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Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly
Brendan is a final year Med Student in UCD and Rugby enthusiast. A Leinster fan and former club rugby bench warmer, he has a special interest in sports medicine particularly in concussion and medical imaging. Follow on Twitter @KellyBrendans

The Gain Line: Taking Stock Of Joe Schmidt’s First Season

As the Irish international season comes to a close, this week’s edition of The Gain Line takes stock of all that the Irish team has achieved under Joe Schmidt. Rounding up what was a hugely successful first season in charge for Joe Schmidt, Ireland slugged their way to an underwhelming 23-17 win against Argentina in Tucuman. The game was no spectacle …

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The Gain Line: Accuracy and Execution

The word “cauldron” has entered the rugby lexicon of late describing the hot and heavy imposing atmosphere of daunting away stadia. If the Marcel Michelin or Thomond Park are cauldrons, unfortunately the Estadio Centenario was more of a rusty kettle. Ireland trundled to their first win on Argentinian soil, another feather in Joe Schmidt’s now peacock-like-cap. Tries from Henry, Sexton …

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Five Key Battles that will decide the RaboDirect Pro12 Final

It’s the eve of a very special RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final. Countless Leinster fanboys and fangirls (myself most definitely included) are clutching our tickets to our hearts in anticipation of tomorrow’s game. The match against the Glasgow Warriors kicks off at 18:15 in the RDS. This isn’t only a final, it isn’t only Leinster’s last game of the season, it’s …

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The Gain Line: Florian Fritz & The Duty of Care

In a damning article, Brendan Kelly slams the IRB and demands that the issue of concussion in rugby be dealt with appropriately before it is too late. On Friday night Racing Metro 92 travelled to Stade Toulousain for the barrages round of the Top14. Earlier in the season it looked fairly unlikely that the Parisians would reach this stage but …

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The Gain Line: “The Letter of the Law”

It was the official curtain raiser at new Ravenhill on Friday evening. Signs draped on the grandstand bid the fans to be the 16th man. That was, as it happened, unduly optimistic. Ulster for the second time in short succession had to play the majority of the match with 14 men. In the end a gallant Ulster side lost out 20-22 …

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