Friday, May 29, 2020

PODCAST : Ep 51 : “The Premiere of our new Facebook live show The Leinster Laighin”



For this, episode 51 of our main podcast, we are sharing with you some highlights the premiere of yet another new feature that aired this week - a Facebook live show called The Leinster Laighin which we’re doing in conjunction with Three Blokes & Ball and BOD.  
You can click here to watch the full show itself, but for this pod we cover three parts of it - first, I talk to Big Joe Shep about my personal history with rugby and how I set up Harpin On Rugby, then in what will be a regular slot on club rugby, Gerald “The Oracle” Williamson talks about his local boys Navan RFC, and finally I go through Leinster’s amazing run in the 2019/2020 campaign.  I already went through it meticulously in the last episode of this pod, but I certainly wasn’t complaining about harping on it again! 
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Front Five - 29.05.20

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

ICYMI click here to see the premiere
of our new Facebook Live show "The Leinster Laighin"
which aired on Thursday evening

Also, congrats to the Bilbao 2018 design
for it's 57.3%-42.7% victory over Cardiff 2011
in the final of the Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup



"If you can't play the game as we have seen it ... if you have to go with stark modifications, there is no point in resuming."


Brendan O'Brien - Irish Examiner

‘Fuel’ will be published on 29 October, Penguin Ireland have announced.


The42.ie

When not in her PPE and scrubs, she reverts to an alter ego: Louise Galvin, Ireland Rugby Sevens international


John O'Sullivan - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

All the trials, which are optional, are designed to reduce the risk of transmission among players by bringing down contact in rucks, scrums and mauls by 25-50%.


Gerard Meagher - The Guardain

...the Giltinis name is certain to be polarizing

(editor's note : YA THINK????)


Americas Rugby News

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Premiere of The Leinster Laighin from 8:30pm Thursday



LEINSTER JERSEY McJERSEYFACE CUP FINAL : BILBAO 2018 v CARDIFF 2011 - Voting now open


Front Five - 28.05.20

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

Be sure and vote in the final poll
Results to be announced on our new 
Facebook Live Show which kicks off at 8:30pm


...the Irish Government’s Roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown at least gives the sport a long lead-in to prepare for a Guinness PRO14 interprovincial series currently being scheduled for August 22-23 at Aviva Stadium.


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

"All stakeholders continue to progress productive discussions regarding the immediate global Covid-19 financial relief strategy and international rugby calendar optimisation"


SkySports.com

"I'm well over the calf injury. That healed pretty much when we went into lockdown"


BBC Rugby

“This project, which was presented by our president Didier Lacroix, was approved unanimously,” a club statement said.


The42.ie (via AFP)

"He's just too quick for everyone else..." 


Rugby Onslaught

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup : The Path To The Final



They always say no trophies are won until May...well unfortunately this season, nothing was won at all this month, so to help remedy that AND to serve as something of a rugby-related distraction during the COVID void, we've been running a light-hearted Twitter poll competition over the past few weeks to test the general opinion on the much-debated topic of rugby jersey design.

Is it all about how they look?  Or do fans equate them more with the levels of success achieved by the team in question?  Or is it an age thing?  Something else?  One thing's for sure - this competition won't settle any of those discussions as it's far from scientific.

But hey, we've had a bit of craic along the way and from a few dozen designs to start out with, we have now narrowed it down to a fascinating battle between two jerseys that were being worn as extra stars were earned above the Leinster crest.

On this, a "rest day" before the final, here's a look back over the course of the competition, together with some of your comments along the way...

MAY 8 : COMPETITION LAUNCH


    

MAY 10-12 : QUALIFYING ROUNDS 

MAY 10 - TRAINING


Michelle Tobin (Munster fan) 
The black one should be disqualified for being a rip off :D 

Gav Heg 
All of the Adidas gear for us is terrible. Cheap, flimsy and plastic. Canterbury was quality. 

MAY 11  - ALTERNATE & WHITE 1



Paul Smith 
Cant believe the blue and white square one was so low. Love the new purple and black one for this season though. Really looked great against the Cheetahs. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘



MAY 12 - EUROPEAN & WHITE 2



MAY 13 - POOL STAGE DRAW 


   



MAY 14 - POOL 1


 Comfortable enough win for the top seed in Pool 1 this evening - we'll see if the 2008 design has done enough to join it in the quarterfinals. 


 MAY 15 - POOL 2 


 Big win tonight by the 2018 Pro14 winning design in Pool 2 of the Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup. There was also a strong showing by the 2009 HCup winner, that could also make the quarterfinals.


