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@blametheref - how many times have Ireland beating the All Blacks?
Posted 20:54 25th May 2012
blametheref ...brush up on your history .... Australia are the ancestors of the Irish.
ahem . . . many Australians may be descendants of Irish, but there are few Irish with Australian ancestry.
Does it matter?
Ireland a hugely popular touring team in NZ and will have lots of support; looking forward to the tour, only pity is no mid-weeks they could then have brought a bigger squad for the experience. They've been there 2006, 08, 10, 11 (2011 didn't play NZ RWC) - but i read Kidney say next trip not for 12 years.
Posted 01:19 24th May 2012
...think we're here to please, even entertain sometimes
Posted 19:00 23rd May 2012
Aaahhh. This explains why OZ is the worst of the three SH rugby nations.
And Rihanna is a b@%&h.
Posted 14:53 23rd May 2012
blametheref why stop there, go back to 8000 BC and tell us who you really are. Your arguments are boring and pathetic quite frankly and it's hard to figure out whether you're taking the piss or just a special breed... not to mention boooooooooooooring zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Posted 12:52 23rd May 2012
@Blametheref: Keep it up mate, you're making me look good!
Posted 12:48 23rd May 2012
I think sarcasm is lost on some people.
Posted 10:57 23rd May 2012
You should brush up on your history Kennyisgay, it's an astounding fact, traced by geneology, that almost a quarter of the current population of Australia are the ancestors of the Irish who were shipped, as an act of ethnic cleansing and forced labour, from Wicklow jail in Ireland by the British...An incredible statistic when you think of it from just one place, so when it comes to knocking our depleted numbers to make up the Ireland rugby team, you know who to blame...and for Australia winning 2 rugby World Cups, you know who thank!
I could crow on about the Irish diaspora around the world, in the USA etc, and how we punch well above our weight in the arts, business and sport but I don't want to boast...so here's a tip, put your money on Ireland beating highly rated Croatia in Euro 2012 which is coming up soon, after qualifying, we're the worst ranked team in the competition, but I bet we defy that ranking...
Leinster in another final next Sunday, looks like more medals for Brad, Henk and the Irish boys...but it's not about the medals this time, it's about beating those pesky Welsh who are getting one over on us too much of late, they're a real "Thorn" in our side!
Posted 10:03 23rd May 2012
Nothing wrong to love your country so much. Keep it up.
However, according to your reasoning, the Italians could call back even more Argentinians........
Posted 07:22 23rd May 2012
You're desperately sad wo/man blametheref. I'd say all those so called Irish you mentioned left cos they didn't wanna be associated with a muppet such as yourself... you know yourself like.
Posted 22:55 22nd May 2012
Even Rihanna has Irish roots
Posted 15:29 22nd May 2012
Yea Kennyisgay, you might be right but some of the best SH players past and present, especially from NZ and Australia have Irish blood in their extraordinary genes, to name a few: Christian Cullen, John Kirwan, John Gallagher, Sean Fitzpatrick for NZ and Michael Lynagh, James O' Connor, Matt Burke, Eoin Finnegan and Tim Horan among numerous for Australia...So we're intitled to take back something that was wrongfully taken from our poor old country by selecting SH players who if they are not heros already we turn into legends!
Posted 15:26 22nd May 2012
Hmm, don't worry, have huge respect for SH players and love to see them playing up here.
Was not calling N.I players Best et al foreigners, they're Irish in the true sense of the word but probably don't consider themselves Republic of Ireland, which has actually no official rugby team, but as far as I know Northerner, Tommy Bowe, played Gaelic Football, which is in fact a great sport for honing good rugby skills especially in handling and kicking with the bit of rough thrown in
Posted 15:01 22nd May 2012
@ blametheref, you're a bit harsh calling Ferris, Trimble, Best and Bowe foreigners aren't ya... suppose they are brits technically
Posted 14:09 22nd May 2012
@ Blametheref and BokAvenger
Not to mention that the Boks who played were quite a second string ones, due to the selection policy they have to adopt.
The Boks' side who won in Ireland recently was a third string team indeed. But of course, Ireland can only play who is in front of them. Credit has to be given to Ireland, however they are far from being considered a threat (at least in SA).
Posted 12:36 22nd May 2012
@blametheref: You're right, the Boks have underperformed against Ireland of late but at least one of those wins was due to NZ referee Paul Honiss telling John Smit to talk to his players and then while they were in a huddle telling Ireland to play on, resulting in a try that won the game. So in fairness it's 2/4
In addition, all of those games have been played in Ireland at the very end of the Boks' season. Why don't you boys come down here for a series and then we see how many games you win then.
Posted 11:03 22nd May 2012
@ melkdave, there's no mystery about it buddy the HC is just a schoolboy level which Ireland players can compete in but international is too much of giant leap for the ladyboys to take. Not to mention the gianormous trip required to be mentioned amongst the extraordinary men of the SH.
Posted 10:39 22nd May 2012
Bokavenger, the last 4 games between Ireland and the Boks, Ireland have won 3, the Boks 1...that 1 win by the Boks was by just 2 points. In the last 2 games against Australia Ireland won 1 and one of our provinces, Munster, won the other...No team in world rugby goes to New Zealand and wins in the majority of cases, and I don't expect with the way our current coach uses the players he has that we'll see an Irish win in NZ in the coming months, but with a better coach we have the ability to take one test...There's no question in my mind that the SH produces better players overall in the world game, but in the NH we embrace that and our players are fast catching up, hence the game is more global when it comes to a competition like the Heineken Cup where it's about the team and not nationalities. Making the rugby cosmopoliton, exciting, diverse and interesting. Your countries are trying to stop this by not picking foreign based players...With regard to the Irish team, no one can accuse us of playing "boring" rugby as we go out to score tries against any opposition, just ask the All Blacks, where we were beaten but ran in 4 tries against them in fortress NZ when we had only 13 men on the pitch for most of the match. What most non-Irish don't realize is that in the past players of our most popular national game, Gaelic Football, were banned by that association from playing any "foreign" sports such as, rugby, soccer or cricket. When the ban was lifted there were few players who took up rugby, until recent times, due mostly to the success Munster started having, where some of these hard talented Gaelic Footballers switched codes to rugby, which now is becoming more popular than Gaelic. It may explain why current players such as backrow Sean O' Brien has "edge" and great handling and running "footballing" skills...12 years ago he'd never have even played rugby...
Posted 09:57 22nd May 2012
@blametheref: " the true nature of global rugby is currently happening north of the equator" - What on earth does that mean...the true nature of global rugby? I presume you mean that NH rugby is superior to SH rugby, which quite clearly qualifies you as delusional. But let's not argue about it...we'll soon see which hemisphere plays the better rugby. I just hope Ireland are sending a team of undertakers to NZ to pick up the dead bodies after each test. It's going to be a massacre.
Posted 07:26 22nd May 2012
Well isnt that the mystery of Irish rugby atm .That there teams do so well in the HC,but have been woeful at national leval.I along with others think its the gameplan at fault ,The backline plays to deep at national leval and the team kicks way to much.The front row problem is also a worry its a good solid front row but not world class .In fact its a bit like the wallabies one imo ,any injury to a starter and they are in big trouble.So have my doughts if the HC will really bolster Irish confidance ,but can hope
Posted 01:27 22nd May 2012
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