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Diarmuid Ryan

Diarmuid Ryan
Born and raised in Cork. An Engineer by day. Married with two children: Elaine, Abby (9) & Jack (6). Munster season ticket holder and fanatical Irish Rugby Fan.

Are France Battle-Ready Ahead Of Ireland Showdown?

Guy Noves

Next Saturday Ireland visit France in Paris for the second round of the Six Nations Championship. All together now: which French team is going to turn up? With Ireland’s courageous display against Wales still fresh in the mind coupled with the abysmal defense that France produced against Italy in round one, some are losing the run of themselves when a large …

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Opinion: The Six Nations Is An Unfair Competition

The Six Nations is an unfair tournament. Ireland have won this competition in-spite of this, having to defeat France, who were considered contenders, when England (also contenders) had to play an already vanquished Italy last year. Playing the team at the bottom of the table on the last day of the Six Nations has an advantage, even away from home. This is why …

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Five Talking Points From Munster Vs Connacht

After a poor showing by Munster on Saturday night where Connacht outclassed them in Thomond Park, Diarmuid Ryan reviews the five main talking points. _____ Dear Munster, welcome to the second tier in Irish Rugby, population you. It was a dour, sterile performance at home, riddled with poor game management and lackluster execution. If they keep playing like that, they’ll …

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Where To Now For Ireland Rugby?

As it has been confirmed that Ireland will take on New Zealand (twice) and Australia in 2016, Diarmuid Ryan ponders what Joe Schmidt can do to add to the Irish style of play. _____ Let’s go back in time to few months ago and take a look at the status of the Irish team in the context of the teams …

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Paul O’Connell – The Warrior, The Legend

A Munster and Ireland fan, on what Paul O’Connel has meant to him and this nation.  I’ve been very fortunate to have watched the great Paul O’Connell do battle in the flesh many times, at club and country level, at many rugby venues in Ireland, England and Wales. One outstanding memory was a Heineken cup match a number of seasons …

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France – Once More Onto The Breech

Diarmuid Ryan believes Ireland will shade it against France. On Sunday next, Ireland lock horns with their age old enemy the French, in that holy grail of rugby venues, the Millennium Stadium. France, this proud rugby nation, this “always the bridesmaid and never the bride” rugby team in world cup terms stand in Ireland’s way for a non-All Blacks Quarter final …

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Ireland, Beware: Italy In The Long Grass

Beware the French? By all means. Let’s not forget the other 6 Nations team in Ireland’s group, the Italians. There is huge focus currently on the top-of-the-table mouth watering Pool D clash between France and Ireland, the winners likely to avoid the Kiwis in the 2nd round.  France seem to be undergoing a bit of a revival of form at present, …

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Opinion: Cian Healy Should Not Have Made The Irish RWC 2015 Panel

World Cup

Diarmuid Ryan argues that the inclusion of Cian Healy poses more risks than rewards to Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad. Growing up in a Cork household where rugby took precedence above everything else, it weighs heavily upon this writer’s heart that he is of the belief that Cian Healy should not travel with the Ireland squad to this year’s World Cup. Having …

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