A journey through the psychology of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign

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 … Continue reading A journey through the psychology of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign

Work ons, bonus points and looking forward to the trip to Cardiff – Ireland vanquish an impotent France

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 … Continue reading Work ons, bonus points and looking forward to the trip to Cardiff – Ireland vanquish an impotent France

Wales play rope-a-dope with England while Ireland just play with the rope in Rome.

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 … Continue reading Wales play rope-a-dope with England while Ireland just play with the rope in Rome.

Scotland de-flowered by a rampantly defensive Ireland?

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? To bury the lead, let’s start with the final score. Ireland … Continue reading Scotland de-flowered by a rampantly defensive Ireland?

Well that didn’t go to plan did it? England arrive, dominate and leave with the win.

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? Going into Saturday afternoon Ireland and their supporters (and fans, more on that later) where confident and … Continue reading Well that didn’t go to plan did it? England arrive, dominate and leave with the win.

Happy Sixmas, Ireland welcome the old enemy and what should we expect?

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. First up is … Continue reading Happy Sixmas, Ireland welcome the old enemy and what should we expect?

Another clean sweep, but is all rosy in the Irish provincial garden?

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 … Continue reading Another clean sweep, but is all rosy in the Irish provincial garden?