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Posts Tagged ‘ Morgan Parra ’

European Rugby – Three From Four Ain’t Bad

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Mixed, is there any other word for that opening weekend? A classic Munster performance, from a new Munster side. A near all time best from Connacht. Gusto without result from Ulster. And such muddling from Leinster. Yep, it’s gonna be a long season.

Munster got the ball rolling early on Sunday with their clash against Sale. Nobody could really call what shape Sale would show up in but in a pool including Clermont and Saracens they should not be classed as the top tier opposition for the Reds. Still an away trip to any English side can be tricky and yet another last minute get out of jail moment from Munster proved that to be the case once more. Continue reading

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Six Nations 2014 – More Blind Faith Or A Real Shot For Ireland?

Courtesy of irishrugby.ie

Courtesy of irishrugby.ie

Every year it’s always the same. Our year, things are different, did you see them in the November Series? Yet for the last four years Ireland have brought only one thing to the Six Nations, inconsistency. 2010, we were following up an unbeaten year and finished second, but from there it has been near torture for fans. Multiple implosions in 2011, a lack of force in 2012 and of course the near wooden spoon of 2013, it has been tough being an Irish rugby fan. So then is this faith in the Schmidt era based on solid thought, or is it simply that it just couldn’t get any worse? Continue reading

Europe Comes To Dublin (Don’t Worry, It Isn’t Angela) – Heineken/Amlin Finals Preview

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©darkmavis. The Aviva plays host to Toulon and Clermont this Saturday

This is my third time attempting to get this piece published. The reason for this series of delays? Well quite simply it’s been a bloody busy week for Irish rugby! From the retirement of Doug Howlett, the tragic passing of Donal Walsh, the contract renewal of a certain Brian O’Driscoll and of course the arrival of the Amlin and Heineken Cup finals to Dublin this weekend. We will address all of the former in a minute but first let’s have a look at how these two games are shaping up.

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