MAY 16 - POOL 3 



Pool 3 was comfortably won by the Cardiff 2011 top, we now have four quarterfinalists 

Bert McLoughlin 
Cardiff 2011 jersey πŸ‘Œ….my tip for the overall win, nostalgia 

MAY 17 - POOL 4 


...we've gotten two quarterfinalists tonight. We tried to "ringfence" some spots in the competition for some differently-coloured jerseys but I guess we're called the Boys In Blue for a reason! 

Declan Finlay 
Older jerseys (CCC) were far better quality. 

MAY 18 - POOL 5 

We labelled one of the Pool 5 designs "Unicorn"...



Many thanks to all who took part in voting for the pool stages of the Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup. "Bilbao" easily took Pool 5 tonight and the final spot in the knockouts went to our runner up from Pool 1, the 2008 Magners League winning jersey. Here's how they finished and as you can see we have our quarterfinal lineup, they'll begin on Wednesday evening. 

Sebastian Brennan 
Brilliant results. No Adidas? 🀣🀣🀣 

Bert McLoughlin 
My final prediction is 2011 v 2018





MAY 21-24 : QUARTERFINALS

The knockout phase was due to start on the 20th but as often is the case with such plans...

No surprise in the first quarterfinal of the Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup, with the number 1 seed "Bilbao 2018" easily overcoming "Magners League 2008" by a score of 66.4%-33.6% to reach the final four.




It was touch and go for a while but eventually the 2012 jersey won the 2nd quarterfinal of the Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup over "Amlin 2013" by 58.5%-41.5%.


Tonight's quarterfinal was no contest, Cardiff 2011 won handily 77.6%-22.4% over Murrayfield 2009. One more spot left in the semis, that will be decided at 5pm on Sunday


It was another big win tonight in the last quarterfinal of the Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup, with the 2018 Pro14 winning design overcoming the Pro12 one from 2014/15 by 71.7% to 28.3%. As you see, this leaves us with a final 4… 

Richard Mifsud 
Can’t argue with any of the four semifinalists 

MAY 25 - SEMIFINAL 1 


No doubt "Bilbao 2018" was the hot favourite going into this evening's semifinal, but I was still surprised by the winning margin, a whopping 79.8%-20.2% victory over "Twickers 2012". That gives us one finalist for Thursday evening... 

Richard Mifsud 
Much more than I expected 😳. I think it’ll win in the final too (the only one I don’t have FFS 😩) 

MAY 26 - SEMIFINAL 2 


Maybe because it happens to be the 2-year anniversary of Leinster winning the 2018 Pro14 title, the jersey took an early 60/40 lead making it look set to join the European design from the same season in the final...but of all jerseys to come storming back to victory, leave it to "Cardiff 2011"!!! It eventually prevailed tonight 54.4%-45.6%... 

Noel Cuddy 
Wonder which will win....... 

Bert McLoughlin 
My earlier pick for the finalists, thought the 2011 shirt would have won a bit easier though 

LorcΓ‘n Murphy 
Justice for 2011


FINAL


The Champions will be officially announced during our new show starting on Thursday evening...stay tuned and be sure to vote!!!!  JLP


Front Five - 27.05.20

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



Following Leinster’s announcement on Monday...Munster confirmed renewals for their 7,400 season ticket holders have been “paused.”


Gavin Cummiskey - Irish Times

Francis Baron believes a 'Coronavirus Cup of World Rugby' next summer could significantly ease the economic hardship facing the global game because of the pandemic.


RTÉ Rugby

Chief commercial officer for England Rugby Simon Massie-Taylor thanked Tyrrells for their support and said the Rugby Football Union is now actively looking for a new sponsor.


Talking Rugby Union

... they won't be following World Rugby's proposal to ban scrum resets, team huddles and upright tackles when Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off next month.


NZ Herald

You have five minutes to try to answer all 20 rugby trivia questions.


Sean McMahon - Pundit Arena

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup - Semifinal 2 voting now open


Some interesting stats in chart detailing Leinster's 2008/09 HCup campaign as compiled by Miriam Collins



Which two Leinster players were on the pitch for all 720 minutes of the 2008/09 Heineken Cup winning campaign?

Which was the only Leinster player to receive two yellow cards over the nine matches?

Against which team did all 8 in Leinster's pack play the full 80 minutes?

True or false - the only match from the 9 in which Johnny Sexton played a full 80 minutes was the final?

