Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Front Five - 30.09.20

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

Recording a pod this evening
with 3 fellow Leinster fans to discuss
Ferg, Rob, The Pro14 & 
the 2020/21 campaign


Kearney’s presence would be of major interest to the large Irish population in Western Australia, something the club’s official statement referred to.


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

"He’s got an outside chance to be available next week against Edinburgh but we won’t push him if it’s not 100 per cent ready to play."


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

Will Addison...will be unavailable for selection for several months. 


Huge Rugby

The winner will be announced after the Champions Cup final on 17 October. 


BBC Rugby

"Our members are excited about the prospect of closer alignment with PRO Rugby Championship and seeking a northern hemisphere future"


Sport24.com (RSA)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Front Five - 29.09.20

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

ICYMI click here for a little
ramble I went on yesterday called
"Sarries seems to be the hardest topic"


27-year-old Furlong, who is part of Ireland’s leadership group, last played a game back in February


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

"In this one we conceded seven scrum penalties. I’ve not seen us conceded that many scrum penalties in four years, since I’ve been at Leinster."


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

 We've a weekend off with no game there and then get into it and hopefully we can make that rhythm count, that we have had games where Treviso haven't.


RTÉ Rugby

“It would be criminal now to allow your standards to slip or to make that one mistake that means you failed a test and you are unavailable for the biggest game of the season.”


Planet Rugby

"In other countries players could train or at least go to the park and exercise, we have not had that"


News24.com (RSA)

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Monday, September 28, 2020

OPINION : Sarries seems to be the hardest topic

 

So here it is, Sunday evening and normally this is the time I pen a 2000-word piece about either Leinster or Ireland’s match from the weekend.  Unfortunately as the Champions Cup semifinals were the only rugby at that level on offer, I’m at a bit of a loose end so I was going to leave it for the week in preparation for the new Pro 14 campaign which kicks off next Friday.

Then I saw this…


What annoyed me most about Sonja’s observation was the timing. 


Seven days earlier I was bending myself into a pretzel to avoid factoring my thoughts on Saracens’ off field antics into my assessment of the Champions Cup quarterfinal at the Aviva Stadium.  This was for two reasons; first and foremost it was meant to be a match writeup so I needed to focus on the 50 players & officials involved in the 80 minutes on the day. More importantly however, I avoided the whole salary cap thing because given how the match went, it would look like I was a sore loser. 


Now I don’t know what Premiership club Sonja McLaughlan follows, but given her statement referred to “English sides” and was posted shortly after full time in the Racing v Sarries semifinal, how could it be viewed as anything but sour grapes? And so I took aim with my reply, and I stand by it. 


Let’s be clear.  The English have always had a complicated relationship with Europe’s biggest club competition.  Ulster fans won’t thank me for saying this, but the Premiership didn’t feature at all in the 1999 version yet they still won 6 of the first 12 finals, spread among 4 different clubs.


But then from 2007-2015, there was no English success at all.  Can’t be having that, can we?  Thus began a war of words in the media and concerted pressure from Prem clubs, with passive aggressive support from the Top14 ones, which saw an overhaul for the 2014-15 season and beyond. Since then, Saracens have won 3 of the 5 titles.


Now it will be at least two years before they can win again, and although we have Exeter keeping Premiership interest alive in this year’s final, any call for change from English shores is utterly ludicrous given the history.  If change is to happen, it certainly can’t be done because they’re not winning it.  At least not again.


But here’s the twist in my argument.  I actually agree with McLaughlan a bit, at least in principle.  WHAAAAAT?  You might say.  Let me just take my Leinster/Ireland hat off for a brief moment. 


That leaves me as a sports fan.  Of course I want everyone competing in a tournament following the same rules.  That should be a no brainer.  


And while many are talking about the necessity to create something called a “British & Irish League” I think that would make an absolute mockery of the Heineken Champions Cup since it would basically involve a merger between only two leagues, one of which spans 5 nations and the other just 1.


