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.
Dont forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast and do go to see The Alex Forrest when they play on the 11th November The Alex Forrest – live in Dublin The first week of the Heineken Cup is in the books and it went even better than we dared to expect.
Don’t forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast The opening weekend of the Heineken Cup is upon us. Aside from being delighted to call the competition by its real name again there is also the excitement of being on the precipice of another massive season for Leinster and an improving season from Munster. Ulster and … More The Heineken Cup round 1, The Irish in Europe.
The Couch Pundit Podcast The first marker of the Irish rugby season took place last weekend. The first round of the historical inter-provincial games took place in the Sportsground and in Thomond Park. Leinster packed the bus and headed to the Connacht cauldron and Ulster hopped the train to Limerick to try and keep their … More The interpros, doom, gloom and rosy gardens. The Irish provinces lay down a marker.
The Couch Pundit Podcast With the Guinness Pro 14 still a baby in terms of the season it has already thrown up some very unexpected results and last weekend was no different. It is time for a look around the provinces.
With that a long summer of roundball is over. A long summer of diving, bad sportsmanship and an insane amount of coverage is over and we get our game back. A game of combat, of skill and of proper sportsmanship (or is I sports-personship). Rugby is back!
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast So is this Deja-vu all over again or is this a slightly different week for Leinster after a trip to Montpelier in the final group game of the European Rugby Champions Cup? Well it is a bit 50-50.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast Another weekend of European rugby and another massively positive round of games for the Irish provinces. Some good fighting spirit shown by Munster away to Racing, Ulster shocked the world against La Rochelle, Connacht drew fairly easily with Worcester and Leinster continued to play like they know … More The Irish provinces in Europe, fighting spirit and surprises.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast And so the festive season is over, the selection boxes have been emptied, turkeys feel safe again and the interprovincial derby’s are over for a few months. Going into the fixtures there appeared to be a big gap between Leinster and the rest. That appears to have … More The Christmas round up, mid season review and new faces
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast And so we exit the second legs of the Christmas European cup competition as clean as Leinster in the second half from their own 22 against Exeter. Another great weekend for the Irish provinces and another punch to the guts for the rich fat cats of Europe.
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Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast With a tear in my eye it is time to put the green jersey in the wash and it is time to switch back into provincial mode. My beautiful retro blue jersey with an extra starched, standing at attention collar is ready to be worn again with obnoxious … More Provincial bias, Contracts, Furniture and Pay Scales
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In the words of my favourite songsmith, ‘you say I aint worth a dollar, but I feel like a millionaire’. That has nothing to do with the November internationals but if there is any chance of getting a Queens of the Stone Age reference into a blog, I will take it This is my favourite … More November Internationals, Foreign Irish Players, Uncapped youngsters and Sprinbok hunting.
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
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.
After a tough sporting weekend its time to bring the season to a close. This is Keego on Leinster, losing, dynasty destroying and the rugby social media warriors. So, coming into this week everyone in blue (or most) where saying ‘if Leinster can’t win then I am happy its Connacht’. This was the first sign … More Losing, Rugby Dynasty’s and eventually being happy for Connacht