Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Front Five - 31.08.21

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

ICYMI click here to listen to the entire
Harpin On Rugby Podcast Preseason Series


Three of Leinster’s props touched down during an entertaining 24-17 victory over Connacht


IrishRugby.ie

Head Injury Assessments, or HIA protocols...did not come into force until 2015.


Tomos Morgan - BBC Rugby

“The biggest shock for me was how long they have for lunch”


Mark Orders - WalesOnline

 The club themselves stated that "We promised ourselves that we would be less dependent on internationals because we paid a heavy price last season."


Scott Hornell - Last Word On Rugby

What’s most shocking about this video is how many of them have happened in the last two seasons.


Rugby Onslaught

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Monday, August 30, 2021

ICYMI - The Harpin On Rugby Podcast 21/22 Preseason series

 

Last season was looooooooooong.  

When you factor in the matches that completed the COVID-disrupted 19/20 campaign, then there were Leinster, Ireland and/or Lions matches pretty much every weekend from August 22, 2020 to August 7, 2021.

But now the 21/22 season is starting to take shape.  Fixtures were announced last Friday - not everyone was happy with them, but here at Harpin Manor we at least got a kick out of the nerdy pleasure to be found in updating our results and fixtures page.

Pretty soon we will have actual matches to harp on, so we'll be able to fall back into our regular week-to-week routine of features including team announcements, previews, TV listings and of course writeups.

To help get the content-producing juices flowing once more, we embarked on a project over the past couple of weeks whereby we used The Harpin On Rugby Podcast (or "THORP" as absolutely nobody else but me calls it) to try to give an overview of the areas of the game we plan to cover throughout the season.

It ended up being a project that involved brief interviews with 15 different fellow rugby fans (I'd love to say I planned for it to be 15, you know, what with it being a 15-a-side sport and all, but nah, just a coincidence) with the focus being on Leinster but also looking at the other provinces, the rest of the URC nations, Women's rugby and finally men's club rugby.

We published a new pod every second day but if you missed it, you have another chance to catch each one from this page, although an even better way would be to actually subscribe to our feed so you'll be able to catch more episodes throughout the campaign as we will definitely be doing a lot more harping as the matches start coming.

Once more I'd like to thank all who gave up their time to be involved and I look forward to chatting to them all and more again as the season goes on.  JLP


Leinster's back row & halfbacks featuring Cian O'Muilleoir & Richard Mifsud



Leinster's back three & second row featuring Tom Coleman & Mark Jackson



Leinster's front row & centres featuring Conor Cronin & Neil Keegan



Munster, Ulster & Connacht featuring Michelle Tobin, Ian Frizzell & Stephen Murphy



Wales, South Africa, Scotland & Italy featuring Dan Pearce, Andy Daniel, Sandy Smith & Tom Golden



Women's Rugby & Men's club rugby featuring @IrishWomens & Mark Strange

Front Five - 30.08.21

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

ICYMI click here for the last in our
series of preseason pods, this one
covering women's rugby & men's club rugby


...the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika...will join New Zealand's five franchises and Australia's five franchises in a 12-team tournament.


NZ Herald.co.nz

...the match was...full of thrills and spills and remained on a knife-edge throughout as the USA refused to let Great Britain get away from them.


World.Rugby

Most of the team’s matches are scheduled to be held on Saturdays – a time when grassroots club matches in their region usually take place.


Planet Rugby

"There has been a bit of talk in the media in the wake of Alex's death about the need for defibrillators and I feel it's vitally important for me to add my voice to that debate."


Matthew Davies - WalesOnline

Young players are now entering Benetton & Zebre who expect to be competitive with other teams.


The Italian Rugby Blog

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Podcast 3.08 : "Preseason Pod Series #6" - Women's Rugby feat. @IrishWomens and Men's Club Rugby featuring @realmarkstrange



Listen to the pod using the player above or better still,
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For this 6th and final of our preseason pods I wanted to look at a couple of areas which have always needed more exposure anyway yet were even more affected by the COVID disruption, namely the Women’s game as well as men’s club rugby - I have two guests lined up who are perfect for setting the scene for the upcoming campaign.

