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Matt Cassidy

Matt Cassidy
Matt is a graduate from Queen's University Belfast with a degree in Irish & Celtic Studies. A big Chelsea fan with a keen interest in GAA,Mat's greatest passion is rugby. Matt is an advocate for the Irish language and has spent many a summer in the Donegal Gaeltacht.

Connacht Cruise To Victory Against Treviso

With Ireland successful against the Red Rose and Robbie Henshaw grabbing a try and the Man of the Match award in Dublin, Connacht hoped to ensure that positive momentum continued when they clashed with Benetton Treviso at the Sportsground on Sunday evening. The men from the west certainly delivered, as they hammered the lowly Italians in a seven-try victory with Craig Ronaldson providing …

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Six Nations: Massive Over Reliance On Overseas Players?

The Six Nations is finally under way. With not much to pour over after the first gameweek, we examine the huge role overseas players have in the tournament.    The championship kicked off with not so much as bang but a whimper as three turgid games were served up to the rugby fraternity. Undoubtedly, England’s second half show in Cardiff …

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Ireland’s Top 15 Six Nations Memories

Nostalgia alert! Calm your Six Nations excitement and hysteria with 15 of the best memories Ireland have provided us with.   The 16th instalment of rugby’s greatest tournament kicks off on Friday night and since the inclusion of the Italians, Ireland’s rugby fortunes have drastically changed from the dark days of the nineties when the men in green could not …

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Six Nations: Who will be Joe Schmidt’s Perfect 10?

The Six Nations is upon us. But who will Joe Schmidt go with at number 10? Here are the talents, contenders and forgotten men.   And so there are no more games left to impress Joe Schmidt. The next time Ireland’s finest run out onto the paddock it will be into Rome’s modern day Coliseum and the Irish Six Nations’ …

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Six Nations Preview: Glory For The Men In Green?

Matt Cassidy previews Ireland’s chances in the upcoming Six Nations, where the holders will be looking to retain the trophy for the first time since 1983.   2014 finish Ireland 28-6 Scotland, Dublin Ireland 26-3 Wales, Dublin England 13-10 Ireland, London Ireland 46-7 Italy, Dublin France 20-22 Ireland, Paris 2014 was a glorious year for Joe Schmidt and Irish rugby …

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6 Nations: Welsh Dragon To Roar

Wales look set to make amends for last season’s dismal away form. But it still won’t be enough to take the Grand Slam back to Cardiff.    Warren Gatland’s men headed into last season’s competition with a chance of becoming the first ever team to win three outright championship’s in-a-row. However, the men in red endured a disappointing tournament with …

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Six Nations Preview: Scotland Set To Struggle Once Again

With the Six Nations now very much so on the horizon, Matt Cassidy previews the prospects of Scotland before they head into the tournament next month.  2014 results Ireland 28-6 Scotland, Dublin Scotland 0-20 England, Edinburgh Italy 20-21 Scotland, Rome Scotland 17-19 France, Edinburgh Wales 51-3 Scotland, Cardiff The 2014 edition of the Six Nations championship is one that Scotland’s long …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Great start to the New Year for Connacht, but not so great for Jake McGrath. It’s Rugby’s hot and not.    Who’s Hot Connacht: What a way to start 2015! The Westerners pulled off only their second win in 41 meetings against Munster at the Sportsground to maintain their unbeaten home record. The home side were 13-0 down after 15 …

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Five Talking Points: Connacht v Munster

Pat Lam described the win as “massive” afterwards but the performance on Thursday night speaks volumes of how Connacht have developed under the tutelage of the Samoan international. Leaving aside the fact that it was the Westerner’s first success against Munster since 2008, the home team were able to turn the game around after Munster blitzed in a ten minute …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here with the last edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’ in 2014. Sit back and enjoy.   Who’s Hot? Munster Missing a number of Irish internationals, Anthony Foley’s men completed the double over their Eastern rivals for first time since 2009. Munster came into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats and a loss …

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