Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tragic end to McKinley’s bright career


  When Ian McKinley was named man of the match in Leinster’s Magners League win against Treviso last February it seemed to complete one of the most remarkable comebacks we’d seen in Irish rugby. Just over a year earlier he … Continue reading

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Kidney faces awesome coaching challenge


   I came across Brendan Moran’s picture earlier today from the 2003 World Cup in Australia when Declan Kidney was assistant to Eddie O’Sullivan. You may recall at the time Kidney was the rugby equivalent of ‘dead man walking’, for when … Continue reading

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Ireland’s to-do list: short and sweet


1 Treat this as a Test match, not a pokeresque exercise in keeping tricks up your sleeve to be withdrawn at a later date, while at the same time benefitting solely from having taken part in the exercise. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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O’Brien in doubt for US game


Sean O’Brien became the latest back row worry for Declan Kidney when he took a bang on the knee at training that could rule him out of the US game which opens Ireland’s World Cup programme on 11 September. I … Continue reading

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Kidney leaves O’Leary in the lurch


  By a distance the biggest call of Declan Kidney’s World Cup squad, to be announced at lunchtime today, is the omission of Tomas O’Leary. Shane Jennings also came up short with his late run to get onto the back … Continue reading

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Walking wounded keep on coming


  As expected David Wallace will have to withdraw from the Ireland team to play France tomorrow, because of a tight hamstring. Good news for Shane Jennings, even if his first start since breaking his arm last May will now … Continue reading

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Good night for McFadden and Boss


Ratings on Ireland v Connacht 15 Geordan Murphy: keen and very active which is probably better news for Leicester than Ireland at this stage 14/13/12 Johne Murphy/Darren Cave/Ian Keatley (replaced by Ian Whitten): not in RWC plans 11 Fergus McFadden: … Continue reading

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