Thursday, June 30, 2016

Front Five - 30.06.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
 
Not sure if Munster’s RCC pool was the biggest nightmare…
At one stage of the draw they had a 50/50 chance
of ending up in a pool with Saracens and Toulon
 
 

Racing 92, Glasgow Warriors and Leicester Tigers will make up Pool 1 alongside the two-time winners, who are paying the price for their sixth-placed finish
 
 
Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

...our IMPACT Beyond 2019 strategy, which aims to attract and retain one million new participants across Asia by Japan 2019...is fundamental to the future growth of rugby in the world's most populous region.
 
 
World Rugby

Peter O'Mahony will eventually take up the captaincy but Best has led the team well in South Africa.
 
 
Patrick McCarry - SportsJOE.ie

"...when you keep involved and round the game and the body has time to recuperate you think that maybe there are possibilities that you can play again."
 
 
Sky Sports

Fresh from the Sevens Olympic repechage in Monaco, Perrett will head straight into another crucial challenge, assisting Angus Gardner in the Rebels and Stormers clash.
 
 
Rugby Redefined

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Front Five - 29.06.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
Best wishes to Luke
Any fellow Leinster fans willimg to bet
we won’t draw Ian Madigan’s Bordeaux today?





Leinster could join Pro 12 champions in the top tier when draw is made on Wesnesday
Gavin Cummiskey - Irish Times



Beirne made four appearances for Leinster last season but did not feature in the closing stages of the season, despite injuries to senior players.
Patrick McCarry = SportsJOE.ie



Met by (Bryn) Cunningham at the airport, a smiling Piutau said it had been a long time in coming but he was delighted to finally be here.
Belfast Newsletter



The fact of the matter is that Michael Cheika’s abrasive game plan results, almost inevitably, in his teams giving away too many penalties.
Spiro Zavos - The Roar



"Loved those years playing with him. He always made the team better."
Will Slattery - Irish Independent



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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Front Five - 28.06.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
 
Apologies for the delay in our 3rd test writeup
Stay tuned to our social media channels today.
 
 

...you don’t always get the fairytale ending. That’s sport. That’s life. Well, unless you’re Brian O’Driscoll, Dan Carter or Richie McCaw anyway.
 
 
Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

It has emerged that a serious neck injury sustained in 2012 is prompting Fitzgerald to strongly consider retirement, with an announcement expected this week.
 
 
John Fallon - Irish Independent

By my count there is at least seven definitive future pros, with another ten who have a big chance of succeeding.
 
 
Conor O'Leary - Balls.ie

(NZRU CEO Steve Tew) says the Tests are priced at the approximate level of a World Cup quarter-final.
 
 
The Guardian (via AAP)

 
Rugby Onslaught

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Monday, June 27, 2016

SOUTH AFRICA-19 IRELAND-13


NET POSITIVE

logo post greenMy original plan for a headline was “Boks Goggles”...a pun on the popular TV show that makes direct reference to yet another match which has at its centre a controversial decision by the match officials.  In the end I chose to play safe, opting for something that I feel reflects the tour for Irish rugby as a whole.

But as much as I tire of harping on refereeing, I certainly cannot let this writeup go by without pointing out that yet again I feel that Ireland have been hard done by.  I don’t think there’s a conspiracy against us, nor do I think there’s one towards the Springboks in any way other than they were the “home” side...but the fact remains that whatever cliché you choose to trot out, be it “Luck of the Irish” or “rub of the green” or anything similar, we most certainly weren’t getting it.

Right...let’s examine the Le Roux incident, though we shouldn’t without first looking at the ten minutes that led up to it. 

After just three minutes Conor Murray put one up from his own 22 after which Luke Marshall was pinged for offside.  Technically he was, though he was absolutely nowhere near the ball when it landed.  Jantjies nailed the penalty to give the home side an early lead.

Shortly after that, the Boks put up a kick of their own, which JP Pietersen was extremely near when it landed...near enough to catch as it happened.  However, he too was offside and nobody seemed to notice.

