188 : Ireland v Fiji wrap

2022 Bank of Ireland Nations Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland 12/11/2022Ireland vs Fiji Ireland’s Nick Timoney Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

188 : Ireland v Fiji wrap Harpin' On Rugby

🏉 The World Cup Final 🏉 Yet another Rassie production 🏉 Don’t mess with Mathieu 🏉 Ireland with extra player/s 🏉 Andy’s post-match comments Harpin’ On Rugby match wraps are brought to you by The Irish Rugby Store Our guests… RICHARD MIFSUD https://twitter.com/Once_in_the_job CAOLÁN SCULLY https://twitter.com/CaolanSRugby00 https://caolansrugby.wordpress.com/blog/ FRONT FIVE ARTICLES Police raid French Rugby World Cup HQ as legal probe opened · The42 [via AFP] Healy pulls strings with panache on a night of Munster history for all the right reasons (irishexaminer.com) [Maurice Brosnan] Smiling NZ stay true to themselves | Scrum Queens [Alison Donnelly] Australia loss to Italy: Wallabies star Ben Donaldson misses conversion in heartbreak Test match result | news.com.au – [news.com.au] Subtle Rassie spotlights ref again (sarugbymag.co.za) Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Mastodon > @HarpinOnRugby@mastodon.ie Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://youtube.com/@HarpinPreviewShow — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

THIS WEEK’S GUESTS

RICHARD MIFSUD

CAOLÁN SCULLY


FULL-TIME TAKES

Greg Kelly

Similarly to the Ireland A game a few guys did themselves no real favours in the long run. You have to worry for Carbury as he now probably has played enough to show hes not the guy to back up Sexton.

Ted Maher

If you haven’t watched it live, well then don’t 😂😂

Josephine Boyd

A brilliant win well done you our boys in green.Roll on next week NZ❤️☘️💚👍👏💪🇮🇪

Dave Murray

Emmmmm…..roll on next week.


FRONT FIVE ARTICLES


AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES WRAP

RWC QUAL

POR 85-0 KEN

USA 49-7 HKG

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TON 39-10 CHI

ITA 28-27 AUS

IRE 35-17 FIJ

ENG 52-13 JPN

GEO 19-20 SAM

WAL 20-13 ARG

FRA 30-26 RSA

ROM 16-21 URU

BAR 35-31 NZ XV

SCO 23-31 NZL

Week 3

Fri Nov 18

RWC2023 Qualifiers

HKGvKEN

USAvPOR

Sat Nov 19

TONvURU

ITAvRSA

WALvGEO

ROMvSAM

SCOvARG

ENGvNZL

IREvAUS

Sun Nov 20

FRAvJPN


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187 : #IREvFIJ preview

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187 : #IREvFIJ preview Harpin' On Rugby

Preview also available on our YouTube channel IRELAND v Fiji : 15. Jimmy O’Brien 14. Robert Baloucoune 13. Robbie Henshaw 12. Stuart McCloskey 11. Mack Hansen 10. Joey Carbery 9. Jamison Gibson Park 1. Jeremy Loughman 2. Rob Herring 3. Tadhg Furlong > CAPTAIN 4. Kieran Treadwell 5. Tadhg Beirne 6. Caelan Doris 7. Nick Timoney 8. Jack Conan 16. Dan Sheehan 17. Cian Healy 18. Tom O’Toole 19. Cian Prendergast 20. Max Deegan 21. Craig Casey 22. Jack Crowley 23. Garry Ringrose FIJI : 15 Setareki Tuicuvu 14 Jiuta Wainiqolo 13 Waisea Nayacalevu 12 Kalaveti Ravouvou 11 Vinaya Habosi 10 Teti Tela 9 Frank Lomani 1 Eroni Mawi 2 Sam Matavesi 3 Manasa Saulo 4 Isoa Nasilasila 5 Ratu Leone Rotuisolia 6 Albert Tuisue 7 Levani Botia 8 Viliame Mata 16 Mesulame Dolokoto 17 Livai Natave 18 Lee-Roy Atalifo 19 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa 20 John Dyer 21 Simione Kuruvoli 22 Ben Volavola 23 Adrea Cocagi Bank of Ireland Autumn Nations Series Saturday, November 12, 2022 Aviva Stadium Kickoff 5:15pm Our guest MARK JACKSON https://twitter.com/hoomanbear Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Mastodon > @HarpinOnRugby@mastodon.ie Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://youtube.com/@HarpinPreviewShow — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

