Author Archives: Niall

Actions of Northampton and Premiership are a Step in the Wrong Direction

Posted by Niall on December 7, 2016

As I’m sure everyone is aware, this weekend passed saw a widely publicised head injury. George North, the well-known and highly talented Northampton, Wales and Lions winger was chasing a high ball when he was upended. He landed awkwardly on his head/shoulder and was knocked out cold instantly. If by some miracle you haven’t seen the incident you can view it by doing a quick search on youtube. Read more

Taking Stock

Posted by Niall on January 15, 2016

I think it’s a fairly good time to stop and take a look around at the season so far, we know the form of the players and the club and we have a fairly clear idea of how the league and cup are going (especially the cup). Some players have signed up for more and some have not, some have stepped up and taken the team forward and again… some have not. At times It can be difficult some times to see the wood from the trees with a heavy media presence attempting to cloud judgment, sometimes it helps to take a step to the side take a deep breath and try to remain positive, I guess that’s what this is… right!? Read more

History Could Repeat- MOC Departure

Posted by Niall on May 22, 2015

As we are all aware at this stage MOC has left Leinster Rugby today by “Mutual consent”. Whatever that means is an argument for anther article and not the focus here, although some of the mainstream media believes the full story could be aired as early as this Sunday. All of the decisions and arguments that have lead up to this point and the feelings of the fans on whether it was the right or wrong thing to do are also not the focus of this article. At this moment in time the decision is made and that’s that. This is more a quick though on next year… Read more

Short Ramblings…

Posted by Niall on November 29, 2014

It’s probably a very good thing that we see our provinces performance to date this year as below par or substandard. Heading into tomorrows game with the Ospreys I feel in no way confident of being able to take much from the fixture(How is that good? I know right!) So far this season very little seems to have “clicked” there has very few “Champaign rugby” moments and really no point at witch you might think “Right, we will build on this and start to get some momentum going… ”  Read more

Why The RDS is Great!

Posted by Niall on September 12, 2014

Ahead of the first home game of the season it’s easy to get all mushy and emotional about the home of Leinster. All summer long we have waited to get back to the RDS and cheer on our team. Due to this – I have put together some of the things that make the RDS special for me! See you all Saturday!

Feel free to add to the list with anything you like about the RDS in the comments below! And as always COYBIB.

Secret garden:

Has anyone else noticed the secret garden at the corner of the angelsea and north stand….. Ok so maybe its not so secret but still, I don’t have to do much research to tell you that there are not too many rugby grounds across the globe with one of these bad boys!

Hedges:

Why? F**k you – that’s why! You wont see delicately manicured rows of hedges lining the playing area in too many other spots…. They are the best beer holders in the world too!

The Parade Ring:

For the 49 seconds of the rugby season when its warm enough to sit in the open air; you better believe there is nowhere better that the parade ring. Pint, Cone, Sun, impending Leinstertainment – what could possibly be better?

The rest of the year:

For the rest of the year however, The RDS is more well known as being the coldest place on earth. In 2011 it was inducted into the Guinness book of world records for this – temperatures dropped to almost -80C at points during a visit of the Newport Gwent Dragons many fans reported.

Ratios:

In particular the Bar:Person ratio. This key figure can fall to as low as 1:4 in deepest winter. You also see the critical inclusion of Hot Whiskey at these times.

The Craic:

The real reason it is such a great place is the Craic!: With the right mixture of entertainment and suspense, mixed with some of the best fans in the world and none of the above really matter! Looking forward to another great year of games at the RDS watching the boys in blue!

Laighin Abu!

Niall.