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?
Aer Lingus, the official airline of the Irish rugby team is helping to bring the magic of #HomeAdvantage to Edinburgh this weekend with a special message delivered straight from the aircraft’s cockpit. The captain on flight EI3254, which departed Dublin Airport at 14:25 today, had a special welcome for rugby fans onboard as the plane … More Watch As ‘Fields Of Athenry’ Rings Out On Aer Lingus Flight To Edinburgh
‘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
Half time and it’s 25-8 to Ireland. That familiar vibe of optimism was felt in the local pub’s atmosphere. Many were getting ready for history to be made. “I think we’re going to do it” was overheard, likewise however was, “it’s going to be 2013 all over again.” I was inclined to agree with the … More AT LAST: Ireland Vs New Zealand Thoughts And Reaction
The selection policies that we think Joe Schmidt should follow for the Guinness Series! Ireland Vs New Zealand, Soldier Field, 5th of November Ireland start with a bang in Chicago on Saturday, in what will be their first crack at the All Blacks this month. The lengthily trek to stateside, compounded by a number of … More Munster Haka Selection: Picking Ireland’s November Series Sides