IRELAND : 15. Jimmy O’Brien 14. Robert Baloucoune 13. Robbie Henshaw 12. Stuart McCloskey 11. Mack Hansen 10. Joey Carbery 9. Jamison Gibson Park

1. Jeremy Loughman 2. Rob Herring 3. Tadhg Furlong > CAPTAIN 4. Kieran Treadwell 5. Tadhg Beirne 6. Caelan Doris 7. Nick Timoney 8. Jack Conan

16. Dan Sheehan 17. Cian Healy 18. Tom O’Toole 19. Cian Prendergast 20. Max Deegan 21. Craig Casey 22. Jack Crowley 23. Garry Ringrose 


FIJI : 15 Setareki Tuicuvu 14 Jiuta Wainiqolo 13 Waisea Nayacalevu 12 Kalaveti Ravouvou 11 Vinaya Habosi 10 Teti Tela 9 Frank Lomani

1 Eroni Mawi 2 Sam Matavesi 3 Manasa Saulo 4 Isoa Nasilasila 5 Ratu Leone Rotuisolia 6 Albert Tuisue 7 Levani Botia 8 Viliame Mata

16 Mesulame Dolokoto 17 Livai Natave 18 Lee-Roy Atalifo 19 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa 20 John Dyer 21 Simione Kuruvoli 22 Ben Volavola 23 Adrea Cocagi 


Bank of Ireland Autumn Nations Series

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Aviva Stadium Kickoff 5:15pm


Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR) / AR 1: Tual Trainini (FFR)

AR2: Jordan Way (ARU) / TMO: Chris Hart (NZR)

Live on: Virgin Media Two, Amazon Prime

Rugby on TV : Nov 10-13

FULL LIST

(all times Irish)

NOTE : PREMIER SPORTS IS NOW KNOWN AS VIAPLAY

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

7:30PM – MUNSTER V SOUTH AFRICA A – TOUR MATCH – VIRGIN MEDIA 2 (ALSO VM PLAYER)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

7:45PM – BATH V LEICESTER TIGERS – PREMIERSHIP – BT SPORT 1

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

3:30AM – CANADA V FRANCE – WOMEN’S RWC 3RD PLACE – WORLD.RUGBY

6:30AM – ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND – WOMEN’S RWC FINAL – RTÉ2, WORLD.RUGBY

12PM – PORTUGAL V KENYA – MEN’S RWC QUALIFIER – WORLD.RUGBY

1PM – IRELAND V FIJI – AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES – VIRGIN MEDIA 2, AMAZON PRIME

1PM – ITALY V AUSTRALIA – AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES – AMAZON PRIME

2:30PM – USA V HONG KONG – MEN’S RWC QUALIFIER – WORLD.RUGBY

3PM – GLOUCESTER V NEWCASTLE – PREMIERSHIP – PR.TV

3:15PM – ENGLAND V JAPAN – AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES – AMAZON PRIME

5PM – EXETER V LONDON IRISH – PREMIERSHIP – PR.TV

5:30PM – WALES V ARGENTINA – AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES – AMAZON PRIME

8PM – FRANCE V SOUTH AFRICA – AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES – AMAZON PRIME

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

12:15PM – SARACENS V NORTHAMPTON – PREMIERSHIP – BT SPORT 1

1:30PM – BARBARIANS V ALL BLACKS XV – VIAPLAY SPORTS 1

2:15PM – SCOTLAND V NEW ZEALAND – AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES – AMAZON PRIME

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

6:30PM – PREMIERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS


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80+ column : Grateful host, new platform, fan qualms

Welcome to my 80+ column, a new weekly post featuring final thoughts from the week of rugby just gone.  

A WRAP OF A WRAP

I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am for my contributors to all of the Harpin pods.  If you’re new to the site, while we’ve been harpin’ overall since 2008, this is only the fourth season of the podcast and for the first three we’d only do one per week but now it’s 2-3 as it has become our main platform which of course means I need my group of contributors more than ever.

