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 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.
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?
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
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.
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 … More ‘Ireland baby! We did it!’,The world champions toppled in Dublin
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.
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.
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 … More The Irish in Chicago, Italy face the green machine.
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 So we sit here on the Monday morning after the last round of pre-European inter provincial games. The usual partial reviews of the game are flying around social media so I was going to try and review the proceedings with the blue shirt in the washing machine.
Remember to check out The Couch Pundit for more. And so we reach the end of the most important summer series in recent memory. Ireland ventured down under hoping to show squad strength and take a scalp of a southern hemisphere super power.
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The Couch Pundit Podcast And so here we go. The turkey has been eaten, the Pavlova has been demolished and (hopefully) the annual family argument has been avoided through conversation and an unhealthy consumption of alcohol. So now, it is time for me to start an argument and offend. As always, details below for you … More Munster v Leinster – a review
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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So in a saga that is dragging on longer than the ross and Rachel will they won’t they (90’s reference) the contract negotiations of the Munster / Ireland stalwarts CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony is dragging on, a bit like the former saga did.
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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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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
And here we go! The final weekend of my favourite part of the rugby calendar is upon is and it has been massively positive for Ireland but we come up against the other old enemy this weekend, the 1 team that I cannot emotionally handle losing to anymore, the well-traveled Argentina. Argentina comes in … More November Internationals, The other old enemy, Sending a message and newbies.
Another emotional weekend of Irish sport is behind us. Ireland took on the mighty Fiji in Lansdowne road on Saturday night and it was a game of 3 halves. Don’t let my ordinary level maths confuse you. But it was a game of 3 halves. The team selected kept only 2 started from the previous … More Ireland v Fiji, New Faces and a frustrating weekend.
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.
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.
So here we go, Irish sporting greatness is floating on the crest of a wave. First the might All Blacks were beaten, then the Notorious Conor McGregor made history by adding another title, the Irish ladies pushed England close, the fellas beat Canada and now we are facing the return of the world champions to … More Ireland v The All Blacks, a review, a preview and a never ending blog
We are 2 weeks into the new Guinness pro 12 season and it has already been a massively different season for Leinster over the last 3 seasons. Starting with an expected opening win against Treviso in the RDS. The second week was going to be the first big marker of the season, taking on the … More Leinster: A journey to the League title
The plan for this week was to go over the opening weekend of the Guinness Pro 12. To review each of the Irish provinces performance and see if it indicates anything for how the season is to go. And then Twitter raised its head, a bit of banter between all of Wales and your humble … More Business, Sport and Leinster v Wales (on Twitter)