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David Gantly

David Gantly
Dave is our expert on rugby. He covers all aspects of world rugby, and is a Munster fan.

TBT: 2013 Six Nations

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, David Gantly looks back at the Six Nations 2013 campaign. With the 2014 Six Nations tournament now just weeks away, excitement is reaching boiling point. Can Ireland improve on last year’s poor performance under the stewardship of Joe Schmidt? Can England continue to improve and challenge for the title? Which French side will turn up? …

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TBT: Leinster defeat Northampton in memorable Heineken Cup Final

For this weeks Throwback Thursday, we look back at one of the great Heineken Cup Finals; Leinster and Northampton in 2011. In what is considered one of the great Heineken Cup comebacks, Leinster came out on top by 33-22. Led by the inspired Jonathan Sexton who scored 28 points, Leinster came back form a 22-6 deficit at half time to …

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TBT: Ronan O’ Gara – A True Great

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Dave Gantly looks back at the illustrious career of Ireland great Ronan O’Gara. Arguably Ireland’s all time greatest fly half, Ronan O’ Gara’s time in an Irish shirt was filled with highs and lows. From winning the Grand Slam for Ireland with a last minute drop goal to cruelly being dropped from the Irish squad, …

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TBT: Ireland 43-13 England

For this weeks Throwback Thursday, we look back at the famous Six Nations fixture between Ireland and England at Croke Park in 2007. With Lansdowne road under construction, controversially the home of the GAA was opened to both rugby and soccer. The thought of losing to England at Croke Park seemed unimaginable. An emotional day followed with Ireland producing an …

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TBT: The Career of Jonah Lomu

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This week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to one of the greatest players to grace the game, New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu. Blessed with remarkable speed and strength, Lomu was the perfect winger. Having made his debut for the All Blacks in 1994, Lomu was the first real superstar of rugby union. He accumulated sixty-three caps for New Zealand before his health …

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Onwards and Upwards for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland

Last weekend’s loss to New Zealand left a bitter taste in the mouths of Irish rugby fans. However, there was most definitely a number of positives to be taken from the defeat. With the clock ticking ever slowly towards the 80th minute in last weekend’s thrilling encounter, Irish supporters could barely bring themselves to watch. Having faced the Haka (Cian …

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TBT: The 2009 Grand Slam

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at the historic Irish Grand Slam of 2009. Having come so close to beating the All Blacks last weekend following a truly remarkable performance by the men in green, hopes are high for the Six Nations 2014. Can Ireland build on that world-class performance and reach the heights of the 2009 campaign? …

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TBT: New Zealand win the World Cup in own backyard

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This week’s Throwback Thursday moment looks back at New Zealand’s historic World Cup success in 2011. With the All Blacks just one win away from an unbeaten 2013 season – immortality awaits. Of course, Ireland will have other ideas. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at their 2011 season which saw them become world champions in their own …

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November Series: How will Ireland fare against the Wallabies?

Dave Gantly assesses Ireland’s chances of victory as they face Australia in the November Series. So, the Joe Schmidt era has finally begun. A man so deeply coveted by fans and pundits alike following Declan Kidney’s departure as Head Coach. There is no doubting that Irish rugby needed a major lift and Schmidt has the attributes to bring us back …

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TBT: Ireland defeat Australia in the 2011 RWC

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at Ireland’s famous win over Australia at the 2011 RWC (Rugby World Cup) in New Zealand. Going in to the game, Ireland were not given much of a chance of victory. A record of eight wins, twenty losses and one draw out of twenty-nine meetings did not bode well. This had to …

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