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Posts Tagged ‘ Michael Hooper ’

Summer Internationals – Ireland Fare Better Than Most In Argentina

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Not fluid flying rugby, no real flash and certainly a few mistakes to rectify. But Ireland do stand as one of only two Northern Hemisphere teams to have started their summer tour with a win, and they stood up to a far more organised unit than Scotland that’s for sure. We’ll have a quick look at how the other games panned out but now let’s see what was learned from the Joe Schmidt experiment.
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Autumn Internationals – Schmidt Era Stutters Drastically

O'Connell's look of dejection sums things up adequately

O’Connell’s look of dejection sums things up adequately

France 38 – 18 Tonga

France started this game in brilliant fashion when Guitoune was setup with a superb cross field kick that gave them the early lead. Morgan Parra was on form from the boot, slotting three successive penalties despite missing the early conversion. France didn’t have it all their own way however as Tonga were creating try scoring chances that really should have been converted. Apikotoa slotted over two penalties to give them some respectability on the scoreboard.  Continue reading

The Lions Have Landed: Can The Aussies Hear The Roar?

li17 days out from the 1st test in Brisbane we take at look at how the Wallabies are looking and the general feeling towards the tour down under. I spent over two years living in the sport-obsessed country and to say they don’t like to lose would be an understatement. AFL is the number one sport in Australia with cricket coming second, rugby league third and rugby union fourth. Don’t get me wrong even with its lower standing it is funded equally and followed religiously in certain corners of Queensland and New South Wales. Both these states are gripped by the yearly state of origin series, a best of 3 combat between the best Rugby League players representing their birth state. Continue reading

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