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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…


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

*Maori for ‘Fight!’


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


All Blacks perform the haka before their defeat against Ireland in Chicago earlier this month

Sinéad writes:

My lovely father is giving up his two tickets for this Saturday’s Ireland V New Zealand match, as he’s aware of the demand and sees the opportunity to raise some money for my Mum’s chosen charity – the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

So – I’ve two great tickets on offer. East Stand, Premium Level on the 22.

The latest bid is €500 total – but the more we can raise for the DRCC the better! If someone out there would like to make a better offer, drop a line to sineadryanpr@gmail.com. Bidding closes 4pm Thursday.



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.



Earlier that week,


The “good leg“.

Ireland v New Zealand (RTÉ Sport)

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



For the week that’s in it.

A new series of tv commercials for a well known and usually overpriced black stout that reinforces the greatness of what can be achieved if we choose to defy expectation.


Previously: Retro Rugby on Broadsheet