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The Ireland No 10 conundrum

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
2 Feb 2015

THE Ireland No 10 jersey has been the subject of some notable squabbles over the years.

Between 2009 and the 2011 World Cup, there was a vigorous tussle between Ronan O’Gara and Johnny Sexton while O’Gara had been involved in a similar in-and-out struggle with David Humphreys in the early years of the 2000s.

The current showdown between the two Ians, Madigan and Keatley, may not rank alongside those squabbles of yore but, in the context of Ireland getting their Six Nations title-retention campaign off to a winning start in Italy this weekend, it carries massive significance.

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It was 1991 and I was doing my Junior Cert at Newbridge College. I was about 15 or 16 and our school was heading on a bus to Lansdowne Road to see Ireland play Australia in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup. I remember being in the schoolboy terrace of Lansdowne Road and…

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The perils of social media…..

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
27 Jan 2015

PLEASE excuse the irony of a column for a social media driven site warning against the perils of a social media. The caveat is that it’s potentially a dangerous place for a budding professional footballer with too much time on their hands. Whether Jack Grealish likes it not, he must live by a different set…

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Wolfhounds can give Ireland added bite

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
26 Jan 2015

These days, Ireland A have been restyled as The Wolfhounds and have been reduced to a solitary fixture around the Six Nations due to the financial pressures and busy club fixture lists.

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Throwback Thursday with Jimmy Magee

Jimmy Magee
Throwback Thursday
22 Jan 2015

Throwback Thursday with Jimmy Magee – I was due to travel to America to record ‘Superstars’ with RTE. It was the weekend of the final match of the Five Nations Championship, 1982. Ireland were playing Scotland and the only place I wanted to be was in Lansdowne Road. I pleaded with RTE to let me…

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Whelan – classic case of a player whose talents are only really…

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
20 Jan 2015

IN the aftermath of the weekend win at Leicester, the Stoke Sentinel was clear about which player deserved special praise for his role in their local club’s victory. “Ryan Shawcross has emerged as an iconic Stoke captain, but Mark Hughes has another leader in Glenn Whelan,” wrote their Stoke reporter. “It was Whelan who took…

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YOUNGER supporters may not be able to recall Ireland’s centre partnership from the mid-to-late 1980s but it was, arguably, the most graceful to have worn the green No 12 and No 13 jerseys. Michael Kiernan and Brendan Mullin were both athletes, excelling at the 200 metres and 110m hurdles respectively, and to see them in…

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CHRISTMAS is a time which encourages reflection, a period where people meet old friends and tell them what they’ve been up to this year. One would assume Aiden McGeady’s pals have a fair idea what he’s managed to do over the past 12 months. But, if the Everton man gets a spare moment to himself…

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Leinster: the ultimate survivors

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
15 Dec 2014

At the Aviva last Saturday, Matt O’Connor’s men very nearly lost to a Harlequins side shorn of their chief playmaker, Nick Evans, and biggest personality, England captain Chris Robshaw.

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There is still time for Ciaran Clark to prove Dunne right

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
9 Dec 2014

“HE’s certainly going to be a top player. He’s absolutely brilliant. I think, for Ireland, it’ll be outstanding to have a young player of his talent in the squad.” Four years ago, Richard Dunne spoke in glowing terms about a newcomer to the Ireland squad, a youngster that had been strongly influenced by the legendary…

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Leinster can feel the force with Luke in midfield

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
8 Dec 2014

ONE of the rare plus points on a grim afternoon in London for Leinster was that Luke Fitzgerald was back on the pitch and looking sharp. Fitzgerald is one of the most naturally talented rugby players this country has produced, but what should have been an epic career has been compromised by a catalogue of injury issues too numerous and varied to go through.

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