Wednesday, March 25, 2020

PODCAST : #RetroRugby 2 : Wales v Ireland 2009 with Conor Cronin



For the second installment of our #RetroRugby series I was joined by Conor Cronin to discuss Ireland’s unforgettable win over Wales in Cardiff back in 2009 - normally I go for pods of about half an hour but we had so much to harp on from this match I let it go even further...

RUNNING ORDER

Intro

1  What was rugby like at the time?

2 The first half hour

3 From the first score to "TOMMY BOOOOWE!!!"

4  From the fightback to the drop goals


5 From Paddy to Stephen to Geordan to....YES!!!!

Listen to the pod on the link above or on most major platforms - why not subscribe to be sure to get the next one?  JLP

Previously in the #RetroRugby series...

Monday, March 23, 2020

This week we're gonna #RetroRugby like it's 2009


If you happen to run a Leinster & Ireland rugby fan site and you're planning to rewatch classic matches during an enforced break in live action, it makes sense to start by going back to the most successful times.  And in recent history, you won't get two better years than 2009 and 2018 for that particular niche market.

So after kicking off our #RetroRugby series last week by featuring the famous "Sexton drop goal" match from Paris in the 2018 Six Nations, we thought it was fitting to switch our focus to 2009 since last Saturday marked 11 years to the day since we won the Grand Slam in Cardiff.

Not only was that a memorable year for both Leinster & Ireland Rugby, it was also our first full season of harping on these pages.  So we're hoping to do two pods this week - first we'll look at the Six Nations, with the Wales match being the highlight but to set the tone we'll also look briefly at the win over England at Croke Park in Round 3.  Joining me on that pod will be Conor Cronin.

Then later in the week we'll turn our attention to Leinster and that amazing day at Murrayfield against the Leicester Tigers, and my guest will be Ciarán Duffy of the excellent podcast Post To Post Sport.

If you want to join in with RetroRugby why not watch any or all of the full YouTube replays below and send us in your thoughts so we can share them on the pods, or failing that just subscribe (available through all major platforms) and listen!

We've more RetroRugby pods lined up over the coming weeks with Leinster, Ireland and even the Lions in the mix.  Hopefully you are all doing ok in these testing times and we can help our fellow egg-chasing nuts to get through it all!  JLP





Wednesday, March 18, 2020

PODCAST : #RetroRugby 1 : France v Ireland 2018 featuring @RugbyKino



To help fill the COVID19 void, I have enlisted some contributors to a project I call #RetroRugby where we look back over great contests from years gone by.  The idea is not just to go over the match in question but also to see how the rugby world stood at the time.  First on the list was France v Ireland from the 2018 Six Nations and rewatching it with me was @RugbyKino.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

#RetroRugby 1 : Front Five


I hope St Patrick's Day finds you & yours well.  It is a crazy time, no doubt about it.  

Right about now we should be harping on a completed Six Nations campaign, getting ready for today's Leinster Schools Cup Final at the RDS, as well as looking ahead to the remainder of the domestic rugby season and hopefully a continuation of Leinster's unbeaten run.

But alas that is not to be and rather than lament that reality, here at Harpin Manor we have chosen to lean into it and find a way to stay active by way of what we're calling #RetroRugby.

Of course we're not trying to say we invented this concept - all over the world sports fans are passing the time by rewatching classic contests.  We just want to do it our own way, and that involves spending the entire day of the rewatch attempting to recapture the sporting atmosphere of the time.  

So for our first match, namely the first of Ireland's Grand Slam campaign from 2018 (not too far back I know but still fitting IMO since we were meant to play in Paris last weekend), we start by sharing our "Front Five" feature from the the morning of the match.

Later today we will re-post our match preview, and then at 3pm, the rewatch will begin and I will be tweeting updates along with @RugbyKino.  I will be watching using this YouTube clip - the commentary is in French.  After full time I will post a selection of online comments from the day in question as well as my match writeup and finally, @RugbyKino and I will have a chat for a podcast to round things off.

Hopefully you'll join us and this can be a good way to get through the rugbyless weeks ahead!  JLP


A selection of quotes & links


"Hopefully I haven’t outstayed my welcome"


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

What looked, for the longest time, to be a French rout turned into one hell of a game in Bordeaux.