Then we had the Willie Le Roux challenge.  There’s many pointing out that the Springbok full back has his eyes on the ball.  That is true...up to a point.  The question we should be asking is...did he make a genuine attempt to catch the ball?  By the time the ball arrives to a catchable height, I think you can tell by the photo what the answer is.

Le Roux shuts his eyes and sticks out a hand.  How that’s an attempted catch is beyond me.  O’Halloran, meanwhile, was showing all his boyhood GAA skills in taking it cleanly.  So no - Le Roux’s actions were not those of someone who believed they could contest...they were those of someone trying to thwart.

Which brings us, as usual, to the notion of intent.  Of course he didn’t mean to hurt O’Halloran.  But once you close your eyes, or turn your back as Stander did, you have to take responsibility for what comes next.  So there was no doubt that this deserved the sanction of a card.  But what colour?  Here’s where the TMO comes in.

“I’m seeing the top of his shoulders the top of his back”

Allow me to translate : “I’m choosing not to see that he also lands on his neck.”

The whole “where does he land first” issue is never straightforward.  Gravity simply doesn’t choose a single part of your body to make sure you can distinguish which finds the turf before any of the others.  If anything it was a dead heat between his neck, his shoulders and the top of his back.  And thus, it should be red.

And another thing...if you fully believe the top of back/shoulder theory, why do you allow the concussion test for O’Halloran?  Surely you must think this is purely for show?

Naturally we can’t expect the officials to take into account what happened to CJ Stander two weeks earlier.  Still, by my reckoning, while the situations and collisions were different, the amount of recklessness was about the same so they’re either both yellow or both red yet in each case the home side got the advantage.

We actually made pretty good hay out of the extra man, which makes you wonder what we would have done with it for the remainder of the match.  But we’ll never know, and I’ve said my piece on the incident now, so let’s crack on with the remaining rugby shall we.

Our only try of the day was actually Schmidtball at its finest.  Lineout on the 22, power play, crash ball teasing out weak points along the defensive line, and eventually it was Luke Marshall going over with a nice finish.  Shortly after we were at it again, only this time all we got was a penalty...Jackson missed this as Le Roux returned to the field but we soon got another chance and it was 3-10.

There was definitely a feeling of deja vu in that we looked like we could be on our way to amassing another big lead.  Trouble is though, for the 70 minutes of the contest where it was 15 v 15, we didn’t find it so easy breaching their first row of tacklers at all.

Now credit where it’s due...the Springbok defence was in the zone for this contest.  An extremely tough nut to crack indeed.  But by the same token you have to say they had to be, because we had shown in the previous weeks that any weak spot would be exploited.

Our problems with the ball were partly down to pressure from their D but it was also down to accuracy, mostly in midfield.  I may incur the wrath of Ulster fans when I say the Jackson/Olding/Marshall axis was costly but I don’t mean it as an insult to a particular province.  We simply never had the benefit of the same starting combo over the three weeks and this is a vital area especially to a Joe Schmidt plan.

Layoffs were going astray, knockons were killing set moves...our accuracy just wasn’t there when it needed to be.  The stats tell the story...we had two-thirds of the possession yet they had two-thirds of the territory.  We struggled to do anything with it when we had it.

Another area where we had costly issues was the scrum.  I’m done analysing this area of the game.  Having played prop myself I should be all over this like a rash but what is done on the pitches today is a far cry from anything I saw “in my day”.  Predicting when a pen is coming, and indeed which way it’s going, has become a lottery much of the time.  Let’s just say that on penalty count from the scrum in this match, we were getting mulchified.

But the score was still 10-6 in our favour with just two minutes left in the first half, and we had a lineout throw on halfway.  “All” we had to do was bring the score into the dressing room and we’d be well set. 

We won the set piece (good day at the office here) but fell to the midfield mixups once again and the home side’s determination got them into our 22 before Jantjies floated a perfectly-weighted kick over Andrew Trimble into the grateful arms of Pietersen (he was well onside this time, don’t worry I checked!) for a killer score before the break.

