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.
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
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.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast – ITunes Podbean Stitcher Player FM Spotify So, any news over the weekend? Anything exciting happening? Anything surprising? Well for me the answer is yes, yes and no. Ireland marched into Twickenham and won easily. Well maybe comfortable is the better word (as corrected by the aul lad post-game on Saturday). There … More The Grand Slam, the how and the differences that lead to raising the cup.
So here we are, sitting on Friday morning on the edge of history. There are a few unknowns going into the Twickenham encounter of old enemies but there are also some known unknowns.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast ITunes Stitcher Podbean Player FM This week there is only one piece of news from the weekend, no it is not round ball, not it is not politics, it is Ireland winning the 6 Nations championship with 1 game left and a grand slam at steak.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast (Itunes link) (Stitcher – Link) (Podbean – Link) We are on the run in to the finish of the 6 Nations 2018. As we stand, Ireland are in the driving seat with the Scots coming to Dublin this weekend followed by a St Patricks day match against the old … More Ireland v Scotland – a preview
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast So we roll into round 2 of the 6 Nations and sitting here on a Monday morning I am a broken man. That is mainly from my K-1 fight yesterday, the rugby has been great to watch. Starting in Lansdowne/Aviva Stadium where the Italians made a welcome visit. … More 6 Nations round 2, the visiting Italians and not knowing how to feel afterwards
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast So now that we have finally gotten over the heart attack that was the final 41 phases of play and THAT kick in Paris, it is time to move on to the visit of Italy to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast Are you not entertained? Was the opening weekend of the 6 Nations not exciting enough? If not, then I think your excitement-o-meter might be slightly different to mine. Concentrating on the match in Paris, Ireland went to take a win in a stadium that has been as … More 6 Nations tension, breaking ducks and never giving up.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast So here we go! The 6 Nations Championship kicks off this weekend. Ireland and France have announced their team. The media on both sides is trying to keep the supporters calm. One side saying ‘it’s not as bad as it looks’, the other saying ‘calm down calm down’ … More The 6 Nations, Being favorites and playing a team with nothing to lose
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And so it with a tear in my eye that I say goodbye to the November internationals of 2017. My favourite part of the sporting year is over again. Last year we have the All Blacks initiating gang war on the turf of Lansdowne road to close it off, this year we had a professional … More November wrap up, the old old enemy and the future
I have come to a realisation as we say good bye to the 6 Nations championship of 2017. That realisation is, I cannot emotionally handle being an Ireland rugby supporter. It feels better to have said that out loud. Going into the final match against England, there was no title at steak. There was only … More Ireland, the 6 Nations, success and failure
Week 4 of the 6 Nations in the books and a feeling of calm numbness washes over me. This won’t be an in-depth blog about game plans, spacing and field position. There are people far more qualified for the jargon. This will be about psychology. The psychology of the match on Saturday was fantastic to … More Ireland v Wales, England and Rugby Psychology
Now it gets exciting, 2 games left in the championship, an away trip to Cardiff and then the old enemy comes to Dublin. As all people should, let’s take this 1 game at a time. Ireland arrives in Cardiff with confidence. After a slow start and a loss against a decent Scotland team, Ireland have … More Ireland V Wales, Pride and Aggression
Week 3 of the 6 Nations may be the greatest one in my memory. There was absolutely everything. Nail biting moments, head scratching moments and moments of joy. It was the sporting equivalent of my wedding night. We started with Scotland taking on Wales in Edinburgh. The former started slowly (did an Ireland) and Wales … More Week 3: The good, the bad and the hilarious in the 6 Nations.
In the words of the flight of the conchords, it’s business time! The 6 Nations moves into the important minutes this weekend as week 3 of the competition kicks off. Scotland take on Wales and Ireland welcome the French to the Aviva and on Sunday England take on a battered and already beaten Italy. For … More Jackson or Sexton, Sexton or Jackson and other 6 Nations thoughts
So how was your week? Usually by this point in the 6 Nations I am calm and collected. Usually still recovering from an opening win against a team that hasn’t warmed up into the competition yet. Instead this time, it is Ireland who have yet to reach the gear required to compete. You will have … More Ireland v Italy, a preview,a review and some confusion
So here we are. The first round of the 6 Nations has been and gone. To call it a rollercoaster of emotion would be a severe understatement. Ireland came into this tournament with defeats of southern hemisphere teams in the back pocket, some gutsy determined performances and a confidence seldom seen in a green jersey. … More The 6 Nations, promise, let downs and violence
We are currently in the middle of my favourite week of the sporting year. The run up to the opening of the 6 Nations 2017 is in full swing. Everyone is talking about permutations and combinations and when Saturday comes, it will be an explosion of rugby goodness. Ireland go into this competition as near … More Ireland, a championship, 6 Nations and the old enemy.