Springboks, New faces, results and Bright Futures

Well, that was unexpected. The might Springboks marched into Dublin with their heads up after running the All Blacks thisclose two weeks ago. They had the mind games going all week by talking up Ireland and being overly complimentary. Knowing that Ireland rarely stand up to the tag of favourites, the ‘Boks where needling through niceness all week. A Gatland-esque technique that has worked before.

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November Internationals, Foreign Irish Players, Uncapped youngsters and Sprinbok hunting.

In the words of my favourite songsmith, ‘you say I aint worth a dollar, but I feel like a millionaire’. That has nothing to do with the November internationals but if there is any chance of getting a Queens of the Stone Age reference into a blog, I will take it

This is my favourite time of the year. November internationals are when there is slightly less pressure eon coaches and we see what the plan might be for the following 6 nations campaign. King Joe has selected a nearly full strength squad, a few injuries and fitness concerns aside. And there is the small topic of a certain Bundee Aki making his debut in the big jersey this weekend. More on that below.

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Leinster rugby, gate keepers and a Summer off

Sitting here at my desk, a week ago I thought I would be writing a very different post to the one that will appear, as if by magic, below.

Leinster came into the business end of the season in fine form. Inventive, tough and confident. Sweeping most aside for the season. The final in the Aviva looked to be a foregone conclusion. All that had to happen was beat a team that was beaten easily 2 times this season. The Leinster brain trust where confident that this would be a procession.

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