And during what has been a very experimental (and also just plain mental) first few months they have all been absolutely amazing giving up their time, not just spent on the Zoom calls themselves, but also in what is clearly excellent preparation, so it goes without saying this will not be the last time I thank Tom & Mark this week, and also Keego, Conor, Rich & Kino from the “core Leinster crew” and also Michelle, Ian & Padraig on whom I usually call for a view from the other provinces, plus all the others who gave joined me for a chat over the past while.  All truly awesome fellow rugby nerds/nuts.

This latest wrap pod went really well I thought, why not listen for yourself, and when recording was finished it dawned on me that we have yet to do a show under the new format which covered a Leinster & Ireland defeat.  Then I said that out loud so if you’re worried about my jinxing it by writing it here I’m afraid that train has already left the station!

OTHER TESTS

On the main weekly pod we do a feature called “Front Five” where we offer quick thoughts on issues from around the ruggersphere – normally I would have used all five for other tests from the weekend but there were some areas I thought deserved more spotlight (IRE A, IRE 7s & Women’s RWC) so we just looked at the two matches which finished 30-29, Fra over Aus because we play the Wallabies in a couple of weeks, and Arg over Eng because, well, do I need to explain that one?

To turn the spotlight on the others briefly, I also got to see our other November opponents Fiji playing at Murrayfield and I have to say it will be very interesting to see hat kind of team we name because although the Scots did put them to the sword, it took them a while to get in control and seeing how we’re likely to name a 23 closer to the A than the elite, we’re probably going to need our boys to gel quickly because if you open the door to these Fijians to play their way just a bit, they can really hurt you.

Then there’s Wales – to be fair they had a few flashes of good rugby but were really overpowered by an All Black set up clearly still hurting from results earlier in the year and not at all content with the 2022 Rugby Championship crown.  For me the main highlight of this match was the duel between two of the top number 8s on the planet right now, Toby Faletau and Ardie Savea – obvs the latter doesn’t always play there but it helps my narrative to put it this way!

On a side note, fair play to not only the guy who typed this on his Guardian live blog feed, but also the newspaper itself for leaving it there.  I know some take issue with the sentiment, using the whole “Why not give them a second chance” argument, but those same pearl-clutchers are often the very ones complaining about the right to free speech and “being cancelled” so maybe they’re not quite sure what they really want.

RWC2023 QUALIFIERS

With the Women’s RWC final next Saturday and the corruptly-hosted mens football version starting shortly afterwards, I suppose you could say it’s easy to forget the men’s RWC in France which isn’t until September, although of course Ireland’s win over RSA was a dress rehearsal for our Pool B encounter.

However I’m still a bit disappointed that the final qualifying tournament isn’t getting more coverage.  Maybe given what I said about corruption in the last paragraph, it’s a little disconcerting that it is taking place in Dubai, which together with the words “Qatar Airways” appearing on URC officials jerseys suggests our own powers that be are also having their heads turned by that corner of the world.

Still, when it comes to the rugby on the pitch, there’s one spot left up for grabs between USA, Portugal, Kenya & Hong Kong with the winner taking their place in Pool C alongside Wales, Australia, Fiji & Georgia.  The first round of matches saw USA & Portugal registering wins, and with them also avoiding each other this weekend it could set up a winner takes all match up which I’d hope would attract a decent amount of attention in the ruggersphere.

FROM MUSK TO NEW (MASTO)DAWN

I have been contemplating a ‘blue tick’ on the twitter for a few years now but let’s just say that is definitely not happening now!  Doesn’t mean I’ll ditch the platform altogether, I still think it is a decent one for rugby the way things stand, but with all the hullabaloo over this new thing Mastodon, I could hardly not join the crowd setting up over there so if you are also partaking, by all means follow me > LINK HERE

For now I’ll keep an eye on how things are progressing there when I can although the main conversation still has to be with the little bird as things stand.  Replacing it completely with similar numbers is definitely a mammoth task, pun fully intended, of course.

MUSIC AT MATCHES

Since we are primarily a site for fan opinion, I guess I really should weigh in on a number of issues that have cropped up ahead of the internationals, especially since my view seems to differ in many cases to that of the majority if social media posts are anything to go by.

At both the RDS on Friday and the Aviva on Saturday, they tried out playing little bursts of music during breaks in play.  It did not seem to go over well at all.  Since I wasn’t physically there either time, I can’t speak for the volume which may have been too loud but once they tone it down I have to say I can’t see it bothering me too much, sorry, I guess we can’t agree on everything!

