Monday, July 06, 2020

Front Five - 06.07.20

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

We recorded this week's episode of
The HarpinOnRugby Podcast
early to mark its 1-year anniversary
should post by Monday evening


“From our point of view, we are satisfied we put the protections into the arrangements with CVC that ensures the control of the game . . . the laws of the game, the regulations, all of that lies 100 per cent with the unions.”


Gavin Cummiskey - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

"The IRFU are in a far better position than what we've seen with some of the privately run clubs in the English Premiership and in France."


RTÉ Rugby

In their efforts to replenish the squad, Connacht have brought in four senior players, promoted six from their academy and have secured a one-season loan of Munster's Alex Wootton.


Pat McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

“I obviously had a lot of support from Ireland, but your own country backs one of their own, so it must have overwhelming support from Wales and just a couple of dodgy Tweets coming in from Ireland?”


Simon Thomas - WalesOnline

The population of Southbridge the town is just 900 people, yet hundreds if not thousands turned out


Rugby Onslaught

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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Front Five - 04.07.20

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

If you'll forgive the non-rugby news...
I've started a new pod with Keego
about the run up to the USA Presidential Election


The real one to watch in (the 2nd row) is Leinster’s 20-year-old Ryan Baird, who trained with Ireland this year and has huge potential.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

"Much as it pains me to say it, I would prefer not to cram all those games in, and end the season as it is now"


BBC Rugby

"Alex is a very exciting back three player who has all the talent to take his game to the next level."


RTÉ Rugby

“This is a significant milestone in our journey to restarting Gallagher Premiership Rugby...on Friday 14 August, if it remains safe to do so” 


Adam Ellis - The Rugby Paper

O’Brien seems to have made the most of it after a long time out with injury.


Ruck.co.uk

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Friday, July 03, 2020

Front Five - 03.07.20

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

ICYMI click here
for our latest podcast
and here for a list of
upcoming rugby on Irish TV


Ryan Baird, Harry Byrne, Jack Dunne, Tommy O’Brien and Dan Sheehan have all signed senior contracts for the coming year.


Ryan Corry - LeinsterRugby.ie

"Ireland have benefitted from Irish qualified players with Bundee Aki and CJ Stander, they've only strengthened the team"


BBC Rugby

“As a player you look over enviously thinking: ‘There they are, enjoying their champagne and canapes, and here we are, butterflies and stomachs rumbling, and we’ve got to go out and play a game.’”


Donny Mahoney - Balls.ie

The timeline means Barrett will miss the entire Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign, and...it is doubtful whether he will be able to pull on the black jersey in 2020.


NZ Herald

One thing for sure is that Furlong is built and has enough physicality to take on the Boks on home soil


Stephen Brundson - RugbyDump

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

PODCAST : Ep 56 : “#RetroRugby 10 - TLSvLEI2006 featuring Cian O’Muilleoir (@RugbyKino)”



In the 10th instalment of our #RetroRugby series we look back at Toulouse v Leinster in the Heineken Cup quarterfinal of 2006.  Although it was to be a few years before the boys in blue saw European glory, this match was a crucial part of the evolution.  Discussing it with me is Cian O’Muilleoir of Laighin Pit and @RugbyKino fame.

You'll find Cian on twitter here > https://twitter.com/rugbykino and also here > https://twitter.com/LaighinPit
And my new pod with Keego on the US Presidential election can be found here > https://anchor.fm/whatsthestorywith

Rugby on TV : July 2-9

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


THURSDAY, JULY 2

7AM
BLUES V HIGHLANDERS (R)
SUPER RUGBY
SKY SPORTS ARENA

3PM
LEINSTER V LYON (2020-H)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

4PM
BENETTON V LEINSTER (2019-H)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9PM
SOUTH AFRICA V LIONS (2009-R)
2ND TEST WATCHALONG
SKY SPORTS ARENA

9PM
FRANCE V IRELAND (2018-H)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

10PM
IRELAND V WALES (2018-H)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

11PM
IRELAND V SCOTLAND (2018-H)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

12AM [FRIDAY]
ENGLAND V IRELAND (2018-H)
SIX NATIONS 
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

FRIDAY, JULY 3

7AM
CRUSADERS V CHIEFS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10AM
REDS V WARATAHS (L)
SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA
SKY SPORTS ACTION

10AM
CRUSADERS V BLUES (H-1998)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS MIX

11AM
MUNSTER V LEINSTER (R-2009)
HEINEKEN CUP SEMIFINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

1PM
LEINSTER V LEICESTER (R-2009)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

1PM
CRUSADERS V CHIEFS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ARENA

3PM
NORTHAMPTON V LEINSTER (R-2011)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

5:30PM
LEINSTER V ULSTER (R-2012)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

6PM
REDS V WARATAHS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA
SKY SPORTS ACTION

7PM
FRANCE V NEW ZEALAND (R-1999)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

7PM
CATS V CHIEFS (H-2004)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS MIX

