Farrell names his XV to face Scotland 2020 Six Nations

Andy Farrell this afternoon named his first XV after plenty of shadow boxing in recent days with many trying to put their own sides together to see could they put a team together similar to the side that Andy Farrell named today.

He has given Caelan Doris his first cap after playing with Leinster over the past 2 seasons. He was part of the 2018 under 20 Irish side and was the captain of that side. He has taken his chance along with Max Deegan since Sean O Brien left Leinster to join London Irish and the injury that Jack Conan suffered at the World Cup.

What this team does suggest is that they will be very mobile at the breakdown and around the field with Josh Van Der Flier and CJ Stander teaming up with Doris in a back row that has plenty of experience.

At half back Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton will combine and John Cooney will have to wait his turn from the bench with Luke Mc Grath also having to wait at least another week for a chance to impress.

As has been pointed out 10 players who played New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup quarter final will be involved this weekend.

Players like Billy Burns, Luke Mc Grath and Stuart Mc Closkey should get the opportunity to play in this campaign and the early sound bites from the Farrell camp is that if your inform you will be given the chance to shine and although the fact John Cooney hasn’t ousted Conor Murray from the 9 jersey will be questioned, the inclusion of Ross Byrne does suggest that Farrell will give players a chance to come off the bench.

The hope is that the replacements will get more time than a token of 5 or 10 minutes toward the end of a game. We will have to wait and see what way this team will play with Mike Catt brought onboard as attack coach. The style of play can’t be second guessed until Saturday evening.

Andy Farrell will be thankful to how the fixtures have fallen in this campaign with two homes fixtures against Scotland and then Wales in Dublin before facing England in the 3rd game after the first break in the 6 Nations. If Ireland can win those first 2 games then everything is possible going into that game with England at Twickenham.

The focus will now hone in on Scotland and starting this 6 Nations with a morale boosting win. Scotland were beaten in the opening game of the 2019 World Cup by Saturday’s opposition and you can be sure Gregor Townsend will use that loss as a motivating tool to help his squad.

The decision to drop Finn Russell for a breach in team protocol would have stung but Adam Hastings will most likely benefit from the decision to leave Russell out of the opening weekend’s game with Ireland.

All roads will now lead to the Aviva Stadium for the start of the Andy Farrell era….

 

Ireland 2020 Six Nations Squad

The squad for the 2020 Six Nations has been announced in the last 24 hours with 5 new faces included and in a new departure under Andy Farrell 4 development players will travel to Portugal for the pre Six Nations training camp.

Although Joe Schmidt did similar he did so quietly but Andy Farrell has nailed his colours to the mast early by naming 4 young players who will be able to learn from the more experienced players within the group. He has also named Jonathan Sexton as the new Ireland skipper to succeed Rory Best.

Men like Ultan Dillane and Dave Kearney have to chance to kick start international careers that looked to have stalled in recent seasons due to loss of form and injury but these two men will see their inclusion as a real positive start to 2020 and the Andy Farrell era.

Men like Stuart Mc Closkey, Niall Scannell and Sean Cronin will be disappointed not to be included but strong performances this weekend in Europe or maybe an injury in the Ireland squad will re open the door back to the National side. The initial disappointment will sting but some good strong performances will put all those players back in the shop window.

Looking at the squad as a whole it is defiantly one that has a strong Leinster contingent and rightly so but that does not mean that the first 23 named by Andy Farrell will be all Leinster, players from the other three provinces will feel that some good training will stand to them when his opening 23 in named in just under 2 weeks time.

Here is my 23 to face Scotland in Dublin on Saturday fortnight….

15 Jordan Larmour

14 Andrew Conway

13 Gary Ringrose

12 Bundee Aki

11 Jacob Stockdale

10 Ross Byrne

9 John Cooney

8 Caelan Doris

7 Josh Van Der Flier

6 Peter O Mahony

5 James Ryan

4 Iain Henderson

3 Tadgh Furlong

2 Ronan Kelleher

1 Cian Healy

16 Dave Heffernan

17 Dave Kilcoyne

18 Andrew Porter

19 Devin Toner

20 Max Deegan

21 Conor Murray

22 Jonathan Sexton

23 Will Addison

Amy O Connor Cork Camogie

Amy O Connor Cork Camogie

Hi Amy, It’s great to get the chance to speak with you.

