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TBT: 2013 Six Nations

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, David Gantly looks back at the Six Nations 2013 campaign. With the 2014 Six Nations tournament now just weeks away, excitement is reaching boiling point. Can Ireland improve on last year’s poor performance under the stewardship of Joe Schmidt? Can England continue to improve and challenge for the title? Which French side will turn up? …

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2014 Six Nations Preview

Sean O’Neill ponders the prospects for the 2014 Six Nations Championship. This year’s Six Nations Championship appears as if it will be one of the most highly contested tournaments in years.  The gap in quality between the stronger sides and weaker sides has narrowed significantly in recent years.  Expect close, tense and exciting games throughout the spring. The theory that …

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London Irish: London by birth, Irish by the grace of God

As London Irish begin a return to their core values backed by a consortium of Irish businessmen, Matt Cassidy considers The Exiles’ future. “Na Gael Londain, mo chuisle” is written on the walls, The Fields of Athenry rings out round the stadium on match days and their mascot, Digger, is an Irish wolfhound.  London Irish is an English club with …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy brings us the heroes and zeros from this weekend’s epic rugby encounters. Who’s Hot Irish Rugby Four matches, four wins for the four provinces in the Heineken Cup this weekend. Although the performances may not have been of the highest quality, apart from Munster, the result is all important at this stage in the competition. Ulster and Munster …

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PA Preview: Gloucester vs Munster

Dominic Evans previews this weekend’s massive clash between two old foes; Gloucester and Munster. The previous match in a Heineken Cup pool between Gloucester and Munster provided a classic encounter in 2003, later dubbed ‘The Miracle Match’. Munster required a bonus point win along with a margin of at least 27 points. ‘The Red Army’ won 33-6, and also ending …

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Heineken Cup Round 5 Preview

Ozer McMahon previews a hugely important Heineken Cup weekend for the Irish provinces. The penultimate round in a golfing tournament is often referred to as “moving day”, when players in contention for the ultimate prize, either position themselves accordingly for their shot at victory or fall by the wayside. Well this weekend of Heineken Cup action has that “moving day” …

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TBT: Leinster defeat Northampton in memorable Heineken Cup Final

For this weeks Throwback Thursday, we look back at one of the great Heineken Cup Finals; Leinster and Northampton in 2011. In what is considered one of the great Heineken Cup comebacks, Leinster came out on top by 33-22. Led by the inspired Jonathan Sexton who scored 28 points, Leinster came back form a 22-6 deficit at half time to …

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Irish Rugby: Strength In Depth?

Joe Schmidt will undoubtedly be scrutinising the Heineken Cup performances of those on the periphery of his Irish Rugby squad in the coming weeks, writes Dominic Evans. The upcoming two weeks see the return of the Heineken Cup, as the tournament enters the final two rounds of the pool stages. For the four Irish provinces, qualification will be at the …

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Reflection on selection: Darren Cave a wronged player or northern whinger?

Matt Cassidy speaks about the international career, or lack thereof, of Ulsterman Darren Cave. “Unfortunately for me internationally the last few years haven’t gone that well and sometimes you wonder does the face not fit,” a frustrated Darren Cave stated in an interview a couple of weeks ago about his Ireland snub. At first inspection, the comments from the 26-year-old …

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The PA Sporting Week: Who’s hot and who’s not?

James Clancy takes us through this week’s edition of the ‘PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’. Who’s hot? Ronan O’Gara A modern sportsman who is seeringly honest, making him that rarest of professionals. Thursday’s RTÉ documentary was of a similarly refreshingly open vein. Thanks for the insight and the memories ROG! Portuguese Government There aren’t many sportsmen whose …

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