So that left us with just 40 minutes left in our season (remember..for the Boks, this was akin to a late-November international).  Plenty of time for us to claw our way back.  But pretty much everything that ailed us in the first half followed us into the second - though this time they were coming in sequence...Ireland possession > knock on > scrum penalty > 3 Bok points.

And I hate to say it but the inconsistent refereeing continued as well.  Many thanks to the great Three Red Kings blog for saving me some spadework here...at one stage CJ Stander is penalised for not releasing when he wasn’t even the tackler while Faf de Klerk gets no sanction for not releasing when he actually was the tackler.

When the final whistle blew I saw a lot of comment online suggesting Joe Schmidt didn’t use his bench properly.  This complaint annoyed me greatly.  Not that it wasn’t necessarily justified, but for that to be the first source of grievance after this display, indeed this series, was mind-boggling. 

First and foremost I have to compliment our defence, and for this credit goes both to Andy Farrell and Les Kiss for leaving things in decent shape.  Apart from that lung-busting mile-high final quarter in Johannesburg, we made life very difficult for the home side right up to the very end. 

When we had our accuracy, we did very well with the ball.  Sadly it seemed to desert us in that final test when we needed it most.  Few could argue we left at least a few points out there on the pitch even without the officiating controversy.

Then you have to look at the injury count.  Back at the beginning of August when we played our first test of the new campaign I firmly believed we could win the World Cup.  (Note could, not would).  But that belief was based on at the very least three from O’Connell, Sexton, O’Brien, O’Mahony, Payne, Rob Kearney & Bowe being availavle for the duration.  Throw in Henshaw and they were all absent in Port Elizabeth.

So when we’re doing our post mortem on this series, I’ll let those who want to pick out only negatives do just that.  I’m not saying there weren’t any, but we’ve got our southern hemisphere win, the ranking point boost that goes with it, and a lot of extra game time for players in key positions.  Joe now knows for sure that he can move Payne to 15 and still get a solid outing from his starting centres, for example.

And I have to hand it to Allister Coetzee & his new Springbok charges for clawing their way back from that first test defeat and deficits in the other two.  They learned a lot of things too...like what a pacy 9 they have in de Klerk and what Ruan Combrinck brings to the party (I’d still put him in the centre though).

But for us, the season ends as one of overall disappointment, that has to be said.  The tour, however, must be seen as a net positive for Ireland.  Be honest...if the bookies’ points spreads came true and we lost the three tests but 15, 13 and 8 points respectively, would you have been surprised?  Instead we lost on aggregate by just SIX.

We can dwell on what might have been or we can look forward to what comes ahead.  And with a promising crop of Wolfpuppies coming through the ranks and all four provinces getting top-table Euro rugby next season, I know what I’ll be doing, that’s for sure.

As for Joe Schmidt, I know he has some difficult decisions to make over the next while, and hopefully he’ll get all the space he needs.  Obviously, I’m hoping he’ll stay, but by the same token I appreciate the many factors involved in him exploring other options.

Which brings us to the end of another season.  We’ll definitely be doing some harping over the next month or so though nowhere near as frequently. 

I’d like to thank all our sponsors throughout the year for helping to keep the lights on here at Harpin Manor, in particular our mainstay the Irish Rugby Supporters Club.

Then we have our contributors - Ciaran Duffy, Joe Sheppard, Emma McGarry, Kristian Ross, Neil Keegan among others...also, thanks to those who pass on little nuggets of links and info they find interesting.

But most of all, I’m thanking you for keeping up with my ramblings.  When I meet readers in person, I often get the same reaction “Ah, yeah, Harpin On Rugby, cool...yeah, I often read your stuff!  Don’t always agree with it mind, but yeah, I often read it!”

That is genuinely good to hear.  If I thought everyone was going to agree with everything I said, I’d start a cult not a blog.  The debate is always enjoyable and long may it continue.  Until next season...have a great summer folks.  JLP

Front Five - 27.06.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
 
Not a great weekend for Irish sport
but the show must go on here at Harpin Manor
our 3rd test writeup will post later today
and it’s titled “Net Positive”
 
 

All in all, (Joe said it had been a tough season...comparing the “fully fit team” barring Jared Payne which dismantled France in the World Cup to the one which finished this series.
 
