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

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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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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Ireland Jersey McJerseyface Cup - Semifinal 2 VOTING NOW OPEN

 

Front Five - 27.06.20

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

ICYMI click here for the latest episode of
The Harpin OnRugby Podcast
where I talk to Ian Frizzell about his role as
COVID-19 Club Safety Officer
with Ballymoney RFC


Stu runs the majority of the team sessions during the week, Felipe and Robin from a unit point of view...


Ryan Corry - Leinster Rugby

Had Leinster’s quarter-final at the Aviva gone ahead as scheduled over Easter, the smart money would have been on the No.1 seeds making home advantage count


Peter Jackson - The Rugby Paper

The former Ireland U20 hooker had joined Bristol on loan back in February and made his Premiership debut for the club before the suspension of the season.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

"Looking at our academy, we’ve got two players from Waterford, we’ve got a player from Kerry, we’ve got the four from West Cork."


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

This article was originally supposed to be shorter. Most of them are, but this one in particular.


Digging Like a Demented Mole

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Ireland Jersey McJerseyface Cup - Semifinal 1 result


PODCAST : Ep 55 : “The role of a COVID-19 Club Safety Officer” featuring Ian Frizzell



This week my guest is Ian Frizzell, who has recently been appointed to the role of COVID-19 Club Safety Officer at Ballymoney RFC.  I got him on to tell us a bit about himself and how he got into rugby, about the club, and of course what the position entails.  And as he’s also a massive Ulster Rugby fan I couldn’t let him go without sharing his thoughts on their chances once provincial rugby kicks back into gear.

The IRFU guidelines on the COVID-19 Club Safety Officer can be found here > https://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/irfu/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/05141554/09-IRFU-ReturnToRugby-Guidelines-SafetyOfficers.pdf

The Ballymoney RFC video introducing Ian Frizzell as their officer is here > https://www.facebook.com/523977894295759/posts/3736436563049860/?vh=e&d=n

Ian Frizzell can be found on twitter as @rava_ian and his business website is here > https://frizzellsafetyservices.co.uk/

Front Five - 26.06.20

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

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


“To Bryan, Barry and Joe from the Senior squad and to Jack, Gavin, Roman and Oisín from the Academy we would like to thank you all for your contribution and effort that you have given the club."


Marcus Ó Buachalla - Leinster Rugby

The European quarter-finals are now due to take place on the weekend of 18/19/20 September


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

All clubs must complete the Covid-19 Safety Planning Stage before moving to the resumption of training at any level.


RTÉ Rugby

(Note - on this week's The HarpinOnRugby Podcast
I speak to the COVID officer from an Irish club
on what's involved in handling the transition
the pod should publish Friday evening)

The senior professional players from all four provinces, along with the High Performance staff and coaches, are undergoing a medical pre-screening and education phase...


IrishRugby.ie

The Sydney Morning Herald also reports the Australian side of the ledger were not happy with the proposal being made public before any concrete deal was signed.


NZ Herald

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Rugby on TV : June 25-July 2

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


THURSDAY, JUNE 25

1PM
ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA (2017-H)
SKY SPORTS ARENA

8PM
MUNSTER V LEINSTER (2006-R)
CHAMPIONS CUP SEMIFINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9PM
REDS V BRUMBIES (2014-H)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10PM
BLUES V JAGUARES (2018-H)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10PM
MUNSTER V BIARRITZ (2006-R)
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

11PM
WARATAHS V SUNWOLVES (2019-H)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

FRIDAY, JUNE 26

8AM
WARATAHS V SUNWOLVES (2019-H)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

9:30AM
NZ BLACK FERNS V ENGLAND RED ROSES (2017-R)
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
SKY SPORTS MIX

1PM
ENGLAND V ARGRNTINA (2017-H)
AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL
SKY SPORTS ARENA

2PM
ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA (2017-H)
AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL
SKY SPORTS ARENA

2PM
GLASGOW WARRIORS V LEINSTER (2019-R)
PRO 14 FINAL
EIR SPORT 1

4PM
CLÉRMONT V LA ROCHELLE (2018-R)
CHAMPIONS CUP
BT SPORT 3

7PM
LEINSTER V MUNSTER (2001-R)
CELTIC LEAGUE FINAL
EIR SPORT 1

8:35PM
IRELAND V FRANCE (2015-R)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

10:20PM
WHERE'S YOUR PRIDE?
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

7:30AM
BLUES V HIGHLANDERS (L)
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
SKY SPORTS ACTION

9:30AM
ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND (1997-H)
RUGBY UNION RETRO
SKY SPORTS MIX

9:45AM
SOUTH AFRICA V LIONS (1997-H)
RUGBY UNION RETRO
SKY SPORTS MIX

10AM
AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND (2010-R)
INTERNATIONAL
SKY SPORTS MIX

10:30AM
HEASLIP V HABANA
RUGBY UNION QUIZ
SKY SPORTS ACTION

11AM
CRUSADERS V HIGHLANDERS (2002-H)
SUPER RUGBY SEMIFINAL
SKY SPORTS ACTION

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

1PM
SOUTH AFRICA V LIONS (1997-H)
3RD TEST
SKY SPORTS ARENA

1:45PM
NEW ZEALAND V LIONS (2005-H)
LIONS TOUR
SKY SPORTS ACTION

4:15PM
ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND (1997-H)
RUGBY UNION RETRO
SKY SPORTS ARENA

