Coming into the weekend we had hope, we had late Saturday night rugby (never a good idea) and the possibility of silverware. How was your Saturday night? Going in I was hopeful but trying to remain realistic. I felt that if Ireland could stay close, stay strong and start well the French may retreat, especially … More Ireland v France, outbursts and mute buttons.
This Halloween Ireland march over the a locked down Paris to take on the resurgent French with the whiff of a title in the air. A whiff which is slightly different to the smell we had over the last 14 months. As I write this, only the irish team has been named but what are … More Ireland v France, for all the marbles.
I allowed an extra day to let the weekends results settle and to wait for the online backlash to subside a bit before reviewing the Irish exodus from Europe. Firstly, this is not the end of days like many would have you believe, losses happen in sport, it is all about what happens next after … More The Irish exit Europe, but it is not the end of days
Here we go! The biggest game of the season is hours away. The teams have been named and I haven’t been this excited to watch 30 fellas run around in shorts since…………… well that is private and for another blog Leinster welcome the scalp they want in Saracens to the Aviva this weekend and Saracens … More Leinster v Saracens, 2 teams chase 1 scalp.
That was an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend for Irish rugby. Leinster v Munster had a lot of people reaching for the bottle and then Ulster v Edinburgh was so exciting it had people reaching for the Xanax. Starting in Dublin where Munster’s momentum hinged on a performance and a result against a Leinster side … More The Madigan show and a cure for insomnia
Red alert! Battle stations! We are back! Not only is rugby back in this part of the world but we start with the interpro’s, we start with the biggest interpro. Leinster v Munster kicks off on Saturday at 19:35.
Firstly, I hope everyone reading is safe and well. I hope the lockdown and our way out of it has not been too hard for you. It is tough on everyone, but together we can get through this. Now onto the rugby. Our game is back this weekend. The pro14 is back this weekend starting … More Covid, the Pro 14 and great expectations.
What a difference a week makes. Last week the Irish rugby community online where wondering how the team would wake up and play better, how Murray gets picked and how Farrell is supposed to be adding tricks into the setup. Most thought that welcoming the Welsh would show where the team actually where, that being … More Ireland take the Welsh, Sexton takes Poite
The internet after an Ireland game is truly a horrific place. The reactions are mostly so far over the top that it is bananas. This week’s reviews spoke about play-acting, Cooney v Sexton and having expectations that make no real sense.
Here is the link to my chat with Mr. Harpin on Rugby himself about the Nucifora report, being half pregnant and getting half a cake. A great listen for the commute home. Always check out Jeff’s site, http://www.Harpinonrugby.net The Couch Pundit and The Godfather
So the IRFU are trying to do the exact same thing that we are. That being get the ghost of RWC 2019 put away before we all sit down for Christmas dinner, a valiant idea and one that is probably correct. The actual findings on the other hand, may take longer to wash the stink … More RWC findings,Nucifora and babies with bathwater
So the Irish provinces marched into week 2 of Europe in fine fettle. The ghost of the cup that shall never be mentioned looks to have been exorcised after a clean sweep in week 1. Could they continue in week 2?
So Mondays after any kind of bad defeat is always tough. No matter if it’s us playing or supporting, both bite hard. This one bites a bit harder than most.
So we are sitting here, 1 cheek on the chair and 1 cheek in the air. Nervous excitement and fear whiff through the air. Ireland moved on from the group into the quarter finals. Not just any normal quarter final but a chance to take a shot at the world’s greatest team.
So Ireland arrived to take on Samoa at the end of a rollercoaster of a set of group games. More ups and downs than Twin Peaks.
So we roll into game three of this world cup campaign and the rollercoaster of emotions continues to rumble onwards.
As we sit here on a Monday morning, gutted and confused, I think it is time to kill some myths that have popped up since the match against a monster Japanese side.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit website So after a settling performance against Scotland, Ireland now faces the hosts on Saturday morning at 8:15 (Bray standard time). So what should we expect? What is the general feeling ahead of the game and what way will Ireland play the game?
