There’s a lot going on up North in the New Year.
Wednesday 5 October, 2011
Following the unprecedented success of #seanobrienfacts, we bring you the best bits from the long-awaited sequel.
Angela Carter has cited a lack of support from hotel management as the primary reason for her quitting.
The countdown is on to Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final shoot-out with Wales. And Declan Kidney’s men are ready for the gun show.
DOC highlights the “massive threat” posed by the Welsh openside ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
There’s a coffee shop every 50 yards, the locals walk and talk a little faster than your average New Zealander and there is a sense of a town with very little time on its hands.
Declan Kidney names an unchanged side from the one that beat Italy – with Conor Murray staying put with O’Gara at half-back.
Tuesday 4 October, 2011
It doesn’t matter how many times they’ve been spanked, how long they’ve been in a rut, or how many other nations write them off; the good times are always just around the corner.
Springboks prop Jannie Du Plessis says he expects Ireland to outstrip their Six Nations rivals at this year’s tournament.
A certain player was venerated ad nauseam following Ireland’s consummate progress into the World Cup quarter finals. Here are the best of the tweets dedicated to that player.
The BBC pundit has become the latest in a long line of ex-internationals to express his dismay at the behaviour of Martin Johnson’s squad.
We’ve followed the charity riders progress on their bikes all through the tournament. Here’s how they got on.
The Carlow man claimed the accolade ahead of a handful of Australians, while three members of the Irish team made the Sydney Morning Herald’s “Team of the Pool Stages”.
James Hook, Shane Williams and Dan Lydiate are all set to win their fitness races for Saturday’s showdown.
“Men like Tom Crean and Roald Amundsen have looked into such tracts of the wild unknown and thought ‘onward.’ For us, this will be the southern limit of our lifetime.”
The Italian hooker will be banned from playing until mid-January, pending an appeal.
The Irish team have reached the quarter-finals thanks, in no small part, to collective intelligence, writes Simon Hick in New Zealand.
The inexperienced Munster hooker is travelling to New Zealand as a precautionary measure, as doubts remain over the Ulster player’s fitness.
Monday 3 October, 2011
We’ve picked our best XV of the tournament so far. Check it out and let us know if you agree.
Declan Kidney’s men have risen again, following their recent excellent performances against Russia and Italy.
Yesterday’s victory over Italy in Dunedin means Ireland march on as group winners. How optimistic are you feeling now?
No sooner had they checked in at their new hotel and the players were pulling the togs out of the suitcases.
South African will referee meeting between Six Nations rivals in Wellington.
It’s the morning after the night before and the lads head out for a bit of a bird-watch. Literally.
Ulster hooker’s participation in the last eight showdown is in the balance after he sprained the AC join in his right shoulder.
Get the week off the right way – here’s everything you need to know.
Sunday 2 October, 2011
The Happy Camper is soaking up the post-match atmosphere in Dunedin. How we wish we could be there too.
Ireland are heading to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup as their captain says the players never stopped believing that results would go their way.
Our charity cyclists wind down on the last leg of their epic trip to Dunedin.
The Irish filled the Otago Stadium and the men in green gave the fans plenty to shout about. Here’s some of the best images from Dunedin.
Irish eyes may have been concentrating on Dunedin but there was plenty of other action at the World Cup this morning. Here’s what you need to know…
Martin Johnson has reprimanded three of his players after they made lewd comments to a female hotel worker in New Zealand.
Declan Kidney’s men progress after impressive win over Azzurri.
“The Dunedin Holiday Park was a hive of activity deep into the cold night as the community gathered to sing the songs that always bring us together.”
Ireland are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after a rousing second half performance saw off Italy in Dunedin. It’s Wales up next…
Wales are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after obliterating Fiji. Ireland will be next for Warren Gatland’s men if Brian O’Driscoll and co. beat Italy…
After enduring a tough week, could the All Blacks serve up some sporting catharsis against Canada?
With their place in the quarter-finals at stake, the Pumas were all set to duke it out with Georgia. Could they come out on top? Review our live coverage to find out.
Saturday 1 October, 2011
Graham Henry has revealed that the injury sustained by Dan Carter will sideline the fly-half for the rest of the tournament.
“Upon questioning from Ambassador Nick Quinn, they informed us that they were dressed in such a manner with the hope of increasing male patronage at the bar.”