Pat McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

Roscrea advanced to the last-eight of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup after overcoming a stern challenge from Wesley College


Irish Independent

All five Ulster Bank League Division 1A matches on Saturday see clubs from opposite halves of the table go head-to-head


IrishRugby.ie

TV3 have taken over the coverage of the famous competition and will have to big boots to fill as RTE’s renowned coverage


Eddie Ryan - SportsJoe.ie

Monday, March 16, 2020

#RetroRugby kicks off with France v Ireland 2018


#1 : FRANCE V IRELAND SIX NATIONS 2018

REWATCH STARTS : TUESDAY MARCH 17 AT 3PM

Rather than leave the site idle over the coming weeks of uncertainty, we've decided here at Harpin Manor to hop on the re-watching bandwagon so for the near future we'll be going back over some great Leinster & Ireland matches from years gone by.

For our first installment, we're not going back all that far.  With no France v Ireland match last weekend, we're travelling back to February 2018 and the last time the two sides met in Paris.  Of course we all know how it turned out so the picture above isn't exactly a spoiler, but what we want to do with #RetroRugby is look back at how the rugby world was at that time so as well as re-watching the 80 minutes, we'll also be looking at sporting headlines, our Harpin match preview and then some of the online reactions to the result at the time where possible.

Joining me in the re-watch will be Cian "@RugbyKino" O'Mulleoir.  The plan is to start the video rolling at 3pm on St Patrick's Day and we'll be tweeting our way throughout and then that same evening, we'll record a chat about the match for a podcast to round things off.

Maybe if you're free you can watch along with us and share your thoughts along with us, otherwise check out the pod once I have it published.

I'll be using the YouTube clip below to watch - the commentary is in French though I find the foreign language element helps you form your own narratives.  If I find an alternative legal source with English I'll pass it on.

Hope you can join in this experimental project  - if so I'll see you on Twitter at 3 bells on Tuesday!!! JLP

Friday, March 13, 2020

Stay safe - back soon


Not much point harpin on rugby when there's little or no rugby on which to harp (much like there's little point in giving players bans for any number of weeks in that time) so we'll be suspending our regular features until everything returns to whatever "normal" is.

We'll stay active on social media if anything happens but otherwise take care of yourselves folks!  Hopefully this won't take too long.  JLP

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Rugby on TV : Mar 12-19

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


THURSDAY, MARCH 12

7PM
HULL FC V WARRINGTON (L)
SUPER LEAGUE
SKY SPORTS ARENA
SKY SPORTS MIX

10PM
THE LINE-OUT
VIRGIN MEDIA ONE

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

6AM
CHIEFS V HURRICANES (L)
SUPER RUGBY
SKY SPORTS ACTION

7PM
SALFORD V WIGAN (L)
SUPER LEAGUE
SKY SPORTS ARENA

7:20PM
WALES V SCOTLAND (L)
U20 SIX NATIONS
S4C

10PM
ENGLAND V WALES (H)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

11PM
SCOTLAND V FRANCE (H)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

3:20AM

BLUES V LIONS (L)
SUPER RUGBY
SKY SPORTS ACTION

5:30AM
SUNWOLVES V CRUSADERS (L)
SUPER RUGBY
SKY SPORTS ACTION

8:10AM
REDS V BULLS (L)
SUPER RUGBY
SKY SPORTS ACTION

8:30AM
PENRITH V ROOSTERS
NRL
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11AM
AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND (H-2016)
RUGBY'S GREATEST GAMES
SKY SPORTS ACTION

1PM
SHARKS V STORMERS (L)
SUPER RUGBY
SKY SPORTS ACTION

1:30PM
WALES V SCOTLAND (L)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA ONE
BBC ONE (1:45PM)

10:55PM
LOS JAGUARES V HIGHLANDERS (L)
SUPER RUGBY
SKY SPORTS ACTION

SUNDAY, MARCH 15


5AM

BRUMBIES V WARATAHS (L)
SUPER RUGBY
SKY SPORTS ACTION

2:30PM
SALE SHARKS V HARLEQUINS (L)
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY CUP
BT SPORT 1

8PM
WALES V SCOTLAND (R)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

MONDAY, MARCH 16


9AM

WALES V SCOTLAND (R)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

4:45PM
LOS ANGELES 7S (H)
SKY SPORTS MIX

TUESDAY, MARCH 17



1:50PM
CLONGOWES V NEWBRIDGE (L)
LEINSTER SCHOOLS FINAL
FREESPORTS

3PM
RS ARMAGH V WALLACE HS (L)
ULSTER SCHOOLS FINAL
BBC TWO

(SCHOOLS FINALS POSTPONED)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18


