Leinster face Bath in Downton Abbey, winning ugly and next week

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. A mark of a great team is winning ugly, winning … Continue reading Leinster face Bath in Downton Abbey, winning ugly and next week

Chill champs chill! Ireland in November and THE big decision

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. First was a trip to Chicago for the necessary evil of world sport … Continue reading Chill champs chill! Ireland in November and THE big decision

‘Ireland baby! We did it!’,The world champions toppled in Dublin

So the table was set, the lucky pub was visited, the nervous Guinness drinking was at a level seldom seen. Would Ireland be able to slay the giants of world rugby? Would Ireland be able to show that they belong at the top table and are to be feared by all around them? My nerves … Continue reading ‘Ireland baby! We did it!’,The world champions toppled in Dublin

Ireland take on the world champions, the All Blacks are here for a scalp!

So here we go! Ireland have an opportunity to take on the reigning and defending world champions, they have a chance to take a scalp and they have a chance to really put a marker down ahead of the world cup year. The teams have been selected and if we concentrate on Ireland (seeing as … Continue reading Ireland take on the world champions, the All Blacks are here for a scalp!

Ireland v Argentina, the other old enemy and sending a message to the All Blacks

Don't forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast Following on from our trip to Chicago, our decimation of Italy and our salivating over Jordan Larmour and his feet, we roll home into the Aviva stadium and welcome another old enemy. Argentina are here for a scalp; Ireland are here to exorcise a demon. The team … Continue reading Ireland v Argentina, the other old enemy and sending a message to the All Blacks

The Irish in Chicago, Italy face the green machine.

Don't forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast So we arrived in Chicago, left with a score line but did we leave with the performance? Did we leave with players putting the match day squad under pressure and did we see any improvement in the Italians? Well the answer to those questions are …. Kind … Continue reading The Irish in Chicago, Italy face the green machine.

Ireland v Italy, it’s business time!

Don't forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast So we roll into the opening game of the November series expectant like a woman who is 10 months pregnant. But what will we get? Much like the expectant mother, we are not really too sure. Ireland arrived in Chicago with a team that is like a … Continue reading Ireland v Italy, it’s business time!