 

Take me back to the start, how did you start playing camogie ?

It was pure chance really that I started playing camogie. My cousin had joined and his Mam bought him all the gear and he quit after a couple of weeks. So instead of the gear being thrown out, my aunt asked my mam would I give it a go and I did. And I’ve loved it ever since.

Having won 4 All Ireland’s to date, what else do you hope to achieve with Cork ?

I hope to be the best I can be and help bring Cork Camogie back to the top. It looks as though it might take us awhile to get there at the moment as we have had to bring in a lot of new faces and young players. But it is a challenge that we are looking forward to over the next few years.

Away from sport, what do you like to do ?

I like to go out for dinner, go to the cinema, and go for long spins, weekends away and holidays

What sort of improvements would you make to camogie to speed the game up ?

I think the new rule changes will help this. More flow to the games instead of a stop-start nature.

If the opportunity ever came up to play sport professionally, would you like to give it a go ?

It would all depend on a lot of factors. For me, i enjoy sport and if it became my job then i don’t think it would be as enjoyable for me to play. I enjoy having a job that has nothing at all to do with sport and having different things going on in my life.

Who are your biggest inspiration’s ?

My boyfriend, My family, the people in my club and some of the people I have been lucky enough to play with – Orla Cotter, Gemma O’Connor, Jenny O’Leary and Rena Buckley to name a few.

Does the fact your just finished in College, did it help to keep you focused over the last few years ?

It did, It allowed me to switch off from sport as it was something that I needed to give my full attention to. But then when I played sport – it was great to switch off from college and enjoy the freedom of playing and training.

What was it like for you to do college work and train as well  ?

It was good – I feel that they complimented each other and I was never overly focused on one because I also had the other.

Having played International Football at underage level for Ireland, how did it feel to get your international cap ?

It was great, a very proud moment for myself and my family.

When did you chose to concentrate on camogie and was it a tough decision to make ?

I chose to concentrate on camogie before the All Ireland semi final in 2014. At the time I thought it was the hardest decsion in the world to make but looking back, it was an easy one because I always knew I would go down the camogie route as it was the one I enjoyed and loved most.

Lastly Amy, what are the plans for 2020 and beyond ?

To continue enjoying playing camogie and to have a happy and healthy 2020 with my family.

Thank you for taking the time out to chat to me Amy..

2019 Into 2020

I was very slow to sit down and write this particular piece to mark the end of 2019. My reason being is I have done a lot thinking about my writing since 2013 when I started blogging on different topics. I have written at length about many personal situations which I would never have dreamed about speaking pre 2014 let alone write about these things down for future generations to read or hear my recordings.

Over the past few days I keep hearing about the end of the decade which is correct to say but when did this thing become an event.  In honour of this I will now give people a short run down on the last 10 years of my life, since 2010 I have lost so many key people that have been vital to my life, losing my grandparents in 2011 and 2014 a few weeks after I lost my grandfather in 2014 I came so close to ending my life only for my mother’s intuition and understanding to kick in and get a relation who will remain nameless to call my grandparents home to speak to me and that call prove crucial in making sure I didn’t follow through on my quickly hatched plan to end my life.

I owe my mother and that relation my life because had that call not arrived I would not be writing this piece. So many people spoke to me in the aftermath of me writing about my experiences the following May, these events happened in March 2014. I have had many moments since that particular time in which I have doubted myself and I did think about ending my life again on my 30th birthday. Don’t ask me to explain why I felt like that and why I selected my 30th birthday as the moment I thought of ending it all.

