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Matt Cassidy

Matt is a graduate from Queen's University Belfast with a degree in Irish & Celtic Studies. A big Chelsea fan with a keen interest in GAA,Mat's greatest passion is rugby. Matt is an advocate for the Irish language and has spent many a summer in the Donegal Gaeltacht.

Connacht Cruise To Victory Against Treviso

With Ireland successful against the Red Rose and Robbie Henshaw grabbing a try and the Man of the Match award in Dublin, Connacht hoped to ensure that positive momentum continued when they clashed with Benetton Treviso at the Sportsground on Sunday evening. The men from the west certainly delivered, as they hammered the lowly Italians in a seven-try victory with Craig Ronaldson providing …

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Six Nations: Massive Over Reliance On Overseas Players?

The Six Nations is finally under way. With not much to pour over after the first gameweek, we examine the huge role overseas players have in the tournament.    The championship kicked off with not so much as bang but a whimper as three turgid games were served up to the rugby fraternity. Undoubtedly, England’s second half show in Cardiff …

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Ireland’s Top 15 Six Nations Memories

Nostalgia alert! Calm your Six Nations excitement and hysteria with 15 of the best memories Ireland have provided us with.   The 16th instalment of rugby’s greatest tournament kicks off on Friday night and since the inclusion of the Italians, Ireland’s rugby fortunes have drastically changed from the dark days of the nineties when the men in green could not …

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Six Nations: Who will be Joe Schmidt’s Perfect 10?

The Six Nations is upon us. But who will Joe Schmidt go with at number 10? Here are the talents, contenders and forgotten men.   And so there are no more games left to impress Joe Schmidt. The next time Ireland’s finest run out onto the paddock it will be into Rome’s modern day Coliseum and the Irish Six Nations’ …

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Six Nations Preview: Glory For The Men In Green?

Matt Cassidy previews Ireland’s chances in the upcoming Six Nations, where the holders will be looking to retain the trophy for the first time since 1983.   2014 finish Ireland 28-6 Scotland, Dublin Ireland 26-3 Wales, Dublin England 13-10 Ireland, London Ireland 46-7 Italy, Dublin France 20-22 Ireland, Paris 2014 was a glorious year for Joe Schmidt and Irish rugby …

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6 Nations: Welsh Dragon To Roar

Wales look set to make amends for last season’s dismal away form. But it still won’t be enough to take the Grand Slam back to Cardiff.    Warren Gatland’s men headed into last season’s competition with a chance of becoming the first ever team to win three outright championship’s in-a-row. However, the men in red endured a disappointing tournament with …

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Six Nations Preview: Scotland Set To Struggle Once Again

With the Six Nations now very much so on the horizon, Matt Cassidy previews the prospects of Scotland before they head into the tournament next month.  2014 results Ireland 28-6 Scotland, Dublin Scotland 0-20 England, Edinburgh Italy 20-21 Scotland, Rome Scotland 17-19 France, Edinburgh Wales 51-3 Scotland, Cardiff The 2014 edition of the Six Nations championship is one that Scotland’s long …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Great start to the New Year for Connacht, but not so great for Jake McGrath. It’s Rugby’s hot and not.    Who’s Hot Connacht: What a way to start 2015! The Westerners pulled off only their second win in 41 meetings against Munster at the Sportsground to maintain their unbeaten home record. The home side were 13-0 down after 15 …

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Five Talking Points: Connacht v Munster

Pat Lam described the win as “massive” afterwards but the performance on Thursday night speaks volumes of how Connacht have developed under the tutelage of the Samoan international. Leaving aside the fact that it was the Westerner’s first success against Munster since 2008, the home team were able to turn the game around after Munster blitzed in a ten minute …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here with the last edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’ in 2014. Sit back and enjoy.   Who’s Hot? Munster Missing a number of Irish internationals, Anthony Foley’s men completed the double over their Eastern rivals for first time since 2009. Munster came into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats and a loss …

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The PA Alternative Irish Rugby Awards 2014

And so 2014 is coming to a close and what a memorable year it was for Irish Rugby. Here are the PA  Alternative Irish Rugby Awards, brought to you by Matt Cassidy. Joe Schmidt worked his magic as Ireland won the Six Nations and claimed the prized scalps of the Springboks and Wallabies, Ireland’s women reached the World Cup semi-finals defeating …

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Brawl Of Fame – Rugby’s Most Notorious Fights

Matt Cassidy lists the most notorious fights in rugby history. Warning: contains graphic scenes.   At the Aviva last Saturday Leinster did battle with Harlequins in a crucial European Cup match. The Blues just about got the better of Conor O’Shea’s visitors. However, besides the vital win for Leinster and a losing bonus point for ‘Quins, the scenes towards the …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

With this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’, it’s Matt Cassidy to examine the good and bad of the week’s rugby action.    Who’s Hot Ospreys The Welsh region is at the summit of the Pro12 after a commanding display against Ulster at the Liberty Stadium. They took a 17-3 lead into the break, thanks to tries from …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Rugby analyst Matt Cassidy is here with this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not’.   Who’s Hot Caolin Blade The young 20-year-old scrumhalf was the hero on Saturday night as he grabbed a brace against Bayonne. Blade, making his first start for Connacht, scored a 76th minute try in the atmospheric Stade Jean Dauger having touchdowned earlier in …

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Connacht Edge Nervy Battle With Bayonne

Connacht 42 Bayonne 19 La Peña Baiona is the famous Bayonne rugby song which translates as the Bayonne Pain and for nearly an hour it looked like Connacht were going to suffer the pain of their first home loss of the campaign as the Top 14 side came to Galway and dominated the majority of the match. The first opportunity …

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Match Report: Connacht v Scarlets

Connacht 14 Scarlets 8 Attendance: 5631 A showing of real grit and determination from Pat Lam’s men secured an invaluable victory for Connacht in their quest for European qualification. The men from West Wales came to Galway knowing that a win would enable them to jump the home outfit into that vital sixth place in the Pro12 and it was …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

It’s time for this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’. Matt Cassidy looks at the positives and negatives of the weekend’s rugby action. Who’s Hot Ireland What a win! Rewind 12 months and the men in green were being taken to town by the Wallabies. Fast forward to the present and the Irish side produce a performance against an …

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Connacht Run Riot Against Zebre

Connacht 43 Zebre 3 Attendance: 5486 The crowd gathered at the Sportsground to give a warm Galway greeting to their new Kiwi recruits and the expectation of another home victory. And they were not disappointed as the men in green ran riot over an abject Zebre outfit. After early possession, Connacht earned a penalty due to a high tackle on …

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