Follow @IrishWomens on Twitter > https://twitter.com/IrishWomens

Follow Mark Strange on Twitter > https://twitter.com/realmarkstrange

Check out Mark's excellent profiles on Irish clubs here > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/07/irish-club-rugby-profiles-by-mark.html

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Front Five - 28.08.21

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

ICYMI click here for the 5th episode
from our series of preseason podcasts
this time covering the non-Irish URC nations


 "...we hope by announcing this decision now it gives clarity to supporters who might have been concerned about their purchase with the season less than a month away."


The42.ie

Leo Cullen's Leinster will take on three-time Super Rugby winners, the Vodacom Bulls


RTÉ Rugby

Holders Leinster face Connacht at the Sportsground this afternoon (2.45)


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

...it is understood that Toulon played 1.8 million Euros to release Kolbe from the final two years of his contract 


Matthew Wood - Talking Rugby Union

The four-year partnership will allow the Irish Examiner to deliver the inside story on news and developments


Irish Examiner

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Podcast 3.07 : "Preseason Pod Series #5" - URC Nations squads 21/22 feat. @Cardiffrugbyweb (WAL) @scrum5ive (RSA) @theburghwatch (SCO) & @RugbyItalian (ITA)



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In the fifth of our preseason series of pods, I spoke to a fan from each of the non-Irish URC nations about the various clubs and players we should be looking out for.

Follow Dan Pearce on Twitter > https://twitter.com/CardiffRugbyWeb

And his Cardiff website here > https://cardiffbluesblog.com/

Follow Andy Daniel here > https://twitter.com/scrum5ive

And his website here > https://www.scrum5rugby.com/

The Evan Roos try he mentions can be seen here > https://youtu.be/_l_nwhREALo

Follow Sandy Smith here > https://twitter.com/theburghwatch

Follow Tom Golden here > https://twitter.com/RugbyItalian

Tom's post on the Italian franchises > https://theitalianrugbyblog.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-new-season-part-1-franchises.html

Front Five - 27.08.21

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

Completed all the interviews Thurs night
for the preseason pod series - 15 in 10 nights
many thanks to all who took part


"We’ve been training hard all summer, so we’re looking forward to performing in September. It has been tough."


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

The last time the Leinster Rugby Women’s Team played a game was in Energia Park in September 2019


LeinsterRugby.ie

The 30-year-old Dublin native...will play in Ulster’s second row, having joined up with his new team-mates for pre-season training.


IrishRugby.ie

"Following the match...both teams will move to Queensland where the remainder of the tournament will be staged"


Huge Rugby

"I just, I get a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling when I think about this story."


Lee Costello - SportsJoe.ie

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Front Five - 26.08.21

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

ICYMI click here for the latest
in our series of preseason podcasts
this time featuring a look outside Leinster
at the other provincial squads for 21/22 season


“There are some pundits who…I wouldn’t even know anything about them, but they’re going to talk because that’s their job.” - James Lowe


Gavan Casey - The42.ie

Leinster Rugby will wear the shirt in the Heineken Champions Cup this season


Ryan Corry - LeinsterRugby.ie

The...Interprovincial Championship gets underway this weekend...with both matches kicking off 15 minutes later than previously scheduled.


IrishRugby.ie

The Champion team, consisting of players selected by the fans from all seven Currie Cup Premier Division teams, will go head to head with a strong opposition side


SARugbyMag.co.za

(Toulouse & Nike have) been cranking out hit after hit like the Lennon and McCartney of rugby gear all the way back to the 90s.


RugbyShirtWatch

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Podcast 3.06 : "Preseason Pod Series #4" - Provincial 21/22 squads, MUN (feat. @CorkSeashell), ULS (@rava_ian) & CON (@MasterOfNonePod)



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This is the fourth in our series of preseason pods - if you subscribe to our feed you’ll find the last three episodes took a detailed look at Leinster’s cover in all the various positions heading into the 21/22 season. Now it’s time to turn the spotlight on the other Irish provinces and I spoke to a fan from each of them.

Follow Michelle on Twitter > https://twitter.com/CorkSeashell

Follow Ian on Twitter > https://twitter.com/rava_ian

Follow Stephen on Twitter > https://twitter.com/MasterOfNonePod

Subscribe to Master Of None Podcast > anchor.fm/stephen-murphy8

Front Five - 25.08.21

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

Part 4 of our series of preseason pods
should post Wednesday evening
with focus on Connacht, Munster & Ulster


Munster say they are hoping to arrange a different fixture for the same day. 


