What a difference a week makes. Last week the Irish rugby community online where wondering how the team would wake up and play better, how Murray gets picked and how Farrell is supposed to be adding tricks into the setup. Most thought that welcoming the Welsh would show where the team actually where, that being … More Ireland take the Welsh, Sexton takes Poite
So we roll into game three of this world cup campaign and the rollercoaster of emotions continues to rumble onwards.
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!
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.
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 – 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?
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 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
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 Changing tack slightly and moving away from the oval ball game into the cage and into the world of Conor McGregor. The man who is the most bankable star in the history of the young sport. The man who has brought the sport further into the main … More Conor McGregor, the future and serving all masters.
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 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 Sunday was an interesting sporting day of contrast. We had the ‘super derby Sunday’ of premier league football, the over marketed over hyped sporting let down that is the sky sports sponsored game. And we had another round of European rugby that had all of the Irish provinces … More Football v Rugby and a European clean sweep for the provinces.
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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.
So there you have it. Being an Irish sports supporter is probably more emotional than a teenaged girl watching the notebook. It is just a rollercoaster that makes me wonder, should I just blackout all sport from my life. Just for the sake of my heart and my Guinness intake? We got through Saturday with … More Ireland v Denmark and things that need to be said