Thursday, April 30, 2020

Front Five - 30.05.20

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

ICYMI click here for our latest
#RetroRugby podcast where we look back 
at AUSvIRE from #RWC2011 with Kristian Ross


"Sexton's probably sending assassins over to my place for not giving him much of a run in the early days - I’d always get that look from the bench, the dirty eyes."


Michael Scully - Irish Mirror

...the event organisers have announced the inclusion...the likes of Gordon D'Arcy, Dominic Ryan, Malcolm O'Kelly and Shane Jennings.


Patrick McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

"...there has been a lot of self-protection from existing players versus those of us, particularly the SANZAAR nations, who want to see the game grow."


Liam Napier - NZ Herald

"We have...understood the commitment to progress but also stability and the steady hand provided by Bill."


The Rugby Paper

On realising the extent of Charvis’ injury the All Blacks centre did something truly incredible.


Rugby Onslaught

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

PODCAST : Ep 47 : #RetroRugby 6 - AUSvIRE from #RWC2011 featuring Kristian Ross


Listen to the pod via the player above or even better,  
why not subscribe we're on Apple Podcasts and most major platforms

For the sixth instalment of the series I was joined by Kristian Ross who was keen to talk about one of Ireland’s best outings at a Rugby World Cup, that against the Wallabies to kick off our campaign in 2011.  Trust me, this is the best chat on Irish rugby between a Yank and a Geordie you’ll hear today.

Match stream (part 1 of 4 videos) > https://youtu.be/2FxSD0BkSpY 


Front Five - 29.04.20

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




"It's hard to argue that Leinster, unbeaten all year, miles in front of the competition, it's hard to not just award them the comp."


SkySports.com

...given the clamour to play international matches ahead of anything else when rugby eventually returns, the shape of next season remains up in the air.


The Rugby Paper

"If we are told we can’t play in front of spectators before January, it will be catastrophic for professional clubs."


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

"If people need advice on severance packages or any contract advice - and obviously the agents do that - but it's always good to have more support."


Stuff.co.nz

"Maybe it’s a part of Fortnite; maybe you have a warrior that is dressed with the RFU rose and he combats an All Black."


Irish Examiner

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Front Five - 28.04.20

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

This week's #RetroRugby will feature
Australia v Ireland at RWC2011
I'll be recording with Kristian Ross Tues eve


Pichot is seen as something of a revolutionary, and a potentially dangerous one at that


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

"The danger is that everyone tries to put everything into a very small window or into a window that extends for a whole 12-month period."


RTÉ Rugby

It is understood the proposal was being considered before the coronavirus pandemic but the disruption could accelerate the move when rugby returns.


Gerard Meagher - The Guardian

If I'm a Rebels member...I get...five against teams that I know, two or three against teams that I don't know or don't care abou


Stuff.co.nz

The IRFU hasconfirmed the final lists of top points scorers and try scorers for Division 1A of the Energia All-Ireland League


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Front Five - 27.04.20

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

It's like whenever the Welsh rugby press
gets bored they float the whole notion of
"regions pulling out of the Pro14"


Reports on Saturday suggested the Irish and Welsh unions were on the brink of a shock U-turn, but those have proved wide of the mark.


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

...the fact that the sponsorship market in Ireland only suffered a €14m dip through the three worst years of the financial crash is a source of optimism...


Brendan O'Brien - Irish Examiner

Robbie Henshaw – Played with Connacht from 2012 to 2016. Making 77 appearances. Joined Leinster in 2016.


Anthony Redmond - SportsNews Ireland

The news that CVC may have a rethink on their PRO14 investment makes the situation more concerning again for the Welsh teams.


Paul Abbandonato - WalesOnline

"These guys are freakishly big and it takes a lot of work, from a training and nutritional point of view, to maintain it."


RugbyPass.com

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Front Five - 25.04.20

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

From Leinster Rugby :
We'll be streaming ‘as-live' the 2018 Champions Cup semi-final win over Scarlets at Aviva Stadium on the Leinster Rugby Facebook page and YouTube channel (Saturday) from 3.30pm. Subscribe to Leinster Rugby TV on YouTube and Like our Facebook page to make sure you’re notified when the match goes ‘live’!


“...it is understood that both the Irish and Welsh are considering the option of aligning with counterparts in the Southern Hemisphere by supporting the Argentine”


RugbyPass.com

Therefore, Marler's initial ban of 10 weeks was actually a 12-week break, accounting for two weekends when he was not due to play.


Matthew Southcombe - Wales Online

It's understood that professional players in England...feel that the RPA is compromised because of its reliance on Premiership Rugby for funding.


Charlie Morgan - Irish Independent

Grace has...launched...Pro Rugby Academy, which aims to provide “a second chance” for aspiring players who might have missed out on contracts...


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

“The most cows we ever milked was 30, which by today’s standards would be tiny. It wouldn’t even register.”


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Front Five - 24.04.20

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

ICYMI click here for our latest podcast
where I discuss the 2nd Lions test from 2017
with Michelle Tobin who was there in Wellington


The perception is that I went to Munster to get more game time, but Munster then had Simon Zebo, Keith Earls, Felix Jones and Doug Howlett


Andrew Conway - Irish Times

Health experts have warned that contact sports like rugby could present an extra risk even if Covid-19 restrictions begin to be relaxed.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

(EPCR)...is looking at staging the closing stages of its tournaments in mid-October on the weekends allocated for the first two rounds of the 2020-21 campaign


Rob Kitson - The Guardian

Castle had lost the trust of some fans, many Australian legends, and, most importantly, the board.