I did particularly like the use of U2’s Vertigo after Mack Hansens try, really gives the celebrations a good little boost, although one wrinkle is that there’s always the possibility of it being called back by the TMO.  Going by the crickets I heard after tweeting about this on Sunday, I guess I’m on my own here too!!!

JERSEY CLASHES

I remember the kerfuffle the last time we hosted the All Blacks in 2017, we wore the Jersey with the “anthracite” colour.  I actually have that one (tho I didn’t buy it, got it in a Canterbury promotion) and I still wear it because it reminds me of the 2018 Grand Slam.

My complaint about what we wore on Saturday, however, has nothing to do with the possibility of a clash with our opposition.  It just doesn’t look at all like a test jersey.  And by that I don’t even mean the lack of collar (although I am quite partial to the old fashioned rugby jersey look) no, I mean the design would be fine if it was part of the kit they were warming up in, just not the one they actually play in.

Keep the alternate ones mostly white with green trim, I say.

ANTHEMS

My policy on anthems has been consistent over the years but these 80+ columns are relatively new so I’ll lay it out once more here.

Ireland’s Call may not get the pulse racing like Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau or La Marseillaise, but the constant complaining about it from the same people, many of whom I respect and agree with on virtually everything else to do with rugby, is something I find disappointing.  Some try to cop out by saying they just don’t like it because it’s a poor song but I reckon they wouldn’t be happy whatever the tune.

There’s a very specific reason we add it to Amhran na bhFian at home, and sing it on its own while away.  And it also happens to be a very good reason in my book, and once more I apologise if others disagree.  

Plus it seemed like the Aviva crowd were giving both songs a really good airing on Saturday, although that may have been the positioning of the microphones.

LATE ARRIVALS

This one I’m actually in agreement with the majority on, if you can’t make it to your seat before a half kicks off then you can wait.  Stewards can maybe look for a break in play to allow people in but that would be at their discretion and as they have many other roles, the stragglers need to be prepared to wait.

INJURY REPORT

Despite the fact that for the second week in a row the official report begins with the word “unfortunately”, I would call this a positive report, although not so much for Conor Murray who defied his critics with a good showing for his 100th cap before being forced off.  Hopefully he’ll be back soon for Munster at least because they definitely need him.

Elsewhere I’m delighted for Stu McCloskey and Tadhg Furlong because especially the former did not look good leaving the pitch on Saturday and definitely earned the right to feature again in this series.  Personally while I’d like to see Bundee back fighting fo his place in the future, whether or not he is available to face the Wallabies I don’t think he should unless it is absolutely necessary.

Meanwhile it’s more bad news on the injury front for Ciaran Frawley he really needs a decent run of games under his belt yet keeps getting denied, he’s getting into Carbery territory at this stage.

Unfortunately, Ireland’s latest centurion Conor Murray has been ruled out of the rest of the Series with a groin strain and will commence his rehab at Munster.

Robbie Henshaw, who missed out on Saturday’s game due to a hamstring issue, will reintegrate to training this week. Stuart McCloskey is recovering quickly from the arm issue that forced him off early against South Africa and will train this week.

Tadhg Furlong (ankle) is expected to take part in training this week while Ireland captain Johnny Sexton is recovering well from a dead leg.

From Friday night’s A game against the All Black XV, Ciaran Frawley suffered a twisted knee and will continue his rehab at Leinster. Joe McCarthy and Ryan Baird will continue their return to play protocols at Leinster.

Michael Milne, who featured against both the Pumas and the Cheetahs for Emerging Ireland in Bloemfontein, will train with the Ireland squad this week.

AIL UPDATE

There were top of the table clashes in both Women’s and Men’s top divisions last weekend, and by all accounts both were thrillers. It took a late try from Aoife O’Shaughnessy to clinch victory for Railway Union over Belvo, and for the second weekend in a row they will host a fellow 100% team when they host Blackrock College.

Meanwhile in the men’s top division it was another comeback as Clontarf reversed a 16-point deficit to overpower Dublin University although while they are still 100% their game in hand has them second behind Terenure who won convincingly at Lansdowne and host Ballynahinch next weekend while Tarf travel to play Young Munster.

