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Jack Leahy

Jack Leahy
Jack Leahy is a 22-year old student of History in Trinity College Dublin. Jack specialises in rugby union and soccer but always has a few words to say about cricket and tennis

TBT: Ronaldinho Chip Ends England Hopes

This week’s Throwback Thursday looks back one of the most famous goals in recent history, Ronaldinho’s chip over England goalkeeper David Seaman. England’s 2002 World Cup campaign was brought to an abrupt halt as 10-man Brazil triumphed in the Shizuoka quarter-final. Goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldinho either side of halftime cancelled out a thrilling opener from Michael Owen, which had given …

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TBT: ‘Now One Korean Has Killed 70 million Turks’

This weeks Throwback Thursday looks at the 2002 World Cup where Brazilain attacker Rivaldo made the headlines for the wrong reasons. Rivaldo was dallying over a corner with Brazil leading 2-1 thanks to a late penalty. Then Blackburn defender Hakan Unsal kicked the ball in frustration and Riavldo was struck on the thigh. The Barcelona player reacted by collapsing to the …

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TBT: Ireland Crash Out Of 2002 World Cup

Seven words uttered by Robbie Keane summed up Ireland’s feelings as they filed on to their bus. “It’s the dream come to an end.” In the cruellest of fashion, Ireland had been beaten, on penalties, having salvaged a 2-2 draw with Spain the second round of the 2002 World Cup.  This was a night when Mick McCarthy’s players were filled …

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TBT: Senegal shock France in World Cup opener

The 2002 World Cup had its lift-off in spectacular fashion. As Senegal’s incredulous players danced around the pitch to greet their victory, the reigning world and European champions trooped off knowing that their aura of invincibility had been shattered. At the time, it was too early to suggest that France’s title defence was in tatters – but the order, involving …

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TBT: Rupeni Caucaunibuca Takes RWC 2003 By Storm

It felt like one of the formative moments in world rugby. In the blink of an eye, with a twinkle of his toes, the Fiji wing Rupeni Caucaunibuca gathers the ball deep in his own half, skins the massive and mobile Aurélien Rougerie, then takes the perfect trajectory to cut inside the full-back Nicolas Brusque. In a flash, Fiji are …

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