Six Nations 2019 – On Such Fine Margins

Guinness_Six_Nations.png
Wikipedia.org

Oh Joe, you cunning tactician you. Making us miss your presence less come the end of the World Cup with a subpar performance that flew in the face of all expectations. Ok, there’s a chance I’m still in denial. Who wouldn’t be though right? That was one of the worst Irish performances of the Schmidt era, capitalised on brilliantly by one of the best I’ve seen from England in a long long time. So what happened and what happens next?

Continue reading Six Nations 2019 – On Such Fine Margins

Six Nations 2018 – Just Another Day In Paris

e
sixnationsrugby.com

I gave up. I won’t bullshit anyone, I flat out gave up. Why wouldn’t I though – we simply don’t come back from moments like that. How many times have Ireland mounted a last minute comeback that simply falls short? How many times have they given up the lead moments from the end? This was New Zealand 2013, the difference being that, for once, we were New Zealand.

Continue reading Six Nations 2018 – Just Another Day In Paris

Six Nations – Where Do We Go From Here?

rbs-6-nations-logo-header
RBS6Nations.com

I was a little negative last week, I accept that. I don’t think it was unjustified but I am certainly happy to be proven wrong. For the second time in 6 years Ireland have spoiled the English Grand Slam party and by doing so on Paddy’s weekend have left a certain sheen on their 2017 Six Nations campaign. A sheen can be dangerous though, and Ireland’s shortcomings this season cannot be forgotten.

Continue reading Six Nations – Where Do We Go From Here?

Six Nations – That’s All She Wrote

rbs-6-nations-logo-header
RBS6Nations.com

I’ve deleted the first two drafts of this guys, bear with me. Last Friday’s loss in Cardiff was not only deeply upsetting in relation to Ireland’s title hopes – it was easily the most infuriating performance from the green army since Schmidt took charge of the team. Yes, I even include the Argentina loss in the World Cup and the 2013 loss to the All Blacks in there. This was awful.

Continue reading Six Nations – That’s All She Wrote

Six Nations – Into The Dragon’s Den

rbs-6-nations-logo-header
RBS6Nations.com

No changes either side, roof closed, Cardiff on a Friday evening. We’ve been so fully focused on that final fixture that it has been easy to lose sight of this one. Whatever about how tough or not it may be for Ireland and those dreams of a third championship in 4 years, it’s gonna be a cracking game of rugby.

Continue reading Six Nations – Into The Dragon’s Den

Six Nations – Ireland (And Scotland) Still In The Mix

rbs-6-nations-logo-header
RBS6Nations.com

Well, that was interesting. Whether it was Scotland showing all the highland resolve they could muster to oust the Welsh, Ireland commanding a win over the French amidst a somewhat imperfect performance or Italy frustrating the hell out of the English – this was certainly an entertaining and educational weekend of rugby. Ireland, and indeed Scotland, are now the only two teams in with a shout alongside the English with their unbeaten run continuing, and a truly fascinating two weeks of rugby lie ahead. Continue reading Six Nations – Ireland (And Scotland) Still In The Mix

Six Nations – A Glimmer Of Hope

rbs-6-nations-logo-header
rbs6nations.com

In any other year we would probably meter expectation after a demolishing of Italy, especially with such an embarrassing showing from the Azzurri as we got on Saturday. In a Six Nations where Ireland need to make amends for a poor start and tries/points are more relevant than ever though, this was promising stuff.

Continue reading Six Nations – A Glimmer Of Hope