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  • "The Blind Side" vs. The Tighthead

    "The Blind Side" vs. The Tighthead

    "The Blind Side" is a book about two things: (i) the development of the left tackle position in American football from being just another grunt in the 1980’s to the second highest paid position in the sport today and (ii) Mike Oher's journey from being a giant homeless kid to playing in the NFL. There are some interesting parallels to be drawn between left tackle and tighthead prop, and, although our Mike comes from Fermoy rather than the mean streets of Memphis, between Mike Oher and Mike Ross.
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  • Irish Rugby post RWC

    Irish Rugby post RWC

    The Golden generation, and the best we have ever had, are some of the terms that have been thrown about when talking about the current Ireland rugby squad. While that is undoubtedly fair comment, here we are again in the aftermath of another deflating Irish rugby/sports experience. While it would be easy to criticise the players for a poor/non-performance, it appeared to me that they carried out what they were told to do, but when it wasn’t working, there was a complete inflexibility to react...
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  • RWC Quarter Final Officials

    RWC Quarter Final Officials

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    AUCKLAND, 3 Oct. - The International Rugby Board announces the group of match officials who will take charge of the Rugby World Cup 2011 knockout matches
    • 10 Referees and two TMOs retained for knockout matches
    • Extensive Performance Review determines selection
    • Appointments made for quarter-finals
    The International Rugby Board has announced the group of match officials who will take charge of the Rugby World Cup 2011 knockout matches. As announced...
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  • Flannery out of World Cup

    Flannery out of World Cup

    Jerry Flannery has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup because of a calf injury, with Damien Varley called up to the squad. Flannery suffered a tear of his left calf during training yesterday morning in Auckland. An MRI scan has confirmed the severity of the tear, which will require four to six weeks rehabilitation, before he is able to return to playing...
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  • Ireland Team to play Australia Named

    Ireland Team to play Australia Named

    15 - Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)*

    14 - Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

    13 - Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)

    12 - Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

    11 - Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
    10 - Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 9 - Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 1 - Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)* 2 - Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 3 - Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster) ...
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  • World Cup: it's not easy being green

    World Cup: it's not easy being green

    by SYRIANA

    The Rugby World Cup is a matter of weeks away and the various squads are being finalised by managers from Canada to New Zealand. The favourites are, predictably, New Zealand and pre-tournament speculation is rife. ...
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