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Injury Avoidance in Rugby: Part 3 – Upper Body Injuries & Solutions

By Aidan Raftery May 20, 2018 (No)
Another weekend and another unbelievable game of rugby, this time between two old adversaries in Leinster and Munster. Congratulations to the blues and commiserations to the red army on what was a nail-biting battle. It seems like every week now Leinster are cleaning house, but they still have one more big weekend in store against the Scarlets before the season fully wraps up. Again, yesterday’s game seen a few big casualties picked up with Jack O’Donoghue sustaining a nasty looking leg injury after tackling James Ryan in a ruck. Leinster captain Isa Nacewa was forced off at the end of half time with a calf problem in his final game […]

Injury Avoidance in Rugby: Part 2 – Lower Body Injuries & Solutions

By Aidan Raftery May 13, 2018 (No)
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 […]

Injury Avoidance in Rugby: Part 1 – Preparation for Players, Clubs & Coaches

By Aidan Raftery April 29, 2018 (No)
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 […]

How to Enjoy a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

By Dean Fitzgerald March 16, 2018 (No)
It’s the day everyone around the world celebrates being Irish, without seeing the irony of that situation whatsoever. People everywhere suddenly have a family tree at the ready to explain how a distant relative from eight generations ago was actually a friend of the cousin of a girl from Ireland, and that totally makes sense. They then shout ‘top o’ the morning to ya’ in an accent that Saturday Night Live would be proud of. All of this before skulling a rake of Guinness in your best oversized green hat. Sounds a bit mad doesn’t it. In the furore of St. Patrick’s Day, drink seems to have become the number […]

The Best Ireland v England Rugby Clashes of The Last 15 Years

By Evan Coughlan March 15, 2018 (No)
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. […]

The 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand

By Evan Coughlan June 6, 2017 (No)
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 […]

6 Nations Final Day – What to Expect

By Andy Leech March 18, 2017 (No)
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 […]

The Bluffer’s Guide To Rugby Terms

By Ryan Corry March 9, 2017 (No)
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 […]

The 2017 Six Nations – What are Ireland’s Chances?

By Andy Leech February 4, 2017 (No)
Memories of beating all that the southern hemisphere had to offer in 2016 will mean that we Irish fans go into this Six Nations tournament with high expectations. Over the top of my pint cup, I watched in amusement as Ireland trounced Australia in the first half of their meeting last November in the Aviva. While the Wallabies came back strongly in the second half, they simply had no answer to the Irish for the first forty minutes of action. Looking around as men and women roared on the home team, I attempted to appreciate just how far we had come to not even be that surprised that we were […]

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