This plan was formed over a number of years but thankfully with the help of counselling and writing I have learned some very important life lessons and coping skills. I have finally learned to be happy with the man I have turned into but it has taken almost 16 years for me to get to this point where I can look myself in the mirror and smile and be pleased with the person I am.

People may read this and go , Cian is off again on another rant about his life and  his issues and if that is what you feel when you click into this article by all means leave the page and don’t trouble yourself with my writing.

In the grand scheme of things my life is very good where I have no issues with my health ( that I know of) and I am at peace with myself and I can honestly say that I was able to enjoy Christmas this year for the first time in over 15 or 16 years which in a big step forward. For anyone who struggled this year I can only tell you from someone who felt like shit many times , there is light at the end of the tunnel always….

Since 2016, things have not been the same for me after the sudden death of my mother. I didn’t know in the immediate days, weeks, months and now 3 years down the road how I was going to carry on but through huge amounts of support and counselling I am still here and grateful to so many people who I have met this Christmas and at other times since September 2016, you all have played a huge role in keeping this man off the canvass. I THANK You All So Much FOR That….

As 2019 draws to a close and we enter 2020, I will turn 30 in May 2020. I will be so grateful to make it to that milestone god willing. (  No there will not be any big celebration to mark it )  To all who have lost loved ones this year, my condolences to you all.. To people who welcomed new children, new daughters in law, sons in law, grand kids well done and I hope you enjoyed the last few days and the next few days also.

Well that is enough from me, I will end this with a quote from my late Mother that summed her up perfectly and it simply is “ Work and Story “ So from 2020 onward that will be the motto…. Have a good New Year and Thank YOU ALL so much from this very luck author…….

Arsenic and Old Lace

The Tarbert Theatre Players returned for another well received play named Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesserling in Tarbert Community Centre. This play was brought to life by some well known faces like Yvonne O Keeffe Fox, PJ Normile, Shane Wall and Cormac Wall they were joined this year by a newcomer in Jerry Scanlon who looked very comfortable in his Tarbert Theatre Players debut.

This play is dark with real moments of hilarity where you have a family namely the Brewster’s who seem hell bent on wiping out a certain generation of people with a well tested game plan where they offer the unsuspecting guest a drink and within minutes they have clocked up another unfortunate victim.

You see the daily toils of each family member and we see the development of the on/off relationship between Mortimer Brewster and Elaine Brewster played by the fantastically matched duo Tom Stack and Mag O Donnell. It really is a will they / won’t they saga.

Jerry Scanlon certainly comes into his own and the rather dim and unfortunate Teddy Brewster who is somehow convinced he is Theodore Roosevelt and he is the President of the USA in the 40s at a time when Hitler was at his peak. This part was smartly cast and Jerry did very well in portraying this character.

Helen Enright and Danielle Considine did a fine job as Police Officers Brophy and Klein as did Cormac Wall who played a fortunate house guest of the Brewster sisters Abby and Martha and then pulled on his officer gear to play Officer O Hara.

Shane Wall and PJ Normile provided laughter and danger in equal measure as Dr Einstein (No not that Einstein) and Jonathan Brewster. Both men certainly used their own friendship to help bring these two slightly twisted characters to life.

John Dowling and Padraig O Connor played Lieutenant Rooney and Mr Witherspoon the local Superintendant and you also had Jerry O Connell playing The Reverend Dr Harper who again drew on family connections to help him as the softly spoken Reverend Dr Harper.

A word for the sisters from hell namely Abbey and Martha Brewster played by Yvonne O Keeffe Fox and Maureen Considine. These are two women you wouldn’t leave your worst enemy with. They are well versed in how to kill you off and bury the evidence as well. It’s one house this author would not enter in a hurry…

Well done to all the cast and crew for putting on two great nights in Tarbert Community Centre. It will be interesting to see what 2020 will bring for Tarbert Theatre Players….

Barbara Labidi (Buffy) Interview

Hi Barbara, It’s a real pleasure to speak with you..

 

You are a strongwoman, wrestler and power lifter, how did you get started in that work ?

