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Alan Dempsey

Alan Dempsey
Alan Dempsey is a recent graduate of Political Science. He is also a life-long rugby player, pitch and putt enthusiast, and casual ice hockey fan. He will watch almost any sport you put in front of him, and claims Eurosport is great for the obscure stuff.

The Story of James Hook’s Neglected Talent

So far in 2015, Wales are looking like a team in desperate need of some creativity. Their over-reliance on power running and high kicking has left them without a ‘Plan B’, if a team like England matches them physically. More than ever, they need a creative spark. Alan Dempsey contends that James Hook is that spark.   For many years …

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Rugby: The Virtue Of Offloading And Why Ireland Don’t Do It

Offloading in rugby is an art form. It is a fantastic, attractive sight to see. It is to rugby what one-touch passing is to football, or the drop-shot is to tennis. A team known for offloads will invariably be associated with flair, skill, excitement – they’re worth the entrance fee. The French teams of the 1980s and ’90s were renowned …

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The Death Of Leinster-tainment

With Matt O’Connor in charge and Leinster not only performing poorly but failing to grind out results, Alan Dempsey considers if Leinster’s open, expansive play is now dead and buried. Leinster’s two games against Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins were something of a stalemate, with both teams taking five competition points each (1 win, and one losing bonus point each). However, Harlequins …

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Michael Cheika: The Art Of Risk Taking

Alan Dempsey looks at how the risks Michael Cheika has taken on some relatively unknown players can often pay off.  January 2013; Before the start of the Super rugby season, a video surfaced of a New South Wales Waratahs pre-season warm-up game. Pre-season games tend to be dry affairs and generate little interest because few first choice team are likely …

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