to Tim Horan during the first test match between Australia and Ireland, played at Ballymore in Brisbane, Australia. Australia won the match 46-10. Mandatory Credit: David Rogers /Allsport

Analysing Ireland, England And Wales’ Woeful Pro Era Touring Records

This weekend sees the beginning of tours to the big three southern hemisphere giants New Zealand, South Africa and Australia by Wales, Ireland and England respectively, with all countries participating in a series of three Test matches. It is interesting to examine the touring records of these countries down south, individually and collectively, and see how it reflects on the …

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A Tribute To Richie McCaw, One Of The All-Time Greats

James Neville pays tribute to the great Richie McCaw. _____ The statistics that summarise the career of Richie McCaw are quite staggering: 148 tests (starting 141), 131 wins, 110 as captain, 89% winning record (this dipped to 69% for the games he did not play in during that period) and two time World Cup winning captain. 14 years an All Black, never dropped. …

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Jonah Lomu’s Legacy Will Impact On Rugby Forever

Jonah Lomu died on Wednesday. Described by many as rugby union’s first true global superstar. What does this mean? It probably means that he was the first man who made non-rugby people sit up and take notice of the sport. As a Rugby World Cup ambassador he made many appearances over the last number of months, with, inevitably, the first …

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Rugby: All-Time Dual International XV

James Neville discusses his Dual International XV, made up of players that have represented two countries in rugby. Recently the IRB, with the 2016 Olympics approaching, had made a change in their regulations by introducing a loophole to allow players who had previously played international rugby for one country and wished to change allegiances in Sevens, which would then be …

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The Many Faces of the Pro12

James Neville argues that not a whole lot has changed in the Pro12 since its inception as the Celtic League almost fourteen years ago. This weekend sees the opening round of games in the Pro 12 with Guinness the new competition sponsors, the league having been previously backed by RaboDirect and Magners. It is interesting to look back at the …

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