Sunday, August 02, 2015

Front Five - 02.08.15

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
Later today on HarpinOnRugby…
our Canada v Samoa writeup is titled “Eighty minutes, eh?”


"If I can play as well as I can, there's no reason why I shouldn't be in the squad starting at ten. That's where my focus has to be.


Nothing fishy in Jackson's aim to reel in out-half rivals

David Kelly - Irish Independent

He has steadfastly refused to confirm this is his final season, though he continues to provide strong hints that it is.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw entitled to say farewell on his own terms

Marc Hinton -

I just hope that after the intensity of Wales’ training camp (Anscombe) can do himself justice if, as I assume, he is given a shot against the Irish.

Wales' fringe players MUST step up against Ireland... If they don't, their Rugby World Cup hopes are gone

Barry John - WalesOnline

Forget days of health and safety, engage peoples hearts, make them feel part of something special.

Jim Lusty - MinuteHack
[hat-tip : Catherine Kavanagh]

RTE sports reporter Tony O'Donoghue almost spat out his lunchtime noodles.

BBC'S dressing room cameras catch Hull KR player getting vigorous ass massage before game

Feel free to share any interesting links you spot yourself about t’internet by email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, blog comment or carrier pigeon – whatever works for you. JLP
Note - views expressed in "Front Five" links do not necessarily reflect those of HarpinOnRugby

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Fiji 27-22 Japan (8-0-review)

Easily the most entertaining clash of the PNC so far, despite whistle-happy ref Gauzere. Japan established an early lead with three well-taken Goromaru penalties but the Fijians countered with three tries all of which suited their trademark sevens style. Eddie Jones’ Brave Blossoms needed resilience and a slew of Fijian penalties and yellows to claw their way back against a stubborn D yet even when camped in their 22 with 2 extra men at the end they couldn’t catch them.

 Later this weekend our full match writeup 
will feature Canada v Samoa

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80 words on Leinster's preseason by Big Joe Shep

Big Joe Shep has a go at our 80-word format...

A thought. Pre season / Pre RWC 15 games around the globe are seeing the expected Ireland/Wales/Scotland/France matches plus the Rugby Championship down under HOWEVER, Leicester Tigers are playing Argentina, Harlequins playing United States, Newcastle are playing Georgia, Edinburgh playing Romania, Glasgow are playing Canada, Wasps playing Samoa and even Yorkshire Carnegie are playing Romania………Leinster play Ulster (fine of course) but then MOSELEY!! Is that a test for 3 times European Champions on the way back up? Discuss………...

@bigjoeshep is the Owner and Head of Information & Knowledge Management atDigital Knowledge Zone.   An avid Leinster & Ireland Rugby fan, he came to rugby at the late age of 24, was a tight head prop, had at least 2 good runs in every game and retired at only 36 after 3 operations on his legs and now forms the 4th "virtual" person in a front row each time his beloved teams are playing (much to the annoyance of his suffering girlfriend who has to put up with being "embraced" by the Big Fella at each scrum!!!)


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