Pro 14, Rugby, Sports

Guinness Pro14 Final: Leinster Win 4-In-A-Row After Dominant Second Half In Dublin

Leinster 16-6 Munster Leinster took home the Pro14 title for the fourth season in a row and eighth time overall after a commanding second-half display at the RDS. The record champions started off the stronger side pushing Conor Murray into touch. Their opening drive led to their first points when Ross Byrne opted to go for the posts. Leinster prop …


Rugby, Sports

Munster Rugby and the Joey Carbery Dilemma

When Carbery announced that he was making the move from Leinster to Munster, it was common knowledge that the youngster was making the move to get more game time at out-half rather than coming off the bench for Johnny Sexton and only getting the starting job with Leinster if Sexton was injured.  This reasoning was seen as accurate and sensible to …


Ireland’s Positive Six Nations May Lead To Strong Lions Representation

Ireland’s quality in the latter stages of this year’s Six Nations tournament has propelled many squad names into Lions contention, should the tour go ahead. Statement performances were needed from the Irish contingent after an uninspiring Autumn Nations Cup with the tests against South Africa intended to take place in the summer. The improvement of Wales also stressed the need …

Six Nations 2021: Ireland Send CJ Stander Off In Style With Emphatic Win Over England

Ireland 32-18 England Ireland dominated England with the best performance of the Farrell era in CJ Stander’s final game for the side after a 32-18 win in Dublin Ireland looked to put width on the ball early after pressuring the first England lineout. England tried to assert dominance on the Irish after a second lineout win with lock Maro Itoje …

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 …

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. …

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 …