Monthly Archives: September 2011

Mallett battling to keep emotions in check


  Whatever you do, don’t sleep it out on Sunday morning – the opening exchanges of Ireland’s head to head with Italy will be every bit as intense as tonight’s bitter contest between Samoa and South Africa.  I went to … Continue reading

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O’Sullivan does Ireland a big favour


You’d swear Eddie and Deccie were best buds so intense was the US effort against the Italians in Nelson tonight. Its effect will be seen here in Dunedin on Sunday when Nick Mallet has to use much the same side … Continue reading

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O’Gara in the zone, but he wants the pitch


Right on cue Ronan O’Gara gets the man of the match award against Russia as his tussle with Jonny Sexton takes on soap opera status. As his name was read over the PA near the end of tonight’s game the … Continue reading

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Lucky break in Rotorua


  With a minimum five different stops on this tour – and forIrelandthis is a tour as well as  a World Cup – we get to have those ‘hotel moments’ which are part and parcel of any trip. We can … Continue reading

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O’Gara sent out to take one for the team


GUBU would be an inaccurate description, for it was neither Grotesque nor Unbelievable, but certainly it was Bizarre and Unprecedented. We’re talking about the press conference earlier today NZ time when Ronan O’Gara was rolled out to face the media. … Continue reading

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Strange goings on in Auckland


  There’s something not right about this. It’s 8.30 on an Auckland Sunday morning where it has yet to rain. By the time I’ve finished this that may have changed. And by then hopefully the following has changed as well: … Continue reading

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Make or break time for Kidney and Ireland


    The last time we were in the Crowne Plaza in Auckland it was the Lions tour in 2005. And the memory is clear of going across the road to the Convention Centre where the NZ rugby union made … Continue reading

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