Gavin Cooney - The42.ie

Erasmus is facing charges for a 62-minute video, during which he was critical of Nic Berry, the Australian referee


Matthew Southcombe - WalesOnline

Marinos believes the competition will provide added certainty to Super Rugby clubs despite the decision to move away from the derby-focused AU format.


Planet Rugby

The 30-year-old winger...follows the arrival of forwards Juarno Augustus and Brandon Nansen and scrum-half Frank Lomani.


BBC Rugby

Kolbe will join Springbok teammate and lock Eben Etzebeth at Toulon


SARugbyMag.co.za

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Front Five - 24.08.21

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

ICYMI click here for the third episode
in our series of preseason podcasts
this one looks at Leinster's front row & centre options


The game in Belfast, which will be played in front of the largest home Ulster crowd since February 2020, will be open to season ticket holders only


The42.ie

With Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers following hot on the heels of the competition, coach Adam Griggs has opted to keep his players in camp


Ruaidhri O'Connor - Irish Independent

Australia's Queensland state will host eight Rugby Championship matches in a rejigged schedule


SkySports.com

"It’s disappointing once again to have to keep our participants on the sidelines, but it’s the right thing to do under the circumstances"


Stuff.co.nz

The women will take on the Springboks after the men compete against Samoa with both teams playing for the Killik Cup.


BBC.com

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Podcast 3.05 : "Preseason Pod Series #3" - Leinster's 21/22 squad, front row (feat. @ccbooms) & centres (feat. @nkeegan)



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This is the third in our series of preseason pods, focusing on the front row and centres - and at the end I’ll give you the ideal starting XV as chosen by the team of contributors.

Follow Conor Cronin on Twitter > https://twitter.com/ccbooms
Follow Keego on Twitter > https://twitter.com/nkeegan

Front Five - 23.08.21

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

ICYMI click here for the second
in our series of preseason podcasts
looking at Leinster's back 3 & 2nd row options

Safe to say this is the first ever Harpin post
that includes an Ole Gunnar Solksjaer quote!


...the crowd of 199.50 – there was a baby in a pram present – that defied the forecast were handsomely rewarded. 


John O'Sullivan - Irish Times

Sanzaar continues to scramble for a country, or countries, to stage the tournament after a chaotic few days


Stuff.co.nz

Lukhanyo Am said “not today!”


SARugbyMag.co.za

In a game played in all four seasons at Energia Park, the Leinster Under-19s beat Munster 27-7


Thomas Lyster - IrishRugby.ie

"...we can’t go from one extreme of volleyball or basketball from last year and go into rugby now."


The42.ie

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Podcast 3.04 : "Preseason Pod Series #2" - Leinster's 21/22 squad, back three (feat. @LeinsterRoyalty) & 2nd row (feat. @hoomanbear)



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This is the second in our series of preseason pods where we have a look at Leinster’s options in the various positions for the 2021/22 season - one of our contributors is making his Harpin debut as we turn the spotlight on the back three and the second row.

Follow Tom Coleman on Twitter > https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty

Follow Mark Jackson on Twitter > https://twitter.com/hoomanbear

Friday, August 20, 2021

Front Five - 20.08.21

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

ICYMI click here for the first episode
in our Preseason Pod Series
looking at Leinster's 21/22 depth charts
at both back row and halfback


“Now work has begun to assign TV slots among our seven broadcast partners and we expect to confirm these publicly as soon as possible.”


Cian Tracey - Irish Independent

Should the move materialise, matches will be played in front of fans at Twickenham...Stade de France...the Millennium Stadium...and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.


SARugbyMag.co.za

Ireland’s matches are to be shown on Channel 4 in the UK and on RTE in he Republic of Ireland as part of a pre-existing deal


David barnes - The Offside Line

The game kicks off at 2pm (Friday) in the University of Limerick and features players from a range of clubs and schools across the province.


LeinsterRugby.ie

“I don’t play a silly game” 


Steven Smith - Ruck.co.uk

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