I always admired strong muscular women and i did many sports in the past, but when I stopped for 1 year with training because of problems with my relationship, I put on weight little bit and when I started again with training I found new personal coach at the gym and fell in love in this sport…I started with powerlifting, then I continued with strongwoman- and I added wrestling too…actually it was big luck everytime because I met right people who showed me these sports and possibilities to competitions ..my first fitness coach introduced me to powerlifting- he said I am naturally strong for woman and I should try to compete in powerlifting…

I met other people at the gym and they competed in strongman and asked me if I don’t want to try to train with them…So i tried and i loved it because it is very complex hard training and you need to be completely strong and there are many disciplines not only 3 like in powerlifting.

And i must say that when i started with strongman training i became much more stronger than before…I really LOVE it!:-) and how did i get to wrestling? By accident I read advertisement on internet that they are looking for muscular strong women for wrestling shooting in Prague…I arranged interview, I liked it and I started with shooting and then with trainings…now I go to MMA classes and I like it too!

 

How many years have you been travelling around doing those different shows that you do ?

 

Concerning wrestling sessions I don’t do it so long- I started 1 year ago.

 

I  have done powerlifting  for around 10 years and strongwoman 2 years.

 

What sort of training do you do to keep your technique as a power lifter ?

Most of my trainings are really hard and strength trainings,

I need to keep my power during all year so I can not stop with this type of training for long time but when i am “off season”- I have lighter trainings, i do more reps, more cardio training…but base of all  for me are basic exercices with free weights like squats, presses, deadlifts….

And when I prepare for strongwoman competitions I train more and more strongman disciplines like atlas stones, super yoke, axel bar, log lift, farmers walk, frame carry, etc…

I need to change gym because here in Prague it is very complicated to find good gym for strongman training …We have 1 very good but it is far away from my place so I spend a lot of time on travelling but what do you do !!

 

Your work with Session Girls, can you explain that website to us ?

Sessiongirls.com is webside where guys can find any sessiongirl in the world…

We have profiles there, we put pics and videos there, we introduce ourselves, what we offer for sessions, our best results at the gym, we can add some links to our own websites….

It is great webside where we can introduce ourselves to guys…

There is also possibility of bigger advertising if you pay membership…

It is really very popular website and I am glad I have my profile there- Barbara Czech

 

How many sessions would you do on a daily basis ?

It is very different and depends on my training, competitions, my job in the office, my travels…I am very busy but I enjoy it

 

What do your friends and family think of the job you do ?

They don’t have any problem with it because they know about my passion for any sport and they also know I will do what I want

 

What type of diet would you follow when you train ?

I need to keep high protein diet, it means I need to care of amount of proteins which I eat during the day for building my muscles and recovery too, I try to eat healthy, eat less amount of carbohydrates and some fat…a lot of meat, eggs, cottage cheese, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, rice…

I have intolerance to gluten and lactose as well so I must keep to these diets too…

 

How did you get interested in the job you currently do ?

I saw advertisement on internet where they were looking for muscular strong women for wrestling shooting in Prague …I arranged interview and I liked it and then my friend from wrestling told me about possibility to do wrestling sessions and I created my profile and started with this job.

 

If you were not doing the job you are doing, what do you think you would be doing in life ?

When I was a child I wanted to be a professional athlete…

it was my dream,But unfortunately I didn’t choose right sports in the past in which I could become world champion and now i am very old for professional sport…for power lifting or strongman sport it is fine but problem is these sports are not Olympic so even if you are very good athlete you need still to pay your expenses like travels, hotels, sports nutrition etc and it costs a lot of money if you don’t have any sponsor…

Strongwoman sport is not popular here in Czech Republic so I don’t have any sponsor yet…maybe if I moved to UK or USA my situation would be different…So I love this sport and competitions but it costs really so much money…

 

To people who may not understand what you do, what would you say to them ?

