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Ireland’s Rugby Team Is Down, But Definitely Not Out

Ireland finished third in the Six Nations Championship. I’m not exactly sure what a team imploding looks like, but I’m pretty sure losing two games from five and falling to third in the world rankings isn’t implosion. Ireland’s losses have…

It’s Time For Rugby To Address It’s Rampant Doping Culture

“What’s the dirtiest sport around?” This was the question that was put to the CEO of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) recently. Her answer? Not cycling, not athletics, but rugby. Yes, rugby union is the sport considered most at risk of doping…

The Backrow: All Of The Skill And None Of The Flash?

“Going harassed by Edwards, Slattery’s pick up and he scores!” – The date; 27th January 1973, Cardiff Arms Park. Twenty-three-year-old Fergus Slattery was in his prime as the Barbarians took on the All Blacks. This, more than any other performance,…

Eye to the Future: Irish Rugby’s Rising Stars

The appearance of a number of current Under 20s players in the AIL and on provincial A sides has caught the attention of many onlookers. The Ireland Under 20s are 2 from 2 as I write this, and by the…

UCD AFC Hopeful Of Adding To Their Storied Past

After a hiatus, UCD AFC will once again ply their trade in Ireland’s Premier Division, making them the only university in Europe to have a soccer team competing in their national first division. Having been promoted as First Division champions…

Stadium Science: The Home Advantage

What makes a great stadium? What creates an atmosphere that truly provides that home advantage, that extra one percent for the team? Is it the stadium itself or the fans? Poorly constructed stadiums, or rather stadiums that do not centre…

Why Novak Djokovic’s Return To The Top Of Men’s Tennis Is Worthy Of Celebration

For many years, Novak Djokovic utterly dominated professional tennis and would routinely, and almost nonchalantly, win the biggest prizes that the game had to offer. It all seemed so easy for the Serbian native. Blessed with superb athleticism, Djokovic covered…

School’s Rugby: The Game In It’s Purest Form?

I am someone who did not actually get the opportunity to partake in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup as a player. Despite this, I still firmly believe that school’s rugby is the purest form of the game as we know…

Return of the Roar: The Tale of Tiger’s Remarkable Renaissance

If 2018 taught us anything, it is that Tiger Woods moves the needle like no other in golf, period. Yet amid the corybantic afterglow of his electrifying comeback year, it is easy to forget the low ebb the 14-time major…

Irish Football In A Much Better Place Ahead of Euro 2020 Qualifiers

2018 can be described as nothing short of a disastrous year for Irish football. Irish supporters were subjected to twelve months of torture, as the Martin O’Neill era plummeted from one new low to another. First, there was the catastrophic,…

Does The IRFU View The Grand Slam As More Important Than The World Cup?

As it stands there is a huge deal of optimism among Irish fans for World Cup 2019. However, the horrors of World Cups past must dwell somewhere in the back of the mind. As a nation, we have an undeniably…