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A Tribute to Jonny Wilkinson

Earlier last week one of the all-time greats – Jonny Wilkinson – announced that he will retire at the end of the current season. The 34-year-old will end his glorious career in May, hunting for glory in both the French Top 14 and the Heineken Cup with Toulon. Jonny Wilkinson was England’s talisman for over a decade and will forever …

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Backing Leinster Against Munster

A sold-out Aviva Stadium on Saturday will host the top two tier sides in the RaboDirect Pro 12 league, Leinster versus Munster. An eagerly anticipated match-up of the rugby calendar year, with pundits split between who will win. While betting on Munster would not be considered a unreasonable decision. Rob Penney’s Munster side so far have won 14/17 matches, the …

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Reasons to be Cheerful – Battle of the 10’s

Saturday’s main event sees the men of Munster go into battle with Leinster safe in the knowledge that both sides are the two best teams in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 at the moment. Both sides will be eager to secure victory, the seat at the top of the table and perhaps most importantly, bragging rights. However, this is not …

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Mike Brown and The Rebirth of the Full Back Position

England’s Mike Brown was recently awarded the player of the tournament award for the RBS Six Nations. The award was richly deserved for the tournament’s outstanding player. It should be no surprise that the award went to a full back, as the last 3-4 years have seen a rebirth of the fullback position. Growing up watching rugby in the 90s …

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Five Reasons Why Munster Can Beat Leinster

Our build-up to the biggest clash of this year’s Rabo Pro12 continues with a look at Rob Penney’s Munster side and five reasons why they can overcome Matt O’ Connor’s Leinster side in the Aviva on Saturday. It is only a mere two weeks since the euphoria of Ireland winning the Six Nations Championship. While the supporters celebrated the feat …

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Leinster vs Munster: Five Epic Battles of an Epic Rivalry

At 7pm on Saturday, one of Europe’s most intense rugby rivalries reignites itself once again at the Aviva Stadium. Matt Cassidy looks back on five epic battles between the provinces. The latest instalment of Leinster versus Munster is crucial for a number reasons. Top spot in the Pro 12 is the prize for the victors whilst a defeat could signal …

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Joe Schmidt ’s Five Objectives in Argentine Tour of Duty

The dust has finally settled on Ireland’s heart-stopping Six Nations Championship display in Paris. Joe Schmidt delivered big time for the national team and Brian O’ Driscoll was given a winning send-off. However, the cunning Kiwi will have already turned his attention to the trip to South America where he will most likely give a chance to non- established Ireland …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Who’s Hot? Irish Rugby After the high of the national team clinching the Six Nations in France last Saturday, the provinces continued the feel good factor with four wins from four games. Leinster, Munster and Ulster all secured results which kept an Irish 1, 2, 3 at the top of the Pro12. Connacht took their winning streak to four games …

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Top Five Most Controversial Irish Sporting Moments

Who doesn’t love some controversy? Coupled with the positive moments of pride and jubilation, controversy is a core ingredient that makes sport everything it is today. It is the controversial moments that give all of us pundits something to talk about in the corners of the pub for the following weeks. In light of this, Eoin Lyons takes a look …

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How TV coverage is changing rugby

Since the beginning of the professional era in 1995, rugby union has evolved with the times. One area in particular to develop vastly is technology. Dominic Evans discusses the implications for the future of rugby as technology’s grip on the game increases. For British and Irish fans, Sky Sports exposed viewers to the sport worldwide. Subscribers were capable of watching …

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Five Players That Are Future Pillars for Irish Rugby

Following the successful Six Nations win, many people have suggested we are entering the golden age of Irish rugby. Looking at the abundance of talent at Joe Schmidt’s disposal, one finds it hard to disagree. Here are five players that were not involved in this year’s Six Nations but will be central to Ireland’s plans going forward. Just after you …

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Five Memorable Irish Sporting Moments

Irish sport has had many great moments over the years and as it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we take a look back at some of the best of them.   Eamonn Coghlan wins gold at 1983 World Championships We all remember that little look to the left. As Coughlan and the Soviet runner, Dmitry Dmitriyev, turned on to the final straight of …

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Reasons to be Cheerful – Life after BOD

As Brian O’ Driscoll hung up his international boots last weekend it truly marked the end of an era for Irish rugby. BOD was the leader of the Golden Generation of Irish rugby flanked by the likes of Paul O’ Connell and Ronan O’ Gara and people would be forgiven for thinking the golden age is coming to an end. But …

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Six Nations Team of the Tournament

So there it is, all over. After eight exhilarating weeks the 2014 RBS Six Nations came to a close in Paris on Saturday night. The decisive France versus Ireland fixture not only brought the curtain down on one of the most exciting championships in recent memories, it also heralded the end of the international career of Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll. …

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Spreading the Rugby Gospel should be a priority for the IRFU

The Six Nations has concluded with Ireland becoming top dogs of the Northern Hemisphere. Tickets for Ireland’s home matches were as rare as Garth Brooks’ tickets at Croke Park and with the announcement that Ireland shall be bidding for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, rugby has been placed firmly at the front of the country’s mind. But now that the …

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