Plenty of positives for under-fire Farrell

When interest becomes ratcheted up in the PRO-14 rugby, the conclusion that you are well down the rungs of the ladder in terms of seeking sporting salvation becomes an unavoidable truth. However, regardless of the merits of the level of … Continue reading Plenty of positives for under-fire Farrell

Healy hits 100 with Championship on the line

Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy will ascend into a unique group of players in Paris on Saturday when collecting his 100th Test cap as Ireland take on the French with the Six Nations Championship at stake. The Clontarf clubman – who made his debut against Australia in 2008 during the period when Croke Park was home to Irish rugby – takes his place in the front row alongside Rob Herring and Andrew Porter. Meanwhile, the team shows one change from the combination which put a half tonne of points on Italy last weekend with Robbie Henshaw replacing his provincial colleague … Continue reading Healy hits 100 with Championship on the line

Trouble with big numbers becoming a major issue

It would be fairly well accepted at this stage that Dublin should have won most if not all of the four games against Meath in the first round of the 1991 Leinster SFC. To a large extent, the reason they didn’t was the almost unerring accuracy of Brian Stafford from placed balls. The Kilmainhamwood sharpshooter remains the best place kicker the one seeing eye here has ever seen. Dean Rock is, in fairness, only a short head or a neck behind him presently but the fact is ‘Staff’ never seemed to miss when he was needed most. And that was … Continue reading Trouble with big numbers becoming a major issue