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Are the All Blacks a dirty team? Fans divided after battle in Dublin

Im Irish and I would not call their performance dirty, cynical certainly. You just dont give away that many penalties in your own 22 and expect to be called anything else and with respect to Kiwi in Germany there could have been many more offsides, not releasing after tackles that the Ref missed that should have led to more yellows for repeated cynical play.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

New Zealand avenge previous loss with bruising win over Ireland

The loss of Henshaw (shoulder to head), Stander (shoulder to head and no wrap by Dagg not spotted by anybody it seems) and hamstrung Sexton in the first half, definately weakened the Irish attacking options. Ref didn't help much either, but that said the Irish know that they left this one behind lacking the clinical and cynical edge of the champs. Hats off to Barrett, Wittlock and Rettalick for making a significant difference to Chicago.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

5 tries all different. No kicking the leather off the ball. Had all the P's possession, pressure, passing and passion with bags of cleverness. Irelands set piece never dipped below even but mostly bordering on better. That said the misfiring AB's had our minds squarely fix on 2013 at the 65 mark such is their quality and the knowledge that they could go flat out like forever. Pain relief was finally administered in overdose levels by Hheeennnssshhhaaaww. 50 years from now approximatley 1 million Irish men and women will tell the story of how they attended this match.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

IRPA Try of the Year 2016 Nominees announced

Love them all but northern hemisphere bias has me voting for Heaslip try.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Connacht score brilliant length of the field try as they upset Toulouse

Connacht show what won the the Pro 12 last year despite the yearly depletion of squad. Deserved win.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

England beat Ireland in final World Cup warm-up game at Twickenam

Jonny May took his opportunities well, but he will not meet any markers in that group that will miss 5 of 6 tackles like Tommy Bowe did on the weekend.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Ireland edge impressive Scotland in tight RWC warmup match

But for the within range missed kick at end to put two scores required Madigan was my MOTM also. Kilcoyne also put his hand up. He is like a NZ prop, go forward n mobile that can still scrumage clever. Glad to see for Scotland that Denton is finally showing what he is capable of and im am liking their new offloading game.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

He had transgressed repeatedly throughout the game and well earned Barnes attention. The yellow card was a much for repeated offences as it was for the no hope lunge for the ball in the air. Toulon were indeed very lucky not to have had him sin binned much earlier in the game for some very scenical play.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

The Fearless Warrior of Irish mythology, Paul O'Connell

I hope he has an injury free World Cup.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

As an Irishman the result could not have been better and under Schmitt there is alway a plan to get the result. I have to say though, right from the olf against the Baa Baa's the Aussies have played the most entertaining brand of Rugby in these Autumn Internationals. Two unbelievable tries (even if one wasn't, it deserved to be). I will be following Ireland in the RWC, but should they exit, we'll I might turn Yellow.

2 Years, 1 Month ago