Ireland’s World Cup Bid in Jeopardy

Ireland’s World Cup Bid in Jeopardy

It will come as a shock to rugby fans in Ireland who are hoping the World Cup comes to it’s shores in 2023, but Shane Ross the sports minister of Ireland has still yet to get the necessary sign-off for the bid to be formally put forward, and will need the help of some emergency legislation in order to get the bid off the ground.

In the political circles of Ireland, doubt is prevailing about whether the proposal made by Ross to host 2023 Rugby event will be accepted or not.

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Guinness Series Declared

Guinness Series Declared

The long wait of Rugby lovers is now over as the kick-off times and dates and for the Guinness Series 2017 is confirmed by the authorities of the series. The series will start in November and will take place at Aviva Stadium. The opening of the series will be done on 12th November at 14.30. In the series Ireland will take on the Fiji, Argentina and South Africa.

The last Springboks were played by Ireland in June 2016 when it got the first test victory on the soil of South Africa in Cape Town.

Last visit of South Africa to Dublin was in 2014 November with Ireland 29-15 winners. On the other hand, team Fiji will play match of the series on 18 November at the same Aviva Stadium and the match will kick-off at 17.30.

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MERSEYSIDE DERBY HISTORY: DISAPPOINTING STARS

MERSEYSIDE DERBY HISTORY: DISAPPOINTING STARS

Ahead of the Merseyside Derby, we look at some of the most disappointing stars that have participated in the derby since the 90s.


From the back, we start with Brad Jones. The goalkeeper was the replacement of Simon Mignolet late 2014 as the Belgian was struggling with form and consistency. The understudy had his chance but he could not impress. His only Merseyside derby action was in the October 2012 game that ended in a stalemate. With Jones now in the Eredivisie and Loris Karius usurping Mignolet before returning back to the bench, there’s a lesson.

Marc Hottiger came highly recommended from Newcastle in the 90s but he stayed just 16 months before moving to the Swiss League. He featured in the 1996 Merseyside match where Reds legend Robbie Fowler equalized after Everton went ahead through Andrei Kanchelskis. Hottiger makes this list as right back but in the left wing, it’s Andrea Dossena: the man who netted in the 4-0 Real Madrid victory and four days later against Manchester United in 2009. His career has since wound down.

In central defence, TorbenPiechnik and Mauricio Pellegrino would emerge. Pellegrino was part of the team that did the Istanbul miracle. He was the first Argentinean to play at Anfield in 2005. He had a bad start but had his breakthrough in the Merseyside derby of 2005 where Liverpool won 2-1. On the other hand, Danish star Piechnik spent two years at the Merseyside but failed to build a name for himself.

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Ireland Rugby Awards Shortlist

Ireland Rugby Awards Shortlist

The short listing of Zurich players’ player of the year award has been made. And the official announcement in this regards has also been made recently. The players who have been shortlisted for the awards are Robbie Henshaw, CJ Stander, Conor Murray and Tadhg Furlong. However, the name of the winner will be announced on 10th May at the annual dinner of Rugby Players Ireland in Dublin.

In 2016 the winner of the Zurich players’ player of the year was Stander. There will many other awards given in the event and this includes women’s XVs player of the year award as well. The captain of Ireland Paula Fitzpatrick, Lindsay Peat and Leah Lyons are in the shortlisted name for this award. 

Coming to the award young player of the year “Nevin Spence”, than short listing for this award has also been one and the nominees for the awards are Joey Carbery, Darren Sweetnam and Garry Ringrose. In the European player of the year category, name of Sweetnam has been shortlisted; he is 23, and a year older than Ringrose.

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