19 February 2014
Every weekend in the 6 Nations throws up a completely different set of possibilities such is the beauty of the tournament. But Round 3 is always the pivotal week and 2014 is no different with the chips are stacked pretty high in Cardiff, Rome and London for all involved.
Wales V France:
This is a must win for Wales. Two poor performances against Italy and Ireland by the guts of the successful Lions Test side is well below par for a team …..
16 February 2014
Newstalk – Off the Ball – Sunday February 16th – Part 4
Timeline: 09:30 – 23:25
12 February 2014
After two rounds of the Championship each of the 6 Nations are in different places:
France probably believe they are in a good place with two wins against England and Italy. But their performances have been scrappy and incoherent. Their continuity game is slow and lacking accuracy. They play off slow ball and depend on individual players to make line-breaks to ignite their attack. Their defence is sloppy and their discipline is poor. Despite both their victories it is unlikely they …..
07 February 2014
Ireland V Wales:
Despite winning last weekend this is a fulcrum game for both teams. A loss next Saturday and Ireland head to Twickenham in Round 3 trying to save their Championship bid. Wales also have to head to Twickenham, albeit in Round 4, so next Saturday’s result for them is just as significant as it is to Ireland.
Both sides are evenly matched although Wales’ recent record should give them the edge. But it is not that simple. Apart from Ireland’s …..
07 February 2014
RTE – The Rugby Show
Podcast – Thursday February 6th 2014
04 February 2014
The 6 Nations 2014 is up and running and all three games have been very revealing. As always each game had it own unique dynamics and tale to tell.
Italy were the surprise package of the weekend and ran Wales a lot closer in Cardiff than anybody predicted. Despite a dreadfully unlucky bounce in the first few minutes, which cost them seven points, they shut down the Welsh running game for the most part. It is still early days, but on …..
30 January 2014
The key to winning the 6 Nations Championship is without doubt based on the ability to generate momentum. By Round 5 of the tournament teams have often created an inevitably that they will win the Championship.
The schedule of fixtures combined with the home and away factor often plays a big role in a team’s capacity to generate the critical momentum required to win the tournament.
Each team has a unique pathway of fixtures through the 6 Nations, which contains critical games …..
28 January 2014
Newstalk – Off the Ball – Monday January 27th – Part 2
Timeline: 13:50 – 30:37
24 January 2014
Ray D’Arcy Show – Thursday January 23rd
Podcast – Listen Now
22 January 2014
At the end of the day only one team can win the Heineken Cup each year. But to consider the success of individual countries it is worth calculating their success rate at qualifying for the quarter-finals of the tournament.
With the pool stages of this year’s Heineken Cup just completed and the seeding for the quarter-finals set, there is an all too familiar look to the proceedings. Even compared to the big spending French Clubs, once again Ireland has punched well …..