Women’s AIL

Blackrock 71-7 Ballincollig

Railway Union 15-11 Old Belvedere

Wicklow 16-14 Galwegians

UL Bohemian 43-5 Suttonians

Sat Nov 12

Suttonians v Ballincollig

Cooke v UL Bohemian

Old Belvedere v Wicklow

Railway Union v Blackrock College

Men’s AIL

Round 5

Shannon 30-19 Garryowen

Lansdowne 12-32 Terenure

Ballynahinch 25-20 Young Munster

Clontarf 38-33 Dublin University

UCD 31-36 Cork Constitution

Sat Nov 12

Cork Con v Lansdowne

Dublin University v Shannon

Garryowen v UCD

Terenure v Ballynahinch

Young Munster v Clontarf

THE NEXT BATCH OF HARPIN’

I’ve been neglecting the TikTok account of late unfortunately, haven’t had the time if truth be told, but will get back to it soon.  Definitely happening this week will be giving the match against Fiji the full Harpin treatment, with Mark Jackson returning for the preview on Friday, then Caolan Scully and Rich Mifsud pencilled in to do the wrap on Sunday.  Other regular features like Rugby On TV will still be posted as well so as always, stay tuned to all our regular social media channels, and also our new one on Mastodon if you dare.

In the meantime, be sure to enjoy your rugby wherever you are.  JLP

186 : Ireland v South Africa wrap

2022 Bank of Ireland Nations Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland 5/11/2022Ireland vs South AfricaIrelands Mack Hansen celebrates scoring a tryMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

186 : Ireland v South Africa wrap Harpin' On Rugby

🏉 IREvRSA wrap 🏉 Ireland’s depth 🏉 Boks issues at 10 🏉 FRAvAUS, ENGvARG 🏉 Women’s RWC semifinals Harpin’ On Rugby match wraps are brought to you by The Irish Rugby Store Our guests… TOM COLEMAN https://twitter.com/LeinsterRoyalty MARK JACKSON https://twitter.com/hoomanbear FRONT FIVE ARTICLES Irish backline the fall guys as second string get chewed up by All Blacks XV | SportsJOE.ie [Patrick McCarry] Women’s Rugby World Cup Team of the Semi-finals [Rugby World – Sarah Mockford] Australia break 34-year drought to claim Hong Kong sevens (smh.com.au) [Georgina Robinson] Damian Penaud scores late try as France beat Australia for record 11th straight win – The Irish Times England stunned by Argentina in worrying start to autumn internationals | The Independent [Duncan Bech] Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://youtube.com/@HarpinPreviewShow — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

THIS WEEK’S GUESTS

TOM COLEMAN

MARK JACKSON

SELECTED CLIPS

FULL TIME TAKES

Conor Cronin

What a game. Losing players to injury before and during would’ve knocked us hard 5 years ago, but players stepped up and did everything asked of them.

Great awareness by Josh for his try, great calm heads in making sure the second was scored, not one player shirked his duty. That’s a compete team performance against some massive guys who tackle hard but Sore bodies will feel a little nicer for that win

James Griffin

Brain beats brawn. Delighted with the performance and how they adapted throughout.

Andrew Potts

A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground.

The above is from the laws.

A history making double red, maybe a red and yellow if I was been nice.

The officials were disgracefully weak, and the players know the laws. Once again SA rugby displays the worst of their rugby culture. It’s a shame,as they are better players than that.

McBride had their cards marked a good punch in the head is all they understand.

Will World Rugby wait until we see a serious incident on the TV before they back Refs to the hilt to end this stupidity.

Kevin OCeallaigh

What a game. A true test match. Kolbe’s tackle was a stone cold red card. He changed his grip and drove Hanson into the ground. However, in hindsight I’m glad he stayed on. At least the SA journos can’t use a red card as an excuse for Ireland’s win. The world champions were beaten fair and square; 15 v’s 15!

Brian Corr

It’s hard not to be happy with the win, but I think we’ve gotten so used to being in control that that one didn’t feel so good.

Murray and McCloskey were excellent until they were forced off.

Unlike A against NZ last night the senior team stayed in the fight and the scrum held up great as well. It was good to see SA front row walking away from penalties disgusted.

I know Porter is number 1 by a long shot but it was good to see Healy roll back the clock and get a good bullocking carry in.

I know it was surprising SA missed touch with that late penalty into the corner but thought Ireland should have dealt with it better.

Considering how much time Ireland were on the back foot in the first half 6-6 was a great half time score.

Can’t say the ref affected the outcome but I can say I didn’t like his performance and felt he was bad for the game rather than for one team.

