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?

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.

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

Ireland, a championship, 6 Nations and the old enemy.

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.