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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

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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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Stage Fright: Ireland vs Australia

Ozer McMahon discusses the upcoming Ireland vs Australia clash, as Joe Schmidt looks to keep his unbeaten record intact. Stage fright. Opening night jitters. Excuse it how you want, but ultimately Ireland flattered to deceive in their debut performance of the Joe Schmidt era. Ahead of the encounter with the Samoans most punters would have gleefully accepted the prospect of …

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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

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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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TBT: That George North Try

This week’s TBT moment remembers one of the all-time great Lions trys; George North’s solo effort against the Wallabies. With the summer now over, for this week’s Throwback Thursday we decided to look back at one of the highlights from this summer’s rugby. One of the great Lions tries. George North’s world-class solo effort in the second test against the …

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TBT: That Jonny Wilkinson Drop-Goal

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at Jonny Wilkinson’s drop-goal in the 2001 World Cup Final which sealed victory for the English against the Aussies. With the World Cup Final heading into extra-time at 17 – 17, the situation called a for a moment of individual brilliance and Wilkinson duly obliged. English scrum-half Matt Dawson breaks, sets up …

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TBT: O’ Driscoll stuns the French

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at Brian O’Driscoll’s magnificent hat-trick against France 13 years ago as the Irish legend embarks on his last season in the game. On the 19th of March 2000, Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll announced himself on the international stage with a stunning hat trick of tries to lead Ireland to a famous win at the …

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TBT: Greatest Barbarians Try of All Time

This week Dave Gantly travels back in time to look at the greatest Barbarians try ever witnessed. For this week’s Throwback Thursday we have gone way back in time to remember arguably the greatest try of all time and certainly one of the most iconic sporting moments. At the Cardiff Arms Park on January 27th 1973, spectators were treated to a classic …

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TBT: Munster overcome the mighty Wallabies

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at Munster’s famous win over the Wallabies back in November 2010. In treacherous conditions, Munster defied the odds to overcome Australia 15 – 6 to write another chapter in their illustrious history. A typically spirited display by the red army led by outhalf Paul Warwick who had a fine game with the boot …

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