I allowed an extra day to let the weekends results settle and to wait for the online backlash to subside a bit before reviewing the Irish exodus from Europe. Firstly, this is not the end of days like many would have you believe, losses happen in sport, it is all about what happens next after … More The Irish exit Europe, but it is not the end of days
Here we go! The biggest game of the season is hours away. The teams have been named and I haven’t been this excited to watch 30 fellas run around in shorts since…………… well that is private and for another blog Leinster welcome the scalp they want in Saracens to the Aviva this weekend and Saracens … More Leinster v Saracens, 2 teams chase 1 scalp.
The eve of the Guinness pro 14 final is upon us. Leinster take on Ulster in the culmination of a mad season. A season that delivered for the most part. 1 finalist is expected; maybe the other one is not? Coming out of lockdown and back into the season wasn’t easy for any team, and … More Ulster v Leinster: The Dog v The Machine
I sit in my office chair slightly emotional. The club season is nearly over. The blue jersey is in need of its annual wash and to be put away for a few months in exchange for the retro green jersey. It has been a season of ups and downs for Leinster, so how will they … More Leinster v Munster – the psychological battle.
So here we go! The mighty Toulouse are welcomed to the RDS for the biggest game of the season for Leinster. A Toulouse team galvanised from their last encounter with the champions. They won it by a point at home with some classy play, some French flair and more than a little aggression. After that … More Leinster welcome Toulouse in a must win clash of the titans!
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.
Don’t forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast We have managed to get through week 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup. If you wear blue or red, it wasn’t an easy watch. If you wear white or green, it was about the performance.
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.
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.
Don’t forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast The massive weekend of sport kicks off at 6pm on Saturday, in the Aviva stadium where Leinster welcome Munster to their home away from home for the last of the first leg of the interprovincial series of the season. Ulster and Connacht play on Friday which is … More Leinster v Munster, who needs it more?
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.
Don’t forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast Usually the opening few weeks of the season is the rugby equivalent of what we do when we get in the bath. We dip our toes, slowly test the temperature of the water with our hanging bottoms before diving in. I was expecting a similar approach from … More Leinster, week 2. It’s business time!
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 – ITunes Stitcher Spotify So here we go, after picking up the big trophy last weekend against a massively impressive Racing team, Leinster welcome the old enemy back to their home for the semi-final of the Guinness pro14 competition.
Brought to you by The Couch pundit Podcast Spotify Stitcher ITunes The Couch Pundit – Facebook So half of Ireland marched into the semi-finals of the premier club competition in world rugby. 1 team dominating all that has stood before them, the other always playing tough but usually depending on magic to get them over the line. Who … More Leinster and Munster in Europe – a tail of 2 provinces
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast : Spotify Stitcher ITunes After a small break away from posting, we are back in business at the business end of the premier club competition in world rugby. The European Champions cup rolls into the semi-finals and we have 1 French side, 1 Welsh and 2 Irish vying for the … More Leinster v Scarlets – Preview
Brought to you by The Couch pundit Podcast: Spotify ITunes Stitcher hat a weekend for Irish rugby! Munster welcomed the European powerhouse of Toulon to thomond Park. The unlimited cheque book, the classy players and the lack of travelling support showed up to face the injury ravaged but massively supported home side in the quarter finals of … More rugby dynasties and fighting spirit: Leinster and Munster in Europe
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast – ITunes Stitcher Spotify As we (or I) finally reach the grand slam comedown the rugby doesn’t stop. Leinster and Munster march into the business end of the European champions cup with a list of injuries, but how will they cope?
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast An impromptu trip to the RDS stemmed the flow of tears of a lack of rugby last weekend. A last minute ticket offer to play the other top team in the conference (and the bogey team of Irish provinces last year) was too much to resist.
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 So coming into the European Champions Cup games there wasn’t a lot of news expected. The injury lists of the provinces has been widely known and hasn’t changed over the last days, the teams where all up against top opposition so it was expected to be quiet until … More Drug cheats, red jersey pride and social media.
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast Another weekend brings us to the end of the interprovincial matches of the Christmas New Year block before the teams head back into Europe. It is the second showing of where the Irish teams stack up against each other.
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
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
Sow with the promise of far too much turkey, ham and roast potatoes ahead of us we settle into a festive season of sport. The interprovincial games happen over Christmas and it is a great marker to show where the Irish provinces are, especially coming off a massive international series in November and a double … More Interpros, dissection of the old enemy and new ideas
Brought to you by The Couch Pundit Podcast So as we head into the Christmas break waiting until 26th December for our rugby fix after spending time with the family, there is one piece of news from round 4. That being the citing of 2 players. Cian Healy and Manu Tuilagi. 1 offence was by an … More Citings, supporters and defending your own.
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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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.
Sitting here at my desk, a week ago I thought I would be writing a very different post to the one that will appear, as if by magic, below. Leinster came into the business end of the season in fine form. Inventive, tough and confident. Sweeping most aside for the season. The final in the … More Leinster rugby, gate keepers and a Summer off
It was a weekend that promised so much. There was so much positivity going in that Munster are back to their fighting best and Leinster are silky smooth with an appetite for a scrap and Saracens along with Clermont would be pushed to the point of possibly losing. Well 50% of that happened. I watch … More Leinster, Munster, Semi-Finals and Letdowns
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.
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)
It feels like a very long time since I even thought about rugby. For the first time in what feels like forever, we got a small break from the game. A game to refresh, recharge and re-evaluate. Hopefully Leinster took the time to do that too. A lot happened last season. A new coach in … More The Leinster Blues, expectations and certainties.
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
With the sporting weekend over and done with, I was going to leave the rugby out of it and continue to celebrate after our new world champion was crowned on Sunday morning. But then I listened to a certain rugby radio segment on a Monday and I just couldn’t leave my keyboard alone. I caught … More Leinsters European Journey and Supporters v Fans
Another week which means another dose of bad news for Leinster. I won’t repeat myself about how it has been going, but we know it’s just not good enough. There are minimal excuses, the mixture of an unclear game plan with a confused looking team is taking a lot longer to gel than it should.