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A bird's eye view from the terrace: The Other Six Nations

by Yvonne Kelly, 2012-08-30

There are two competitions running parallel to the men's senior six nations which we all follow so passionately - the womens' and the under 20s. Both sides got off to great starts in Italy last week with similar scorelines. The under 20s winning 9-28 last Sunday and the women beating their Italian counterparts 5-26 on Friday. This week the young guns would take on France in Dubarry park while the women were in action after a short 5 day turnaround in Ashbourne.
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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs Aironi

by Yvonne Kelly, 2011-02-12

The first visit of Aironi to the RDS in the newly expanded Magners league took place on a mid 6 nations Thursday night. The timing of the fixture clashed with traditional Thursday night club rugby training as well as making attendance from the further reaches of the province even more difficult than usual and this was reflected in our lowest attendance to date this season - a reported 8,000. The timing also led to a decrease in the average age of the Leinster starting fifteen to 23 with first time captain Rhys Ruddock possibly setting a record as the youngest Leinster captain at 20.
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Weekly Preview: Six Nations Preview 2011 - Weekend Two

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-11

So after the first weekend of the Six Nations Championship what have we learned about the contenders?

Well, England beat Wales in a match that was high on intensity but low in quality. The English pack comfortably dominated but it still took a couple of classy moments from out-half Toby Flood to unlock the Wales defence in an otherwise muddled offensive display. After their recent history in Cardiff, they were rightly delighted with the win but it must be said Wales were absolutely rank.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Aironi

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-12

Tomorrow evening, Leinster take on Aironi for the first time in the Italian club's short history. Aironi only started as a club last summer as part of Italy's entry into the Magners League. They were formed as an amalgamation of eight clubs across two regions, but were mainly founded on Viadana, who no longer compete as a professional club. The logic behind sending two Italian teams into the Magners League was to give their clubs a higher standard of domestic competition than the old Super 10 could provide. On the evidence of Italy running Ireland very close last Saturday, it certainly seems to have helped with regard to their fitness levels.
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Season Preview: Six Nations Preview 2011

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-29

It's that time of the year again!
We've slogged our way through January and as a reward we've got the Six Nations Championship to enjoy. Some punters might regard it as of lesser importance in a World Cup year but that's just nonsense. A Grand Slam for Ireland this year will mean just as much as it did in 2009 and it will still mean a hell of a lot more than losing in a semi-final in the World Cup. The Six Nations will always stand alone as a worthy achievement in it's own right.
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