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Railway Union RFC  (above) has issued a reply to an article yesterday by Niamh Horan of the Sunday Independent on women’s rugby (top).

“Railway Union RFC were requested by the IRFU to facilitate a journalist from the Sunday Independent who wanted to do a training session and a feature on women’s rugby in light of Ireland’s world cup heroics.
We are disappointed that what could have been a hugely positive article promoting women’s rugby in Ireland at time of such achievement internationally has been reduced to stereotyping. The article in no way reflects our sport, its values and the values of our club and our members. Our club’s primary goal is always the promotion of rugby, regardless of gender, and we support all teams in the club equally. “

*applies more fake tan*

Railway Union RFC



Brian O’Driscoll is joining Newstalk.

Commenting on the move, Brian O’Driscoll said:

“Making the decision to join the Off the Ball team was an easy one for me – it’s the nation’s leading sports show and best radio station and following a break this summer I’ll be more than ready for it come September…”


Off The Ball



We have two, yes TWO, tickets for the posh seats in the RDS this Saturday night. It is Leinster’s FINAL  Rabo Pro 12 game before the play-offs.

Another chance to say goodbye to Leo Cullen and Brian O’Driscoll.

And FREE burgers.

To enter, just complete the following:

If I had some parting words for Brian and Leo before they retire, they would be “_________________”

Lines must close at 6:15pm 10pm.

Lines closed.


Jeremy Kyle won.
Efforts to contact Jeremy were unsuccessful we even tried carrier pigeon in the interest of fairness to Jeremy we waited right up until kick off for him/her to reply.

Thanks all.

Leinster Rugby


[Australian-born rugby player Ryan Tandy who played for Ireland in the 2008 World
Cup in Australia and who was banned from the National Rugby League in Australia
for match fixing in 2010]

The Guardian reports:

The controversial former NRL, Hull KR and Ireland forward Ryan Tandy has been found dead, reportedly after a drug overdose. Tandy was found at his parents’ home on the NSW central coast. He was found guilty of match fixing in 2010 and banned for life from the NRL. Police confirmed they found the body of a 32-year-old man in Saratoga about 2pm on Monday. They said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

In  a statement, Rugby League Ireland says:

Rugby League Ireland would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Ryan Tandy who sadly passed away today in Saratoga, Australia.

Ryan played for Ireland during the 2008 World Cup in Australia and was a key member of the team that topped the group and went on to play in the quarter final eliminator.

Ryan was a larger than life character and we would like to express our thanks for the commitment during the World Cup. As the team motto that all players had tattooed says, there is no strength without unity – ”ni neart go cur le ch́eile” and we wish his family unity at this sad time.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam” – May he rest in peace

Former NRL player Ryan Tandy found dead at 32 (The Guardian)

Irish International Tandy passes away (Rugby League Ireland)

Pic: Sydney Morning Herald


[From top: Jack McGrath, Ian Madigan and Brian O’Driscoll; Cian Healy with Holly Carpenter;  Leo Vardkar and Brian O’Driscoll; from left: Mary Scott,, Aoife Reddan,, Kimberlee Ross,, Sophie Marren and Hollie Carpenter; Jack McGrath, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Fergus McFadden and Rob Kearney with Moss Mooney, age 8 and  a team shot..

Scenes from the reception in honour of the The RBS 6 Nations Championship winning Irish Rugby Team at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin hosted by sports minister Leo Varadkar and junior minister Michael Ring .

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

90271261[Vincent Browne]

To the rugby fans and players.

A kick in the Gilberts.

The image many of us males have of what it means to be a man, is disturbing and it doesn’t much differ from the rugby world’s ideal. One feature it surely does not include is homosexuality – the ideal man, hegemonic man, is certainly heterosexual, perhaps aggressively so. A bit prone to violence or at least “able to look after himself” – ie able to beat the bejasus out of anyone who challenges him. A capacity to drink enormous amounts of pints – sensibly of course – is almost de rigeur. And being a good man with the girls, lots of girls.
The posh private all-male schools do their bit to engender this culture, as does the media and, classically, rugby does it too. Less so the GAA and, I think, soccer.
It isn’t just the social boorishness that is the problem with this, it is the homophobia, the misogyny, or at least the patriarchy that goes with it – the idea that the world is there for the men, the business, political and professional world certainly, although to put a decent gloss on it in modern times we let the women in a bit. But for the most part women are there for decoration, sex and procreation, of course…”


Haze him.

Fuppin pansy!

A mature discussion!

Painful Truth About Rugby Culture (Vincent Browne, (rish Times)