If there’s one thing we’ve learned through Trump and Brexit and any number of other modern misadventures then it must be the depressing truth that facts and logic come a distant second to raw emotion and an indignant sense of righteousness.
Thu, 05 Sep, 2019
Pichot's take on the decision, aired via Twitter on Monday, follows on from his assertion last week that the world rankings were “ridiculous” given Warren Gatland's Wales had usurped New Zealand as No.1 despite never having beaten the All Blacks.
Tue, 03 Sep, 2019
Ireland’s search for form has taken them from Dublin to Edinburgh, on to Rome and through to Belfast where they spent the last three days trying to rediscover their mojo ahead of tomorrow week’s Six Nations meeting with France at the Aviva Stadium.
Sat, 02 Mar, 2019
Joe Schmidt has shown there is still a chance to win Test recognition in a World Cup year, his last as Ireland head coach, after naming three uncapped Connacht backs in his squad for the first two rounds of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.
Thu, 17 Jan, 2019
Most of us lucky enough to enjoy a good proportion of our allotted three score and ten come to understand, one way or another, that there is no such thing as a relationship that lasts forever. Even so, parting is, as Juliet assured Romeo, such sweet sorrow. Juliet was stoical, because she expected to meet Romeo again, but yesterday’s announcement that Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt will quit coaching after next year’s World Cup in Japan has a finality that an unknowing, still innocent Juliet had yet to imagine.
Tue, 27 Nov, 2018
Ok, what’s next? It was the question tv’s US president Jed Bartlet frequently asked during ‘The West Wing’ when he was ready to move on. Joe Schmidt did precisely that as Ireland put a hugely successful November Test window to bed.
Mon, 26 Nov, 2018
Joe Schmidt has in the past that Ireland’s players, especially those who first served under him with Leinster, must be sick of the sound of his voice given eight years have elapsed since he first arrived from New Zealand via France.
Sat, 24 Nov, 2018
It’s hard to recall any Irish coach describing the absence through injury of a Brian O’Driscoll or a Paul O’Connell or a John Hayes as “a good thing” and certainly not in the slipstream of a white-knuckle ride with the All Blacks.
Wed, 21 Nov, 2018
Bundee Aki’s place in a Test opposition dressing room has come under fire in the New Zealand media this week but Connacht and Ireland team-mate Kieran Marmion believes the Auckland-born centre is relishing the opportunity to go toe to toe with the All Blacks tomorrow.
Fri, 16 Nov, 2018