So now the trick is not getting carried away, even though it is really hard not to get carried away after the last 12 months. Coming into the match on Sunday morning, we all were sitting on the fence. Supporters wondered if Ireland still had it, would they be able to execute and strangle the … More Ireland bust some myths and Scottish hearts in RWC opener.
So after a 2 year build up the world cup is finally here! Today kicks off with Japan taking on Russia in the opening game and the first game of Ireland’s pool. Starting with a prediction, I think Japan start and finish with a win, and qualify out of the group.
Brought to you by The Dugout – Live in D2 on Harcourt St – 6th September So another weekend of preseason is over. Ireland ventured to Cardiff with sore arses after having them kicked in all areas of their lives. If they went on twitter – arse kicked, when they got back to camp – arse … More Ireland oil the machine against Wales, but are there still skeletons in the mental closet?
Brought to you by The Dugout – Live in D2 on Harcourt St with Bernard Jackman and RALA! During the season you know there will be tough blogs to write. Where things go so spectacularly wrong that you are left pulling out what little hair you have left. I didn’t expect to be writing this in … More The Chariot runs over Ireland, but is it all doom and gloom?
The odd feeling of putting on the green jersey is back within my spirit. After a night screaming in front of the Foo Fighters in the RDS, it is a more serious time. Ireland plays the old enemy, I wish I was more mature to not mention that but I am not. England welcome (is … More Ireland v England, ego over process ?
After a self-imposed rugby break during the summer months to refresh and recharge after a tough season we find ourselves back in the old familiar green jersey, in the Aviva stadium welcoming our old friends Italy. This is a time of worry, complacency (new word for the new season) and even more worry coming off … More Ireland v Italy, expectations versus reality
To paraphrase an early 80’s hit by Olivia Newton John, ‘I wanna get political, political’ today on TCP. There is really only one story in the media, online and in the old fashioned dead tree papers. And no it isn’t the housing crisis, the homeless crisis, the crisis of daily rate contracts for workers or … More Lets get political – Fine Gael have been ”Bailey’d ”
So as we sit here at 9:17am on the Monday after the final game of the club rugby season I am 50% delighted and 50% not so delighted. I am delighted that we got to see a slug fest of a final between Glasgow and Leinster, but I am sad that the season is over. … More A season that was, that is and that continues. Leinster take the Pro 14 title.
So we approach the end of the club season. The champion’s cup has been and gone and we are left with the final of the Guinness Pro 14 between Leinster and Glasgow. Much like the Heineken cup, the best 2 teams in the league are left to battle it out for the trophy, which is … More Stats and Psychology, my 2 favorite ‘S’ words – a preview of the Guinness Pro 14 Final
I sit in my office chair slightly emotional. The club season is nearly over. The blue jersey is in need of its annual wash and to be put away for a few months in exchange for the retro green jersey. It has been a season of ups and downs for Leinster, so how will they … More Leinster v Munster – the psychological battle.
It is 9:10am on Monday the 13th May. I didn’t want to write this, I just wanted to let the weekend lie there in the ruins of a title challenge. Knowing that the ‘banter’ from other provinces would be taken up a notch, I avoided rugby forums but I just couldn’t ignore that final. As … More Leinster come up short against the big red machine, but it’s not all negative!
It is 12:01 on Friday the 10th of May. The Leinster team has been named for the biggest game in a very long time. Would the coaching ticket be able to keep everyone fit and healthy enough to have a full selection to choose from? How would the foreign players rule fit into their plans … More Leinster chasing the 5th star against another red powerhouse – a preview
Because there are alot of people who cannot make it to Newcastle for the Heineken Champions Cup Final, we are putting on an event to bring people together. Regardless of your team, your jersey or your province, you are welcome to come along Details below https://www.facebook.com/events/1149403251905268/
This weeks post is brought to you by The Drive For 5 gathering – The 5 Star meetup! With the countdown to the Heineken Champions Cup final beginning in earnest this week let’s have a 2 week run in to the match. This week let’s look at the psychological battle that will take place in Newcastle … More The build up to the final part 1 : Psychology
Things have been quiet in TCP Towers here in Bray, County Wicklow and the reason for that is because of the thing we love the most. I am not talking about Nutella, Guinness and or Pink Salt Indian takeaway (well worth a try if you are in the borough or its surrounding environs). It is … More Leinster search for their mojo while Glasgow arrive searching for a scalp.
