Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Front Five - 31.07.19

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

It kills me to have the words 'Love Island'
on these pages but I suppose with this news
I can't help it 🙄


"To come from barely scraping into Europe in my second year to consistently getting to semi-finals, I feel the team is in touching distance of winning now."


Stephen Barry - Irish Examiner

"I need some consistency, but I'm still going to keep playing the way I'm going to play."


Andy Newport - The Scotsman

The interesting twist is the presence of dark blue as the accent colour on both the sleeve cuffs and the collar – which is a beautiful low-profile take on a classic rugby collar.


Rugby Shirt Watch

The 25-year-old’s latest performance against the All Blacks showed several of the high-quality aspects of his skillset.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

It is believed he will return to pre-season training around August. He has also made it clear he wants to help Ireland qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo


Rugby World

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Front Five - 30.07.19

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

If you get caught, it's 'cheating'
If you don't, it's 'gamesmanship'


...when the Irish players assemble for departure in early September, they will be the first Irish Squad travelling for a Rugby World Cup in expectation, rather than hope.


Digging Like a Demented Mole

"...when we talk about the interplay between forwards and backs, there is a key Individual for you."


Patrick McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

"There is a great aura about him and I think maybe the Munster backs might derive more confidence from a guy like him."


Rúaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

The Top 14 season starts on 24 August and continues during the Rugby World Cup


The42.ie (via AFP)

...on a scale of illegal things to do on the rugby field this would rank well down the end of cheeky over cheating.


NZ Herald

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Front Five - 29.07.19

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

This British & Irish League
thing doesn't look like it's going
anywhere soon


O’Malley was part of Ireland’s 2012 Six Nations squad too and, again, would almost certainly have gone on to win many caps after O’Driscoll’s retirement.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

Joe Schmidt presented the newly promoted referees with their jerseys at Camp in Johnstown Estate in Co. Meath.


IrishRugby.ie

"The PRO14 gets too many undeserved knocks....it's too expensive for supporters to travel to games outside their country"


Anthony Woolford - WalesOnline

JRFU vice president Katsuyuki Kiyomiya has proposed a new professional league in the country that would begin in 2021


Alex Shaw - RugbyPass

If Whitelock and Barrett start the big games, specialist lock Tuipulotu's presence on the bench would reduce the All Blacks' versatility.


NZ Herald

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Front Five - 28.07.19

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




South Africa’s tactical kicking game and brutal defence kept them in the game when the All Blacks looked to have gone up a gear in the final quarter.


Greg Stutchbury - Irish Independent

The newly-constructed Unosumai Stadium proved a wonderful venue...in a preview of the upcoming World Cup.


Americas Rugby News

Taking part was an easy decision - we are an inclusive club and this is an inclusive sport and that is something to be proud of.


SportsJoe.ie

Argentina, who ran the All Blacks close on home soil last week, will be disappointed with a seventh straight Test defeat


SkySports.com

...following scans which confirmed no fracture or joint damage, sports physician Mark Fulcher says it's not time for Kiwi rugby fans to panic.


NZ Herald

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Front Five - 26.07.19

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

ICYMI click here for
upcoming rugby on Irish TV


“I’ve got massive boots to fill with Rory (Best) outgoing, but it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to."


Irish Independent

If the predictions come true, a British and Irish League of 24 teams split into two sections will change the landscape of the game


Peter Jackson - The Rugby Paper

The series begins today with an iconic Elliot Daly try from the 2017 Championship


SixNationsRugby.com

Japan coach Jamie Joseph has sprung a major surprise with South African flanker Lappies Labuschagne handed the captaincy on debut.


Americas Rugby News

'If I helped one person then it was worth it'


Jade Hayden - SportsJoe.ie

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Harpin Points : "Box kicks, bonus points & super 7s" (PODCAST)


This week's Harpin Point titles...

  1. REMEMBER REMEMBER THE SIXTH OF SEPTEMBER
  2. BOX KICKING CLEVER
  3. CHAMPIONSHIP MINUTES
  4. HAVING A BONUS TO PICK
  5. SEVENS ON THE UP

Still feeling our way around the whole podcast producing task but bear with us, we'll get there. This week's show includes more Harpin Points on various rugby topics, news of an upcoming event or two, and even a little snippet of music. Enjoy. JLP

PRESS PLAY ON THE BOX ABOVE OR BETTER STILL, WE'RE ON MOST MAJOR POD PLATFORMS SO WHY NOT SUBSCRIBE!!!