For me, if format reform is to be done I’d want to go the whole hog and create a European Super League.  I’ve actually been harping on that for over a decade.  Week in, week out clashes involving Leinster, Munster, Ulster, Toulouse, Racing, Bristol, Exeter, Scarlets, Edinburgh, Toulon - and yes, even Saracens once their penance is done (apols to anyone I left out, just going on recent form here) - with maybe regional lower leagues for everyone else feeding into it, possibly providing a path for the Georgias and Russias to take part as well.


What would become of the three senior domestic competitions as we know them?  They could still exist, just as the Mitre10 Cup, Currie Cup & NRC still do in the SH.  The TV revenue might be less for those after the change, but the hope would be that it would be a lot more for the top level.


So the good news for Leinster in this scenario would be that we’d have a much tougher schedule throughout the campaign, with all due respects to our current crop of opponents.  The “bad” news, however, is that for this top level competition to exist there would surely have to be some kind of universal rules regarding squad composition and reimbursement.  This is what I think Sonja was getting at, poor though her timing may have been.  


The IRFU would need to weigh their options very carefully before agreeing to something like this, though I should add those options would probably be the same for a British & Irish League.  Also, if the four Irish provinces played at different levels of a pyramid structure, there would be pressure on those in the lower tiers to give up their best players.  So when the Leinster/Ireland hat goes back on, things get complicated once more.


But like I said, a solution should not be one that is designed to make just one nation happy.  That’s kind of how compromise works.  I guess European Rugby needs to come together and ask itself if a level playing field is worth giving up home comforts for.  In fact, as I’m typing this it has dawned on me that what I’m suggesting is that the English actually JOIN a pan-European venture!!!  "Br-enter"? What was I thinking???


All of a sudden the 2020/21 Pro 14 season, starting as it does with only 12 clubs, still in two conferences and with perhaps a couple of South African sides still playing some part from January, doesn’t seem all that complicated any more.  Maybe I’ll just knuckle down and focus on that instead.  Check out our podcast this week I’ll be discussing just that with some fellow Leinster fans.  JLP

Front Five - 28.09.20

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

Might need to expand this tweet into
a blog post today


"We are going on a new journey in a couple of months and if we retain the characteristics we showed against Racing, I think we will be OK."


Paul Rees - The Guardian

"I've spent a third of my life in Ireland, we're so happy having a place to call home"


Murray Kinsella - The42.ie

The quality wasn’t great and that was to be expected. 


Ryan Jordan - Last Word On Rugby

In many respects, the law change for 2020 was being called the 'Arnold Amendment' given how highly regarded the lock is seen.


Rugby.com.au

"Ultimately, our view was the easiest way to avoid the situation that the All Blacks possibly face was to stick to the 6th December dates for games..."


NZ Herald

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Front Five - 27.09.20

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



...instead of a fourth final in five seasons, the champions are left to contemplate the Championship.


Paul Rees - The Guardian

The Chiefs remain firmly on course for a domestic and European double, a feat that has only been managed by three English clubs


Andrew Baldock - Irish Independent

Jeff (Neville) shares his experience of talking to some of the finest minds out there for 'The Loose Head Podcast: Let's Talk Coaching'.


Patrick McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

Three naturalized Japanese citizens found themselves on the wrong side of a decision that essentially restricts their ability to work as professional rugby players in their adopted homeland.


Rich Freeman - Japan Today

"Massive shout out to Nigel Owens for calling and applying the « use it ». Miracles do happen"


Ruck.co.uk

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Front Five - 26.09.20

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

ICYMI click here for a guest post
from Kevin O'Brien titled
"Whether it's the Euro loss or the 
perfect Pro14, Leinster shouldn't over-react"


Craig Gilroy’s breakaway try completed an impressive final-quarter turnaround for the northern province.


Daire Walsh - Irish Examiner

...there will still be some Irish representatives in this weekend’s semi-finals


Garry Doyle - The42.ie

Cheika...had recently been working as a skills coach at rugby league side Sydney Roosters.


BBC Rugby

The west country club overcame a 13-point deficit and a yellow card...to reach next month's final, when they will tackle Toulon or Leicester.


