Settling in Thoughts

Well done New Zealand: It’s a relatively small country a long way from anywhere else and the weather hasn’t been the best but the atmosphere and organisation, bar some opening night nerves, seem to have been very good. Beating the French will have cheered up the Kiwis and put some ghosts to rest, while seeing the Aussies lose has been very well received. The Ireland v Russia game sounded like it had been organised by the best hostel in the world and the crowd were suitably lubricated. Continue reading

Bonzer Commentary From The Hosts!

Kiwi commentators play a blinder!

For those of you who didn’t get to see the Setanta broadcast of the hard-fought but error-ridden game between Georgia and Romania – a high-concept crossover between Over The Top [a film about arm-wrestling] and Ireland’s 2011 Six Nations match against Italy [a film about knock-ons] – you missed some absolutely cracking commentary from the NZ host broadcaster. Some gems below: Continue reading

Match Review: USA Eagles 10-27 Italy

He's not so tough

The big news from this game is that the Italians fourth try, eked out from the intense pressure that their scrum could exert on the American set piece. This means that Ireland have no get out clause next week and that, just like we assumed would happen at the beginning of the tournament, we have to beat Italy to qualify* for the quarter-final stage. Continue reading

Match Preview: Ireland v Russia

There's a six in the morning? Sky Plus baby!

St Declan’s selection for this match indicates what the warm up matches were for and contrasts him with the witless Lièvremont. In many regards, this team is the one that played in Bordeaux against France and the changes are indicative of Kidney’s interpretation of his squad’s form. Continue reading

Australia v USA Preview

Get used to that feeling, Kurtley

Australia re-enter the fray after the Ireland upset with Will Genia as captain. Dingo Deans has chosen to give game time to a number of players returning from injury, notably Slipper, Mitchell and a slimmed down Cliffie Palu. Polota-Nau could be thrown into that category except he started against Ireland. Scott Higginbotham starts at blindside and has a chance to stake a claim for the 6 jumper. Pocock was unlikely to start this game due to rotation policy but the diggers must have concerns over his fitness. Continue reading