Rugby on TV : July 25-Aug 1

Rugby on TV is brought to you by
the IrishRugby TV YouTube channel


We reported a few weeks ago that the BT Sport package had transferred to Sky's control from eir; here are more details including the new pricing structure

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25

9AM - HARLEQUINS V EXETER CHIEFS (R) - PREM 19/20 - BT SPORT 3
10:30AM - NORTHAMPTON V EXETER CHIEFS (R) - PREM 19/20 - BT SPORT 3
12PM - RUGBY TONIGHT : BEST OF - BT SPORT 3
5PM - BACK CHAT - NRL - FREESPORTS TV
11PM - RUGBY AM - NRL - FREESPORTS TV

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

7:30AM - THE WORLD RUGBY SHOW - SKY SPORTS ACTION
9AM - NORTHAMPTON V GLOUCESTER (R) - PREM 18/19 - BT SPORT 3
10:30AM - EXETER CHIEFS V SARACENS (R) - PREM 18/19 - BT SPORT 3
12PM - RUGBY TONIGHT SEASON REVIEW - BT SPORT 3
10:30PM - SUPER LEAGUE GOLD - SKY SPORTS ARENA

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

8AM - NEW ZEALAND V SOUTH AFRICA (L) - RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT

8:30AM - TITANS V BRONCOS (L) - NRL - SKY SPORTS ARENA
10:30AM - AUSTRALIA V ARGENTINA (L) - RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP - SKY SPORTS ACTION
10:30AM - STORM V EAGLES (L) - NRL - SKY SPORTS ARENA
1:15PM - WARRINGTON V WOLVES (L) - RL CUP - BBC 1
2PM - CHEETAHS V GRIQUAS (L) - CURRIE CUP - SKY SPORTS ARENA
4PM - WESTERN PROVINCE V GOLDEN LIONS (L) - CURRIE CUP - SKY SPORTS MIX
4PM - ST HELENS V HALIFAX (L) - RL CUP - BBC 2
8PM - SUPER LEAGUE GOLD - SKY SPORTS ARENA

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28


7AM - PANTHERS V RAIDERS (L) - NRL - SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT


MONDAY, JANUARY 29


11AM - SUPER LEAGUE GOLD - SKY SPORTS ARENA

10PM - SUPER LEAGUE GOLD - SKY SPORTS ARENA

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30


8PM - SUPER LEAGUE GOLD - SKY SPORTS ARENA


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31


6:30AM - RUGBY TONIGHT : SEASON REVIEW - BT SPORT 3
8AM - PREMIERSHIP TRIES OF THE SEASON - BT SPORT 3
4PM - NRL TRY TIME - SKY SPORTS ARENA
9:30PM - RUGBY AM - NRL - FREESPORTS TV


THURSDAY, AUGUST 1

5PM - RUGBY LEAGUE BACK CHAT - NRL - FREESPORTS TV 
7PM - HULL FC V WIGAN WARRIORS (L) - SKY SPORTS ARENA
9:30PM - THE WORLD RUGBY SHOW - SKY SPORTS ACTION
9:30PM - RUGBY AM - NRL - FREESPORTS TV 

L = LIVE
R = FULL REPEAT
T = TAPE DELAY
H = HIGHLIGHTS

Times generally refer to beginning of broadcast not kickoff
Check local listings for repeat showings
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Front Five - 25.07.19

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

titled "Box kicks, bonus points & super 7s"


"...the team would not take a semi-final if you offered it to them...They want to win the World Cup and feel they are capable of winning it."


Rúaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

Our shared mentality has many in both nations hoping for a meeting - with the final being the preference.


Kate Rowan - Stuff.co.nz

Gordon D'Arcy, Peter Stringer...Jerry Flannery...Eimear Considine and Louise Galvin will be offering their views


PJ Browne - Balls.ie

"He can create something out of nothing, whether it's for himself or someone else. That's what you want from a No 10"


Patrick McKendry - NZ Herald

The 31-year last played for the Wallabies in 2016 and has fought back to top form to earn a return


The Guardian (via AAP)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Front Five - 24.07.19

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

Recording episode 4
of the podcast today
more Harpin Points, 
a Rugby Championship review
plus news of upcoming events


"That's possibly been the toughest session we've had. I don't know if it was the shock or the content, but it was certainly a marker to say we weren't coasting into anything."


Rúaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

“The difficulty with naming rights – and I’ll speak against this myself – is that it’s much easier to sell naming rights for a new stadium than it is for a stadium that’s already there."


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

During the first three weeks of the World Cup preparation camp Scotland trained in Inverness, at Oriam and in Portugal.


Gary Heatly - The Scotsman

"You don't want to praise a guy too much, but you can't do other than praise him after the way he played"


SkySports.com

"I don't really see what is in it for the us (the English clubs), the overall league will be better off but some of the individual clubs will become just smaller fish in a bigger pond"


Josh Raisey - RugbyPass

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Front Five - 23.02.19

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

No disrespect to Scannell & Herring
but Cronin's spot on the Irish bench
should be relatively safe, at least
going into the warmups


Cronin has put the head down in camp over the last four weeks as he faces direct competition from Niall Scannell and Rob Herring to get on the plane to Japan alongside captain Rory Best.


