Friday, October 23, 2020

Front Five - 23.10.20

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ICYMI click here for the latest episode of
The Harpin On Rugby Podcast
“Opposition view for #LEIvZEB and #IREvITA featuring Andrea Tronchin @RugbyIta”

...also click here for the latest episode of Leinster Laighin
where I host Jeff "The Loose Head" Neville
and Stephen "Master Of None" Murphy
looking ahead to Ireland v Italy


Leavy is in line to make his comeback after over 18 months out. 


RTÉ Rugby

The 20-year-old playmaker has enjoyed a meteoric rise after joining Benetton initially as a permit player from Petrarca Padova in June.


SixNationsRugby.com

"The player and her two close contacts in the squad are no longer required to self-isolate"


Niall Kelly - The42.ie

"Sadly I’ll be out of action this weekend as my weekly routine coronavirus test came back positive so I’m now isolating."


Ruck.co.uk

The RFU claims an unknown number of players left the team hotel without permission or informing organisers of their whereabouts on Wednesday evening.


Irish Independent

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Podcast S02E015 : “Opposition view for #LEIvZEB and #IREvITA featuring Andrea Tronchin @RugbyIta”



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This weekend sees both Leinster & Ireland in action, against Zebre and Italy respectively, so for the latest in our “Opposition view” series I was lucky enough to be able to talk to Italian rugby super fan Andrea Tronchin, who is curator of the Italy twitter account for RugbyUnited as well as those for both Benetton and Zebre.  I asked him how the game has grown in Italy since they joined the Six Nations, what upcoming players we should look out for from Zebre, and how the national team will be approaching Saturday’s big match at the Aviva Stadium.  He kept apologising for his English, though I thought he was fine, definitely a hell of a lot better than my Italian that’s for sure.  But just in case, you’ll find below his answers - for my part I thought he gave some really good insight to what the game is like over there.

TRANSCRIPT*

Q :  Italy joined the Six Nations in 2000.  How has the game grown in the country since then?

A : Rugby in Italy existed since 1910 run by the FIR. You are right when you say “growing” because it has been growing thanks to involvement in the major tournaments like Champions Cup and the Pro 14.  Italy has had bad results in the Six Nations but our best placement was 4th in 2007 and 2013 it’s not the best but remember Scotland hasn’t won the title either since it became the Six Nations.  It’s not exactly a level playing field.  

Let’s talk about budget - Italy has about one fifth of the amount of the RFU and does not receive much back from the Six Nations.  So I am always asked “Why does Italy still play in the Six Nations?” Well it is organised by the participating nations, not World Rugby and the other 5 are interested to have Italy in it because cities like Rome, Florence and Venice are such attractive destinations, and also Italian rugby fans are very passionate. 
 
We also had two clubs joining the Celtic League in 2011 when it became the Pro 12.  The clubs did not start well but as a Benetton supporter myself, my favourite season was 2018/19 when we reached the playoffs and played Munster at Thomond Park. In front of 10,000 supporters and with Nigel Owens as the ref, we only lost 13-15 and that was when we as fans had a new state of mind, realised “we can do it”.  I still get goosebumps today talking about it! The match is still available on YouTube, I suggest you watch it again if you have time.  When a small team gets a good result it helps increase the fan base, even internationally!  We have supporters in England and Ireland now. 
 
Q : Now to Leinster v Zebre.  I’ve looked at their squad and I see they have a couple of ex-Leinster players like Ian Nagle and Mick Kearney.  What other key players would they have in their squad when the internationals are away?

A : First, let me explain that in Italy, we have Benetton and Zebre but behind them there are a host of smaller teams and they all say the same thing - that Leinster are like the All Blacks of the northern hemisphere, with a huge squad of 50 or 60 all of which can play.
  
And Zebre, thanks to all the work that Michael Bradley has done as coach since 2017, can now look in the face of Leinster with no fear at all.  He has prepared his players to reach their full potential and in 2020 they have a squad which is capable of giving Leinster a real challenge.  I can tell you about some of the players in the background at Zebre who are ready to break through. 
 
Federico Mori - outside centre, 20, Ricardo Brugnara - loosehead prop, 26. Christian Stoian - lock, 20.  Allesandro Fusco - scrum half, 20, Jacobo Trulla - full back, 20.
  
Watch out for Trulla in particular on Friday if he plays because he shows a lot of promise. 