We've very grateful here at Harpin Manor to Leinster super fan Miriam Collins for sharing this amazing compliation of time stats from the nine matches that led to our first triumph, and they can be turned into some interesting quiz questions. 
She was apparently inspired to do the research by someone claiming that a larger than usual proportion of the players in the squad didn't hail from Leinster.  As it turned out, players from the province accounted for 68% of the total minutes, which does seem lower than you'd think, although I wonder how that would compare to local players in the squads of other trophy winners like Saracens and Toulouse?  

As a side note, this reminds me of something I have wondered for a long time - should rugby union have a standardized "box score" format for every match, similar to sports like baseball and cricket?  Coaches require all kinds of deep dive information themselves I know, but I'm talking about a chart for all 46 players named on the day of a match with an agreed amount of columns providing information such as tackles made, penalties conceded, etc.  I know sites like ESPN do that already, but the format varies from site to site and I'm talking about a minimum amount of data that fans would require for each match?  A debate for another day, perhaps.

Many thanks again to Miriam for passing on her excellent work.  JLP

Front Five - 26.05.20

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 we introduce another new Harpin feature
that kicks off on Thursday


“...it is...vital that when we all come back from this, and we will come back, that we have a vibrant supporter base to welcome to the RDS Arena."


Marcus Γ“ Buachalla - LeinsterRugby.ie

 “Broadcasters have long memories, and there aren’t too many blue chip sponsors like Guinness out there. This ‘extra’ Six Nations would require delicate hands.”


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

One of Ireland’s issues since the start of 2019 is that opposition teams feel they have a good grasp of what’s coming.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

“(This) is a really exciting time for rugby in Japan, following the tremendous World Cup they hosted last year.”


RugbyPass.com

In total, scrums are identified as making up 50% of high-risk exposure time during an 80-minute match.


Gerard Meagher - The Guardian

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Monday, May 25, 2020

THE POD OF THREE #8 : “Introducing The Leinster Laighin via Three Blokes A Ball & BOD and its other spinoffs”



For this episode things are going to be a little bit different.  On Thursday, May 28 at 8:30pm I’ll be joining up with Big Joe Shep from the excellent Facebook Live offering Three Blokes A Ball & BOD for a new show called The Leinster Laighin where we’ll be looking to merge the Leinster-focused approach of HarpinOnRugby with Big Joe’s trademark global reach brand.  So for this pod I’m going to share some snippets from Joe’s productions in recent times - first he’s chatting to Gerard Williamson from Navan RFC about the All Ireland League and club rugby in general - Gerard will actually be joining us on our first show to talk about his club.  There there’s snippets from a couple of live events that I did for Joe; first you’ll hear a way over the top introduction he gave for me at the Sandymount Hotel ahead of the 2019 Heineken Cup Final, and then you’ll hear the moment I completely jinxed Ireland’s World Cup chances at the DTwo Bar & Night Club on Harcourt Street.  Finally there’s a clip from another Three Blokes spinoff, namely The Keego & Joe Show, where they chat to Penny Mitsi, a rugby coach, trainer, sporting ambassador & who is part of the development of rugby within Greece.

All links from Three Blokes A Ball & BOD

“EPCR European Cups Rd 1 & 2 Preview”

https://www.facebook.com/threeblokesaballandbod/videos/420742018874060/

“The Event Live from the Sandymount Hotel”

https://www.facebook.com/threeblokesaballandbod/videos/2247365998858830/

“The Dugout Live from DTwo Bar & Nightclub”

https://www.facebook.com/threeblokesaballandbod/videos/724596968002074/

“The Keego & Big Joe Show”

https://www.facebook.com/threeblokesaballandbod/videos/2940951722666470/

All content was reproduced with permission

The Pod Of Three on Soundcloudhttps://soundcloud.com/harpinonrugby


Leinster Jersey McJerseyface Cup - Semifinal 1 result



Front Five - 25.05.20

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



"The aim is to play the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship at the same time, thereby giving the clubs a clearer run without losing their international players."


Ben James - WalesOnline

The back rower was bet $1,000 by his fellow countryman Conor Murray that he couldn’t convert the kick, which came back to bite the scrum half.


RugbyDump

The course, delivered in the Munster Rugby training facility in Limerick, covers fitness, food and energy, psychology and leadership.


Dean Gray - Irish Independent

Cheika said he "compromised" himself by continuing in the job after Scott Johnson was appointed above him as Rugby Australia’s director of rugby


Sydney Morning Herald

"He put me rightly back in my box!"


Gary Connaughton - Balls.ie

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