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David Sharkey

A Mullingar man living in Henley-on-Thames who spends much of his time nodding awkwardly with a glazed expression when people talk about rowing. An English Teacher and Sports Coach of rugby and football. U12 Boys Leinster Boxing Champion 1996.

Springboks Gain The Momentum Ahead Of Final Test Against Ireland

2016 Castle Lager Incoming Series, 2nd Test: South Africa v Ireland

Dusting themselves down after a whirlwind second half, Ireland must regroup and ready themselves for the Test decider in Port Elizabeth next weekend. We have been here before. That hollow feeling of a chance squandered is something many of this Irish squad have faced already: Ryan Crotty’s injury time score to deny Ireland history against the All Blacks in 2013, …

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Ireland Must Be Ready For The Boklash This Saturday

Cape Town , South Africa - 11 June 2016; Ireland players, from left, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Devin Toner, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson and Luke Marshall stand for the national anthem before the 1st test of the Castle Lager Incoming series between South Africa and Ireland at the DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Next Saturday’s Test becomes all the more appetising after the drama of the first, and Ireland should be wary of the reaction from the Springboks. While the first ever victory over the Springboks in the Rainbow Nation should be savoured, it might mean little unless Ireland go on to win the series. The tour is about the team developing and …

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Opinion: The Doubting of Schmidt is Both Unfair and Premature

Joe Schmidt

With a South African tour on the horizon and a growing injury-list, how should we feel about Schmidt’s Ireland? Much has been written and said about the state of Irish rugby since the defeat to Argentina in the World Cup last year. Fans that¬†were riding upon the crest of a wave for some time suddenly had the long forgotten taste …

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