Rugby, Sports

Was Ireland’s Lineout Ever The Problem?

Ireland’s lineout has been one of the positive factors in a disappointing start to the 2021 Six Nations campaign for Andy Farrell’s men. Those involved have looked comfortable with each other with the plays they have been using. Peter O’Donnell from The Lineout Lab thinks that Ireland’s set piece work has been impressive considering the injuries they have suffered. “I …


Rugby, Six Nations, Sports

Six Nations 2021: France End Flawed Ireland’s Six Nations Hopes

Ireland 13-15 France Ireland’s hopes for silverware in 2021 were brought to an end after a strong France side came away with victory in Dublin. The boys in green started as they meant to go on with another impressive lineout steal. A ping-pong game occurred between both sides as they looked to assert dominance early on. An impressive kick from …


Saturday’s Six Nations 2021 Round-up: England Fail To Impress While Wales Find Unlikely Success

England 41-18 Italy England welcomed Italy to Twickenham to kick off round two of this year’s Six Nations, with two teams looking to build on 2 mediocre showings from last week.  An England side that wasn’t allowed get up to speed against an effective Scottish defence, while Italy in this afternoon played an almost identical game to that against France …

Six Nations 2021: Ireland See Red As Wales Take The Points

Wales 21-16 Ireland Wales and Ireland faced off in Cardiff in their opener for this year’s Six Nations campaigns. Wales were hoping to start strong after a dire 2020 and were given the chance to do so after flanker Peter O’Mahony came in from the side. Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny took his chance and got the Welsh on the scoreboard. …

Six Nations 2021: Scotland Win Calcutta Cup In Dominant Fashion

England 6-11 Scotland England and Scotland faced off in their Six Nations opener, this year’s match doubling as the game 150th Anniversary of their first meeting. England wore a special-edition kit and almost got the first try on the special occasion but could not capitalise on scrum-half Ali Price’s mistake. Scotland were the livelier of the sides and put pressure …

Six Nations 2021: Dupont And Co. Dispatch of Colourless Italy

Italy 10-50 France France produced a near-flawless away win against perennial Six Nations strugglers Italy earlier today. Both teams started slow and looked to kick to break opposition lines but none of them paid off. Italy were the first team to get inside the defending 22 through their inside centre Brex but an infringement turned the ball over and France …

Ireland Six Nations Preview: Will Farrell’s Men Find Consistency in 2021?

2020 was meant to spark the beginning of Andy Farrell’s fresh start after a brilliant seven-year run by previous coach Joe Schmidt. The stop-start nature of year was reflected throughout Ireland’s performances in the Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup. While it is hard to take some of last year’s results at face value, some themes remain within the team. …

Gavin Coombes: Munster Rugby and The ‘West Cork Mafia’

West Cork back-rower Gavin Coombes is hot off his back-to-back man of the match performances against Ospreys and Glasgow respectively. The number 8 has been in terrific try-scoring form for Munster, scoring a hat-trick in the Ospreys game.  Coming from Bandon Grammar Secondary School, Gavin said there was a huge jump between school’s rugby and the Munster academy. “I went …

Is Irish Rugby Leaning Too Heavily on Leinster’s Players?

With a new international competition deemed the “Autumn Nations Cup” taking place, is Andy Farrell’s squad relying too much on Leinster players, rather than picking up-and-coming athletes from the other three provinces? The cup will include England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia. It is split into two pools of four countries, with Ireland being pooled into Group …