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TBT: Ireland 43-13 England

For this weeks Throwback Thursday, we look back at the famous Six Nations fixture between Ireland and England at Croke Park in 2007. With Lansdowne road under construction, controversially the home of the GAA was opened to both rugby and soccer. The thought of losing to England at Croke Park seemed unimaginable. An emotional day followed with Ireland producing an …

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Munster rugby: Why has the conveyor belt of talent stopped working?

Munster rugby faces tough challenges ahead and needs to invest heavily in youth development to ensure a strong future, writes John McEvoy. Munster may face a precarious future.  That’s not an entirely unreasonable prediction; the weaknesses of the youth system, coupled with IRFU stipulations restricting the provincial sides from importing foreign talent, mean that Munster certainly have problems to overcome. …

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Munster Romance: The Heineken Cup Story

After this weekend’s heroics in France, Ozer McMahon discusses Munster’s love-affair with the Heineken Cup. Scholars and academics may have their say, and debate will rage on for decades, indeed for generations. What truly is the greatest love story of all time. Is it Romeo & Juliet, Casablanca, Wuthering Heights or Anna Karenina? Everyone will have their opinion of one …

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Irish Soccer Can Learn From Rugby’s Provincial Model

Can Irish soccer learn from the rugby model? Could the four Irish provinces, teams from both of Scotland’s largest cities, and all nine teams from the Welsh Premier Division compete in the RaboDirectPro12?  Kit O’ Keeffe argues that this is exactly what Irish soccer needs. What Irish soccer has been short of since the inception of the League of Ireland …

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PA Rankings: Top 5 Irish Rugby Players So Far This Season

Ozer McMahon delivers the PA Rankings of the ‘Top 5 Irish Rugby Players So Far This Season’. So far this season, from an Irish perspective, we have witnessed quite a mixed bag, both internationally and domestically. With Irish sides occupying first, second and fourth in the Rabo Pro12, and Connacht pulling off the result of the season away to Toulouse …

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A momentous Heineken Cup weekend for the Irish provinces

Behind every cloud, there is a silver lining. Two weeks ago a nation sat heartbroken and crestfallen as Ireland stood toe to toe with the All Blacks for 81 minutes, before losing in the cruellest of circumstances. Yet perhaps the belief that performance instilled in the players is already coming to the fore, and rubbing off on the provinces. Leinster …

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How will the Irish fare during Heineken Cup Weekend?

Ozer McMahon previews the upcoming Heineken Cup action, which sees all four Irish provinces face  stern tests. Dark December nights are often illuminated by the prospect of tense back-to-back Heineken Cup group fixtures. Thanks to recent revelations, we now know that this is the last season of the Heineken Cup as we know it. The English clubs have confirmed they …

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TBT: The Career of Jonah Lomu

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This week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to one of the greatest players to grace the game, New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu. Blessed with remarkable speed and strength, Lomu was the perfect winger. Having made his debut for the All Blacks in 1994, Lomu was the first real superstar of rugby union. He accumulated sixty-three caps for New Zealand before his health …

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What To Expect From The New Era in Irish Rugby

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Having unknowingly boarded a rollercoaster of emotion during the opening three weeks of Joe Schmidt’s tenure as Irish rugby coach, we can all breathe a little easier for now. The best results and performances of the Autumn series were bookended by the entirely forgettable Australian debacle. For the first time since beating the Wallabies in the World Cup in 2011, …

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