8PM
BULLS V CHIEFS (H-2009)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS MIX

8:35PM
FRANCE V AUSTRALIA (R-1987)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1


SATURDAY, JULY 4

7:30AM
HIGHLANDERS V CRUSADERS (L)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ACTION

8AM
ENGLAND V SCOTLAND (H-2019)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9AM
IRELAND V ENGLAND (H-2007)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

10AM
ENGLAND V IRELAND (H-2006)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

10:10AM
BRUMBIES V REBELS (L)
SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ACTION

11AM
WALES V IRELAND (H-2003)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

12PM
SCOTLAND V IRELAND (H-2015)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

12PM
HIGHLANDERS V CRUSADERS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ACTION

1PM
ENGLAND V FRANCE (H-2015)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

1PM
CRUSADERS V HURRICANES (H-2014)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

2PM
REDS V BRUMBIES (H-2014)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

4PM
BRUMBIES V REBELS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA
SKY SPORTS ACTION

6PM
HIGHLANDERS V CRUSADERS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ACTION

7PM
SOUTH AFRICA V JAPAN (R-2015)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 2

7:15PM
CONNACHT V TOULOUSE (R-2016)
RUGBAÍ GOLD
TG4

SUNDAY, JULY 5

4AM
CHIEFS V HURRICANES (L)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ACTION

9AM
FRANCE V AUSTRALIA (R-1987)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

10AM
CHIEFS V HURRICANES (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ACTION

10:45AM
FRANCE V NEW ZEALAND (R-1999)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

MONDAY, JULY 6

1PM
HIGHLANDERS V CRUSADERS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ARENA

TUESDAY, JULY 7

7AM
HIGHLANDERS V CRUSADERS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ARENA

8AM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

1PM
CHIEFS V HURRICANES (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ARENA

1:10PM
FRANCE V AUSTRALIA (R-1987)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

7PM
NORTHAMPTON V LEINSTER (R-2011)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

7PM
CONNACHT V LEINSTER (R-2019)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

8:45PM
CONNACHT V MUNSTER (R-2019)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

9PM
LEINSTER V ULSTER (R-2012)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

10PM
WALES V ENGLAND (H-2019)
RWC WARMUP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11PM
LEINSTER V RACING (R-2018)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

11PM
ENGLAND V IRELAND (H-2019)
RWC WARMUP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8

7AM
CHIEFS V HURRICANES (R)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11AM
FRANCE V NEW ZEALAND (R-1999)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

2:30PM
IRELAND V SCOTLAND (H-2020)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

3:30PM
IRELAND V WALES (H-2020)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

4:30PM
ENGLAND V IRELAND (H-2020)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

5:30PM
SIX NATIONS 2020 - THE STORY SO FAR
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

THURSDAY, JULY 9

7AM
BRUMBIES V REBELS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA
SKY SPORT ARENA

8AM
THE TEAM THAT TURNED UP
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

10AM
ENGLAND V IRELAND (H-2004)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

11AM
ENGLAND V IRELAND (H-2006)
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

12PM
ENGLAND V IRELAND (H-2010)
CLASSIC NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

2PM
BULLS V CHIEFS (H-2009)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

8PM
NEW ZEALAND V LIONS (H-2017)
FIRST TEST
SKY SPORTS ARENA

9PM
MUNSTER V BIARRITZ (R-2006)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9PM
NEW ZEALAND V LIONS (H-2017)
SECOND TEST
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10PM
NEW ZEALAND V LIONS (H-2017)
THIRD TEST
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11PM
MUNSTER V TOULOUSE (R-2008)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

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

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Front Five - 02.07.20

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

Two new posts later today...
Upcoming rugby on Irish TV
& a new The Harpin On Rugby Podcast


"With my philosophy in terms of rugby, it’s easier for me in Leinster because it’s the philosophy I believe in and the way I love rugby to be played."


Alan Dymock - Rugby World

"When you’re running out by the Laighin Pit and it’s packed, having over 14,000 people there at every game shows that the support is incredible."


Ryan Corry - LeinsterRugby.ie

"Some were offered new contracts that weren’t acceptable to them, others chose to not come on board with that."


The42.ie (via Press Association)

"They are the kind of calibre of player that you sign to win trophies with."


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

...we are getting a clearer picture on the beginning of the new season which will also include the culmination of the 2019/20 campaigns in the PRO14 and Premiership.


Sean McMahon - Pundit Arena

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Front Five - 01.07.20

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

"Congrats" to the "2005-06" design
for its triumph in the final of the
Ireland Jersey McJerseyface Cup


"We have planning permission to build a very fine new stand there with very fine hospitality facilities. It would increase the crowd by about 1,500/2,000 people. It would be state-of-the-art."


LeinsterRugby.ie

While the players understand the union's financial predicament, there is a determination to avoid uniform cuts across the board to protect players on low salaries.


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

There will be no finals for the new second-tier Challenger series this year, World Rugby said, and therefore no promotion to, or relegation from, the top tiers.


