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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…

Sports Spotlight: UCD Hurling Club

In my three years in UCD, the Hurling club has experienced constant growth and improvement. It seems each semester that goes by, another cohort of undergraduates or master’s students are enticed by the prospect of becoming immersed in, what some…

What To Expect From The 2019 Six Nations

The ‘Six Nations Championship’ is a sporting event steeped in rich history and tradition. Moulded from the original ‘Home Nations Championship’ dating back to 1883, the ‘Six Nations’ has developed into one of the most viewed and eagerly anticipated competitions…

Why Padraig Harrington Should be the Next Ryder Cup Captain

A wise-old mantra holds that, within elite sport, if one is not improving, they are going backwards. Standing still and rigidly holding on to what has brought past glory is never enough. Rather, a willingness to continuously evolve and expand…