THE LEARNING CURVE: Munster Fall To Saracens’ Supremacy

Sometimes the better team wins. Simple as. When you’re simply outclassed in a match, there isn’t a whole lot you can say. Luckily for Munster, there’s a greater picture than just Sarries – there’s a future and more imminently, there’s a Pro12 title waiting to be contended for. Most importantly, many of the players involved … More THE LEARNING CURVE: Munster Fall To Saracens’ Supremacy

Ranking Donnacha Ryan And The 14 Other Irish Players On Central Contracts

In case you missed it, the IRFU have decided not to renew the contract of star second row Donnacha Ryan – supposedly reasoning that the Tipperary man wouldn’t offer them value for money because of his age and injury profile. But playing the rugby of his career, injury free for over a year and showing no … More Ranking Donnacha Ryan And The 14 Other Irish Players On Central Contracts

Lions Tour Selection: Our Final Call

Our post Six Nations 37-man Lions squad to tour New Zealand FRONT ROW: Jack McGrath (Ireland), Mako Vunipola (England), Joe Marler (England); Rory Best (Ireland), Jamie George (England), Ken Owens (Wales); Dan Cole (England), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Kyle Sinckler (England) Stand-By: Cian Healy, Scott Baldwin, John Ryan   SECOND ROW: Alun Wyn-Jones (c) (Wales), Maro Itoje … More Lions Tour Selection: Our Final Call

ANALYSIS: Plenty Of Subtlety, But Not Enough Impact From Jamie Heaslip In 2017

Six Nations 2009, Ireland Vs France, Jamie Heaslip scores a vital try. Rapid, powerful, talented. Heaslip epitomized Declan Kidney’s Grand Slam winning team. I think Ireland were on a different level back then and I would have similar feelings about Jamie Heaslip.   Ireland Vs France 2017, Ireland win and Heaslip has had what is … More ANALYSIS: Plenty Of Subtlety, But Not Enough Impact From Jamie Heaslip In 2017

COLUMN: Stander Is The Ultimate Ambassador For The Residency Rule But The Concept Remains Wrong

CJ STANDER IS the ultimate advertisement for the project player rule. Kimmage, Hunt have made strong cases against foreigners playing in Irish jerseys but have wrongly targeted the players who are simply doing the best thing for their rugby careers.  The residency rule is a farce but the people that have lived by it deserve … More COLUMN: Stander Is The Ultimate Ambassador For The Residency Rule But The Concept Remains Wrong

Hold Your Horses: Ireland Six Nations Preview

‘We beat the All Blacks, we can beat anyone’ Form The Six Nations is a championship. A test of consistency, one week to the next. Supporters remember 2016 for the two blockbuster performances. Defeating South Africa on their home turf for the first time and famously overcoming the All Blacks in Chicago What isn’t mentioned … More Hold Your Horses: Ireland Six Nations Preview