Those five have all had excellent seasons with their clubs and thus are ready to move up into the Zebre team.

Q : And what’s the relationship like between the pro clubs and those from the national Top 12 competition?

A : Yes, the relationship is very good, almost like a mother to a child.  Both Zebre and Benetton are getting the “permit players” they train with the pro teams and the connection between the squads is very strong.  

Just one last thing about Zebre, just be aware that they have a lot of big players so expect a lot of physicality and hunger.

Q : Now we turn our attention to the Six Nations.  Ireland can win the title with two maximum-point wins, what are you expecting from the Italians to try and stop us on Saturday?

A : Saturday is the day because I love the Six Nations - for me it is the best tournament ever.  Watching the match is not enough, you enjoy the party afterwards as well, but unfortunately not this year.  We have to be patient as these matches will have no supporters.  Smith’s boys will be preparing for Ireland but also thinking about the visit of England the following week.

The Italians are well known for its strong scrum, this came mostly from Zebre.  Our assistant coach Allesandro Troncon said at the announcement of our squad : “the goal is to be competitive”.  We have to create an identity because this has been missing.  Italy are building step by step, but in the meantime we are also trying to bring home good results.  Once that squad is named, head coach Franco Smith cannot add players as he is a “technical coach”.  This squad shows the young players we are bringing through.

I’m expecting Italy to show a new style of play against Ireland.  

* - MOSTLY PARAPHRASED

Munster v Benetton full match as mentioned by Andrea can be found here.

Andrea is on twitter at these accounts > @RugbyIta @Rugbytreviso_ & @RugbyZebre

Also at the Rugby Treviso Facebook page and group.

The touch rugby programme he mentioned can be found here.

Front Five - 22.10.20

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


"Will has been involved with us before and he’s had seven months to think about that and he’s come back in pretty good form so we are very excited about seeing him."


Michael Glennon - RTÉ Rugby

McFadden retired at the end of the 2019/20 season but has taken the opportunity for one last run out with the invitational side this weekend.


Conor Sharkey - LeinsterRugby.ie

...if Ireland secure bonus-point wins over Italy at Stadio Olimpico and then against France at Stade de France, they would be crowned champions...


BBC Rugby

It will also be the first match the Lions have ever played in Scotland.


RugbyDump.com

"I'm definitely not resting on my laurels!"


Patrick McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Rugby on TV : Oct 22-29

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


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

3:30PM
MUNSTER V EDINBURGH (R)
PRO14
EIR SPORT 1

7AM
BRUMBIES V REDS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AU FINAL
SKY SPORTS ARENA

9:25PM
BENETTON V LEINSTER (R)
PRO14
EIR SPORT 1

11:15PM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

7AM
OTAGO V NORTHLAND (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ARENA
SKY SPORTS MIX

7AM
WHERE'S YOUR PRIDE?
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

9AM
FRANCE V ENGLAND (R)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
SKY SPORTS MIX

1PM
EDINBURGH V OSPREYS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

5:15PM
BENETTON V LEINSTER (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

5:55PM
PUMAS V STORMERS (L)
SUPER RUGBY UNLOCKED (RSA)
SKY SPORTS MIX

6:30PM
RUGBY TONIGHT ON TOUR
BT SPORT 3

7PM-1AM
SIX NATIONS 2020 HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT
7PM - THE STORY SO FAR
8PM - IRELAND V SCOTLAND
9PM - IRELAND V WALES
10PM - ENGLAND V IRELAND
11PM - WALES V FRANCE
12AM - ENGLAND V WALES

7:15PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (L)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1
TG4 (7:20PM)

7:30PM
SCOTLAND V GEORGIA (L)
TEST MATCH
ITV4

8:10PM
BENETTON V SCARLETS (L)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

10PM
BENETTON V SCARLETS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

10:15PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

2AM
BAY OF PLENTY V CANTERBURY (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ARENA

3AM
SCOTLAND V ENGLAND (R)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
SKY SPORTS MIX

4:30AM
HAWKE'S BAY V MANAWATU (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT

6AM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 2

7AM
NORTH HARBOUR V AUCKLAND (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORT ARENA
SKY SPORTS MIX

7AM-11AM
HEINEKEN CUP HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT
7AM - CLÉRMONT V RACING 92
8AM - RACING 92 V SARACENS
9AM - EXETER V TOULOUSE
10AM - EXETER V RACING 92

