Ireland bust some myths and Scottish hearts in RWC opener.

So now the trick is not getting carried away, even though it is really hard not to get carried away after the last 12 months. Coming into the match on Sunday morning, we all were sitting on the fence. Supporters wondered if Ireland still had it, would they be able to execute and strangle the … More Ireland bust some myths and Scottish hearts in RWC opener.

Ireland oil the machine against Wales, but are there still skeletons in the mental closet?

Brought to you by The Dugout – Live in D2 on Harcourt St – 6th September So another weekend of preseason is over. Ireland ventured to Cardiff with sore arses after having them kicked in all areas of their lives. If they went on twitter – arse kicked, when they got back to camp – arse … More Ireland oil the machine against Wales, but are there still skeletons in the mental closet?

The Chariot runs over Ireland, but is it all doom and gloom?

Brought to you by The Dugout – Live in D2 on Harcourt St with Bernard Jackman and RALA! During the season you know there will be tough blogs to write. Where things go so spectacularly wrong that you are left pulling out what little hair you have left. I didn’t expect to be writing this in … More The Chariot runs over Ireland, but is it all doom and gloom?

Leinster chasing the 5th star against another red powerhouse – a preview

It is 12:01 on Friday the 10th of May. The Leinster team has been named for the biggest game in a very long time. Would the coaching ticket be able to keep everyone fit and healthy enough to have a full selection to choose from? How would the foreign players rule fit into their plans … More Leinster chasing the 5th star against another red powerhouse – a preview

Leinster search for their mojo while Glasgow arrive searching for a scalp.

Things have been quiet in TCP Towers here in Bray, County Wicklow and the reason for that is because of the thing we love the most. I am not talking about Nutella, Guinness and or Pink Salt Indian takeaway (well worth a try if you are in the borough or its surrounding environs). It is … More Leinster search for their mojo while Glasgow arrive searching for a scalp.

A journey through the psychology of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign

Ok so I am going to level with you. I am still very upset. But not upset at the Irish team, management organisation. I am upset with the lazy narratives coming out of a really tough 6 Nations tournament. A tournament that has sent shockwaves through Irish rugby. A tournament that nothing went right and … More A journey through the psychology of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign

Work ons, bonus points and looking forward to the trip to Cardiff – Ireland vanquish an impotent France

I am just going to say it, I have 6 Nations fatigue. The 2 gaps in the tournament kill the momentum and kill me emotionally and spiritually. So the big question coming into this weekend and the welcoming of an unchanged France team to the Aviva was, would Ireland be in the same position as … More Work ons, bonus points and looking forward to the trip to Cardiff – Ireland vanquish an impotent France

Wales play rope-a-dope with England while Ireland just play with the rope in Rome.

So here we go. Ireland are over the half way mark in this year’s 6 Nations and I don’t think there has been an emotional rollercoaster like it since that year that we don’t need to mention. Wales on the other hand played rope a dope with England and are a great bet for the … More Wales play rope-a-dope with England while Ireland just play with the rope in Rome.

Back on the horse, the Shamrock v the Thistle, Ireland go to Edinburgh with pressure and expectation

So here we go. Irish supporters are now holding their bums out of the bath for fear of getting scorched by a hungry Scotland. Every other week we would drop into the hot bath with confidence, but this week there is hesitation. So with that mental image, let’s have a look at Ireland’s trip to … More Back on the horse, the Shamrock v the Thistle, Ireland go to Edinburgh with pressure and expectation

Another clean sweep, but is all rosy in the Irish provincial garden?

It was business time in the final round of the group stages of the Champions Cup. And you know when its business time, I am wearing my business socks! Leinster traveled to Coventry to take on a Wasps side that really needs something. A team that has players, have talent but are so far away … More Another clean sweep, but is all rosy in the Irish provincial garden?

Leinster welcome Toulouse in a must win clash of the titans!

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 on the hunt in front of some fair weather fans, while the supporters enjoyed the cold

You know it is nearly Christmas when you wear the eskimo jacket to the Aviva Stadium to watch Leinster in December. It gets beyond cold, and when 44,000+ tickets are sold and you see much less than that you know who the supporters are and who the fans are. The volume was up, the supporters … More Leinster on the hunt in front of some fair weather fans, while the supporters enjoyed the cold

‘Ireland baby! We did it!’,The world champions toppled in Dublin

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

The Irish in Chicago, Italy face the green machine.

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.

Ireland take on the world this November, with mind games.

Don’t forget to listen to The Couch Pundit Podcast So we are approaching the time of the year where we put our provincial jerseys back in the cupboard and take out our beautiful green jerseys, some still stained with the tears of another 6 nations win all over them. Or is that the celebratory Guinness? Either … More Ireland take on the world this November, with mind games.

The Heineken Cup round 1, The Irish in Europe.

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 interpros, doom, gloom and rosy gardens. The Irish provinces lay down a marker.

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.