13 September 2013
A weekend of Pro 12 fixtures that pit Zebre V Munster, Cardiff V Connacht, Leinster V Ospreys and Ulster V Glasgow could hardly be described as bumper weekend of rugby. It’s way too early in the season to get that carried away. But at the same time the second round of the competition has already thrown up some interesting points for discussion.
First up Munster’s trip to Zebre is the beginning of an extended stay in Italy. After arriving in Parma …..
The first signs of real trouble appeared almost a year ago to the day, when Premiership Rugby announced they had signed a deal with BT Sport for €178 million (£152m). A deal between BT Sport and Premiership Rugby is in itself not an extraordinary development. But it includes the transmission rights of cross-border matches from 2014. Cross-border matches are what the Heineken Cup is all about.
This dispute, like any other dispute in sport, is about money. The English in particular …..
Irish Times – Second Captains Monday – Sept 9th
Timeline: 36:15 – 52:40
Losing the first game of the season brings a little more pressure than losing most other regular season games. Every team wants a good start, something to build upon. After the first week of the season half the teams are just where they want to be and the other half are suddenly feeling very uneasy.
Munster, Connacht, Leinster, Ospreys, Glasgow and Dragons players will all pitch up to training this week with a pep in their step. While the losing teams …..
Newstalk – Newstalk Sport – Saturday Sept 7th – Part 3
Timeline: 15:00 – 25:46
In the build-up to the new season there has been quite a lot of discussion about the new scrum engagement protocol. It is without doubt the latest attempt by the IRB to improve the scrum. But on previous occasions, adjustments to the scrum law were driven by a perceived need to make the scrum safer, and rightly so. But this time round the objective is to tidy up the mess that the scrum has become as a method of restarting …..