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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…

UCD Tennis Club Ends The Year On A High

How quickly a season goes. Writing this we are in a very different place to our previous report in November. “The Floodlight League” concluded with all of UCD’s teams securing their status within their respective divisions for next season. Onwards…

UCD Hockey Primed For European Odyssey

Hockey in UCD currently finds itself in one of those golden eras which don’t come round too often. The ladies team proved dominant in 2018, winning the University Championships, the Irish Senior Cup and the domestic EY Hockey League; throw…

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…