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Posts Tagged ‘ Irish Sport ’

European Rugby – Leinster Face A Tough Run To The Final

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Dual blogged on I’m Talkin’ Here

When the European Rugby Champion’s Cup was announced the cries from this side of the pond were that the new structure was essentially designed to stop the Irish teams from winning all the time. Whilst not exactly true, this Round 6 weekend and the subsequent knock out lay out has shown exactly what is different about this new structure. The goal was to make the competition more competitive, and no team is seeing this more so than Leinster. In previous years a home quarter final was all but a guarantee of progression to the semi finals. This was down to the void that often existed between the top 4 and bottom 4 teams. However, with four less teams and therefore more competitive pools you would have to say that nobody, bar Toulon, has anything resembling an easy route through the quarter finals. And of course the draw for the semi finals can be cruel as always with Leinster likely facing down a Toulon in France engagement should they get past a resurgent Bath. Simple.

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Six Nations 2014 – Destiny, Plain And Simple

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George Hook, love him or hate him, declared after Ireland beat Scotland in 2009 “I don’t give a damn for winning a championship on points difference, this team’s destiny is to win a Grand Slam”. Well George, we’ll have to paraphrase a little but the jist remains true, this team’s destiny is to take this trophy, to repay all our faith that Joe Schmidt could turn this turgid ship around and let the team, old and new, realise their potential amongst the elite.
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