8PM
RUGBY TONIGHT ON TOUR
BT SPORT 1

9PM
INSIDE SUPER LEAGUE
SKY SPORTS ARENA


THURSDAY, MARCH 19

7PM
HUDDERSFIELD V HULL FC
SUPER LEAGUE
SKY SPORTS MIX
SKY SPORTS ARENA

8PM
RUGBY TONIGHT ON TOUR
BT SPORT 1


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
Feel free to let us know if something is missing! paganoblog@gmail.com





Front Five - 12.03.20

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

ICYMI click here for our review of the book
from former US Eagle Link Wilfley


“I don’t understand why they have made a condition which is tantamount to saying: ‘We don’t want free-to-air television'"


The Rugby Paper

For Irish players, their workload will be larger than the other nations due to the fact that they have that Italy game to make up.


Patrick McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

"It's looking like games could be cancelled now, and it's going to be a 0-0 draw...It's a frustrating time, but we just have to accept it."


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

The act of foul play contravened the laws against foul play and cost his side a chance of a first Grand Slam in a decade.


Robert Rees - Last Word On Rugby

"Jack’s reliably strong performances and vast international experience make him a great asset to Ulster..."


IrishRugby.ie

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

BOOK REVIEW : “In The Sin Bin” is powerful, personal, philosophical and also a riveting rugby read

Link Wilfley

What do we expect from a rugby book?  

Generally it will be based on a player we know well, having followed their career at the highest level.  We’ll be looking for background info - where they grew up, how they got into the sport, what the coaches who inspired them early on were like...basically everything they faced on the way to playing senior rugby.  Then we’d get to the big matches we all remember and find ourselves treated to details of what was happening behind the scenes.

To put it another way, having seen the matchday performances on the surface, we look on these books as an invitation to put on our snorkelling gear and go just beneath to see more along with the player or coach in question.  

With his book “In The Sin Bin : Rugby, Rape And Redemption” however, former US Eagle Link Wilfley offers less of an invitation and more of a challenge; and rather than snorkeling, you are actually brought in a submarine, quickly plunging to depths where you can observe his perceptions of numerous life experiences, some harrowing and traumatic as the subtitle suggests.

But it is still very much a rugby book, and although Wilfley’s USA test career was relatively short (20 caps from an 83-3 Irish tonking in 2000 to a 39-15 loss to Scotland in the 2003 World Cup), the fact that he followed the sport’s “road less travelled” actually makes his tale all the more compelling.  

Not many can claim to have both lived and played at a high level on five continents, with significant stints in all four SANZAAR nations, Rotherham in England’s second tier, plus of course some time in the US, in his native Colorado as well as Oregon.  Oh, and then there was that time he tried out for Real Madrid...

At a time when campaigns promoting mindfulness like TackleYourFeelings.com are so prevalent, this work is practically required reading for those looking to bridge the gap between the pursuit of sporting excellence and the need to confront your personal demons.  These two aspects are randomly yet cleverly covered by the book’s format, as it meanders back and forth from traditional stories of matches, tours and colourful characters to a powerful self-examination by way of prolonged sessions with an array of ever-changing virtual therapists.

I enjoyed the stories, like how the Rugby Gods intervened to determine he should play as a utility back not a forward, or what he had his coach say to him on the pitch as he was lining up an important placekick, or how he caught the Ghost Donkey.  The author also has very interesting thoughts "for a Yank" (I'm allowed to say that because I am one) on how the game should be played. 

But the deeper waters are never far away from the narrative, and whether or not you identify personally with his experiences, you can certainly appreciate that he is willing to examine them so publicly.  When the book first arrived at my desk for review I have to admit I was reluctant to share the full title here on the site, but I quickly realised the sharing is the point.  If Link can do it, so can I.

So is this your average rugby book?  Hell, no.  But is it just as "perfectly imperfect" as we’re always saying the sport itself is?  Absolutely, yes.  To borrow a credo from the text, you could say it’s a “WIN-WIN”. JLP

PS : This is NOT a paid advertisement.  I received only a copy of the book from the author for review.


