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Quiz: Can You Name The Youngest Try Scorers For Ireland?

Ireland Try Rugby Quiz

In our latest rugby quiz, we’re focussing on the young Ireland players who made an immediate impact at international level.  To be precise, we want you to name some of the youngest players ever to score a try for Ireland. To keep it relatively recent, we are focussing on players who have played for Ireland since the mid-1990s. To help, …

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“Yeah You Do Worry About Lads Whose Contracts Are Up”

Ian Keatley

Someone’s ears were burning.  Just as former Munster out-half and current Benetton 10 Ian Keatley was speaking to the media about how family life has altered his view on life and rugby, there was a brief interruption… “My daughter’s knocking on the door!” And that’s when Keatley’s two-year-old daughter, Beth, was introduced to the world of Zoom video conferencing as …

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“A Lot Of Players’ Dreams And Careers Are Going To End”

Bernard Jackman

Sport across the world is in a difficult and troubling place. And rugby is no different.  We have already seen that the US Rugby Union have filed for bankruptcy and the Australian Rugby Union have stood down 75% of their workforce. While closer to home, the IRFU have implemented pay deferrals to all professional players in the country. No one …

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Quiz: Name The All-Time Top Try Scorers In Test Rugby History

Rugby Quiz

The nostalgic mood continues here at Pundit Arena as we look back at some of the greats to play the sport of rugby union.  In our latest quiz, we want you to cast your minds back to remember the greatest and most prolific try-scorers in Test rugby. With the current season suspended indefinitely due to the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, …

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Recalling “The Worst Moment” Of Paul O’Connell’s Career

Paul O'Connell

As Covid-19 continues to put an indefinite halt on the rugby season, we’ve decided to dig out some of our favourite autobiographies in search of some interesting and memorable anecdotes.  Paul O’Connell’s ‘The Battle’, co-authored by Alan English, is a superb read. It gives a fascinating insight into the mindset of one of Ireland’s greatest ever players and the steely …

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IRFU Announce Fund To Help Support Impacted Irish Clubs


The IRFU have confirmed that they will make a fund available to Irish clubs who are impacted financially due to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.  The game’s governing body will make €500,000 available to all clubs on the island of Ireland. Domestic Game Director, Colin McEntee, will be advising clubs how the fund is to be applied as soon as …

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“You Don’t Want To Be Sitting At Home Not Being Able To Work”

Rugby Players Ireland

“Unchartered waters” and “the unknown” are two phrases which frequently crop up during a conversation with former Munster back and current Operations Manager with Rugby Players Ireland, Denis Hurley.  Of course, this can be applied to the livelihoods of everyone in Ireland. Irish society is attempting to get to grips with a whole new way of living due to the …

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The 2020/21 Champions Cup Teams If Season Ended Now

Champions Cup

There will be no shortage of headaches for competition organisers over the coming weeks and months as the Covid-19 pandemic puts a shuddering halt to the 2019/20 season.  With the current rugby season likely to be cancelled, we immediately cast our minds to the 2020/21 campaign and the potential ramifications that this unprecedented time will have on the new season. …

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Quiz: The Starting XV Which Beat France In 2000 Six Nations

Ireland Rugby Quiz

On this day 20 years ago, a monumental day in Irish rugby occurred as Ireland defeated France in the 2000 Six Nations.  At the time, it was Ireland’s first win over France in 17 years and their first in Paris since 1972. It was also the day that a young Brian O’Driscoll announced himself to the rugby world with an …

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How Ireland Can Win The Six Nations After Scotland Surprise

Six Nations Permutations

Scotland’s surprise 28-17 win over Grand Slam chasing France at Murrayfield has blown this year’s championship wide open with Fabien Galthie’s side now in a three-way battle for the title alongside England and Ireland.  Galthie will have learned a lot about his squad who were disjointed and error-strewn long before Mohammed Haouas’ brainless punch on Jamie Ritchie at the end …

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