11AM
BRUMBIES V REDS (R)
SUPER RUGBY AU FINAL
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11AM-3PM
SIX NATIONS HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT
11AM - THE STORY SO FAR
12PM - IRELAND V SCOTLAND
1PM - IRELAND V WALES
2PM - ENGLAND V IRELAND

11:35AM
BENETTON V SCARLETS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

1:10PM
SIX NATIONS 2020 STORY SO FAR
VIRGIN MEDIA ONE

1:30PM
BERMUDA 10'S
SKY SPORTS MIX

2:30PM
IRELAND V ITALY (L)
GUINNESS SIX NATIONS
VIRGIN MEDIA ONE
ITV

3:25PM
LIONS V CHEETAHS (L)
SUPER RUGBY UNLOCKED (RSA)
SKY SPORTS ARENA

5:15PM
EXETER CHIEFS V WASPS (L)
PREMIERSHIP FINAL
BT SPORT 1

5:25PM
OSPREYS V GLASGOW WARRIORS (L)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

5:55PM
BULLS V SHARKS (L)
SUPER RUGBY UNLOCKED (RSA)
SKY SPORTS ARENA

6PM
IRELAND V ITALY (L)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
RTÉ TWO

7:30PM
OSPREYS V GLASGOW WARRIORS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

8PM
FRANCE V WALES (L)
TEST MATCH
ITV4
S4C

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

3AM
COUNTIES MANUKAU V WELLINGTON (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS MIX

3AM
TASMAN V SOUTHLAND (L)
MITRE10 CUP
SKY SPORTS MAIN EVENT
SKY SPORTS ARENA

6AM
EXETER CHIEFS V WASPS (R)
PREMIERSHIP FINAL
BT SPORT 1

7AM-3PM
CLASSIC SIX NATIONS HIGHLIGHTS
VIRGIN MEDIA SPORT
7AM - WALES V SCOTLAND 2010
8AM - ENGLAND V FRANCE 2015
9AM - FRANCE V WALES 2019
10AM - ENGLAND V SCOTLAND 2019
11AM - IRELAND V ENGLAND 2001
12PM - WALES V IRELAND 2003
1PM - ENGLAND V IRELAND 2006
2PM - ENGLAND V IRELAND 2007

10AM
EXETER CHIEFS V WASPS (R)
PREMIERSHIP FINAL
BT SPORT 1

1PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

1PM
ENGLAND V BARBARIANS (L)
SKY SPORTS MIX
SKY SPORTS ARENA

2:55PM
ULSTER V DRAGONS (L)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

4PM
ULSTER V DRAGONS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

4:30PM
BERMUDA 10'S
SKY SPORTS ARENA

7PM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

7:30PM
EDINBURGH V CONNACHT (L)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26

7AM
ENGLAND V BARBARIANS (R)
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11:45AM
OSPREYS V GLASGOW WARRIORS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

1:45PM
ULSTER V DRAGONS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

3PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

3:45PM
EDINBURGH V CONNACHT (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

5PM
THE STORY OF THE CHAMPIONS CUP
BT SPORT 2

5:30PM
EXETER CHIEFS V WASPS (R)
PREMIERSHIP FINAL
BT SPORT 2

5:45PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

7:45PM
MUNSTER V CARDIFF BLUES (L)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1
TG4 (7:50PM)

10PM
EXETER CHIEFS V WASPS (R)
PREMIERSHIP FINAL
BT SPORT 3

11:30PM
THE STORY OF THE CHAMPIONS CUP
BT SPORT 3

11:45PM
MUNSTER V CARDIFF BLUES (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

7AM
FRANCE V ENGLAND (R)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

8PM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

1PM
BENETTON V SCARLETS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

1PM
ULSTER V DRAGONS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

3PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

5PM
MUNSTER V CARDIFF BLUES (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

7PM
ULSTER V DRAGONS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

7PM
MUNSTER V CARDIFF BLUES (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

9PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

7AM
SCOTLAND V ENGLAND (R)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

11:30AM
MUNSTER V CARDIFF BLUES (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

1PM
BENETTON V SCARLETS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

1:30PM
ULSTER V DRAGONS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

3:30PM
EDINBURGH V CONNACHT (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

