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Aviva Premiership: Rating The Irishmen Abroad

Ozer McMahon discusses the performances of Ireland’s exiles in the Aviva Premiership, as the contingent continues to expand. With all four Irish provinces in action on Friday and while Joe Schmidt’s eyes were firmly fixed on developments at The Sportsground in Galway it’s easy forget about Ireland’s ever growing foreign contingent. Indeed there was a time Irish players plying their …

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Rugby Sevens: Short-Sighted IRFU Need To Act

Alex Kirwan argues the need for the IRFU to establish an Irish rugby sevens side, with the sport being included in the Olympics form Rio 2016 onwards. Since Ireland began competing in the Summer Olympic Games in 1928, they have won a grand total of 28 Olympic medals. This would seem to indicate that medals are hard to come by …

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Ulster Bank League GOTW In Photos: Mary’s vs Terenure

St. Mary’s College and Terenure College clashed at Templeville Road over the weekend. Here are the top snaps from the clash. Terenure came out on top on a scoreline of 14-20 in the ‘Battle of 6W’. An opening try from Stuart O’Flanagan put Mary’s ahead, but Terenure came storming back. Tries from Shane Donovan and Harry Moore were the biggest talking points …

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Unsung Irish Rugby Hero: Colin Patterson

Maurice Brosnan gives an insight into one of the unsung heroes of Irish rugby; Colin Patterson.  Colin Patterson has three lines on Wikipedia and one mention on YouTube. For the one of the greatest Irish scrum-halves in history this is a disappointing return. Fortunately, that one mention on YouTube is his inclusion in the greatest Irish XV in history. Still, he …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

In Matt Cassidy’s weekly feature he discusses the good and the bad of the rugby world. So who’s hot and who’s not this week? _____ Who’s hot Nick Williams The massive Ulster number eight had a productive evening on Friday night in Belfast. Numerous carries, many metres made and a try to boot represented a good night’s work for the Kingspan Stadium …

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Rugby: All-Time Dual International XV

James Neville discusses his Dual International XV, made up of players that have represented two countries in rugby. Recently the IRB, with the 2016 Olympics approaching, had made a change in their regulations by introducing a loophole to allow players who had previously played international rugby for one country and wished to change allegiances in Sevens, which would then be …

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Focus Friday – Exciting Time To Be A Connacht Rugby Fan

This week’s edition of Focus Friday talks about the excitement building at the Sportsground as Connacht look like they could enjoy a successful season. Jonathan Fitzpatrick discusses. Cast your eyes back to 2003 – a heartbroken Munster continued their on their quest for European glory. Leinster showed flashes of promise but were susceptible to vanish when the big games came …

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NFL Players Try To Guess What Rugby Terms Mean

To celebrate the NFL International Series 2014, some of the NFL’s stars were in Wembley last week. With Wembley hosting two Rugby World Cup fixtures next year, the IRB decided to test the knowledge of the NFL players and the results were hilarious. The players began by referring to rugby as “gladiator like” and expressing their respect for the world’s rugby …

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Focus Friday – Questions for The Provinces Heading Into Pro12 Season

As the new Pro12 season dawns, there a few questions that each province will have to answer heading into the 2014/2015 season. Jonathan Fitzpatrick discusses. Leinster Will the province fill the vacancy of not only Brian O’Driscoll, but Leo Cullen – both on and off the field? Both superb players, their importance to Leinster transcended their individual talents and skills. Leinster …

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Top Five Sporting ‘Mind Games’

Mind games have become a big part of professional sport. Here Maurice Brosnan looks at some of the best psychological battles that have occurred both on and off the field of play. Jose Mourinho recently made a statement about rival club Manchester United’s new signing Luke Shaw. In typical Mourinho fashion, the quote was the cunning dig, aimed at stirring trouble. He …

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Is Israel Folau Really The World’s Best Fullback?

Matt Cassidy investigates the notion that Israel Folau trumps all when it comes to being a fullback in professional rugby. The Australian sports media went into a frenzy just over a week ago when Wallaby star, Israel Folau, was spotted having coffee with the NRL’s head of football, Todd Greenberg. It would be an enormous blow to the ARU if Folau decided to …

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World In Union: Foz Do Iguaçu Rugby Club, Brazil

When one thinks of Brazil the image is of beautiful women, beautiful beaches and the beautiful game. The international football jamboree has made Brazil the centre of the universe as fans flock to the vast South American country to see who will be crowned Kings of world football. However, it is rugby that can lay claim to the title of …

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The Recession & Why Irish Soccer Is Due A Golden Generation

In a very thought-provoking piece, Eoin Carrigan argues that the Irish economic downturn of 2008 onwards could have a positive impact on the future of Irish football. Why is it that for the past decade there have been very few glimpses of exciting footballing talent emerging from these shores? Ireland’s population is larger than Uruguay’s, so why is it that the …

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Farewell To The Class of 2014 – Rugby’s Retiring XV

As the 2013- 2014 rugby season comes to an end with the summer internationals, fans the world over are coming to terms with the fact that the game is set to lose some of its most famous sons to retirement before domestic action resumes in the autumn. With a number of true superstar retirements and serious injury problems forcing several …

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Malakai Fekitoa: New Zealand’s Next Big Thing

As the Southern Hemisphere giants prepare to face their touring northern counterparts, John Elliott takes a look at the players who have impressed enough in Super 15 Rugby to be included in their national squads. In this edition we discuss Malakai Fekitoa, a player set to debut in the All Blacks’ forthcoming test series against England. It seems New Zealand’s perpetual assembly …

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Brian O’Driscoll & The Shadow Of A Colossus

The premature end in the final game of what can only be described as a ‘long good-bye’ to Brian O’ Driscoll also signals the end of the first era of professional rugby players. The uncertainties surrounding rugby going ‘pro’ would suggest that the likes of O’ Driscoll would, in effect, be seen as ‘guinea-pigs’ to the rigors and strains that international …

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Stephen Ferris & The Walking Wounded of Modern Rugby

Stephen Ferris was your modern rugby player; fast, strong and athletic. Unfortunately, sometimes powers outside of our control can ultimately bring an end to a player’s career. Stephen Ferris played with unrivaled passion and determination throughout his rugby career for both Ulster and Ireland. After making his debut with Ireland in 2006, Ferris soon became a household name with supporters and writers …

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Toulon 18-10 Castres: Three Reasons For Toulon’s Final Win

In last week’s Pundit Arena preview, we looked at three key factors which would decide whether Toulon could get over the line and complete an historic domestic and European double. Now that the dust has settled on the Top 14 season, we take a look at how Toulon were on the ball in all three areas as they took revenge …

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