I offer sessions where I can show you my power, I do arm wrestling, different types of wrestling- competitive, fantasy, posing, lifts and carry, muscle worship, i offer online coaching too- we can go together to the gym for training, I can help you with your diet, give you some advices how to loose, how to build muscle, how to be strong 

We can meet at special studio for wrestling or at the hotel, at the gym…

I can show you techniques from wrestling, some holds, scissors…

Some my clients prefer fantasy light wrestling and muscle worship and some want real competitive wrestling, arm wrestling, tests of strength like push ups etc

It is very different…

Sometimes I am just company to the restaurant, theatre…on holidays…

 

Lastly Barbara, What are your plans for the future ? Thank you for taking time out to chat to me…

I have one big goal for next year- Arnold Classic strongwoman Competition in Ohio Columbus next March 2020…I want to train hard and get some good result there

Next month I have competition in UAE in Dubai- also strongwoman…

I would like to get more clients in my sessions, i am also planning to moving abroad- i am considering UAE- Dubai…I want to work at the gym there like personal coach – i already have Certificate of bodybuilding and fitness coaching- and also to try to advertise strongwoman there and show people even muscular strong women can be sexy and girls dont have to be afraid of lifting weights at the gym….They will not look like men, trust me…it is not so easy

And in general, I want to live happy life, be surrounded positive nice friendly honest people and do what I love so continue in my competitions, trainings, building strength and muscles.

South Africa 2019 World Cup Champions

South Africa have won their third World Cup after a 32-12 win over England in Yokohama in this morning’s World Cup Final. Given that England had beaten New Zealand last Saturday 19-7 and South Africa saw off Wales in an arm wrestle last Sunday the widely held belief was that England would win if they played somewhere close to the way in which they did against New Zealand.

South Africa did not get that particular memo and went after England in the set piece where they had real dominance throughout the campaign and the loss of Kyle Sinkler was keenly felt after he left the field after 2 minutes after being knocked out with Dan Cole being asked to play the duration of the 80 minutes and as we have seen in the past 12 months England have used Kyle Sinkler and others for over 50 minutes at least before bringing in the “finishers” as Eddie Jones likes to call them.

This time though his plan went out the window as the strength of the South African 23 came out in force and from the moment Jerome Garces awarded the first scrum penalty to South Africa after Sinkler’s departure the writing seemed to be on the wall.

Similar to Steve Hansen last weekend I feel Jones could have sprung Ben Spencer from the bench early on in the game as I feel Ben Youngs had a poor day at the office, the Saracens pairing at half back might have been able to put England on the front foot but like most of these teams no real deviation from the tried and trusted.

South Africa for their part were of course beaten on the opening weekend by New Zealand but since that game they managed to use a very structured game plan with a six/two split on the bench for the rest of the tournament which meant they could strangle the life out of teams and finish off sides by utilising a full front five on the bench in the final stages of games.

Looking at the way in which South Africa played this morning is very reminiscent of the Erasmus/Nieneber coaching template that they worked on while in charge of Munster from June 2016 to December 2017. The defence system employed by South Africa worked very well for Munster although they did lose out in two Semi Finals in the Pro 14 and Champions Cup.

A word as well for ex Munster coach Felix Jones who took up a role with South Africa in the summer where he was an opposition analyst for them.

He was wanted by Erasmus as soon as he took on the head coach role but bided his time and saw out his contract with Munster and then turned down a new deal and when this chance came he took it with both hands, congrats to Felix and Aled Walters who both worked with Munster in recent seasons.

Well done to South Africa who now join New Zealand as three time winners of the World Cup, only England in 2003 managed to break the southern hemisphere dominance as the only northern hemisphere winner with Australia winning two in 1991 and 1999.

South Africa were winners in 1995, 2007 and 2019. Francois Steyn won his second winners medal this morning after winning his first in 2007 as a 20 year old. All eyes will now focus on France 2023 where South Africa will defend their crown but not before facing the British and Irish Lions in the summer of 2021.