Jacob Polychronis - FoxSports.com.au

Despite two bits of information being redacted...the devil of the detail in Cronin’s escapade should worry players the world over.


Liam Heagney - RugbyPass.com

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

PODCAST : Ep 46 : #RetroRugby 5 - #2ndNZLvBIL2017 featuring Michelle Tobin (@CorkSeashell)



Listen to the pod via the player above or even better, 
why not subscribe we're on Apple Podcasts and most major platforms

For the fifth instalment of the #RetroRugby series I was joined by Michelle Tobin who did 12 great blogs for us back in 2017 outlining her experiences following the Lions around New Zealand.  Today our focus is on the second test but she also shares some stories from the trip as a whole and it was a great rugby chat all round.


Match stream (highlights) >  https://youtu.be/KF0s-qiMyLY

Front Five - 23.04.20

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

Recorded the latest #RetroRugby pod
Wednesday with Michelle Tobin
discussing the 2nd Lions Test from 2017
should post Thursday evening


Rob Kearney and Devin Toner, as well as Wallaby Joe Tomane, all have contracts coming to an end at the end of the current PRO14 season


Ian Cameron - RugbyPass

“We had a real point to prove, almost to ourselves – that we weren’t just a one-off, that our squad was consistent and that we were the standard-setters of that time”


EPCRugby.com

"It's probably the best mid-season review period that they're ever going to get”


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

"It was pretty funny hearing the accents of all my grandparents when they were talking together. A good mixture."


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

"...the issue is Moore does not share the same house as the O'Connors and therefore should not have been exercising near them."


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Front Five - 22.04.20

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

Click here to catch my guest appearance
on Ciarán Duffy's PostToPost podcast


“This might be an opportunity to prove summer rugby could work”


The42.ie

"...they’re just not at the end level of the top two or top three in Europe...Racing, Toulouse, Saracens and Leinster."


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

Currently on a hiatus from Italian side Zebre...Nagle will be in his hometown for the foreseeable future.


DaireWalsh.com

"...the sequence of opening up (borders) is likely to be domestic first, then into transtasman, then into Asia Pacific"


NZ Herald

The plans involve a month of training before the first match and would build to a final...on 15 August.


Laura Scott - BBC Rugby

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Front Five - 21.04.20

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

How do you ban someone for a number
of weeks during COVID19???


"A lot of younger players will get promoted from the academy and...there are going to be a few players who retire at the end of the season."


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

The Judicial Officer accepted evidence that the banned substances in the player's sample were due to a dispensing error by the pharmacy


David Kelly - Irish Independent

Munster outhalf JJ Hanrahan joins Duncan Casey and Duncan Williams.


Irish Examiner

"We got criticised a lot for playing like Tom Curry, who can play six, seven and No 8, but they are the sort of players you’re going to need to have"


Gerard Meagher - The Guardian

"There is still room for the Lions. It is a traditional thing but we can still add a modern look to it."


Matthew Wood - Talking Rugby Union

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Front Five - 20.04.20

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

How rugby proceeds post-COVID
is entirely down to its investors


Byrne has the potential to develop into a genuine triple threat of run/kick/pass in attack.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

Ireland may get an earlier-than-expected chance to avenge their humiliating defeat to England at Twickenham


Rúaidhrí O'Connor - Irish Independent

A deal worth around £120m for a stake in the Guinness Pro14 is expected to be passed in the coming weeks...


Robert Rees - Last Word On Rugby

The campaign between Beaumont, 68, and rival Agustin Pichot, 45, is expected to go down to the wire


Tom Kershaw - The (English) Independent

The newspaper heard and published “graphic recordings” of Kean while in charge of the Fiji prison service.


Gavin Cummiskey - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Front Five - 18.04.20

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

ICYMI click here for our
latest #RetroRugby podcast


"At the very first mauling session, I went in for a hit and spasmed my neck. So I had that for the rest of the week."


Pat McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

"It would be a different competition, played at a different time of year – so much of the history and tradition, style and winter resonance would be lost."


RugbyPass.com

The ballot takes place at a council meeting on 12 May.


Chris Jones - BBC Rugby

"We’re like the hobos of Knocknacarra mate. We go walking the streets looking for left over firewood and bring it home and burn it."


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

The lawsuit relates to a radio appearance by the recently retired sports star in January, in which he expressed regret at having attended the high-profile trial.


Shane Phelan - Irish Independent

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Friday, April 17, 2020

PODCAST : Ep 45 : #RetroRugby 4 - #RSAvJPN2015 featuring Ciarán Duffy (@PostToPostSport)


Use the player above to listen or subscribe 
we're on most major platforms including Apple Podcasts

For the fourth instalment of the series I was joined by Ciarán Duffy from PostToPost Sport to feature one of the greatest World Cup matches of all time, South Africa v Japan from 2015.  We discuss the amazing timeline from the match and also the way the fixtures from the pool stages made it all but impossible for the Brave Blossoms to build on their famous victory.   

Ciarán Duffy's PostToPost site > https://posttopost.sport.blog/
...and the mental health charity link > https://posttopost.sport.blog/mental-health/

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