Peter Tracey

Great to see JGP back and so quick with ball bar one or two box kicks. O’Brien did well when he came on. McCloskey and Murray were doing well until too they had to go off. Bealham did well too and we need a good scrum when the front 3 go off. Kelleher to come back will be a big boast when he does. Still need to blood some more players. Rest Johnny until the 6 nations. Give some 10s a chance.

FRONT FIVE ARTICLES

Irish backline the fall guys as second string get chewed up by All Blacks XV | SportsJOE.ie [Patrick McCarry]

Women’s Rugby World Cup Team of the Semi-finals [Rugby World – Sarah Mockford]

Australia break 34-year drought to claim Hong Kong sevens (smh.com.au) [Georgina Robinson]

Damian Penaud scores late try as France beat Australia for record 11th straight win – The Irish Times 

England stunned by Argentina in worrying start to autumn internationals | The Independent [Duncan Bech]

AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES WEEK 1 WRAP

ROM 30-23 CHI

SCO 28-12 FIJ

SPA 6-40 TON

ITA 49-17 SAM

NZL 55-23 WAL

IRE 19-16 RSA

FRA 30-29 ARG

GEO 34-18 URU

ENG 29-30 ARG

RWC2023 FINAL QUALIFIERS

USA 68-14 KEN

POR 42-14 HKG


Week 2

Sat Nov 12

TONvCHI

ITAvAUS

IREvFIJ

ENGvJPN

GEOvSAM

WALvARG

FRAvRSA

RWC2023 FINAL QUALIFIERS

POR V KEN

USA V HKG

Sun Nov 13

ROMvURU

SCOvNZL


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185 : #IREvRSA preview

NOTE : show was recorded before Robbie Henshaw’s withdrawal from the Irish squad

194 : Opposition view – Ulster Harpin' On Rugby

For our latest Opposition View pod I spoke to Ian Frizzell about Ulster's recent win over Zebre, their Champions Cup prospects and of course his expected team & gameplan for their trip to the RDS this Saturday. Our guest IAN FRIZZELL https://twitter.com/rava_ian Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Mastodon > @HarpinOnRugby@mastodon.ie Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://youtube.com/@HarpinPreviewShow — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message
  1. 194 : Opposition view – Ulster
  2. 193 : Leinster v Glasgow Warriors wrap

IRELAND : 15. Hugo Keenan 14. Robert Baloucoune 13. Garry Ringrose 12.Robbie Henshaw Stuart McCloskey 11. Mack Hansen 10. Johnny Sexton > CAPTAIN 9. Conor Murray

1. Andrew Porter 2. Dan Sheehan 3. Tadhg Furlong 4. Tadhg Beirne 5. James Ryan 6. Peter O’Mahony 7. Josh van der Flier 8. Caelan Doris 

Replacements: 16. Rob Herring 17. Cian Healy 18. Finlay Bealham 19. Kieran Treadwell 20. Jack Conan 21. Jamison Gibson Park 22. Joey Carbery 23. Stuart McCloskey Jimmy O’Brien.


Springboks : 15 Cheslin Kolbe 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse 13 Jesse Kriel 12 Damian de Allende 11 Makazole Mapimpi 10 Damian Willemse 9 Jaden Hendrikse

1 Steven Kitshoff 2 Malcolm Marx 3 Frans Malherbe 4 Eben Etzebeth 5 Lood de Jager 6 Siya Kolisi (captain) 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 8 Jasper Wiese

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi 17 Ox Nche 18 Vincent Koch 19 Franco Mostert 20 Deon Fourie 21 Kwagga Smith 22 Faf de Klerk 23 Willie le Roux.


Bank of Ireland Autumn Nations Series

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Aviva Stadium

Kickoff 5:15pm 


Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)

AR1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)

AR2: Andrea Piardi (FIR) 

TMO: Stuart Terheege (RFU)

Live on: Virgin Media Two, Amazon Prime

184 : Ireland’s November prospects

184 : Ireland's November prospects Harpin' On Rugby

In this bonus pod I had two great podcasters from Ulster & Connacht respectively help me reign in the Leinster-centric focus from the last 7 weeks to look at what Ireland need to do to build on the successes of the past 12 months. Our guests… PETER LOCKHART https://twitter.com/dplockhart https://www.theredhand.co/ PÁDRAIG KELLY https://twitter.com/the2ndRow https://the2ndrow.com/ Where to find Harpin’ On Rugby Website > https://harpinonrugby.com/ Twitter > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ TikTok > https://www.tiktok.com/@harpinonrugby YouTube > https://youtube.com/@HarpinPreviewShow — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/harpinonrugby/message

