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Bill Byrne

Bill Byrne
When not screaming “advice” to highly tuned athletes on his TV, Bill likes to ponder the “whys” and “what if” questions of sport. Happiest when watching rugby, boxing and US sports.

Three Handicap Bets For Round One Of The Champions Cup

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” No, this writer isn’t getting ready for Christmas this early. It’s only mid-November, but it is the beginning of the Champions Cup (Heineken Cup in old money), and so many other sporting competitions are also coming to the boil. Heading into the first tranche of fixtures – and without the benefit of settled …

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All-Blacks 2015 Vs 2005: Combined XV

Following their near perfect annihilation of the French in Cardiff this past weekend, it would appear as though the All-Blacks’ dominance of the World Cup is destined to remain in place for the next four years. However there is an opinion gaining traction that this side are the best All-Blacks side of all time. This got under my skin a bit. …

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A Dream XV For Each Pool Of The Rugby World Cup – Part 1

We’ve all seen the World Cup Dream XVs. But there’s an awful lot of talent in those four pools. And that got Rugby fan Bill Byrne thinking, who’d makes their pool’s dream XV? There’s only one way to find out… _____ POOL A – (England, Australia, Wales Fiji, Uruguay) Starting with Pool A the “group of death”. Taking all the talent …

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The Top 5 Most Underrated Pool Games Of Rugby World Cup 2015

The Rugby World Cup has some marquee match-ups of teams in the top eight of the world rankings. These are very well signposted and we should know what to expect in these games. However, just under that stratus is a clutch of games where teams will have something to prove, feeling they have a shot at second place in their respective …

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Four Potential Targets for the NFL at the RWC

The NFL is abuzz with the unearthing of Jarryd Hayne. The former Parramatta Eels rugby league star has broken new ground by successfully transitioning from rugby of any hue to earning a spot on an NFL team when he signed as a running back for the San Francisco 49ers. Building on this, reports suggest the NFL  are taking rugby more …

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Three Trades We’d Like To See If There Was A Draft In Irish Rugby

Bill Byrne discusses three hypothetical trades that could occur if the IRFU were to implement a draft system in Irish rugby. With news swirling around that BJ Botha is looking to hang up his boots, Munster are on the lookout for a replacement. One theory being floated is that the IRFU will keep this process ‘in-house’ and look to Leinster, where …

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