The Irish provinces in Europe, fighting spirit and surprises.

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.

The Christmas round up, mid season review and new faces

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

Interpros, dissection of the old enemy and new ideas

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

Football v Rugby and a European clean sweep for the provinces.

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.

November Internationals, The other old enemy, Sending a message and newbies.

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.

Springboks, New faces, results and Bright Futures

Well, that was unexpected. The might Springboks marched into Dublin with their heads up after running the All Blacks thisclose two weeks ago. They had the mind games going all week by talking up Ireland and being overly complimentary. Knowing that Ireland rarely stand up to the tag of favourites, the ‘Boks where needling through … More Springboks, New faces, results and Bright Futures

November Internationals, Foreign Irish Players, Uncapped youngsters and Sprinbok hunting.

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.

America from the outside, Ireland from the inside – Episode 3

Welcome to episode 3 of America from the outside, Ireland from the inside.  Coming to you from a sunny Dublin in the middle of St Patrick’s week, the mood is good. Starting on the other side of the world, it has been another topsy turvy week in America. We have El Presidente’s spokespeople talking about … More America from the outside, Ireland from the inside – Episode 3

America from the outside, Ireland from the inside – part 1

Welcome to episode 1 of ‘America from the outside, Ireland from the inside’. This first post will be an introduction of what the aims are of the series, views from my computer screen and an ability to contact me for further discussion and challenging of opinions. Situated on Dublin’s Southside, I am looking at the … More America from the outside, Ireland from the inside – part 1