As we arrived to the Aviva stadium it was loud, it was getting cold and the volume was already at 11. Our Ulster cousins had arrived in full voice to stand with their team. Leinster and their blue army rocked up with confidence but the volume from them pre match was not at the high … More Ulster stand up but Leinster roll on to the semis
Ok so I am going to level with you. I am still very upset. But not upset at the Irish team, management organisation. I am upset with the lazy narratives coming out of a really tough 6 Nations tournament. A tournament that has sent shockwaves through Irish rugby. A tournament that nothing went right and … More A journey through the psychology of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign
I am just going to say it, I have 6 Nations fatigue. The 2 gaps in the tournament kill the momentum and kill me emotionally and spiritually. So the big question coming into this weekend and the welcoming of an unchanged France team to the Aviva was, would Ireland be in the same position as … More Work ons, bonus points and looking forward to the trip to Cardiff – Ireland vanquish an impotent France
So here we go. Ireland are over the half way mark in this year’s 6 Nations and I don’t think there has been an emotional rollercoaster like it since that year that we don’t need to mention. Wales on the other hand played rope a dope with England and are a great bet for the … More Wales play rope-a-dope with England while Ireland just play with the rope in Rome.
So Ireland ventured over to Scotland fighting the urge to change everything while managing enforced personnel changes and pressure to perform. Scotland where confident in what they were doing while finding away, knowing they had nothing to lose. Who would come out on top?
So here we go. Irish supporters are now holding their bums out of the bath for fear of getting scorched by a hungry Scotland. Every other week we would drop into the hot bath with confidence, but this week there is hesitation. So with that mental image, let’s have a look at Ireland’s trip to … More Back on the horse, the Shamrock v the Thistle, Ireland go to Edinburgh with pressure and expectation
Well that didn’t go to plan did it? England arrived looking for a scalp, looking to dominate and looking to put a marker down. Unfortunately for Ireland, they did just that. So is it all doom and gloom?
So here we go. The provincial jerseys have been put away, the inter county rivalry has been put away and the green jersey is clean and ready to be worn and doused with Guinness. The 6 Nations is here and Ireland arrives as favourites, as expectant winners and with all the pressure.
It was business time in the final round of the group stages of the Champions Cup. And you know when its business time, I am wearing my business socks! Leinster traveled to Coventry to take on a Wasps side that really needs something. A team that has players, have talent but are so far away … More Another clean sweep, but is all rosy in the Irish provincial garden?
What a weekend for the provinces, no one saw that weekend coming. All 4 provinces showed up and deserved the wins they got. Some had tougher opposition than others but the end results showed the Irish dominance on the club stage.
So here we go! The mighty Toulouse are welcomed to the RDS for the biggest game of the season for Leinster. A Toulouse team galvanised from their last encounter with the champions. They won it by a point at home with some classy play, some French flair and more than a little aggression. After that … More Leinster welcome Toulouse in a must win clash of the titans!
So an over indulgent Christmas has given way to an excessive new year’s celebration which has lead us into an attempt of dry January. Some have powered on through the back to work fear and some of us have crumbled at the mere thought of being back in the office. The only thing keeping us … More The inter-pros, winners, losers and the in-betweeners
You know it is nearly Christmas when you wear the eskimo jacket to the Aviva Stadium to watch Leinster in December. It gets beyond cold, and when 44,000+ tickets are sold and you see much less than that you know who the supporters are and who the fans are. The volume was up, the supporters … More Leinster on the hunt in front of some fair weather fans, while the supporters enjoyed the cold
Leinster made their way to Downton Abbey in Bath to play a Bath side who haven’t frightened anyone so far this year. They were welcoming back the international players and expected a good performance and a decent points haul. Did this happen? Well not really.
So the end of the November series is upon us, the rugby on the pitch delivered, the supporters delivered in the stands and unfortunately Joe Schmidt delivered exactly the news we expected. So first let’s have a quick run through the games.
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