Tag Archives: Paul O’Connell

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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Horwill back on track but Wallabies still look lost


One minute the Wallabies are faced with losing their captain, possibly from the series;  the next they not only have him back on board again, but with the added bonus of seeing their opponents robbed of their lineout director and … 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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Best battling to make starting line against Scotland


Rory Best is the latest casualty in Camp Ireland, and his doubt for Saturday heaps more pressure on Declan Kidney in a sequence that gets worse with each passing day. Damian Varley has been called in to the squad as … Continue reading

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Ireland got what they deserved


  The elephant in the room is an overused phrase, but never was it more appropriate than in the immediate aftermath of this afternoon’s game at Lansdowne Road. First Declan Kidney and then Paul O’Connell fetched up for the immediate … 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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