Blurb : Molested as a child, abandoned by egotistical hypocrisy, culture shocked and terrorized by the gangs of Madrid, Link Wilfley runs from suicidal tendencies and his demons with fists, drugs, alcohol, and professional rugby.

In the Sin Bin (a rugby penalty box) spans five continents, where Link crosses paths with the salty characters of the Earth. The demons of trauma past cannot be defeated without facing them, however, and the turmoil of pain and confusion mean repeated visits to jail, where he finds the greatest evil of all. He returns to the States ashamed and lost, only to be saved by a woman who will punch him in the face, call him out, and mother his five children.

Disturbing, unreservedly direct, and surprisingly comical, this rugged treatise on masculinity is the physical and emotional journey of a young man doing the hard work to heal the wounds of wicked circumstances.

Front Five - 11.03.20

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

All we have to harp on
is punishments and postponements


England are the current frontrunners to take the title, ahead of second-favourites Ireland...


Stephen Barry - Irish Examiner

....Joe Marler...shouldn’t get away with bringing this sort of behaviour back into rugby by masking it with a cheeky chappy grin


Gordon D’Arcy - Irish Times

"Pro14 Rugby aims to reschedule these matches on dates during the European weekends in April and May."


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

French clubs have serious concerns over the financial implications of games being played behind closed doors...


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

"Letting Farrell shove Biggar while chasing, constant warnings, etc, just allows England to push the boundaries for longer."


Rugby Onslaught

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Front Five - 10.03.20

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

Hopefully it won't be long before
we're back talking about rugby that
is being played instead of what isn't


Leinster are expected to bring a number of their front-line players to South Africa next week to get them game-time against the Cheetahs...


Rúaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

"The reaction of the players when we've come off the back of a good morning's work was one of deflation."


SkySports.com (via Reuters)

 ...any more build-up of games would potentially ensure the Pro14 would have to resort to recording the cancelled fixtures as 0-0 draws. 


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

The player in question is reported to be Kiwi Joel Everson for alleged cocaine use


RugbyPass.com

...as long as...the four-man team of officials allow all others to escape scot free...the disciplinary process is not working.


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

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Monday, March 09, 2020

Front Five - 09.03.20

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

On again off again...


The French government decree comes after the number of deaths in the country rose from 11 on Saturday to 19 on Sunday...


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

After an age of delay the Kiwi referee Paul Williams flashed the most blatant red card you could see in a game of rugby.


Duncan Smith - The Scotsman

"I never enjoy coaching. Winning is a relief. Anyone who tells you they enjoy coaching is lying."


Gerard Meagher - The Guardian

"Bollocks, absolute bollocks"


Stuff.co.uk

Two bonus point wins guarantees Ireland will win the Six Nations.


Gary Connaughton - Balls.ie

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Sunday, March 08, 2020

Front Five - 08.03.20

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

Currently reading a book by former US Eagle
Link Wilfley and will be reviewing it soon


This defeat was nowhere near as close as a three-point deficit might suggest.


Michael Aylwin - The Guardian

"And I’m like, ‘I’m allowed to, eh… take her down, am I? Jesus, great.’  So I loved it straight away."


Sean Farrell - The42.ie

"This is a game of rugby at the end of the day. If we can offer anything, any support, all they need to do is pick the phone up."


Matthew Southcombe - WalesOnline

“People were talking about the grand slam from the moment that we had three wins...But they haven’t done anything yet”


 Colin Renton - The Offside Line

World Rugby regulation 9.27...states that “grabbing, twisting, or squeezing"...can be punished by a 12 week ban at the lower end.


Rugby World

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Saturday, March 07, 2020

Front Five - 07.03.20

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

Looks like they found a way
around government policy...


“public outdoor gatherings...will proceed as long as they do not lead to interactions with people from areas heavily affected by the virus.”


Gerry Thornley, Patrick Madden - Irish Times

...still six months shy of his 19th birthday, he was called up to train with a national age-grade side for the first time in early January.


Sean Farrell - The42.ie

Scotland's previous game against Italy on Feb. 23 was also postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak.


ESPN.co.uk (via Reuters)

The mood seemed quite odd at the club however, with no real fuss made about him arriving.


Rugby Onslaught

“He has been in contact this week saying he's going to annoy me a little bit! I'll annoy him back – it will be a game within a game.”


Jack de Menezes - (English) Independent

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