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Raffaele Rocca

Raffaele Rocca
MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick. Interested in all sports especially rugby from All Ireland league to International and everything in-between. Avid interest in sports film and documentary making. Twitter: @RaffRocca

The Breakdown: The Pro12 Run-In Analysed & Predicted

Play off places; home semi finals as well as European Champions Cup qualification have all contributed to this year’s Guinness Pro12 run-in being the league’s most exciting to date. With four rounds remaining there is still so much to play for and so much up for grabs. Raffaele Rocca looks in detail at what lies ahead for the Irish provinces. …

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Munster Edge Closer To Playoff Berth With Connaught Win

A final quarter blitz at a dreary Thomond park last night gave Munster a 42-20 bonus point win over Connaught and keeps Anthony Foley’s men on course for play off berth. As the hour mark approached, Munster held an 8-point lead and Connaught were very much in the game. However the home side eventually found their attacking form to rack …

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Ireland Take Title on Lung-Bursting Final Day

Two tries from man of the match Sean O’Brien along with further efforts from Paul O’Connell and Jared Payne ensured Ireland would retain the Six Nations trophy in a 40-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield in what was undoubtedly the greatest ever final day to the tournament. Johnny Sexton notched 18 points with the boot but missed two kickable efforts …

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Refereeing Inconsistency Adds to Irish Frustrations

While there can be no denying that Wales deserved their win at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, Wayne Barnes will not be on the Christmas card lists of many Irish fans. Barnes was not responsible for crucial lost lineouts, the lack of a plan b, the failure to identify space, the unforced errors or the uncharacteristically poor performances of some …

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The Breakdown: How Ireland’s Grand Slam Hopes Evaporated

Saturday’s Six Nations performance has cost Ireland a Grand Slam and Likely a Championship. Wales meanwhile, were excellent.    Cian Healy’s 65th minute knock-on perfectly illustrated all that was missing in Ireland’s 23-16 defeat to Wales in Cardiff yesterday. With Eoin Reddan tied up in the ruck, Ireland failed to realise the amount of space out wide and were incapable …

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Audio: Lawler Hoping To End Ardscoil’s Senior Cup Wait

Ardscoil coach Mossy Lawler has unfinished business with the Munster Senior Schools Cup, which he hopes to put to bed next Tuesday. Prior to the 2014 appearance, the last time Ardscoil played in the final was back in 1996, a team that Lawler himself was part of. “I played Senior Cup for three years with Ardscoil. 2014 was our first …

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Munster Schools Senior Cup Preview

There can be only one. It’s the Munster Schools Senior Cup final.    Ardscoil Ris face a huge challenge if they are to go one better than last year and overcome Rockwell College in next Tuesday’s Senior Cup decider at Thomond Park. The Limerick side have never won the big prize and stand in the way of a 26th title …

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Ospreys vs Munster: Foley Bemoans Munster’s Ill-Discipline

Two late tries couldn’t gloss over what was a poor Munster performance as Anthony Foley’s men slumped to an ill-disciplined 26-12 loss away to the Ospreys yesterday afternoon.   17-0 down at the break, the comeback never materialised. A frustrated Foley bemoaned his team’s performance. “Our lack of control and illdiscipline cost us dearly,” Foley said. 21-year-old Sam Davies ended …

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Joe Schmidt’s Masterplan Keeps Ireland On Course

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Joe Schmidt’s Ireland kept their Grand Slam aspirations very much alive following a pulsating 19-9 victory at the Aviva Stadium yesterday afternoon. Robbie Henshaw’s first test try gave Ireland enough momentum to make it past a stubborn England side, and in pole position to defend their Six Nations crown. Billed as Ireland’s toughest challenge of the championship, England came to Dublin …

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