Category Archives: Australia

Lions to kick off in Ireland


  Punters in Ireland will be able to get a close-up look at the Lions before they head Down Under thanks to Carton House being chosen for the pre-tour camp.   The tourists will begin arriving in Kildare on 19 … Continue reading

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O’Driscoll Open to One More Season


Brian O’Driscoll may well continue with Leinster and Ireland for another season, despite widespread opinion that the Lions tour to Australia is shaping up as his last act on a rugby field. I understand from sources close to the former … Continue reading

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Shorts


MCKENZIE TOO HOT TO TROT When you see odds of 1/2 lobbed on someone’s head you don’t so much infer a hot favourite as a race that’s already been run. And the winner is Ewen McKenzie? Eh, not so fast … Continue reading

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Shorts


NEXT STEP FOR KIDNEY Just as one door is about to close, another one opens. And the good news for Declan Kidney is that his next gig may be a 10 minute spin from his gaff in Ballincollig. UCC, where … Continue reading

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The Best and Worst of a Terrific Tournament


  At the end of a terrific tournament here are my bests and worsts.    Best Team: The Awlblex  Worst Team: Fiji  Best Match:  The best was kept till last. What a contest: when the stakes were at their highest … 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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