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For the day that’s in it.

Saturday, 20th February, 1999.

The cusp of the BOD era.

Ireland travelled to England to face a then homeless Wales side. Big heavy handbags ensued.

Keith Duggan writing in the Irish Times said:

AH, the incomparable beauty of a Keith Wood smile. We have seen him in all his guises over the past two weeks, from the bleak figure in the blue mezzotint standing ruined in Lansdowne Road to his grinning, pale, headed colossus, gamley stoking the masses at the end of a sporting hour, which will be undoubtedly be rememberd as Wembley’s finest by everyone except, possibly, Geoff Hurst.


Six Nations International: Wales v Ireland (BBC Sport)



McGurk! You’re cut.

Ryan!! You’re in.

A passive aggressive defence of Joe Schmidt’s “kicking game” is the theme for RTÉ’s Jonathan Ryan-narrated promo ahead of Ireland versus Wales in Cardiff Arms Park Nua, Wales, today.

It gets results in fairness.

Previously: How Green Was Their Valley

RTÉ Rugby: Six Nations

Thanks Richie McCormack


Wales win 23-16.

The breakdown; Ireland need to beat Scotland next week and hope other results go our way.

Easy, easy.


For the weekend that’s in it.

Saturday, 1st March, 1975.

In the centenary year of the Irish Rugby Football Union, once again, the Irish rugby team with its combination of a blatant shove in the back and a dribble up field spirit, skill and enterprise helped lift the island’s morale.

Amateur individuals subservient to the nation.

A double was on.

An almost giddy Edmund Van Esbeck wrote:

Exhilirating back movements, the deftness of the hands and the agility of the limbs of those who do their work in the tight, the ruck, the maul and the line-out. The essential ingredients were forthcoming this time that were so sadly lacking against Scotland

Meanwhile, in the crowd..

allezAllez what now?


Previously: Frogger, 1983


Atomic Advertising Agency’s info bomb of stats and facts from the recent 6 Nations Championship.

IRB 6 Nations Statistical Analysis

Atomic Sport

Thanks Hugh Curran

match programme

For the weekend that’s in it.

Saturday, 19 February, 1983.

Ireland led by original captain fantastic, Ciaran Fitzgerald, dragged his men back into a game they trailed. Despite missing six of his 11 kicks, Ollie Campbell was in otherwise sparkling form, Trevor Ringland ripped the leather pill from Patric Esteve on the line while Moss Finn did more than most with two tries to seal Ireland’s first win over the cheese eating surrender monkeys French in eight years.

Speaking to Niall Kiely (Irish Times) a belligerent Dubliner said:

“You know the difference between a culchie and a frog?..

It was 4:10 p.m. on Saturday, France were leading Ireland 16-15 and his fellow-jackeen, Oliver Homer Campbell, had nodded, missing five goal-kicks.

..at least the French go home.”

Meanwhile, in the crowd that day..Inspector Clouseau


Bon times.

Previously: Le Ledgebag

Images: Irish Times Archive and Ebay



For the weekend that’s in it.

Saturday, 6 February, 1982.

Without a Triple Crown for 33 years, Ireland arrived in the allotment that was the then Twickenham having slayed the Welsh a fortnight previous.

Blind side lightening from MacNeill, balletic sleight of hands between Duggan and Slattery and the wrecking ballin’ Ginger McLoughlin.

Maeve Binchy writing in the Irish Times described the Irish invasion:

“FOR DAYS, they had been coming over. Plane loads of supporters, wrapped in scarves, full of hope and occasionally swinging a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream by the neck as a nice communal drink while on the hoof. The young ones came noisily, singing the first three lines of about 20 songs but not being able to finish any of them.”

On the dance floor in Zhivago’s that night? A toe tapper.

Images: Ebay

Extended Footage


Previously: Comin’ For To Carry Me Home


Facts are meaningless, unless..

Commissioned by Ulster Bank, illustrated by In The Company Of Huskies.

21% of fans would sit with George Hook to watch a Grandslam decider?
75% of fans would cut a holiday short to watch a Grandslam decider back in Lansdowne Road Nua?
34% of fans think Rob Kearney is the best looking Irish rugby player?

WHO are these PEOPLE?

Ulster Bank Rugby


Lynne Cantwell

Mild mannered London physiotherapist by day.

Bone-crunching athlete, Ireland’s most capped female rugby player, and stalwart at English premier league champions Richmond RFC by weekends (and some evenings).

Ahead of next Saturday’s BROADCAST LIVE triple Crown deciding match against England at Twickenham, we sat down with got Lynne on the phone.

Could she dummy around our quick-fire list of deceptively-banal questions?

With some ease as it turned out.

Aaron “Favourite female player?”

Lynne: “Huriana Manuel, black ferns 13.”

Aaron: “Favourite male rugby player?”

Lynne: “Brian O’Driscoll and Tommy Bowe.”

Aaron: “Toughest opponent ?”

Lynne: “Alison Millar.”

Aaron: “”Most common foul in women’s rugby?”

Lynne: “At the ruck, off their feet.”

Aaron “Biggest sporting disappointment and high?”

Lynne: “High – Grand slam win 2013. Low – losing to the USA in the 1/4 final of 2010 World Cup having beaten them convincingly in pool game.”

Aaron “Three Irish female players to watch.”

Lynne: “Ashleigh Baxter is a star for the future! Claire Molloy, considered an experienced player but still only 23 and Aisling Hutchins affected by injury this year but we haven’t scratched the surface of her potential, yet.”

Aaron: “Best coach?”

Lynne: “Ian Costello.”

Aaron: “Describe Joe Schmidt in one word.”

Lynne: “Sharp.”

Aaron: “Was Warren Gatland correct to drop the other fella that plays No.13?”

Lynne: “Nope!”

Aaron: “Other than rugby, what is your favourite sport to watch?”

Lynne: “Tennis.”

Aaron: “The last book you read?”


Aaron: “Your training regime and diet.”

Lynne: “Depending on time if the year. Early in season usually 1 speed endurance/co dictionary sessions, 1 speed, 1 gym Olympic lifting session, 2 club trainings per week.
In season 1 speed, 2 skills , 1 gym plyo based session per week before sat/sun squad sessions.
Diet- eat good food plenty of times throughout the day.”

Aaron: “Favourite music/movie?”

Lynne:Hermitage Green and Transformers (2007)

Aaron: “Blur or Oasis?”

Lynne: “Who? What?”

Aaron “Did you win your last argument?”

Lynne: “Yes!”

Aaron: “Are you ready to retire?”

Lynne: “……….”

 Lynne Cantwell

You can follow Lynne Cantwell in the Irish Times every Thursday throughout the 6 Nations Championship.

Pic by Inpho via Lynne

programme 2ticket



For the weekend that’s nearly in it.

Saturday, March 16th, 1985.

An extremley fast, fresh faced Irish rugby side – containing Mick “Kick” Kiernan, Brendan Mullen, Trevor Ringland and Keith Crossan – travelled to Cardiff Arms Park with murmurings of another ‘Tripler’ on the cards. Wales, outpaced, outthought and outskilled rolled over.

Edmund Van Esbeck of the Irish Times said:

Prior to the match on Saturday, there was a very significant gesture by the Ireland side – As they stood for the Welsh anthem, all the players linked arms as a mark of their solidarity. Never was that characteristic better exemplified than this truly remarkable match.

That night, on the jukebox? Yep!

Bonus Thornley wears an ear stud footage

Images: Ebay

Previously: Campbell’s Coup, 1982