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TBT: Munster youngsters defy the odds at The Stoop

With Munster having announced this week that young Peter O’Mahony will captain the side in the upcoming 2013/14 season, this week we look back at Munster’s brilliant performance against Harlequins in last season’s quarter-final at the Stoop. Coming in to the game as underdogs, Munster knew they needed to produce something special and the younger players, such as the aforementioned …

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TBT: Heineken Cup Final 2013

This week’s Throwback Thursday remembers last season’s thrilling Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Clermont Auvergne. With the Heineken Cup 2013/14 fixtures having been announced this week, the anticipation is growing for the return of the greatest club competition in Europe. Last season’s Heineken Cup did not disappoint, with some memorable matches along the way. This week we look back …

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TBT: Ireland complete historic Croke Park win

In anticipation of the beginning of Joe Schmidt’s reign as Ireland Head Coach, we look back at Ireland’s historic win over England in Croke Park back in 2007. The first game played between the two at GAA headquarters certainly lived up to expectations, with Ireland coming out victorious 43 – 13. From Girvan Dempsey’s brilliantly taken try to Ronan O …

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TBT: An absolutely momentous Lions’ win in Sydney

This week we look back at last week’s famous third test between Australia and the Lions in which the Lions won the series. After a week of controversy following the decision to omit Brain O’Driscoll from the matchday 23, the Lions needed a big performance and they did it in style, winning 41 – 16. After all the talk of …

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TBT: The Lions trounce South Africa (2009)

Dave Gantly remembers the Third Test in 2009, when the Lions trounced South Africa. In 2009, the Lions went in to the third test 2 -down. All that was left to play for was pride. Before kickoff, an emotional Sir Ian Mc Geechan addressed his players reminding them of their roles as Lions; what it meant to wear the red …

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Will The Lions roar in Sydney?

Dave Gantly talks about the all-important Third Test between The Lions and Australia, as the rugby world deals with the aftershock of Brian O’ Driscoll’s shock omission. It has been billed by Sky Sports as The Decider. Winner takes all. Lose and the future of the Lions tour will be brought very much in to question. It just cannot be …

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TBT: 1997 Lions Tour of South Africa

David Gantly looks back at the Lions’ last test series win, as they prepare for the crucial second test against Australia on Saturday. As we look ahead in anticipation to the second test between Australia and The Lions in Brisbane, we look back at the last time The Lions were successful in the series. You have to go back sixteen …

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Australia vs The Lions: What to expect

Dave Gantly talks about the upcoming First Test between Australia and the British and Irish Lions. With questions being raised about the strength of the Lions pre test fixtures, it is difficult to know exactly where they stand coming in to the first test against Australia this Saturday. Out of six warm up games, only two (Queensland Reds and The …

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Joe Schmidt: Right Place at the Right Time?

Brian Barry speaks about the recent appointment of Joe Schmidt as Ireland coach. Five years ago, Ireland were in the doldrums. The methods of an international coach in Eddie O’Sullivan, despite reasonable success during his reign, were going stale. The provinces were doing the business in European competition. A shake-up, a change of face, was all that was needed to …

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