Sensible Simon Easterby Steering Irish Pack in the Right Direction

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With the Guinness series over for another season, the bosses of Irish rugby can reflect on what has been an extremely successful series. Three wins out of three (two of those coming against southern hemisphere giants, South Africa and Australia), represents an impressive achievement in an autumn that has also seen the men in green […] READ MORE


Mercurial Ian Madigan The Man For The Aussies

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With Ireland having dispatched the durable Georgians with a workmanlike seven-try rout Sunday, attention now turns to southern hemisphere giants Australia, who visit the Aviva on Saturday. The men in green have already enjoyed a productive autumn by their own standards, by virtue of last week’s fantastic victory over the mighty Springboks, and now complemented […] READ MORE


Clever Ireland Out Think Boks

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My estimation of Joe Schmidt increases with every passing Ireland game. For last Saturday the wily Kiwi coach affected nothing less than a coup. It was impressive enough that the Irish underdogs secured a rare win over the mighty Springboks, fresh from their own heroics in the Rugby Championship; where only a few short weeks […] READ MORE


Disappointed Ulster Look For Silver Lining

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As recently installed head coach Neil Doak entered Ulster’s impressive new media facilities following his team’s loss against reigning European kingpins Toulon, flanked by his erudite captain Rory Best, the leaders of Ulster rugby cut fairly disappointed and disconsolate figures. Not that there’s any disgrace in being beaten by last season’s European champions, and favourites […] READ MORE


Anthony Foley: Homegrown and Hungry

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Last Saturday was a good day for Irish rugby. And I’m not talking about the occasion that saw 40,000 rugby fanatics watch Munster demolish inter-provincial rivals Leinster at a raucous Aviva Stadium in Dublin. No, Saturday 4 October 2014 was a seminal moment in Irish rugby because it heralded the coming of age of Anthony Foley as […] READ MORE