 
Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

...tries in either half from Aoife Doyle and Alison Miller weren't enough to deny Russia sealing a 19-10 victory
 
 
Nigel Whittaker - Irish Independent

…former Test referee Jonathan Kaplan reckons the Springboks full-back should have been sent off.
 
 
Brendan Fanning - The Guardian

Henderson has been talking up their chances of breaking the drought when the teams clash in Chicago and Dublin in November.
 
 
Stuff.co.nz

Ireland are 4/9 favourite to win next year's bid to host the tournament - when this year's U20s will be entering their prime at 27, 28 years of age.
 
 
Conor O'Leary - Balls.ie

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Front Five - 26.06.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
 
Citing Le Roux the same day literally adds insult to injury
 
Anywho…best of luck to the Irish women at UCD today
(Quarterfinal v Tunisia kicks off at 11:50am)
plus of course the Boys in Green over in Lyon
 
 

"...sometimes you feel that you just don’t get what you deserve for the amount of effort you put into it"
 
 
Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

Fair play to the Leinster forward but Harry Mallinder must wonder what else he has to do.
 
 
Pat McCarry - SportsJOE.ie

The hosts Ireland looked in relatively good nick and survived an early scare against Portugal.
 
 
Alison Donnelly - ScrumQueens

“Three six-point results (wining margins); two of them unfortunately didn’t go our way."
 
 
Richard Mulligan - Belfast Newsletter

The hearing will...be heard by Judicial Officer, Terry Willis, of Australia.
 
 
SuperSport.com

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Front Five - 25.06.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
 
Once again best wishes to all Irish sports teams in action this weekend
 
 
The grid for our “unriggable raffle” competition will post lunchtime
 
 

"We're better prepared, there's faith put in, the like of, with Jared Payne being injured, Tiernan (O'Halloran) has trained all week and he is prepared to start."
 
 
Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

When Nigel Carolan took over as coach to the Ireland Under-20 squad at the start of last season, he invited the players to come up with a mission statement that defined the way they wanted to play.
 
 
John O'Sullivan - Irish Times

Already an athlete of international class, the switch into sevens revitalised O’Flynn and she was immediately engrossed by her new sport.
 
 
Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

“I don’t think we’ve set the bar anywhere yet,”
 
 
Belfast Newsletter

Masoe, who played alongside Collins for the All Blacks, Hurricanes and Lions, was seen on French TV holding 2-year-old Ayla Collins on the sidelines
 
 
Stuff.co.nz

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Preview : RSA v IRE 3rd test

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logo post greenThe thing about test rugby is that no matter how good you are at your position, you can never be guaranteed a rake of caps.  Simply not possible.  At club level you can always find somewhere else to ply your trade but there are only 15 starting national jerseys available at any given time and if someone else is ahead of you in the pecking order, that’s just how it is.


Eoin Reddan announced his retirement yesterday, and his contribution to the game wherever he went will not be forgotten.  He won Heineken Cups at two different clubs, yet at test level he just never got the break needed either side of the Stringer/ROG and Murray/Sexton eras.


But that shouldn’t take from his contribution to both Leinster and Ireland rugby over the years, and this Saturday could see one of his most important contributions ever.


Assuming things don’t reach the proportions of the Hamilton Horror Show of 2012, this will have been a beneficial series for Ireland in South Africa even with defeat in Port Elizabeth.  The win on foreign soil will have been achieved, thus leaving our ranking points in good stead.


Then we must take into account the ever-growing injury list.  Remember...in an ideal world we all know Joe Schmidt wants Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne in the centre, and while both did well despite an increase in the numbers on their backs, they are both out of the equation now.  On top of Sexton, O’Brien, O’Mahony, Bowe...it’s a pretty safe bet that this is not the team Joe would have picked.