Ryan Bailey - The42.ie

Twenty four Friday Night Lights games have been included as the popularity of floodlit fixtures grows for clubs and supporters alike.


IrishRugby.ie

...his chances of playing in a World Cup for the first time appear to have taken a major blow.


SkySports.co.uk

Following their defeat, sixth-place Australia's cushion over Scotland is down to one-and-a-half points.


Sport.co.za

(David) Wallace, one of the most explosive athletes to be produced by the Irish system, started on the wing against Border Reivers at Thomond Park


Ian Cameron - RugbyPass

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Front Five - 22.07.19

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

Well done Shane 👍 


It is the third year on the trot that Anthony Eddy’s men have finished in Europe’s top-three, with all bar two members of today’s bronze medal-winning squad aged between 19 and 23.


IrishRugby.ie

An anonymous club chairman is quoted thus: 'A British League will happen in two years’ time.'


Mark Orders - WalesOnline

It remains one of the vagaries of rugby union that two different people can look at exactly the same footage and come to polar-opposite verdicts...


Andy Withers and Sam Bruce - ESPN.co.uk

Japan are headed back to the World Rugby u20 Championship after defeating Portugal 35-34 in a thrilling contest


Americas Rugby News

Olé olé olowry! Delighted for Shane and delighted for Portrush to have an Irish winner! #WhatAWeekend @ShaneLowryGolf #TheOpen - @TommyBowe


Michael McCarthy - Balls.ie

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Front Five - 21.07.19

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

Great to have live test rugby back 👍 


Herschel Jantjies sparkled with a brace of tries to help the Springboks to a hard fought 35-17 win over Australia


Mahlatse Mphahlele - TimesLive.co.za

Los Pumas came out as the better team in the second half.


Americas Rugby News

“My kids don’t go to matches, they’d much rather be at home watching it on the television or on the laptop – it’s curious. It’s trying to find that balance."


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

“We’ve got Ireland first up in a difficult pool, so we need to negotiate that first and then take it from there.”


David Barnes - The Scotsman

With most law changes in rugby, it has to go through various stages and trials. But if it's a safety concern, it can be implemented immediately - which is what has happened here.


Nigel Owens - WalesOnline

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Front Five - 20.07.19

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

Friday was quite the 
busy news dump day


“We’ve 45 players in the squad and the way the players have gone over the last few weeks, they’re making it incredibly hard on us to whittle them down."


Sean McMahon - Pundit Arena

This best-ever financial year follows an earlier-than-expected return to a surplus recorded for the 2017/18 season


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

This will be the first of three meetings with Saints for Leo Cullen’s men as both sides have been drawn into Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1 along with Benetton Rugby and Lyon.


Conor Sharkey - LeinsterRugby.ie

Synonymous with Sunday’s Well RFC, he has created a piece of club history by becoming the first member since the club’s foundation in 1906 to be elected President of the IRFU.


IrishRugby.ie

Wayne Barnes will take charge of Ireland's opening Rugby World Cup fixture against Scotland in September.


RTÉ Rugby

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Rugby Africa update : week ending July 19



Victoria Cup: Positive Start as Zimbabwe Sables edge Zambia

This is a good result for Zimbabwe, one which head Coach Brendan Dawson would have liked to be more clinical especially as Zimbabwe faces Uganda in two weeks


Zimbabwe Sables opened their Victoria Cup campaign with a convincing 39-10 victory over Zambia in front of a packed Machinery Exchange Stadium at Harare Sports Club.

By half time Zimbabwe led 15-3 after Daniel Mango and Daniel Capsopoulos dotted a try each, Mangongo had the bigger smile scoring on his debut.

Zambia made two attempts before scoring off a penalty within range, the Sables had built a fortress defense which proved too colossal for the visitors to permeate.

Capsopoulos made it a brace of tries in the second half as did debutant Takudzwa Chieza who scored two blistering tries much to the amusement of the home crowd.

Zambian Coach Lawrence Njovu said they expected a very tough encounter and the result was no surprise.

“We knew Zimbabwe will come hard at us, we beat them last year and we knew they will be coming back for us.

“We came with 70% of a new team and we had a few hiccups as we had injuries from our league final last week. Twelve of our players were injured and we had to pick boys from our under-20s, but we cannot take away anything from Zimbabwe.”

This is a good result for Zimbabwe, one which head Coach Brendan Dawson would have liked to be more clinical especially as Zimbabwe faces Uganda in two weeks.

