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Posts Tagged ‘ Stuart Hogg ’

Six Nations 2015 – What We Watch It For

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You couldn’t predict it. If you think you did, you’re wrong. 240 minutes of rugby and not a single one went as anyone would have expected. We knew that Gatland would have his Welsh squad fired up of course and that they have one of the best backlines in Europe, but we didn’t know that Italy were going to collapse as spectacularly as they did. Nobody could have seen Ireland coming out of the traps like that either, matching their best ever winning margin over the Scots. Of course, England and France, thank you. Quite simply the best game of rugby I have ever seen and Welcome back France, you have been missed.
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Schmidt Calls Upon Experience To Seal The Series

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True to his word, Joe Schmidt has presented the potential for all 29 touring players in Argentina to get game time over this two game tour. While he may not have proven to be the ultra radical, anti predictable coach when it comes to selection, that’s still some bloody good work in 160 minutes. So who is in? Continue reading

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

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

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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

Six Nations : Ireland Seek Solid Start

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And so here we are again, the start of another Six Nations campaign. Probably the most open this championship has been in years. Four of the six competing nations will have high hopes of claiming the honours, maybe even harbour ambitions of a Grand Slam. If we have learned anything from last year’s competition, it should be that the November internationals only give a slight indication as to who’s in form and who isn’t. Wales had a dismal run of performances in that respect and continued their losing streak against Ireland in their opening fixture of the Six Nations. They turned their fortunes around in the next round and went on to claim their second championship win in a row. England brought with them, the slayers of the All Blacks tag and expectations were high, however they fell at the last hurdle and fell hard. Ireland and France had campaigns to forget and Italy and Scotland managed to escape from the bottom two places on the table. The opening weekend will obviously tell a lot, here’s what’s on offer. Continue reading

RaboDirect Pro 12 – Leinster Need To Be Wary Of Connacht

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Rabo Direct Pro 12

Ulster v Cardiff Blues

Ulster come in to this game with the return of Ruan Pienaar to their line up which could prove crucial to their hopes of victory. Cardiff will pose a big threat to Ulster’s hopes to climb the leaderboard in the league.

The Welsh side will be hoping to come home from Ravenhill with a strong victory, following their Heineken Cup heroics against Toulon. Ulster have the potential to score tries and with players like Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble on their side this will be a game worth watching. Cardiff will be looking to the likes of Sam Warburton and Leigh Halfpenny to bring the victory. Home advantage will play a crucial influence in this game and you would have to think Ulster have more try scoring potential on their side. Continue reading

Lions Keep Combined Country Scoreless

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Ok, it was a rout, in every sense of the word. As much as keeping the opposition scoreless is impressive, not much was learned about the improvement or lack thereof of the Lions defence. But this game did provide exactly what Gatland wanted; “unsure” players getting a run out. The likes of Grant, Corbiciero, Hogg, Maitland and Cuthbert got a good platform today to eschew any doubts about their ability/form/adaptability and all performed admirably. Let’s just be thankful this game didn’t precede the Wallabies immediately however, such was the no contest nature of the fight.
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