OUR GUESTS

PETER LOCKHART > https://www.theredhand.co/

PÁDRAIG KELLY > https://www.the2ndrow.com/

Rugby on TV : Nov 4-7

FULL LIST

(all times Irish)

NOTE : PREMIER SPORTS IS NOW KNOWN AS VIAPLAY

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

7:45PM – IRELAND A V ALL BLACKS XV – TOUR MATCH – VIRGIN MEDIA TWO

7:45PM – NORTHAMPTON V EXETER – PREMIERSHIP – BT SPORT 1

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5

3:30AM – ENGLAND V CANADA – WOMEN’S RWC – WORLD.RUGBY

6:30AM – FRANCE V NEW ZEALAND – WOMEN’S RWC – WORLD.RUGBY

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The 80+ column : Stu’s talking, player’s names & November prep

Welcome to my 80+ column, a new weekly post featuring final thoughts from the week of rugby just gone.  

A WRAP OF A WRAP

I may have been a little harsh on the Welsh region with this message in the Harpin’ WhatsApp group after full time on Friday…

Obviously Scarlets fans won’t be happy with their performances this season but on second watch I have to say that even with the result going the way it did they probably didn’t deserve that bluntness since with a bounce of a ball going differently the result could have been closer, something you could probably say about most rugby matches.

But I still think Conor & Rich did a great job helping me sum it all up on our wrap pod, when two of the game’s six tries are PTs it doesnt offer much to harp on yet we managed to flesh it out ok.  Biggest concern during the recording was my spotting that the charge on my laptop was about to run out and many thanks to my son John for answering my WhatsApp call to sneak in and plug in the charger without my having to move!

Anyway back to the actual rugby, it’s hard to believe that the opening block of seven URC rounds is already in the record books, and when your team has won all of them opening a gap at the top of the table I can certainly have no complaints!  Plenty of rugby to be played this season of course but this definitely lays a lot of groundwork for our quest for a good playoff draw.

LOOK STU’S TALKING

As any Leinster fan knows, Stu Lancaster interviews are as unmissable as they are rare, so I have to share this recent one from Off The Ball and if you haven’t heard it, you seriously need to find a window somewhere to tick that box.

My biggest takeaways without giving away too much –

  1. The realities of his day to day living in Dublin with ll the commuting to see his family, while doing all that awesome work is amazing, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do it.
  2. The length of the “lessons learned at Leinster” list probably shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did
  3. That extra leadership meeting he speaks of gives a good insight to Leo’s ability to tweak things and make them better

ACCEPTING ALTERNATIVES

If it were down to me, Ireland’s “alternate” jersey would always, always, ALWAYS be white.

But having worked in the sporting goods game back in the day, I know the unfortunate reality that even at test level teams are at the mercy of the manufacturers who have a lot more than fan preference to consider. They have colours and patterns and designs that they want to match their full range of clothing for that particular season.

To be clear, I’m not “defending” them, I’m just pointing out that they’re not doing it to be awkward, it’s more of a case that even when the fans aren’t happy, they firmly believe they’ll make more money in the long run doing it this way.

I just hope the conversation on match day isn’t dominated by complaints over the optics.

NAME OF THE GAME

I have always been in favour of names on jerseys, though to be clear NOT squad numbers.  Rugby needs to keep things as simple as possible for new fans to the sport and the numbers 1-15 represent specific positions on the pitch and should be kept.

But when it comes to names I’m all for it – helps identify players for fans, helps with jersey sales, and I also like what they do in the Premiership with names for only jerseys 1 through 15, not for the subs that helps competitiveness for the starting positions within the club.

Were they to make them standard practice at senior level there would be no complaints from me.

PRIME DIRECTIVE

It’s Autumn Nations Series time again and the bulk of its coverage is on Amazon Prime.

Now I know this is going to look like they’re paying me to say this,  I assure you they’re not (though I would be open to offers…) but I have to say I like do their presentation especially with the layout of highlights and individual moments like you see below.  

