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Episode 5 of Down the Blind Side


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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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Munster’s fate should have been sealed

Now that the ink is dry on Munster’s 41 Phases being written into their glorious history, is it safe to suggest that they should never have got past phases three or five?  This has less to do with them and … 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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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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Kidney will stick with same soldiers

  Declan Kidney will announce his team tomorrow to play Australia on Saturday and I suspect it will see him showing faith in Keith Earls, Gordon D’Arcy and Jonny Sexton, all of whom were under pressure after the win over … 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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Stringer struggling to make the ton

This is where it gets difficult. This is the point where the idea of being part of the international squad is not necessarily as attractive as we all presume. This is the staging post where there are those who are … Continue reading

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Why Ronan O’Gara needs to start listening to his head

In the 69th minute of the Magners League final in Limerick last weekend Ronan O’Gara had another speed-bump experience. It was not unlike the one he had last year at the hands of Jamie Heaslip in the RDS. Or the … Continue reading

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