“The score line is a nice win but I don’t believe we performed as well as I wanted, I don’t think we were accurate enough. We did not protect our ball enough.

“We had some good scummaging and some good line-outs everything was good but we were not clinical and we lost too much ball possession.

 “Our penalty count was ridiculous – we cannot afford to play the top-level sides and win like that,” said Dawson.

Meanwhile Zambia Women broke the hearts of Zimbabwe Women’s national team beating them 19-18 having come from a 13-5 deficit at half time.

Churchill Bulldogs were brought to a grinding halt in a 10-10 stalemate against St Georges College in a hair raising school boy derby.

Nigeria: Rugby seminar excites Lagos school Teachers and Pupils


The well-attended event with over 46 primary and secondary school teachers in attendance, also drew stakeholders in the rugby football community


The much-awaited seminar on rugby for primary and secondary school teachers in Lagos Island tagged ‘Get Into Rugby’ lived up to the billings as the participants exuded so much enthusiasm over the seminar.

The event organized by the Lagos Island Rugby Football Club and sponsored by Hon. Larinde Williams, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, was in conjunction with Lagos State Rugby Association, was held at the Christ Church Cathedral School Hall, Broad St, Lagos Island, Wednesday.

And the well-attended event with over 46 primary and secondary school teachers in attendance, also drew stakeholders in the rugby football community including the Chairman, Lagos State Rugby Association, Mr Akinwunmi Akintola, Mr Dele Coker, Team Manager of the Nigeria National Rugby teams.

Others included representatives of the Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission, politicians led by APC party chieftain in Lagos Island, Chief Sobaloju, as well as, Mr. Moshood Mayegun, Education Secretary, Lagos Island LGEA, Mr. Adeyemi Onanuga, Director of Sports, Education District III, and distinguished individuals from different walks of life.

Speaking with the press during the event, the Lagos State Rugby boss, Akintola, said his body would continue to collaborate with the organizers in order to make it better appreciated in the state.

On his part, the founder of the newly formed Lagos Island Rugby Football Club and initiator of the event, Hon. Larinde Williams promised that such a seminar would be a continuous one and with coaches being assigned to schools to train the teachers and the kids.

"We want to follow the success template in countries like England and South Africa, where the sport is introduced to the kids from the ages of 5-6. And we shall see how we can provide these schools with technical support at all times,” the former national basketball and hockey star stated.

Mayegun, on his part, promised that the Lagos Island LGEA is willing to continue its partnership with the organizers to make rugby popular and accepted at the grassroots level and in schools.

The seminar is a prelude to the major event slated for next month, August. It is a twin event to officially launch the newly formed Lagos Island Rugby Football Club, as well as, the Governor’s Cup to commemorate the inauguration of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Zambia turns focus on Kenya meet


The team which comprises both experienced and upcoming players will be expected to put in their very best as they take on the 2nd ranked team in Africa


The Zambia Rugby National Team Coach has shifted his focus to the upcoming Kenya Rugby game set to be played on Saturday 27th July, 2019 at the Diggers Rugby Club in Kitwe.

Coach Lawrence Njovu has summoned a 31 member squad as the team regroups for residential camp this weekend. The team which comprises both experienced and upcoming players will be expected to put in their very best as they take on the 2nd ranked team in Africa.

Those summoned for camp include:

Berthlock Sikaona, Jubilee Chisenga, Patson Kasonde, Mphatso Mwashi, Fine Chinkumbe, Jason Thole, Israel Kalumba, Laston Mukosa, Rogers Mukupa, Edward Mumba, Bwalya Bwalya, Thaddious Chipoya, Vincent Nkole, Elisha Bwalya, Philip Kamanga, Isaac Sakala, Brian Mbalwe, Terry Kaushiku, Gift Kabungo, John Kabwela, Ian Mukupa, Mike Masabo, Chisanga Nkhoma, Nigel Chinese, Lawrence Kaushiku, Enock Mutembo, Mulimbika Mwale, Layson Mulusa, Musenge Bwalya, Larry Kaushiku and Skipper Ali Bhika.

"We are trying to fuse in youth and experience as a way of bridging the Gap between the now and the hereafter, we are not just preparing our team for the Kenya game but beyond too" Njovu said.

Zambia Rugby is among 3 other nations competing in the ongoing Victoria Cup 2019, the rest are Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda. Kenya and Uganda have already played against each other both home and away with each team bagging a win. Zambia played against Zimbabwe last weekend in Harare where they lost by a 39-10 scoreline.

Zambia Rugby is ranked 8th while the visitors Kenya Rugby are ranked number 2 on the Rugby Africa Men's 15 a-side standings.

Many thanks to the APO Group for including us on their media list.  JLP

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