7PM
ENGLAND V BARBARIANS (R)
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10PM
PRO 14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 1

11PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

6AM
THOMOND PARK
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 2

7AM
THE TEAM THAT TURNED UP
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

8AM
SWING LOW : A BRIEF HISTORY
DOCUMENTARY
SKY SPORTS ARENA

10AM
PRO14 HIGHLIGHTS
FREESPORTS

11AM
BENETTON V SCARLETS (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

11:30AM
RUGBY TONIGHT SEASON REVIEW
BT SPORT 2

12PM
PRO14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 2

12PM
SCOTLAND V ENGLAND (R)
WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS
SKY SPORTS ARENA

1PM
EXETER CHIEFS V WASPS (R)
PREMIERSHIP FINAL
BT SPORT 2

1PM
PRO14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 1

1PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 2

2PM
EDINBURGH V CONNACHT (R)
PRO 14
EIR SPORT 1

3PM
OSPREYS V GLASGOW WARRIORS (R)
PRO14
EIR SPORT 2

4PM
LEINSTER V ZEBRE (R)
PRO14
EIR SPORT 1

6PM
PRO14 HOUR
EIR SPORT 1

11:30PM
WHERE'S YOUR PRIDE?
DOCUMENTARY
EIR SPORT 1

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Front Five - 21.10.20

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

Clicking back into gear over the next few days
with a busy weekend coming up that features
both Leinster & Ireland so that means
a double helpin' of Harpin'!


"I think it was a good and bad time for the Six Nations to finish up for me. Obviously I had a bad personal performance against England"


Gerry Thornley - Irish Times
(possibly behind paywall)

"Sometimes we have to pretend we don't know the team to you guys, but we actually don't know what the team is, at the moment!"


Patrick McCarry - SportsJoe.ie

...the Irish government exempted elite sport from new coronavirus rules which means Ireland will be able to host Italy


Matthew Wood - Talking Rugby Union

...plans have been thrown into disarray after Rugby Europe this morning announced the scrapping of all...Rugby World Cup 2021 qualification matches.


David Kelly - Irish Independent

"Once training's finished, he knows well to have a laugh with the boys which is bloody awesome."


RTÉ Rugby

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Front Five - 20.10.20

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


Larmour is now in a race to make it back in time for next year's Six Nations


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

Saturday's clash at the Aviva Stadium with the Azzurri would appear to be the ideal restart to international rugby.


Declan Whooley - Irish Independent

 Arriving in Pau at 7.30am they played the game at 3.30pm, bravely losing 8-7 to the French.


Gavin Cummiskey - Irish Times

Bristol Bears, who finished third in the table, will replace Wasps should they be unable to fulfil the fixture.


Ruck.co.uk

It’s the first time that supporters can buy a replica version of the women’s jersey in a non-World Cup year.


The42.ie

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Front Five - 19.10.20

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

Clarke was awesome on Sunday
but you have to be wary of "The next...." tags.  
Besides, maybe Lomu was "The previous Caleb"???


"(Andy Farrell) doesn’t want it to be overly-structured, he wants us to play heads-up rugby, see what’s in front of us and use our skill-set."


Sean Farrell - The42.ie

Of the six uncapped players included in Ireland's Six Nations squad, three of them came through the Sevens system. 


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

Simmonds is the fourth English player in five years to receive the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy as Europe’s player of the season


Mitch Phillips - The Independent (UK)

"The next Jonah Lomu"


Stuff.co.nz

"Pity you don't know the rules!"


WalesOnline

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Front Five - 18.10.20

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

Congrats to Exeter!
Still can't work out why Racing
wouldn't go for the drop goal...


Ringrose was...one of Ireland’s best performers at the  Rugby World Cup and he has continued to lead by example on both sides of the lockdown


IrishRugby.ie

"It's an opportunity for me to honour him and to honour my parents as well, who managed to keep the show on the road"


Mark Farrelly - Balls.ie

...there was a box-office quality about the Chiefs...even if a chunk of the second period saw them under prolonged pressure.


Andrew Baldock - The Independent (UK)

“Our goal isn’t about one person, it’s about wanting the best No 9 on the field for 80 minutes and today we got the mix right.”


David Long - Stuff.co.nz

Zebo, who played under Foley at Munster, had Foley's nickname Axel on his left wristband


Colm O'Connor - Irish Examiner

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