SkySports.com

...the club has been deducted the one match point earned in the two fixtures referred to above (a losing bonus-point against Connacht)


RugbyDump.com

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Whether it's the Euro loss or the perfect Pro14, Leinster shouldn't over-react, writes Kevin O'Brien


No matter what way you look at it the quarter final defeat to a depleted Saracens was a bitter pill to swallow for Leinster fans. It took the gloss of what had been up to then an excellent season. The manner of the defeat, beaten up by a large English pack, was tough to take. However, the over reaction to the defeat was every bit as big as the over reaction to the undefeated Pro14 season. Before the match most commentators had Leinster as clear favourites especially as Sarries had lost Farrell. I urged caution to anyone who would listen on social media as this was still a team that contained the Vunipola brothers and the irrepressible Maro Itoje who were well capable of wining the game on their own. It was also, despite the loss of personnel, a battle -hardened Mark McCall team who had targeted this match for months. The manner of the defeat was painful with the ever physical Sarries dominating all over the field. The scrum was a shambles. What exactly is Robyn McBryde being paid for? I also felt that for once Leo and Stuart got the team selection wrong. As many have pointed out the balance of the backrow looked off and I would have stuck with Kelleher over an undercooked Cronin at Hooker. Maybe having such a big squad forces the coaches to over think things at times? On one level I was not surprised with the defeat. Leinster had not come back from lockdown in great form. There was two unimpressive wins against Munster where set price problems were again to the fore. There was a good win against another out of form team in Ulster but this did nothing to ease my mind that Leinster were out not playing with the same fluidity and confidence they showed earlier in the season. If JJ had kicked his penalties who knows what might have happened. Of course wining the Pro14 with an unbeaten season should not be diminished as an achievement, however the Sarries defeat left meant the season was a bitter sweet one for me. Despite the Quarter Final set back I still feel Leinster rugby is in good shape. Last season saw the introduction of the next generation of players. It was a real breakthrough year for Doris, Connors, Keenan and Kelleher. Baird greatly impressed towards the end of the season and showed what a talent he is going to be. These guys along with the likes of Furlong, Porter, Ryan, Laramour, the Byrne brothers and hopefully Dan Leavy will drive Leinster on over the next few seasons. There’s really not too much to change really. Yes, they lacked aggression against Sarries but for me that was a once off, though I would like to see the likes of Ryan play with more edge especially in big games like European Quarter Finals. There are some areas of concern going into next season. Cian Healy has been a true warrior for Leinster but he has looked off the pace a bit after coming back from injury. The back-ups Byrne, Dooley and Milne, whilst fine players in their own right, have yet to convince at top European levels. Scrum-half too is an area lacking true quality. I would have had Gibson Park on earlier against Sarries as McGrath was below par with his erratic passing to the fore again. Outside these two the depth at nine is relatively untired and un-tested. You also have to look at the set piece and hop the coaches get to grips with the prevailing issues next season. Denis Fogarty has been a big loss! It must not be forgotten though, that there has been a big transition over the last number of seasons with significant players like Isa Nacewa, Sean O’Brien and now McFadden and the great Rob Kearney leaving Leinster. These guys were experienced battle-hardened winners who drove standards at the club. Leinster is now a relatively young squad and its up to the new breed to drive the club on. There’s no doubt in my mind that the ability is there. It’s now up to the players to re-group and hit the ground running in the up-coming season. As a team, Leinster has taken hard knocks before and bounced back and I’m sure they will again.

Kevin O’Brien (@kmjob73) : Rugby mad Leinster man exiled in Connaught. Father of 3 with wife who hates sport but tolerates rugby.
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Front Five - 25.09.20

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

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


My 219th and final cap against Ulster a few weeks ago in the Aviva Stadium. Nearly 15 years to the day from my debut against Ospreys in 2005.


Rob Kearney - IrishRugby.ie

 The problem this year was that Leinster’s flock of Irish internationals weren’t on their way back from playing five Six Nations games


Ronan O'Gara - Irish Examiner

The game will mark the first Leinster match of any kind at the venue since the Guinness PRO14 meeting with Glasgow Warriors on 28 February.


Conor Sharkey - LeinsterRugby.ie

"...we are committed to accelerating development of women in rugby through diversifying and normalising women in leadership positions, both on and off the field."


