There’s a reason they rate things out of 10

I needed to mull on that a while, the third test and the series as a whole. Looking back, it was a phenomenal achievement to have drawn it. Effectively, it took a sending off in the second test and a bad call at the end of the third for the Lions to even scrape a... Continue Reading →


Pro 12 Final : Munster v Scarlets

There’s been a feeling ever since Anthony Foley passed away earlier in the season that Munster would accomplish something special this year. To be honest I think they’ve already done it. They’ve grown into a team, realised their own identity. If they win tomorrow, they’re back on top and creating their own legacy separate to... Continue Reading →

2019 Rugby World Cup Draw

That’ll do nicely! No disrespect to our fellow Pool A contenders, but it couldn’t have gone any better. We avoid our bogey teams Wales and Argentina, and there’s no French or South Africans to deal with. It’s the ideal pool. This isn’t just an ideal result for Ireland though, Scotland and Japan are also licking... Continue Reading →

The Great One is Back

I’ll come out and say this now before my bias becomes evident. Roger Federer is my hero. Class and coolness personified as well as being the most talented human to ever hold a racket. His resurgence this year, at the age of 35, is unbelievable until you consider who you’re talking about. Should we really... Continue Reading →

Sexton and/or Farrell

Sexton AND Farrell  People say there’s no substitute for speed, but intelligence is the trait I value most. I’ve always liked having a ball player at inside centre. It's an extra pair of eyes, another decision maker, a second quarterback if you like. It allows a team to play more expansively and provides a secondary distributor in... Continue Reading →

Clermont v Leinster

Precedent This isn’t mission impossible, not by a long stretch. Cast your minds back to the 2012 semi final, when Leinster upset the odds and claimed a famous victory over a much fancied Clermont side. Nacewa, Sexton, Strauss, McFadden, Cronin and Devin Toner were all there that day. Kayser, Zirakashvili, Lapandry, Parra and Aurelian Rougerie,... Continue Reading →

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