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Sarries Face Uphill Battle for Redemption

Saracens are undoubtedly one of the best rugby teams in Europe, with three Champions Cup titles in the last four seasons. They possess some of the world’s best players in their respective positions, with the likes of Mako and Billy…

A Dream Too Big? Scottish Rugby’s Meandering Efforts Towards Innovation

Scotland – probably best summed up by the lyrics of one of our generation’s great poets. Like a plastic bag that has been drifting through the wind, Scotland lament how this World Cup is the one that got away. Hot…

Big Year Beckons for UCD Tennis

Coming off the back of such a successful year, expectations are high for UCD tennis this year. Last time out, the club achieved intervarsity glory for the ladies’ team, who, along with the men’s seconds, were also successful in their…

Same Team, New Problems What’s Going on at Tottenham Hotspur?

Since the start of the new Premier League campaign, one team has appeared to be struggling significantly more than its counterparts; Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs entered the new season coming off a Champions League final, and a summer transfer window that…

Life Post-Schmidt

After Ireland’s extremely disappointing defeat at the hands of the All Blacks, it is now time to move on and look forward to a new era of Irish rugby. The manner of Schmidt’s departure was saddening and not the fairy-tale…

When Esports Turn Political: Why are members of US Congress talking about Hearthstone?

On the 18th of October, five members of the US Congress people penned a letter to Activision-Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick denouncing Blizzard’s suspension of Hearthstone professional Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung. The letter was co-signed by both Republican and Democrat Congress…

In Defence of the Referee

No matter what the sport, the referee has arguably the most challenging role and yet somehow receives the least recognition. Of course, each sport can vary but there is an immense amount of pressure enlisted upon the officials in today’s…

Sports Psychology: Fact or Fiction?

We live in an age of instant messaging, instant answers; instant everything. Even the average run of the mill young professional’s phone will usually include the Headspace app. Even the most ordinary of us often finds the need to use…

In Response to: “It’s Time for Rugby to Address It’s Rampant Doping Culture”

I write this article in response to a piece entitled ‘It’s Time for Rugby to Address It’s Rampant Doping Culture’ published on April 9th earlier this year in the College Tribune. At this point there is much discourse surrounding the…

From the Halls of Blackrock College to the Fields of Yokohama: Russian Rugby Captain Vasily Artemyev

32-year-old Vasily Artemyev captains Russia at this year’s World Cup. It’s a lesser known fact that Artemyev is a graduate of Blackrock College, and lesser known still that he is a graduate of our own University College Dublin. Coming to…

Rugby World Cup Preview

September 20th 2019; the start of the 9th Rugby World Cup. This is the first time the competition has been hosted by a non-tier 1 nation. While the early stages of the competition are bound to see some heavy rain…

Irish Cricket – A success story waiting to happen?

Ireland head into next weeks’ tri-series against Scotland and the Netherlands buoyed by the recent news of Paul Stirling signing a deal with Cricket Ireland, putting an end to his long, illustrious career with Middlesex. The tri-series will provide Ireland…