Gary Connaughton - Balls.ie

The tweet was in relation to the government pausing plans to bring back crowds into stadiums in England by October.


Rugby Onslaught

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Rugby on TV : Sep 24-Oct 1

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

6:30AM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 2

8AM
BLUES V JAGUARES (H-2018)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS 
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10:45AM
BRUMBIES V REDS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AU FINAL
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10PM
PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 3

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

8AM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

8AM
WELLINGTON V BAY OF PLENTY (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

12PM
CRUSADERS V HURRICANES (H-2014)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS MIX

1PM
REDS V BRUMBIES (H-2014)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS MIX

2PM
BLUES V JAGUARES (H-2018)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS MIX

2PM
AUSTRALIA V NEW ZEALAND (H-2019)
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

2:30PM
NEW ZEALAND V AUSTRALIA (H-2019)
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

3PM
SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND (R-2007)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 2

3:30PM
CHAMPIONS CUP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 3

7PM
BRISTOL BEARS V BORDEAUX (L)
CHALLENGE CUP
BT SPORT 2

7PM
WALES V FIJI (R-2007)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

8:45PM
IRELAND V AUSTRALIA (R-2011)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

3AM
TASMAN V WAIKATO (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

4:30AM
BRISTOL BEARS V BORDEAUX (R)
CHALLENGE CUP
BT SPORT 2

4:30AM
COUNTIES MANUKAU V NORTHLAND (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ARENA

6AM
SOUTHLAND V NORTH HARBOUR (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORT MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ARENA

6:30AM
STORMERS V SHARKS (R-2012)
SUPER RUGBY CLASSICS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

6:55AM
CHAMPIONS CUP - THE BIG TACKLE
CHANNEL 4

7:30AM
CHAMPIONS CUP - 25 YEARS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

8AM
HAWKE'S BAY V CANTERBURY (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS MIX

8AM
CHAMPIONS CUP HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

9AM-1PM
CHAMPIONS CUP QF (H)
9AM - LEINSTER V SARACENS
10AM - TOULOUSE V ULSTER
11AM - EXETER V NORTHAMPTON
12PM - CLÉRMONT V RACING 92

10AM
NEW ZEALAND V AUSTRALIA (R-2019)
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
SKY SPORTS MIX

11AM
SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND (R-2007)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 2

12PM
RACING 92 V SARACENS (L)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA ONE
BT SPORT 3 (12:30PM)
CHANNEL 4 (12:30PM)

1PM
CHAMPIONS CUP HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

2PM
TOULOUSE V ULSTER (R)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

3:15PM
EXETER CHIEFS V TOULOUSE (L)
CHAMPIONS CUP
BT SPORT 3

4PM
MUNSTER V GLOUCESTER (R-2003)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

6PM
MUNSTER V LEINSTER (R-2006)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

7PM
IRELAND V AUSTRALIA (R-2011)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

7:45PM
TOULON V LEICESTER TIGERS (L)
CHALLENGE CUP
BT SPORT 3

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

2AM
TARANAKI V OTAGO (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

6:30AM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 2

8AM
RACING 92 V SARACENS (R)
CHAMPIONS CUP
BT SPORT 3

10AM
AUCKLAND V MANUWATU (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11AM
IRELAND V AUSTRALIA (R-2011)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 2

9PM
RACING 92 V SARACENS (R)
CHAMPIONS CUP
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

11:30PM
TOULON V LEICESTER (R)
CHALLENGE CUP 
BT SPORT 3

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

11:30AM
BRISTOL BEARS V BORDEAUX (R)
CHALLENGE CUP
BT SPORT 2

1PM
TOULON V LEICESTER TIGERS (R)
CHAMPIONS CUP
BT SPORT 2

2:30PM
RACING 92 V SARACENS (H)
CHAMPIONS CUP
BT SPORT 2

3PM
CHAMPIONS CUP SEMIFINAL (R-TBD)
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

3:30PM
EXETER CHIEFS V TOULOUSE (R)
CHAMPIONS CUP
BT SPORT 3

5PM
IRELAND V AUSTRALIA (R-2011)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 2

