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Lance Armstrong argues chats to Off The Ball’s anchorman Ger Gilroy, on Denis FM Newstalk tonight from 7pm.


Listen here.


Retired rugby legend and career-long Brian O’Driscoll wingman Gordon Darcy, throwing some shade Paul Kimmage’s way in light of Dan Carter’s supposed sanctioned steroid use at Racing Metro.



This morning.

From left: Gavin Carey Danny Nash,  Ben Mulvey and Hope Glynn with Former Irish International rugby star Paul O Connell in Aldi Terenure at the launch of Aldi Play Rugby.

Aldi Play Rugby is an IRFU initiative aimed at assisting teachers, coaches and parents involved in rugby at primary and early secondary school level to “deliver an introduction to repeated concussion rugby for boys and girls”.



An Taoiseach Enda Kenny  hijacks joins the photoshoot.






Above, from left: Jamie Heaslip; Sean O’Brien, Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney 

Lemon & Duke

Formerly The Grafton Lounge and, during the boom, Cocoon, petrolhead playboy Eddie “The Swerve’ Irvine’s personal fleshpot.

Lemon Street and Duke Lane Upper, Dublin 2

Sasko writes:

Lemon & Duke. Dublin’s newest bar opens today. Good food, tank beer, a unique draught range and a stylish but welcoming vibe, the all new Lemon & Duke is the latest venture by former rugby pros Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip with business partner Noel Anderson, follows their recently extended Ballsbridge [Dublin 4] bar The Bridge 1859.


*snaps wet towel*

Chinese Burn!


Sasko Lazarov/Roillingnews

Ireland’s under 20s have beaten New Zealand 33-24 this afternoon in Manchester at the World Rugby U20s Championship.

They join the senior women’s team in having the honour of beating the All Blacks at test level.

Laces out Johnny.


Meanwhile, in South Africa.

Final score: South Africa 20 Ireland 26

Pic: Irish Rugby

World Rugby U20 Championship



From the The Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association (IRUPA) in partnership with Zurich

Tackle Your Feelings.

A new mental wellbeing campaign that sees “national and international rugby stars come forward to tell their own personal story of the issues they have faced off the pitch”.

Emma Walsh, of IRUPA writes:

Munster Scrum-Half, Cathal Sheridan is one of the first players to come forward and tell his own personal story [more at link below].

Tackle Your Feelings


For the day that’s in it.

Annie West writes:

Look what I found (above) in the back of the drawer…

When men were men and players had proper, full-time work.

Final score: Ireland 12 Scotland 8





This afternoon.

Scotland fans in Temple Bar, Dublin. From top: Oscar Munson, from Devon, England, Hanna Main from Glasgow, and Willie Abren from Glasgow.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Ireland 1972 5 Nations

For the weekend that’s nearly in it.

Saturday, January 29, 1972.

The final 5 Nations game between France and Ireland to be staged at Stade Colombes, Paris.

The championship that never was.

Five new Irish caps, all fine, young, inordinately hairy men, They heaved against the veterns de rugby francais and gritted it out for an historic and most unlikely victory (France 9 Ireland 14).

Paul McWeeney writing in the following Monday’s Irish Times said:

It was a sobering thought before the match, when asked if I had ever seen Ireland win at Colombes, to realise that, in fact, only myself and one or two other of my British press colleagues had ever had the pleasure, nor was I all that optimistic that I would ever see it again.


Previously: Frogger 1983

Retro Rugby on Broadsheet.ie

Photo credit: Lineout Coach