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Ah here.

Paul writes:

One of New Zealand’s largest news websites is busy publishing clickbait articles describing the Irish as ‘rugby’s new whingers’. Don’t read the comment sections if you are thin skinned (or indeed, a whinger) and Irish…

Kakari!*

Johnstone: Control yourselves Ireland, you’ve replaced England as the new whingers of world rugby (Stuff.co.nz)

*Maori for ‘Fight!’

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For the weekend that’s in it.

November 17, 2001.

The era of the baggy jersey was drawing to a close and Irish voters kicked the Nice Treaty into touch.

Gerry Thornely wrote:

A hard one to swallow for this Irish team to have given themselves and a throbbing Lansdowne Road a real sight of a famous victory.

The men in black foraged in twos or even clusters, and usually offloaded even before going to ground. You have to wonder if Irish fatigue was a factor in just not getting support ruckers to the breakdown. But Gatland like the players was not having any of it. “I don’t want to repeat myself here, but that’s again down to the intensity they play at week, week out.”

A helluva game, it really was.

Final Score: Ireland 29 New Zealand 40

Previously: On The Blindside, This Could Be Drama

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Congratulations to Joe Schmidt and the Ireland team for achieving an historic win over the All Blacks.

An equal non-congratulations to the IRFU, EirSport and whoever else was involved in not showing the match live on television to the vast majority of sporting fans.

The selfish manipulation of live television coverage is in stark contrast to the honesty and heroism of the players on the field.

John Gaffney,
Fivemilebourne,
Co Leitrim.

SCRUM!

Victory over the All Blacks (Irish Times letters page)

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For the weekend that’s in it.

January 20th, 1973.

Snatching a draw from jaws of yet another defeat to the all-conquering All Blacks.

When some of the goys played twice a week such was the demands of the amateur game at the time.

Paul MacWeeney reported:

The All Blacks can kick themselves all the way back to New Zealand for allowing Ireland to snatch a draw, with two penalty goals and a try to a goal and a try, six minutes from the end at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Completley inflexable thinking cost Kirkpatrick and his team the glittering prize of becoming the first from their country to beat all four HOME countries on a single tour, and assuming that the captain is the final arbiter of policy once play has started,

Kirkpatrick, one of the greatest forwards of history, must shoulder much of the blame for not ending with a margain of at least 10 points.

Harsh.

Meanwhile..

Earlier that week,

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The “good leg“.

Ireland v New Zealand (RTÉ Sport)

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

Fight!

Listen here.

Meanwhile..

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.

Ruck!

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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”.

Update:

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny  hijacks joins the photoshoot.

WEDGIE!

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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.

WEDGIE!

*snaps wet towel*

Chinese Burn!

Etc.

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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.

Update:

Meanwhile, in South Africa.


Final score: South Africa 20 Ireland 26

Pic: Irish Rugby

World Rugby U20 Championship

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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