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.

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.

rugby dynasties and fighting spirit: Leinster and Munster in Europe

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

6 Nations round 2, the visiting Italians and not knowing how to feel afterwards

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

6 Nations tension, breaking ducks and never giving up.

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.

The 6 Nations, Being favorites and playing a team with nothing to lose

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