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Grand Slam Tragedies

Whilst there will be no grand slams for any of the six combatants in 2015, let us look back [in anger?] at the grand slam … Continued

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2015 Six Nations: A Review

Here is my lovely post-mortem on an extraordinary tournament that chugged along without any fireworks or spectacular rugby, before exploding into life like a good … Continued

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Another Championship Is Won!

More Silverware! [photograph courtesy of Empics, via http://sugbynetwork.net] For Ireland,¬†Six Nations Championship glory is akin to the proverbial London buses – none for ages, and … Continued

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French Happiness In London

[photograph courtesy of Empics via http://rugbynetwork.net] The French rugby team have rarely enjoyed much success on their forays across La Manche to take on the … Continued

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Ireland-Scotland Stalemates

            [photograph courtesy of Empics, via http://www.rugbynetwork.net] As a depleted and demoralised Scotland prepares to do battle with the Irish … Continued

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Anglo-French Stalemates

[photograph courtesy of Empics, via www.sportnetwork.net] ANGLO-FRENCH STALEMATES Ahead of the imminent England-France rugby skirmish, it is worth pointing out that drawn encounters between the … Continued

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Italy Versus Wales

Ahead of this Saturday’s Six Nations skirmish between Italia and Wales, I have compiled a list of the 21 results produced by the coming together … Continued

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France In Italy

  Ahead of this Sunday’s tussle in Italia between the host nation and their neighbours of France, I thought that I’d compile the following piece. … Continued

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Calcutta Cup Draws

              As England and Scotland lick their collective wounds, following their recent defeats, it is time for each nation … Continued

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Ireland Stand Tall

The Irish rugby anthem contains the defiant lyrics of “shoulder to shoulder, standing tall”, and the men in green were required to do precisely that … Continued

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Guinness Pro12 Review

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, here is a lovely¬†team-by-team post mortem, arising out of the opening six skirmishes between the various Celtic and Italian … Continued

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Daunting European Fixtures

The draws have just been made for the new European club competitions which come into force this forthcoming autumn. Ulster have been shoved into the … Continued

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Argentina 17 Ireland 29

Detractors may scoff that the hosts were not at full strength, given the absence of their European-based professionals, but Ireland too were missing many of … Continued

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Big Ferris Retires

28 year-old Ireland, Ulster, and Lions blindside flanker Stephen Ferris has been forced to concede defeat as persistent injuries have taken their toll on his … Continued

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A Double For Leinster

Following on from the recent success of the ‘A’ team in the final of the British-Irish Cup, Leinster’s first XV duly helped themselves to the … Continued

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Pro-12 Round-up

Last weekend played host to a couple of nail-biting, bone-crunching encounters in the semi finals of the Pro12. Munster again proved unable to surmount the … Continued

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1940 Revisited?

On the tenth of May 1940 the nasty Nazis invaded the Netherlands. Obviously someone with a mischievous sense of humour thought that it would be … Continued

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Japan 132 Sri Lanka 10

Sri Lanka have deservedly acquired a huge reputation for being world-beaters at cricket. In fact, anyone glancing at the 132-10 by Japan would be thinking … Continued

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Marseilles Misery

Munster’s invasion of southern France has failed in its objective to secure a place in the Heineken Cup final. This setback represents a double whammy … Continued

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Draws For The Welsh

In a separate post, I recalled the drawn encounters between Wales and their lovely neighbours from England. I would like to square the circle by … Continued