Obviously, nothing beats “free to air” when it comes to maximising coverage but maybe we’ll reach a stage when even those broadcasters will be offering services similar to this.

INJURY REPORT

You might notice we’ve started to change the logos from blue to green as it is that time of year, which in turn means this injury report section will feature the Irish squad updates rather than Leinster.

I suppose my biggest concern for the week ahead will be to do with the fitness of Hugo Keenan and Jamison Gibson-Park – no doubt both will feature heavily in Andy’s plans particularly for the match this coming Saturday, but obviously the fact that neither set foot on a rugby pitch this season will be a concern.  I could see JGP on the bench but Hugo is a lot more of a “wear 15 or nothing” kind of player.

Also as I’m typing I’m seeing the Springboks have announced their team early and as expected it looks really badass so it’s fair to say we’ll need the strongest fittest 23 we can put together!!!  Not that we should lack confidence though, more on that later in the week.

Unfortunately, Tom Ahern has been ruled out of involvement in this week’s Ireland ‘A’ fixture but Diarmuid Barron, Caolin Blade, Jack Crowley, Shane Daly, Max Deegan, James Hume, Dave Kilcoyne, Marty Moore and Scott Penny all came through the weekend’s URC action without issue to join the squad.

Jamie Osborne and Roman Salanoa have both been declared fit after completing the return to play protocols while Connacht lock Gavin Thornbury has been called up in place of Ahern.

Nathan Doak and Tom Stewart, who both featured in the Emerging Ireland side in Bloemfontein, will also join the squad later in the week.

AIL UPDATE

In a previous 80+ column I had a moan about a top of the table clash in the Women’s AIL between Railway Union and Belvo which was due to kick off around the same time as Ireland’s men were playing the Springboks up the road at the Aviva.  It seems now they have at least moved the time to 2:30 which makes it a lot easier for fans to catch both contests, but I still have my concerns over the scheduling of matches.

These clubs generally train twice a week and play matches at weekends so I wonder if it’s possible to put more of the top division matches during the week to encourage attendance?  There’s also a top of the table men’s clash this weekend, again it’s at a time where you can still catch IREvRSA but then again there are other test matches at the same time so maybe we need some outside the box thinking when it comes to scheduling; maybe even a broadcaster would take an interest in showing midweek action although I know things like the round ball Champions League in those slots might scare them off.

Women’s AIL

Sat Nov 5

Blackrock v Ballincollig

Railway Union v Old Belvedere

Wicklow v Galwegians

UL Bohemian v Suttonians

Men’s AIL

Round 4

Clontarf 27-9 Shannon

Cork Constitution 33-16 Garryowen

Dublin University 35-16 Ballynahinch

Terenure 58-5 UCD

Young Munster 13-20 Lansdowne

Fri Nov 4 

Shannon v Garryowen

Lansdowne v Terenure

Sat Nov 5

Ballynahinch v Young Munster

Clontarf v Dublin University

UCD v Cork Constitution

PREDICTION LEAGUE

Bad, bad week for me.  Went for a couple of risky ones that went the other way and I have now dropped to third place, with Kino opening a really big gap in 1st place to end the first block of 7 URC rounds.

I mean I KNEW that tipping Them Pesky Birds to beat Connacht would be good news for the Westies, but also Munster and Lions falling short at home set me back a good bit.

Meanwhile down at the bottom, for the record I DO send Keego a reminder each week yet he still suffers from the affliction I had last season, namely forgetting to do the picks, which could result in him wearing the Jersey of Doom come season’s end if he doesn’t get back in the game soon.

HPL after Round 7

1 @RugbyKino  57.33

2 @hoomanbear  48.33

3 @HarpinOnRugby  47.83

4 @LeinsterRoyalty  46.83

5 @Kristian7Ross  40.66

6 @keegolaughs_irl 28.50

THE NEXT BATCH OF HARPIN’


Test window time…for the URC our pod guests are obvs all Leinster fans but we’re going very interpro for the Irish team with first up Connacht & Ulster being represented on Wednesday as we have an overall look at the squad and our chances for November.  Then Kino will join to gloat about Superbru preview the Springboks match and then Tom Coleman and Michelle Tobin will help me wrap it all up on Sunday.  As always there will be the day to day features on all the usual social media channels in between so stay in touch. In the meantime, be sure to enjoy your rugby wherever you are.  JLP