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Posts Tagged ‘ Heineken ’

European Rugby – Time To Separate The Men From The Boys

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Round two of the European Rugby Champion’s Cup and already we’re looking at a whole new playing field. Ulster VS Toulon, Munster VS Saracens, Leinster VS Castres and Connacht VS Exeter. Certainly far more fitting and mouth watering challenges for the provinces, and though it may be true that you don’t lose any competition in the first round, the second is where those short fallings and mistakes can be made that haunt you for the rest of the season.

Munster VS Saracens this evening is a fixture that has never failed to thrill. Through the year these sides have fought some of the closest matches in rugby history and one could argue that Saracens have the closest thing to a Munster-esque legacy in England, their embrace of brand establishment and of course they have thrown up some results to justify all of it. Kelly Brown, Billy Vunipola, David Strettle, Owen Farrell, Brad Barrit. It doesn’t need to be emphasised what pedigree Munster find themselves up against this evening. Continue reading

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Rabo – O’Driscoll & Cullen Hoping To Sign Off With Silverware

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Given that the latest squad update has him training in full, Brian O’Driscoll will almost certainly be donning the 13 jersey one last time when Matt O’Connor names his 23 later today. There has been many farewells for this great champion and ambassador of the sport over the last 9 months, but this is it. Tomorrow at 6pm, Brian O’Driscoll will take to the field for his final ever game of professional rugby. Do you want any more reason to make this one a must-watch? Continue reading

The Disturbing Truth About The Food You Eat

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Standing in the supermarket’s food section aisle you’re confronted with hundreds of different products compounded by the happy proliferation of subcategories. You have a wide choice of grocery items at your fingertips. Or have you?

A 2013 study by the U.S. consumer rights group, Food and Water Watch, examined the market share of 100 common grocery items and unearthed a disturbing trend: you’re actually down to 2-4 big companies when buying most grocery items. This is certainly a global trend, extremely valid in modern Ireland. Continue reading

Toulon And Leinster Bring The Fire – Heineken/Amlin Round Up

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Leinster claim European silverware for third year running

And so it is, the Heineken Cup has left Ireland for only the second time since 2006. At least it left in style though, with Toulon absolutely powering Clermont off the field in the closing stages of a nerve shredding match. Leinster gave a great account themselves the night before too, albeit with one eye on the Rabo, as they put Stade to the sword to win the Amlin (and as a result, a record breaking third European trophy in a row). The argument still lingers as to whether or not Leinster fans were building up the second tier in hopes of elevating it’s status as a Heineken Cup replacement; tell that to the players who brought all the required intensity of a Heineken test to the RDS on Friday.
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The Irish Provinces Take On England – Heineken/Amlin Cup

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O'Connell will be instrumental for Munster

Yes how the cards have fallen indeed, it looks like this weekend the majority of the Irish players involved in the Six Nations will face off against their English counterparts as Leinster, Ulster and Munster take on Wasps, Saracens and Harlequins. All three of those provinces haven’t exactly had the handiest time of it post-Six Nations. Ulster took a nasty hit from Edinburgh in Ravenhill whilst Munster were flattered by Connacht and Leinster left it till the death to snatch a victory from Glasgow. The following round saw fortunes flip, Ulster snagging their first win in Dublin in over a decade against Leinster whilst Munster were majorly humbled by Glasgow. Yet it is the two losing teams from this round that stand the best chance for this weekend.
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