There are few men out there who know more about French rugby than Philippe Saint-André. As former captain and head coach of Les Bleus, the fifty year old has seen it all and his wealth of knowledge was just one factor that made this interview so enjoyable. Saint-André took the head coach role of the … More Munster Haka Interviews Philippe Saint-André | ‘We Are Eight Years Behind’
Doomsday? Only if you’re surprised. It wasn’t a disastrous performance, instead a welcome reality check for everyone. I’d hate to say “hate to say I told you so”, but this has been coming. Even despite the defeat to Scotland, this Irish team had an invincibility in the media and among supporter’s conversations. For this week at least, … More How Good Are Joe Schmidt’s Ireland Really?
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
After Ireland’s ‘shock’ defeat to Scotland in the opening round we analyse why it shouldn’t come as a surprise, what Ireland should change and what could unfold in the Six Nations in the next few weeks. Underrated Scotland Going into the first round no one could predict an Irish defeat, it was all about the Grand … More Shock To The System: What Happens Now?
‘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
So the Ireland Six Nations squad was named on Monday morning and while every last man has earned his spot, there was still a sense that Joe Schmidt was a little more adventurous his usual self. Of the 40 man roster, this is my matchday selection for round one of the Six Nations Championship. MUNSTER HAKA SELECTION … More Munster Haka Selection: Ireland Six Nations XXIII
Ronan Calvert The realist Champions Cup: Saracens Outside chance: Munster If Munster secure a home quarter final, I think they could beat any opponent – besides the unlikely event of that opponent being Saracens. The London side have went from strength to strength since securing the crown last term and look razor sharp out the backs. They … More Munster Haka Team’s 2017 World Rugby Predictions!
After a lot of talk about introducing a Playoff into the Six Nations with teams like Romania and Georgia impressing in the lower tiers. Italy legend Sergio Parrisse has come out to address the speculation. After another wooden spoon many people have been asking questions about the value of Italy in the famous competition. This … More Italy Talisman Dismisses Talk Of Relegation In Six Nations