May 24th, 2013
Yossarian is normally our Leinster Schools Cup expert but this week he has penned a detailed breakdown of Ireland’s summer tour squads looking at who made it, and who missed out. We do delved into the professional sphere on the odd occasion when we have something alternative to offer and we think this fits the bill.
So this summer almost everyone is going on some sort of tour. Lions, North America, Tblisi or with the Under 20’s. With the under 20’s squad to be announced some time next week minus Olding and Henshaw. So who is left behind? who didn’t make the plane to go somewhere? We have a look at who is going where and who didn’t make the cut.
Before we start, here’s a quick reminder of those who weren’t considered.
Lions duty: Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien, Paul O’Connell, Cian Healy.
Injured: Stephen Ferris, Eoin Reddan, Luke Fitzgerald, Gordon D’Arcy, Luke Marshall, David McSharry, Keith Earls and Stephen Archer.
The North America Tour
We are also told Donnacha Ryan has earned a summer off after playing through the pain. Somewhat surprising Ross wasn’t given a break to ensure he makes the world cup because as things stand it is likely we will need him there in 2015.
Shorn of 15 likely starters if available we have the tour to North America
May 21st, 2013
First of all thank you for logging on during past season.
Over 15,000 of you did so on a monthly basis and we are hugely encouraged by the repeat visits you have made and the positive comments we receive on our project more on which anon.
Before all that let’s just update you on what’s to come during the next few months. We have a jam packed summer of content coming your way, team profiles, to season reviews, from the history to the future. Media guides, training guides, uplifting stories and more, much more.
We’ll be in the changing rooms and behind the scenes with Ireland’s 220 + clubs and preparing for our biggest season ever in 2013/14.
May 20th, 2013
Leinster League 2012/13 Season Review – Part 1
Midlands League: Champions
All Ireland Junior Cup: Champions
Leinster Junior League: Champions
AIL Round Robin: Champions
Provincial Towns Cup: Champions
“They hardly need it” That was the response of a disconsolate Longford RFC support who clearly hadn’t lost his sense of humour in the aftermath of Sunday’s Towns Cup final loss to Tullamore upon hearing from master of ceremonies Dermot O’Mahony that the winners would be receiving a brand new scrum machine.
You could sense resignation of a man who had realised that his beloved club had come up against a brick wall, a juggernaut, a landslide, whatever you like. There was little they could do.
May 17th, 2013
Leinster clubs continued to dominate the All Ireland Junior Cup this year with a fifth title in eight seasons in what was a third all-Leinster match up.
In all, clubs from the eastern province have a 63% win percentage from 67 games putting them well ahead of Ulster in second who have two titles and a 54% win percentage.
Next season, that dominant position might well continue with Wanderers entering the competition for the first time to add to a strong line up including last year’s runners up Enniscorthy, Dundalk and Coolmine.
Provincial Record in All Ireland Junior Cup
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May 16th, 2013
A total of seven teams won promotion to the the top flight of provincial junior rugby this season across the four provinces, two more clubs (Clonakilty and Connemara) will be joining on the way down to replace the AIL bound Tullamore and Richmond. We decided to highlight the new sides in the leagues.
Under form Connacht Juniors coach Seamus King, the Mayo side stormed to the Division 1b title this year and a quick return to the top flight where they have spent the majority of their time in the last ten years. They’ve qualified for All Ireland Cups and won Cawley Cups but had dropped well back in the 12 months leading up to this season.
A big Junior Cup win against Westport and a battling loss to Monivea highlights why many feel they’ll be more than competitive on their return but rediscovering mid table stability won’t be straight forward.
May 15th, 2013
Local Rugby – The A to Z Guide
A – Aerial Prowess – Full backs need this if they are to make a name for themselves. It refers to their ability to rise high off the ground to catch a dropping ball well aware of the potential to get bulldozed when they return to earth, or often times before they return to earth.
B – Blazers – A general name for all those involved with the game at committee level, they’ll often ware blazers for games where they have a pre match function to attend. Known best for being out of touch with the modern game and determined to re-engage by stopping all forms of progress. Also known as “alickadoos”.
C – Crouching position – One for the prop forwards here. The crouching position is unique to rugby and it is that moment less than a couple of seconds before scrums engage, the referee will call “Touch”, “Crouch” “Set” on scrums.
May 13th, 2013
Professional rugby franchises need fans, rugby clubs need supporters. While a gathering of either at a game could correctly be referred to as a crowd, it is important to understand the distinction in a rugby context when we are discussing the future of the club game here in Ireland, writes KnockOn.ie editor Rob Murphy.
For ‘pay to play’ to work in any sport, crowds are needed, customers are essential if a sport where people are employed is to be a business. This means that if you support the argument that some level of Irish club rugby should have a pay to play, then the issue of how to attract punters to the product cannot be ignored.
Back to the main point though. There are many important components and topics in relation to the club game that need to be addressed to help map out a blueprint for its future in Ireland and one such area is spectators or crowds. Contemplating the difference between fans and supporters in regards to rugby here in Ireland could be key to that.
Amateur rugby clubs don’t need crowds but they do need supporters at their first team matches from time to time to help them grow. There are many traditionalists who will jump up and down to tell you how little they care about crowds at their games but they are ignoring the fact that just because they are not needed doesn’t mean they won’t be beneficial.
May 13th, 2013
Munster ended an eight year wait for the Junior Inter-provincial title at the weekend with a 17-0 victory over Connacht in Ballinasloe to complete a Grand Slam of victories.
John O’Neill’s side came into the final round knowing a win would seal the title but fully aware that final round defeats against Connacht had cost them during the long spell without success. They held their nerve with a very strong display to seal the championship.
Leinster did their part for the final day drama coming from behind to edge out Ulster 14-13 in a tight affair in Wicklow to finish second.
By Stephen Collins
The visiting side started with a strong wind against them in the first half but Connacht’s David Prior was unable to convert early scoring opportunities from the tee.
May 10th, 2013
The Junior inter provincial title will change hands this weekend but it remains unclear which side will be celebrating. What we know, is that reigning champions Connacht are out of the hunt and Ulster need a mathematical miracle to snatch the crown leaving Munster and Leinster to battle it out.
Munster hold a three point advantage at the top with a slightly better points difference. A win in Ballinasloe on Saturday against Connacht and they are champions, a draw or defeat and they’ll have to look to the other results hoping Leinster don’t get a bonus and a big win in Wicklow against Ulster.
The Games - Saturday
Connacht v Munster, Ballinasloe, 2:30
This is a big hurdle to clear for Munster despite Connacht’s position at the bottom of the pile, they’ve struggled to handle their western rivals in recent seasons losing four in a row including the 2010 loss in Ballincollig that cost them the title and the title decider last year.
May 8th, 2013
The Munster Junior League season saw Richmond crowned champions and subsequently book their place in the All Ireland league thanks to a play off win over Clonakilty.
Host Rob Murphy is joined by KnockOn.ie’s Munster Junior league man Stephen Collins to review the season and look at all the clubs with who made headlines during the campaign including Kanturk, Kilfeacle, Skibbereen.
They also look ahead to next season to discuss a new look division that will include three new Cork sides Muskerry and Mallow promoted from Division 2 and Clonakilty coming down from the AIL.
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