5PM-11PM
CHAMPIONS CUP (H)
5PM - LEINSTER V SARACENS
6PM - TOULOUSE V ULSTER
7PM - EXETER CHIEFS V NORTHAMPTON
8PM - CLÉRMONT V RACING 92
9PM - RACING 92 V SARACENS
10PM - EXETER V TOULOUSE

7PM
HARLEQUINS V WASPS (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 1

11PM
CHAMPIONS CUP HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA ONE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

7AM
AUSTRALIA V LIONS (R-2001)
SECOND TEST
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11AM
AUSTRALIA V LIONS (R-2001)
FIRST TEST
SKY SPORTS ARENA

1PM
AUSTRALIA V LIONS (R-2001)
SECOND TEST
SKY SPORTS ARENA

1:30PM
HARLEQUINS V WASPS (R)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 1

5PM
IRELAND V AUSTRALIA (R-2011)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 2

5:15PM
NORTHAMPTON V SALE SHARKS (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 1

6PM
CHAMPIONS CUP HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT

7PM
LEINSTER V MUNSTER (R)
PRO 14 SF
EIR SPORT 2

8:50PM
EDINBURGH V ULSTER (R)
PRO 14 SF
EIR SPORT 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

8:30AM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

11AM
HARLEQUINS V WASPS (R)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 3

1PM
WALES V FIJI (R-2007)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 1

5:30PM
NORTHAMPTON V SALE SHARKS (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT 2

5:30PM
BRISTOL BEARS V LEICESTER (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT EXTRA

5:30PM
EXETER V LONDON IRISH (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT EXTRA

5:30PM
WORCESTER V SARACENS (L)
PREMIERSHIP
BT SPORT EXTRA

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

10AM
PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
BT SPORT 2

5PM
SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND (R-2007)
CLASSIC RUGBY WORLD CUP
EIR SPORT 2

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R = FULL REPEAT
T = TAPE DELAY
H = HIGHLIGHTS

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Front Five - 24.09.20

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

ICYMI click here for this week's
The HarpinOnRugby Podcast
where I chat to Keego about
last weekend and Leinster's season


In total, 14 Monday night fixtures will take place between Rounds 3 and 8, with Munster hosting Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park on October 26 in the first


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

"We hope that broadcast funding can be sufficient to keep the unions going through the Six Nations"


BBC Rugby

Having...Molloy available again is a huge fillip for Ireland especially with forwards Edel McMahon, Claire McLaughlin and Aoife McDermott already ruled out


Pat McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

The Four Nations event will be played in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane from November 07 to December 12.


Americas Rugby News

"The individual is being monitored medically and remains well."


RTÉ Rugby

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Podcast S02E011 : “Leinster 2019/20 season analysis with Neil Keegan (@nkeegan)"



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Well you won’t need me to remind you that last weekend didn’t exactly go to plan for Leinster fans, and joining me on the pod this week to find the positives is Neil ‘Keego’ Keegan who shared some thoughts from his own writeup which can be found over at TheCouchPunditIreland.com. We also discuss whether or not Leinster’s season as a whole was defined by this result as well as a brief look ahead to the rest of the Champions Cup as well as the Six Nations.

Our Leinster v Saracens writeup is here > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2020/09/leinster-17-saracens-25.html

Keego’s writeup here > https://thecouchpunditireland.com/2020/09/22/the-irish-exit-europe-but-it-is-not-the-end-of-days/

Jeff & Keego’s pod on the US Presidential election is here > https://anchor.fm/whatsthestorywith

Front Five - 23.09.20

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

"It definitely was a head-butt,
but sure he missed so we'll let him off"


...with the Celtic Cup not taking place this year, the inter-pro clashes are seen as vital for player development.


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

The two conferences will remain the same as last season and the initial 11 rounds, taking the tournament up to early January, will not feature any South African teams.


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times

Back in March, it was crystal clear. John Cooney had earned his chance for the home Guinness Six Nations game against Italy.


Patrick McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

Laporte is accused of pressuring the French league’s disciplinary committee to reduce a punishment handed to Montpellier in 2017


Rugby World

The Committee decided that Rhodes had committed an act of foul play, however, it was not proven to the required standard that contact had been made to Henshaw’s head


Planet Rugby

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