For the northern hemisphere it is back to drawing board, having two of the semi finalists in England and Wales but still England could not match the intensity of last week to see them through. We were told by Eddie Jones this week that England could play better than they had done in defeating New Zealand but unfortunately for Mr Jones, all his planning and preparation since 2015 hasn’t counted for little, yes this experience will help the majority of this squad when 2023 rolls around but for the here and now they were beaten by a well drilled and disciplined South Africa side.

All roads now lead to France 2023, it’s the beginning of a new 4 year cycle for each team involved and for those hoping to be involved. It is also time World Rugby seriously to try and evolve the global appeal of the game but that’s for another day….

England Vs New Zealand 2019 WC

England have booked a first World Cup Final appearance since France in 2007. They did that with a terrific composed 19-7 win over defending champions New Zealand. New Zealnd came into this game after a strong performance when swatting Ireland aside last weekend 46-14. On this occasion England had the ideal game plan that was certainly moulded from there narrow loss last November.

The axis of Tom Curry and Sam Underhill got the better of the Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea pairing that saw Barrett called ashore at half time to be replaced by Sam Cane.

The decision of Steve Hansen to pick Scott Barrett was a risk but on this occasion it did not work out and England who started like they had done throughout 2019 scored a cracking try after 2 minutes through Manu Tuilagi after some sublime handling that saw Kyle Sinkler provide a key tip on pass that finished with Tuilagi busting over.

England were very dominant in the opening 40 minutes and from the off they looked like team very in tune with the task at hand. From the moment the Haka took place and England formed a semi circle very similar to what England did in 1998 when the sides met in Twickenham. This was a signal that England would not fold easily in the face of taking on the World Champions.

Eddie Jones has worked very hard since taking on the England job in late 2015 after the disastrous efforts at the 2015 World Cup. His stated aim was to win a World Cup on Japanese soil. He worked very hard in 2016 to start his plan to get England back to the top of the tree where they feel they should always be. In 2016 they won the Grand Slam beating France in Paris in the final week to secure the Grand Slam. In 2017 they won the Six Nations and were continuing to integrate many of the players that were key to victory this morning.

Men like Sam Underhill who moved from Ospreys to play his club rugby with Bath, Tom Curry who alongside his twin Ben were key members of the England Under 20 side in 2017 also made waves and were in the wider England training squad as the Jones era took shape.

Eddie Jones also stated once he took on the job that he would work to build a new England side full of young players and this team is back boned by Under 20 World Championship winners from the last 5 years.

New Zealand did not look happy this morning and to me it looked as if the lack of tough games since facing South Africa on the opening weekend came back to haunt Steve Hansen’s men.  The lack of experience in his 23 this morning might also have come back to bite Steve Hansen who left experienced men like Ben Smith and Reiko Ioane out of his 23.

Youthful exuberance is great but when the pressure comes on it looked as if Sevu Reece and George Bridge were struggling. Both men were driven into touch and those moments were massive the overall scheme of things.

Owen Farrell and George Ford worked well in tandem where as Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett did not match the heights that they have done only a few times since this was first tried out in July. This move seemed to be made after the loss to Ireland in 2018 and also the narrow win over England on the end of year tour.

Many people have made plenty of the Irish failure from last weekend where some players were selected where others players in better form may have done a better job but the fact that Brodie Rettalick was brought straight into the starting team at the quarter final after only 30 minutes in the Pool phase may have also contributed to how under cooked New Zealand looked this morning. It is not often you can say that about an New Zealand team but this time Steve Hansen can have no complaints about the defeat. He and his side will now go into a third / fourth place play off next Friday.

England will now be able to fully focus on a World Cup Final at 9am next Saturday. They can now settle in and watch South Africa vs Wales and plan for whichever side wins in the second Semi Final….

A Look Ahead- An Alternative XV For the 2020 Six Nations

As the dust begins to settle on another World Cup Quarter Final exit for Ireland, people will now be looking at the new regime under new head coach Andy Farrell who will be assisted by Mike Catt, Simon Easterby and Richie Murphy.

