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Robbie Deegan

Final Year Business and French student in UL. Greatest achievements include being the namesake of a certain Brady, and famously playing two full rugby sevens tournaments without scoring a single point.

Opinion: Irish Rugby Are Ignoring A Clear Template For Success

Irish Rugby CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 18: Rob Kearney of Ireland is dejected at the final whistle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Argentina and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

There is a clear path to success for Irish Rugby, one which they are not taking. Inspired by a lecture in Strategic Management, in which my lecturer used the German national soccer team as an example of and effective strategy in practice, I decided to pen this article and discuss it a little further in a sporting Context. The Germans …

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Opinion: What Is The Aim Of The UBL?

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Dear IRFU, what exactly is the UBL? Following the incredible performance of the Irish u20’s this year, we have seen a significant number of those player’s progress through the club ranks. The premise of an u20 World Championship is fantastic and the JWC is an incredibly competitive competition where close calls, comebacks and camaraderie can be seen in every game. …

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All Blacks: The Greatest ‘Underdogs’ Ever Seen?

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06: New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen speaks during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on November 6, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

It’s easy to draw comparisons between Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks in Chicago two weeks ago and tomorrows showdown in the Aviva against the same opposition. However, it is clear that there are few similarities as both sides enter uncharted territory. Saturday will be unique. “They beat us by 40 points to 29 last in Chicago, we are therefore …

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Who Will Qualify? A Look At The Champions Cup Pools From An Irish Perspective

Last week’s 2016/2017 Champions Cup draw threw up some intriguing encounters for the coming season’s competition. With high-calibre fixtures and clashes in every single pool and one standout ‘Pool of Death’, we’ve examined the hopes of all four Irish provinces and made some predictions. One thing is for certain, when the fixtures get underway in mid October, you won’t want to take your eyes off …

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