Posted by: Gerry | August 29, 2007

News Round-up, 29 August

Captain Brian O’Driscoll and David Wallace were involved in training in St Gerard’s in Bray on Tuesday, when the team got a visit from Bertie Ahern. (IrishRugby.ie.) The Taoiseach was no doubt still smarting from the exit of his beloved Dubs from the Gaelic Football Championship on Sunday.

The IRFU have extended Eddie O’Sullivan’s contract as national team coach up to 2012. (Rugby.ie/De Paper)

Eoin Reddan is not just looking to replace Isaac Boss as understudy to Peter Stringer, he wants the main role for himself (Indo)

Denis Leamy writes a diary piece for the Indo today. Choice quote: “Losing to France in Croke Park was heart-breaking. It was a horrible feeling and we haven’t forgotten.” Attaboy, Denis, nurse that grudge.

Byron Kelleher reckons the All Blacks are just peaking in time. (TVNZ)

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  1. I think I’d prefer Eoin Redden to Isaac Boss, but as replacement for Stringer? I’m not so sure. But he certainly deserves more game time.

  2. […] Point – Eddie’s Contract Extension I mentioned in the news round-up that Eddie O’Sullivan has had his contract extended until […]

  3. There is also an interesting piece in today’s Irish Times about reading the refs, and how Ireland failed to do that against Italy, especially in regard to the scrum:
    ” “It does change with referees,” says loosehead prop, Marcus Horan. “Some guys put a lot of emphasis on the pause. Sometimes that pause can be quick and sometimes there is a huge pause. Other guys keep it the same every time. We’ll have Nigel now and again and we’ll know how he’ll work next time. It’s no fault of his. It is up to the players to get that right.”

    Critics would have said the Irish team ought to have gotten it right much quicker in Belfast, given that it was largely the first-choice Irish team. Owens had also explained the way he expected the scrum to engage and Ireland’s naivety was cruelly and surprisingly exposed.

    “It’s all very well a referee coming in and telling you how he is going to play when you are in the dressingroom before the match. The proof of the pudding is going out there and doing it in the heat of battle. But it did take us too long to get it right and wise up to it.

    “His (Owens) calling was slightly different to what we are used to and the Italians were jumping the gun a bit on the call. To he honest, they just interpreted it a bit better than us and I think we got the hang of it in the second half and put them under pressure in one or two scrums. But it is disappointing from our aspect that it took us that long to get it right and to get used to the call.””


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