Many Irish players who didn’t get a look in under Joe Schmidt will feel that the slate is wiped clean under new coach Andy Farrell. People may also think that the regime might not change too much under Farrell who has been Ireland’s forwards coach since 2016.

But if things are to change within Irish rugby it is important that all available players are looked at over the next few months to try and rebuild the shattered confidence after the heavy loss to New Zealand.

It will take all 31 players time to get over the manner of the defeat but for some of the 31 while this weekend in Round 4 of the Pro 14 will be too soon you can be sure that the interprovincial derbies in Round 6 will see all 31 back in action with some guys returning in round 5 depending on how many minutes were played by each individual in Japan.

Munster will benefit straight away as will Connacht with men like Chris Farrell, John Ryan and Jack Carty all sure to be back in contention ahead of Round 5.

As I mentioned it will take time for all the players to recover from this loss both mentally and physically but with the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup on the horizon they won’t have much time to dwell on what might have been…..

Looking to the 2020 Six Nations in February 2020, Ireland are certain to have fresh blood in the first 23 to play Scotland , I look at the possible 23 that Andy Farrell may look to include…

15 Andrew Conway – Munster

14 Jacob Stockdale – Ulster

13 Gary Ringrose – Leinster

12 Chris Farrell – Munster

11 Matt Healy – Connacht

10 Joey Carbery – Munster

9  Conor Murray – Munster

8 Max Deegan – Leinster

7 Josh Van Der Flier – Leinster

6 Tadgh Beirne – Munster

5 James Ryan – Leinster, Captain

4 Iain Henderson – Ulster

3 Tadgh Furlong – Leinster

2 Niall Scannell – Munster

1 Eric O Sullivan – Ulster

 

16  Ronan Kelliher – Leinster

17 Dave Kilcoyne – Munster

18 Andrew Porter – Leinster

19  Ultan Dillane – Connacht

20 CJ Stander – Munster

21 Luke Mc Grath – Leinster

22 Ross Byrne – Leinster

23 Jordan Larmour – Leinster

Here is one selection I would go by, I know I have left out certain players but there would be room for those players in the wider squad. Just trying to show an alternative XV to what played last Saturday.

 

 

 

World Cup Quarter Final 2019

Ireland will play New Zealand in the 2nd World Cup quarter final this Saturday at 11.15am. Ireland have faced New Zealand 4 times under Joe Schmidt and three times since the 2015 World Cup, winning twice in 2016 and 2018.

The questions of the Irish campaign have started up again after mixed performances against the 3 opposing teams in Pool A. The manner of the display against both Samoa and Scotland gave rise to some real positivity but the loss to Japan quelled some of that good mood.

New Zealand will be well warned of what to expect when facing Ireland and after being beaten by Ireland in November 2018 New Zealand will be going full throttle to make sure Ireland don’t register a 3rd win over New Zealand under Joe Schmidt. It could be Joe Schmidt’s final game at Ireland head coach if the result does not work out so you can be certain he will have 1 or 2 tricks up his sleeve that supporters will not have seen before.

Steve Hansen has indicated he make try and “trick” Schmidt with some moves we haven’t seen before. For an Irish rugby player the sight of an England shirt usually does enough to get people up for the challenge and you can put that famous shirt with the silver fern on that list.

It is another chance for Ireland to make a World Cup Semi Final where they are pencilled into face either England or Australia… Here is the XV I would select to play New Zealand to play in the Quarter Final….

15 Andrew Conway

14 Keith Earls

13 Gary Ringrose

12 Robbie Henshaw

11 Jacob Stockdale

10 Jonathan Sexton

9 Conor Murray

8 CJ Stander

7 Josh Van Der Flier

6 Tadgh Beirne

5 James Ryan

4 Iain Henderson

3 Tadgh Furlong

2 Niall Scannell

1 Cian Healy

16 Sean Cronin

17 Dave Kilcoyne

18 Andrew Porter

19 Rhys Ruddock

20 Peter O Mahony

21 Luke Mc Grath

22 Joey Carbery

23 Chris Farrell