Of course we also can’t forget just what a ridiculously long campaign this has been.  When South Africa went out of the World Cup at the semifinal stage, it was the end of their season.  For our players, it was only just beginning, and it’s only ending now.  I’d call that a freakishly long amount of time only that it is out-freaked by the Top14 season which only concludes tonight and is the same whether there’s a World Cup or not.


Strangely the bookies are more confident about Ireland’s chances than they were for the last two tests.  Each time they predicted double-digit defeats for us and now they think we’ll go down by “just” the 8.  Unfortunately my official forecasts go the other way...I thought tests 1 & 2 would have bigger defeats yet this one I fear could see us fall short by 10-12.


But that’s my “official” prediction, based on the factors I outlined above - not ideal team, long season, etc.  I still firmly believe we CAN win, though it will take a complete 80-minute effort from the complete 23-man squad.


Starting in the centre we have Messrs Olding & Marshall, both of whom have had game time on this tour and you can be sure Joe & Andy will have them all ready and fired up for their specific roles.  There’s no getting round their inexperience at test match level especially when you throw Tiernan O’Halloran behind them into the mix, but then again how do you get that experience any other way but playing?  They have certainly all played in high profile matches on big stages.


Then you have the Murray-Jackson outhalf pairing which has done extremely well executing Schmidtball on this tour.  So what if some don’t see it “playing rugby” - it gets results and while Paddy may not have done enough to unseat a fully fit Sexton, he has most definitely shown he can play comfortably at this level and his place kicking has also been impressive.


If we are to get ahead on Saturday we will rely on our pack, where we have made good headway in set pieces and the breakdown.  This is the tight eight Joe & Simon have wanted for this series, and here’s hoping we finally get to take full advantage of them, and our bench is a whole lot stronger this time around.


On the South African side of things, it’s hardly a surprise that they are starting Ruan “The Punisher” Combrinck given his impact in Johannesburg, though it remains to be seen how well he does from the start.  If our defence settles into a rhythm the Boks may regret getting the ball too quickly into the wider channels, provided of course we have enough cover out there.


All in all it promises to be a fascinating battle.  Hopefully we can stay in it up to the final quarter, and if we’re looking for an increase in tempo for those closing stages I can think of noone better to introduce to the fray than Eoin Reddan. 


Here’s to a perfect send-off for his career.  I don’t think that will happen, but I didn’t think Leicester would win the Premiership, I didn’t think Connacht would win the Pro12, I didn’t think the Republic of Ireland were going to score after that Wes Hoolahan miss, and I didn’t think Brexit would happen.  So you probably shouldn’t listen to me. ;-) JLP


PS It goes without saying but I should still say it...The Women’s 7s have their big qualifier tournament in UCD, Northern Ireland are playing Wales, the Republic of Ireland are playing France and last but certainly not least, the Wolfpuppies have the small matter of a World Cup final against England...best of luck to all!


#COYBIG #ShoulderToShoulder #FourProudProvinces



SOUTH AFRICA : 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk,

1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 3 Frans Malherbe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Francois Louw, 7 Siya Kolisi, 8 Warren Whiteley

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Lwazi Mvovo


Castle Lager Incoming Series, Third Test

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Saturday, 25 June, 2016 KO 4pm (Irish time)

Ref: Glen Jackson (NZRU)

AR1: Angus Gardner (ARU)

AR2: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

TMO: Rowan Kitt (RFU)

Front Five - 24.06.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
 
Wouldn’t a series win be the perfect send-off for Eoin Reddan?
We’ll post our preview later today.
 
 

"...the inexperienced trio of Tiernan O'Halloran, Stuart Olding and Luke Marshall will occupy the Nos 15, 12 and 13 jerseys, having never played together at this level before."
 
 
Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

Coetzee believes that the selection of Ruan Combrinck...will block off one of the avenues of attack that Ireland exploited in the previous two matches.
 
 
Supersport.com

Vote by heading to www.facebook.com/WorldRugby 
 
 
Talking Rugby Union

“I’m looking around the dressing room and a lot of my peers are disappearing." - Mike Ross
 
 
Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

The four Irish provinces will discover their opponents...when the draw is made next Wednesday in Neuchâtel.
 
