Category Archives: Brendan Fanning

Gatland gambles in high stakes game


When Wales beat Ireland in Croke Park in 2008 en route to their first Grand Slam under Warren Gatland, they did it despite not having won in Dublin in eight years, and survived having two players put in the bin. … Continue reading

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O’Brien’s impact needed in Second Test


There are two times when players like getting taken off early: the first is when they are being beaten so badly the scoreboard can’t keep up; and the second is on a Lions tour when it’s four nights before the … Continue reading

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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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Flawed system allows O’Connell to walk


I began to fear the worst on the Dave Kearney concussion incident when someone with much better technology than me made reference yesterday to Paul O’Connell’s shin. Not that he was hugely relieved that the tibia was still in one … 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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Kidney call puts him in make or break territory


  We used to look at the decision in 2008 to run with Denis Hurley and Tomas O’Leary ahead of Shaun Payne and Peter Stringer for Munster as the high water mark for Declan Kidney’s capacity to surprise. And then … Continue reading

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Healy lumbered with extra helpings


Question: when is a three week ban not a three week ban? Answer: Eh, when it includes a week where the guilty party is not likely to be active. In which case it becomes, effectively, a four week ban. And … Continue reading

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