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May 13, 2018 (No Comments) by Aidan Raftery
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Well, that was some weekend of rugby! Leinster and Racing 92 put on a technical clinic and left absolutely nothing on the table with the boys in blue clinching the Champions Cup trophy after a late dramatic win over the French in Bilbao! As always though, there were injuries before and during the game. Maxime Machenaud picked up ligament injury in April, legendary All Black Dan Carter was ruled out of the squad after triggering a hamstring problem and then, first-choice out-half Pat Lambie went down with a knee injury after just 2 minutes of the game. These are areas which are often injured and we will look at them […]

April 29, 2018 (No Comments) by Aidan Raftery
injury-avoidance-in-rugby-part-1

There is a misconception that Rugby is a dangerous game. It is of course a physical game, but when the right skills are used properly, it is safe. With that in mind, like any other sport most players are at different stages, be it Underage, Junior, Professional, Club or International level. However, one common factor is that the vast majority will get injured at some point in their career. As a Sports Injuries Therapist, I worked with a local Rugby team in Bristol and treated various injuries when working for the club. We are going to take a detailed look at the best methods of preparation, before and after a […]

April 2, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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Phew, well that was an exciting few weeks wasn’t it! Ever since Johnny Sexton kicked that drop goal against France back in early February, we were all looking towards March 17th as D-Day for this current crop of Irish rugby players. Could they become only the third Irish team to secure a Grand Slam in the 135 year history of the Six Nations? The answer as we all know was a resounding yes! With expectations now sky high due to the current success and relative youth of this Irish team, people are already beginning to talk about the 2019 World Cup in Japan like it’s something we’ve already won. After […]

March 15, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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With the Six Nations Championship in the bag, the Irish rugby team now travel to Twickenham on St. Patrick’s Day in search of their first Grand Slam since 2009. Standing in their way are Eddie Jones’s England, who after winning back to back Six Nations titles have flattered to deceive in this year’s championship. Originally this game was supposed to be the Grand Slam shootout and show who was the best team in the Northern hemisphere, 18 months out from the World Cup. Now, all going well it will be the crowing of Ireland as second to only New Zealand in International rugby, but enough about Saturday’s match for now. […]

June 6, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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In the 129 year history of the British & Irish Lions, the Lions have travelled to New Zealand 13 times. In all previous visits to the Land of the Long White Cloud, the British & Irish Lions have only managed to win one test series against the mighty All Blacks, back in 1971. This statistic probably won’t fill the Lions faithful with a whole pile of confidence as their team departs for a six-week long adventure to New Zealand. But despite this stat, there does seem to be a low key sense of optimism surrounding this Lions Tour, as they try to unseat the back to back World Champions in […]

April 12, 2017 (4 Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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This year’s World Snooker Championship marks the 20th anniversary of Ken Doherty lifting the title when he defeated Stephen Hendry 18 – 12. Following that famous win for ‘Crafty Ken’, snooker has experienced a dramatic dip in terms of the popularity of the sport. Long gone are days of the sport’s flashy players with big personalities like Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins or Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White. In their place are players who show very little, if any, personality and are extremely disciplined individuals. While all that’s great and we are seeing better snooker for it, the game has become almost robotic-like with less and less fans watching the World Championship every […]

March 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Stan Wawrinka was choking back the tears as he offered his opinion on Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-five, the Swiss had just beaten him to secure the Indian Wells title. He’s the oldest player to ever win the tournament. Yet another record attached to the name of one of the greatest of all time. “He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.” As Stan Wawrinka jokingly delivered this line, it was hard not to feel a genuine pity towards him. While he has enjoyed success on the court that many of his peers would be jealous of, particularly later in his career, I’m sure he looks at his […]

March 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Well, this hasn’t exactly gone to plan, has it? Back in November, when Ireland were beating everything the southern hemisphere was throwing at them, it all looked rosy for Joe Schmidt’s charges. We sent the Aussies, South Africa and those fearsome All-Blacks packing, and boy did it feel good. We even made a documentary about the New Zealand match. A documentary. After winning what was essentially a friendly match. And losing to the same team the next week. A fu*king documentary. At the start of the competition we had high expectations for Ireland’s chances in the 6 Nations, flash forward a few months and there aren’t too many Irish production […]

March 15, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Oh, I do fancy a flutter, don’t you? It’s Cheltenham week, oh course you do! And what a glorious time it is. Surely ‘tis the only week of the year where it’s quite acceptable to stroll into a bookies at half one on a Wednesday afternoon and precede to spend the remainder of the day there. You might even see your wife’s number appear on your phone, but you needn’t worry. Other days, you might be forced to pick up and instantly think of an excuse as to why you didn’t come home for lunch: “Sorry, love, I had to work right through” or “Sorry, dear, the boss wanted to […]

March 9, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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It’s that time of year again, when Six Nations fever grips the nation, or at least it did for 80 minutes until the Scottish put a very premature end to Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes on the opening weekend. BUT, all is on the up and up again and the rugger fans are back out in force as things are going relatively well. We made our predictions early for the 2017 Six Nations and Ireland’s Chances, as it stands the bookies are being made look very savvy with England producing the most dominant displays to date. As you all know, if you’ve ever been in a pub on a Saturday or […]

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