 
Paul Dollery - The42.ie

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rugby on TV : June 24-30

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Yet another massive weekend for Irish sport ahead...and apparently there's some football on as well! ;-)

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Thu Jun 233:00pmSARACENS V EXETER CHIEFS (REPEAT)PREM 2015/16BT SPORT 2
7:00pm20 YEARS OF SUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS 1
7:55pmHUDDERSFIELD V WAKEFIELDSUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS 1
8:00pmSTERLO ON THE COUCHNRLSETANTA 1
10:30pmTHE WORLD RUGBY SHOWSKY SPORTS 3
Fri Jun 2410:30amPANTHERS V RABBITOHSNRLSETANTA 1
7:30pmTOULON V RACING 92TOP 14 FINALTV5MONDE/SKY SPORTS 1
Sat Jun 255:55amKNIGHTS V DRAGONSNRLSETANTA 1
8:00amNEW ZEALAND V WALESTHIRD TESTSKY SPORTS 1
8:25amSHARKS V WARRIORSNRLSETANTA 1
10:30amBULLDOGS V BRONCOSNRLSETANTA 1
10:30amAUSTRALIA V ENGLANDTHIRD TESTSKY SPORTS 1
12:34pmIRELAND V TRINIDAD & TOBAGOWOMENS SEVENSWWW.WORLDRUGBY.ORG
1:25pmHULL FC V CATALANS DRAGONSRL CHALLENGE CUPSKY SPORTS 1
2:15pmARGENTINA U20 V SOUTH AFRICA U20JUNIOR WORLD C'SHIPTG4 / SKY SPORTS 3
3:30pmSOUTH AFRICA V IRELANDTHIRD TESTSKY SPORTS 1
3:40pmIRELAND V PORTUGALWOMENS SEVENSWWW.WORLDRUGBY.ORG
4:30pmAUSTRALIA U20 V NEW ZEALAND U20JUNIOR WORLD C'SHIPTG4 / SKY SPORTS 3
5:15pmWIGAN WARRIORS V CASTLEFORD TIGERSRL CHALLENGE CUPBBC 2
6:45pmIRELAND U20 V ENGLAND U20JUNIOR WORLD C'SHIP FINALTG4 / SKY SPORTS 3
6:46pmIRELAND V CHINAWOMENS SEVENSWWW.WORLDRUGBY.ORG
Sun Jun 264:55amTITANS V RAIDERSNRLSETANTA 1
7:00amSTORM V TIGERSNRLSETANTA 1
10:00amPLAYOFFS (THROUGHOUT THE DAY)WOMENS SEVENSWWW.WORLDRUGBY.ORG
4:00pmSOUTH AFRICA V IRELANDRSA V IRE 3RD TESTSKY SPORTS 1
Mon Jun 279:30amCOWBOYS V SEA EAGLESNRLSETANTA 1
6:00pmRUGBY UNION GOLDSKY SPORTS 3
7:30pmMONDAY NIGHT WITH MATTY JOHNSNRLSETANTA 1
8:00pmULSTER V TOULOUSE (REPEAT)CHAMPIONS CUPBT SPORT 2
Tue Jun 282:00pmRUGBY TONIGHT : THE DEMOSBT SPORT 2
8:00pmRACING 92 V NORTHAMPTON (REPEAT)CHAMPIONS CUPBT SPORT 2
8:00pmFULLTIMENRLSETANTA 1
Wed Jun 293:00pmTOULON V WASPS (REPEAT)CHAMPIONS CUPBT SPORT 2
8:00pmTHE FOOTY SHOWNRLSETANTA 1
9:00pmRUGBY UNION GOLDSKY SPORTS 3
Thu Jun 309:30amROOSTERS V BULLDOGSNRLSETANTA 1
6:30pm20 YEARS OF SUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS 1
7:30pmHUDDERSFIELD GIANTS V HULL FCSUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS 1
8:00pmSTERLO ON THE COUCHNRLSETANTA 1

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