This week we had action from an inter-provincial derby, the final games of two cups and the sacking of a Welsh eejit. Read on for our weekly rugby digest and as always if you think we have missed anything just give us a shout in the comments below.
Leinster: This week the boys in blue entertained Connacht in the RDS. From where we were it didn’t provide much entertainment, Leinster narrowly coming away with the win in the final minuets. There were a lot of mistakes from the home side on the night and things don’t look all too sturdy heading into some crunch games with a seriously diminished squad.
ITM and Currie Cups: Both cups came to a close last weekend with Tasman and Canterbury taking the ITM championship and Premiership respectively. While in South Africa the Sharks beat Western Provence to take the Currie Cup.
ERC Talks: Talks to save the Heineken and Amlin Challenge cup began this week in Dublin. In a statement the ERC seems to be bowing to the demands of the breakaway unions, Proposing two new 20 team tournaments with automatic entry for only one team from each nation in the Celtic league. Seems it could be too little too late as all the rest forge on with their proposed new European competition.
Mike Phillips: Has been sacked from his club in Bayonne, He says he is going to take legal action… If you want to know our feelings on this simply refer to last weeks post. (What would happen to You or me if we turned up pissed to work??)
James O’Connor: Out of the frying pan and into the fire, from one idiot to the next. The excommunicated Wallaby has this week signed for the London Irish. Anyone else looking forward to seeing how he blows this opportunity?
November Series: The first games of the November series kick off this weekend with England playing host to Australia, while the World Champions New Zealand get their series off to a start in Tokyo against the Japanese as they climb on the Rocky Road to Dublin (let’s hope it’s incredibly rocky)
Conor Murray: The Munster Scrum-Half has escaped disciplinary action follow a flailing elbow against Glasgow last weekend, Murray will be free for selection for Ireland’s opening Autumn international against Samoa next week. leaving Smokin’ Joe with a selection headache in one position at least.
That’s all folks. Leave a comment below if we have missed anything or if you have any strong opinions or banter.