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It's a Meritocracy, kinda...

How can Munster secure Champions Cup qualification?  Is it enough to finish in the top 6 of the Pro12?  Can all four Irish provinces qualify?  I put together this short blog to confirm the qualification rules, taken from the official… 832 more words

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Revealed: Ireland team to face Wales this Saturday

Today, forty-five Ireland players trained in Carton House. After the intense training session, Schmidt announced his team that will face Wales on Saturday in Cardiff. For this weekend’s match, Schmidt has chosen many players who have not been regular starters under his watch. 383 more words


Fringe Players Get Chance As Schmidt Names Side To Face Wales

Joe Schmidt has named an experimental Irish side to face Wales this Saturday in the Millennium Stadium as the race for places in his 31 man World Cup squad intensify. 480 more words


Penaltyfest and Misperceptions

Munster arrived late at the Liberty stadium – 50 minutes before kick-off – due to their bus being delayed by a crash on the motorway and they remained on the back foot from the start as their handling and discipline let them down too often while the Ospreys were determined to get their league campaign back on track after losing 2 and drawing 1 of their last 3 games. 1,540 more words

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Time to Get a Move On

For all the jolliness around Irish rugby right now, for a handful of players this season has been one frustration after another. And things could be about to get more frustrating for some of them when the teams are announced for the Heineken Cup knockouts this weekend. 650 more words


Deccie - Get Out There And Sell Some Tickets!

Tomorrow, Deccie names his 30 man squad for the November Internationals against the Boks and the Pumas, plus a Wolfhounds-type panel for the “Ireland XV” against Fiji in Thomond Park. 1,215 more words


Can Ireland Finish on Positive Note?

I’ll put my hand up and admit I did not see that Irish performance coming in the 2nd test. In fact, I had predicted another heavy loss for Ireland. 894 more words