Sunday, July 31, 2016

Front Five - 31.07.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

So I see the Lions are heading to NZ a year early!
(He said, knowing full well he can't possibly
be the first to make that joke)

PS - hard to believe but this Front 5 feature
has now been going for two years!



New recruits Robbie Henshaw, Niall Morris and Ian Nagle were all in Leinster HQ in UCD this week for pre-season training.


Conor Sharkey - LeinsterRugby.ie

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Lions outplayed, outmuscled and out-thought a New Zealand side for the second week in a row


Brenden Nel - SuperSport.com

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Barrett created the Hurricanes’ first try, scored their second and kicked two penalties and two conversions


Steve McMorran - FoxSports.com.au

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The current squad of All Blacks is so much better than the rest of the world that any coaches worth their salt would have a huge winning percentage with them.


Mark Reason - Stuff.co.nz

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Northampton Saints hot stepper Tom Collins cuts Saracens to pieces at the Singha 7s


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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Front Five - 30.07.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Of COURSE there are plans to have more 
Rugby Championship matches in stadia like Twickers
the best talent is in the south
and the best fan turnout is in the north
That's why we need a global calendar.


Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd had earlier insisted Coles would be given until "7.34[pm] and a half" to prove his fitness


NZ Herald

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Faf de Klerk will be looking to continue his run of fine form as he comes up his All Blacks' counterpart Aaron Smith


Sky Sports

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“The style of play in the Rugby Championship is a very exportable commodity"


Rugby World

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the five Australian franchises played their New Zealand Super Rugby counterparts 26 times this season. The Kiwis won 22 with a draw


David Lord - The Roar

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The French top tier kicks off in just over three weeks’ time


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Front Five - 29.07.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Rugby stories thin on the ground these days...
Came very close to including a story about the release
of fixtures for the Welsh regional leagues!


If the Pro12 wants to come for America for television money it isn't going to happen.


Curtis Reed - This Is American Rugby

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The New Zealander made over 100 appearances for the Irish province


Ed Huston - Sky Sports

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...travel is going to be a factor, a huge factor


From the bottom of the ruck

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Blackadder replaces former head coach Mike Ford, who was sacked in May


BBC Rugby

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The lads are clearly big hip-hop fans


Ben Blake - The42.ie

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rugby on TV : July 28-Aug 4



DateTimeShowCompetitionChannel
Thu Jul 286:30amWASPS V TOULON (REPEAT)CHAMP CUP 2015/16BT SPORT EUROPE
10:30amROOSTERS V BRONCOSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
6:00pmTHE WORLD RUGBY SHOWSKY SPORTS 5
10:30pmGRASSROOTS TO GREATSRUGBY TONIGHT SPECIALBT SPORT 1
Fri Jul 2910:30amBULLDOGS V DRAGONSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
3:45pmULSTER V TOULOUSE (REPEAT)CHAMP'S CUP 15/16BT SPORT EUROPE
6:45pmNORTHAMPTON,GLOUCESTER, QUINS & SARRIESPREM SEVENS QUALBT SPORT EUROPE
7:30pmWIGAN V HULL FCRL CHALLENGE CUPBBC2
Sat Jul 305:55amWARRIORS V PANTHERSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
8:15amHURRICANES V CHIEFSSUPER RUGBYSKY SPORTS 1
8:30amEELS V TIGERSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
10:30amCOWBOYS V STORMNRLEIR SPORTS 2
1:45pmLIONS V HIGHLANDERSSUPER RUGBYSKY SPORTS 4
2:00pmWARRINGTON V WAKEFIELDRL CHALLENGE CUPBBC1
2:45pmLEICESTER,NEWCASTLE,SALE,WORCESTERPREM SEVENS QUALBT SPORT EUROPE
Sun Jul 314:55amRABBITOHS V RAIDERSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
7:00amSEA EAGLES V KNIGHTSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
VIRGIN MEDIA CUSTOMERS LOSE EIR SPORTS (FORMERLY SETANTA) & BT SPORTS FROM MIDNIGHT ON JULY 31
Mon Aug 19:30amTITANS V SHARKSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
11:00pmFULLTIMESUPER LEAGUESKY SPORTS 2
Tue Aug 27:00pmMONDAY NIGHT WITH MATTY JOHNSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
8:00pmFULLTIMENRLEIR SPORTS 2
Wed Aug 32:30pmRABBITOHS V RAIDERS (REPEAT)NRLEIR SPORTS 2
8:00pmTHE FOOTY SHOWNRLEIR SPORTS 2
Thu Aug 410:30amDRAGONS V BRONCOSNRLEIR SPORTS 2
6:30pmTHE WORLD RUGBY SHOWSKY SPORTS 3
7:30pmWARRINGTON V ST HELENSSUPER LEAGUE 8SSKY SPORTS 1


Times generally refer to beginning of broadcast not kickoff
Check local listings for repeat showings
Feel free to let us know if something is missing! paganoblog@gmail.com

Front Five - 28.07.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.


"He got us believing that we were good enough to beat anyone and I don't really think we ever truly believed that before."


David Kelly - Irish Independent

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New Zealand are also pushing hard for a global season but, predictably, want it on their terms.


Andy Howell - WalesOnline

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"It no longer needs to be there, it should now revert back to the best players get selected"


Rugby365 (via FoxSports)

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Intriguingly, Midi Olympique claimed that Boudjellal met Lancaster in Paris last Thursday


Gavin Mortimer - Rugby World

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23 seconds of unadulterated epicness from Andy Goode in 2009


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Front Five - 27.07.16

Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Ritchie's argument is essentially "We're alright Jack"


"As far as we're concerned we have a great TV deal and we have stadia that are filled for every game. Why would you want to change something that works really well?"


Duncan Bech - Irish Independent


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His options remain, Super Rugby franchises the Highlanders and the Chiefs who have both expressed a keen interest to acquire his services - or Ireland.


Irish Times

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O’Connor...has left the club to pursue other opportunities.


The42.ie (via AFP)

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Incredibly, the Lions/Cats have finished last in Super Rugby six times and second-last a further five times.


Sam Worthington - FoxSports.com.au

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Enisei-STM know how to clean out a ruck


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