RTÉ Rugby

Other reports have named All Blacks Ma’a Nonu and Beauden Barrett as players on Beziers’ radar.


The42.ie (via AFP)

“The one thing that has changed the world of rugby the most is probably the Pro14 because it has allowed the Welsh and Irish and Scottish national sides to be more competitive”


Rhiannon Garth Jones - RugbyPass.com

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ireland Jersey McJerseyface Cup Final : We have a winner!


It was a close run final - the lead changed hands a few times, once or twice it was literally 50-50, but the 2005-06 design had enough to hold off RWC2003 in the final quarter for a 51.6%-48.4% triumph.

Many thanks again to @museumofjerseys for the graphics, @IrishRugbySupp for helping organise, to @CanterburyNZ for the winning design and of course @IrishRugby for providing the players to wear the jerseys 😜
🤪
Most of all, thanks to all who voted over the past few weeks!!!

Now to do the Lions!!!!???
Nah, maybe not. I reckon I'm polled out - maybe someone else can do it now. Back to actual harping on actual rugby methinks!!! 😉 JLP
😉
 

Ireland Jersey McJerseyFace Cup - The Road to the Final


We launched on June 8.  The tournament kicked off two days later with the first qualifying poll.  Now we're down to just two jerseys that will go head to head at 5pm on Tuesday, June 30th for the right to be called Ireland Jersey McJerseyface Cup Champion 2020.

Ahead of the decider, here's one more chance to look over the two remaining contenders, as well as a summary of how they got this far.

Many thanks to all who have taken part in this "bit o' craic" to get us through the month of June, particularly Denis Hurley of  MuseumOfJerseys.com for supplying the graphics and Kristian Ross of @IrishRugbySupp for serving on the "tournament committee".  

Fingers crossed we'll be back to harpin' on actual Leinster & Ireland rugby very soon.  See you at 5 bells and be sure to get your vote in!!! JLP

"2005-06" by Canterbury



"RWC2003" by Canterbury



QUALIFYING ROUNDS



POOL STAGE



KNOCKOUT STAGE




Front Five - 30.06.20

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

ICYMI click here for our latest episode of
"The Pod Of Three" where the theme is
"Kiwi influence"

Also be sure and join us on Twitter from 5pm
to cast your vote in the final of the


Ireland had been due to face Australia, South Africa and Japan...but those fixtures are set to be replaced by a tournament involving two pools of four


Gavin Mairs - Irish Independent

The new contract will take Lowe - who will qualify to play for Ireland this November - to the brink of the 2023 World Cup.


Mark Farrelly - Balls.ie

"One week you hear that rugby's leadership are positive of play resuming and a few days later you receive a different message. It's not anyone's fault, there's just little in the way of clarity."


Heinz Schenk - Sport24

The allegation is that Gloucester induced Mr Skivington to leave London Irish – sometimes known as “tapping up” – which is prohibited in the Premiership and may be legally actionable.


Rugby And The Law

“Soccer clubs, rugby clubs, athletics and basketball clubs have all signed up"


Michael Moynihan - Irish Examiner

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Monday, June 29, 2020

THE POD OF THREE #13 : “Kiwi influence” featuring Pick n Drive, Wind Yer Neck In & The 2nd Row



Today’s theme is “Kiwi influence”.  First up we have Pick & Drive Rugby from Australia talking about a round of matches from Super Rugby Aotearoa, then on Wind Yer Neck In, Niall Annett talks to Joe Schmidt about communicating with his squads, and finally the 2nd Row asks Jake Heenan about Connacht’s 2016 Championship winning season.

1. Pick & Drive Rugby : The Rise of The Blues!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/08uzzn0rZlqQmI3SEBZOvH?si=I-hThL6IRAqrBb_6YklokQ

2. Wind Yer Neck In : “Positive choices with Joe Schmidt”

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6ti7y4eCOS7kIO01ofOr59?si=lM387eRHSZ2GfRfio98ldA

3. The 2nd Row : “Jake Heenan”

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4MFyHPkdvEQTWO0Vuhpupe?

All content was reproduced with permission


Front Five - 29.06.20

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

Misleading headline in the Indo
Talks of global season wasnt considered naive
Having them without English & French clubs was


It is expected that the outstanding Six Nations matches will be played in the last two weeks of October


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

Up to 30,000 fans could potentially end up travelling to South Africa although Covid-19 uncertainty remains an obvious concern.


Robert Kitson - Irish Times

The Blues are three wins from three having survived a scare from the Highlanders 


Breandán Ó hUallacháin - SportsNewsIreland

Barrett and...Biggar are names linked with what many are touting as France's latest nouveau riche rugby club


Ian Cameron - NZ Herald (via RugbyPass)

“Gloucester Rugby will continue to seek to engage with London Irish, through the appropriate channels. Gloucester Rugby urges London Irish to do the same."


Sean Meehan - Balls.ie

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