This time of year always fills me with dread when watching the Guinness Pro 12. The end of January which means that the 6N tournament is looming large on the horizon, a time of year where rugby teams have to plunge deep into their squad depth charts to find the right combinations to win league fixtures … More Guinness Pro 12: Zebre 12 – 16 Munster
Keith Earls three year contract extension with IRFU and Munster confirmed. … More What a difference twenty-four hours makes?
Introduction The news that Keith Earls is primed to sign a three year contract with English juggernaut Saracens has caused much surprise within Munster fan circles today. Is this another James Cronin story where the Cork man was apparently (if newspapers were to be believed) to sign with London Irish only to resign with the … More Munster – Keith Earls Exit?
The European Rugby Champions Cup pool phrase for 2015-16 is now in the books, a pool phrase where English and French clubs secure all the quarter final berths, a pool phrase where the Pro 12 frankly were wholly exposed in squad depth and talent. Hawkeye Sidekick reviews the last pool game round action and wonders … More European Champions Cup Review – Round 6
Injury time or no injury time that is the question? In one of the best second half games of the season, Chelsea and Everton’s classic encounter will be remembered for the amount of injury time played. Eight minutes of injury time which was supposed to be only seven minutes allowed the hosts to score an … More EPL Reflections – January 18th
The penultimate games of the European Rugby Champions Cup have concluded and we are starting to see the favorites come to the fore while some of Hawkeye Sidekick pre-competition fancies are consigned to the scrap heap. Hawkeye Sidekick reviews the weekend action and wonders if this competition is now destined to become an Saxon / … More European Rugby Cup Round 5 Roundup
Ladies and Gentlemen of Munster, this is the man that has being entrusted by Munster Rugby to rescue Munster head coach Anthony Foley and backroom staff buddies from the abyss. Andy Farrell’s announcement as the new Ireland defensive coach raised some eyebrows last week and this surprise news today will add to the intrigue into … More Andy Farrell – Munster Saviour?
The final play of the game at the quaint surroundings of Oyannax spoke volumes. Ulster had wheeled the host scrum and with it ended the contest despite the match official initially insisting that Ulster needed to front up one more time in a scrum set piece. The TMO had different ideas and instructed the referee … More European Rugby Champions Cup: Oyannax 23 – 24 Ulster
Munster Rugby – Darkest Day … More European Rugby Champions Cup: Stade Francais 27 – 7 Munster
Everyone loves a good panto this time of year, the variety of characters which range from the villain to middle of the road (forgettable character) to the hero captures the imagination of young and old alike. Munster’s festive period could be best described as the classic panto season, a period which has not garnered much … More Guinness Pro 12: Ulster 7 – 9 Munster