4:30PM
SOUTH AFRICA V LIONS (1997-H)
RUGBY UNION RETRO
SKY SPORTS ARENA

4:45PM
ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA (2000-H)
RUGBY UNION RETRO
SKY SPORTS ARENA

5PM
ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND (2003-H)
RUGBY UNION RETRO
SKY SPORTS ARENA

5PM
LEINSTER V TOULOUSE (2019-H)
CHAMPIONS CUP SEMIFINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

5:15PM
NEW ZEALAND V LIONS (2005-H)
RUGBY UNION RETRO
SKY SPORTS ARENA

5:45PM
TOULOUSE V LEINSTER (2006-R)
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP REWIND

6PM
LEINSTER V ULSTER (2019-H)
CHAMPIONS CUP QUARTERFINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

7:15PM
MUNSTER V TOULOUSE (2014-R)
HEINEKEN CUP QUARTERFINAL
TG4

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

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

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

5PM
LEINSTER V NORTHAMPTON (2019-H)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

MONDAY, JUNE 29

1PM
ENGLAND V SOUTH AFRICA (2016-H)
AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL
SKY SPORTS ARENA

2PM
ENGLAND V FIJI (2016-H)
AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL
SKY SPORTS ARENA

7PM
MUNSTER V BIARRITZ (2006-R)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9PM
MUNSTER V TOULOUSE (2008-R)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

11PM
MUNSTER V GLOUCESTER (2003-R)
HEINEKEN CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

TUESDAY, JUNE 30

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

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

2:45PM
MAORI ALL BLACKS V LIONS (2017-H)
RUGBY UNION RETRO
SKY SPORTS ARENA

3PM
LEINSTER V MUNSTER (2001-R)
CELTIC LEAGUE FINAL
EIR SPORT 1

4:30PM
SIX NATIONS 2020 - THE STORY SO FAR
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

5:30PM
IRELAND V ENGLAND (2007-H)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

6:30PM
WALES V IRELAND (2009-H)
SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

7PM
GLASGOW WARRIORS V LEINSTE(2019-R)
PRO 14 FINAL
EIR SPORT 2

9PM
LEINSTER V MUNSTER (2001-R)
CELTIC LEAGUE FINAL
EIR SPORT 2

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


WEDNESDAY, JULY 1

7AM
THE TEAM THAT TURNED UP (IRELAND 1972)
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

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

11AM
LEINSTER V MUNSTER (2001-R)
CELTIC LEAGUE FINAL
EIR SPORT 1

1PM
NEW ZEALAND V LIONS (2017-H)
THIRD TEST
SKY SPORTS ARENA

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

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R = FULL REPEAT
T = TAPE DELAY
H = HIGHLIGHTS

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Front Five - 25.06.20

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

EDITORIAL


RPI were left "very disappointed" when the IRFU told a newspaper of their intention to cut player wages, before any formal talks had begun.


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

The tournament achieved a ticket sell-out rate of 99%, more than any previous Rugby World Cup


RTÉ Rugby

"His reputation as an attacking threat goes before him and as a coach I know from experience how difficult he is to prepare against."


Emma Duffy - The42.ie

A strike is highly unlikely, given it would jeopardise the restart of the competition and therefore further endanger the difficult financial position of the code and therefore its ability to pay players


FoxSports.com.au

"You're a Tiger, Harry!"


Ruck.co.uk

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Ireland Jersey McJerseyface Cup - Quarterfinal 4 result

 

Front Five - 24.06.20

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

State of Sexton's guns!
Someone's ready to get back to rugby!


Leinster have not specified a return date for the soon-to-be Irish qualified star, but they will have to plan without him for two weeks when he does


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

"There are probably two or three relatively serious conversations underway. They have largely been put on pause."


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

"The run-up to Christmas and New Year is something we look forward to. The supporters love it so why...would we make it all the more tougher?"


The Rugby Paper

At 6ft 4ins, Sotutu is a fine lineout forward while his dynamic power and toughness allow him to be dominant in contact. 


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

“I used to sing it a lot in the 70s, I won’t sing it anymore”


Ruck.co.uk

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Ireland Jersey McJerseyface Cup - Quarterfinal 3 result

 

Front Five - 23.06.20

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

ICYMI click here for an update
on the quarterfinals of the
Ireland Jersey McJersseyface Cup


“The guys are out there [fitness] testing away, which is great to see and they seem to have turned up in very good condition to the naked eye, so we’ll see what the numbers tell us."


The42.ie

With six tries as well as an epic kicking battle between Felipe Contepomi and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, it’s not one to miss


EPCRugby.com

History will...reflect well on Donal Spring, Tony Ward, Moss Keane and Hugo MacNeill for being the only four players who boycotted the Irish tour of South Africa in 1981.


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

The injuries to de Allende and wings Keith Earls and Calvin Nash, are understood to be niggles that will not prevent them from the Guinness PRO14 interprovincials


Simon Lewis - Irish Examiner

Players from Maro Itoje, to Neil Back all featured in the video


Rugby Onslaught

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