WITH Alan Quinlan, one of the great modern characters and indeed one of the most influential players of the professional era, set to retire from rugby next month it is interesting to take stock of a new trend in the international game and one that is a cause for concern.
Wed, 20 Apr, 2011
IN different circumstances, the groin injury that has kept Paul O’Connell out of action for the past month and seriously threatens his participation in next week’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Biarritz might well have been calamitous for Munster’s prospects both in Europe and in the Magners League.
Sat, 24 Apr, 2010
BEFORE Northampton Saints travelled to Thomond Park to play Munster in January Dylan Hartley, their captain, talked about the image he had in his mind of Paul O’Connell leading out a side of giants, breathing fire and using every trick in the book to win the game before the first whistle had even been blown.
Thu, 08 Apr, 2010
FOR the Munster players saying their farewells at Thomond Park last Friday night, the scene was reminiscent of classmates leaving boarding school at the end of term. There were handshakes all around as a 12th successive Heineken Cup quarter-final slot was secured.
Wed, 27 Jan, 2010
DYLAN HARTLEY doesn’t seem like the sort of man who read fairytales as a child, yet listening to him talk about Munster and their record at Thomond Park you can’t help but think of him and his Northampton Saints team-mates as St George, being sent in to the wilderness to slay the dragon.
Fri, 22 Jan, 2010