Month: October 2022

RACING 92 COACHES Laurent Travers and Laurent Labit certainly aren’t afraid to delegate or share power. ‘Les deux Laurents’ made their name as a duo in charge of Castres before taking their double act to Racing in 2013. With their Champions Cup hopes for this season long extinguished, they could have gone through the motions […]
EDOARDO GORI WILL form a half-back partnership with Carlo Canna as new-look Italy look to cause the first big upset of the Six Nations with a win over Wales in Rome on Sunday. Overall, Italy coach Conor O’Shea made five changes, mostly in the pack, from the side that scored an historic upset over South Africa […]
IRELAND GOT OFF to a losing start in the Six Nations despite battling back from 21 – 5 down against Scotland. Here’s how we rated Joe Schmidt’s men in green. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Rob Kearney: 8 Definitely proved value for his selection as he stood up to be a leader as the senior man in […]
“WHICHEVER WAY YOU want to spin it, Ireland can’t win a Triple Crown, they can’t win a Grand Slam.” Argue about buses and police outriders and complacency and sluggishness all you want — God knows we’ve had enough of that over the last few days — but there’s no arguing with Shane Horgan’s summation of […]
LUKE MCGRATH WILL captain Leinster for the second time in his career this evening and while he admits it’s a huge honour, the scrum-half is just looking forward to getting back on the pitch. McGrath was part of Joe Schmidt’s extended 40-player panel for the first two games of the Six Nations campaign but was […]
ANTHONY EDDY, THE IRFU’s director of women’s and sevens rugby, has explained his decision to withdraw three key players from Ireland’s Six Nations squad so that they can go on sevens duty. Naoupu, Miller and Tyrrell. Source: Inpho Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell will all miss Sunday’s championship clash with France at Donnybrook […]
ITALY COACH CONOR O’Shea was proud of the way his side, thrashed 63-10 by his native Ireland in their previous match, fronted up against reigning champions England at Twickenham yesterday. England boss Eddie Jones had said he wanted England to “take Italy to the cleaners,” a point not lost on O’Shea in the wake of […]
Sarah Smyth with 2016 Fairyhouse Boylesports Irish Grand National winner Rogue Angel at today’s launch of the 2017 race at Everardsgrange, Fethard, Co Tipperary. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO HomeSam Bennett held off the challenge of some top-class sprinters to take the biggest win of his career at Stage 3 of the iconic Paris-Nice race in France.Joe […]
Toni Kroos Remind us never to watch the Toni Kroos edition of Desert Island Discs… Brian O’Driscoll From one Irish rugby legend to another… Máirt Poet by day, Bohemians winger by night… Shane Duffy The road to recovery begins for the Ireland defender… Jamie Heaslip Friday night’s game in Cardiff marked a significant milestone for […]
IRELAND WOMEN’S HEAD coach Tom Tierney opted to steer clear of making Claire Molloy’s worrying injury an issue in the wake of the 34 – 7 defeat to England in the Six Nations Grand Slam decider. Source: James Crombie/INPHO The openside flanker was a constant pest to England both in the carry and on the […]