When Joe Schmidt announced his Ireland team for the Chicago game against the All Blacks many were surprised by his choice of Rob Kearney at full back. Continue reading
|Coaching: Getting Started|
|Former professional Gavin Hickie opens his series of columns with a little background.|
How it all could have been so different if it were not for a few crucial decisions. A primitive and very violent version of rugby football was played in Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth as far back as the 1840’s. The sport grew rapidly within East Coast universities. However, public opinion turned against rugby due to its loose rules and mob like chaos. In 1861 Yale banned the sport for being too violent. A year later, Harvard followed suit. The United States was in the process of establishing it’s own identity at this time also. There was a conscious decision to move away from all things British. So, American Football grew out of rugby and the country’s youth were steered away from the British sport that was rugby….
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Rugby World Cup – who will be on the plane for Ireland?
In just a few hours Declan Kidney will announce Ireland’s 30 man Rugby World Cup Squad 2011. Although the last 3 matches would have helped Kidney decide upon one or two players, it is fair to say that the coach has known the bulk of his squad for quite some time. It has been said that the players found out if they were traveling to New Zealand or not last Thursday. That means the players would have known before the Ireland XV v Connacht game. If this is true, it must have been very disappointing for the players who then had to get themselves ready to play a game.
As always, it is very tough on the players who do not make the final Rugby World Cup squad of any nation. It is even tougher on guys who get injured so close to the main event. All eyes will be on Felix Jones’ scan results after he suffered a potentially nasty knee injury.
Here is the squad I believe Declan Kidney will bring to the Rugby World Cup.
15 R. Kearney 30. K. Earls
14 T. Bowe 29. A. Trimble
13 B. O’Driscoll 28. F. Jones (Injury Permitting)
12 G. D’Arcy 27. P. Wallace
11. L. Fitzgerald 26. R. O’Gara
10. J. Sexton 25. T. O’Leary
9. E Reddan 24. C. Murray
8. J Heaslip 23. T. Buckley
7. D. Wallace 22. T. Court
6. S. O’Brien 21. S. Cronin
5. P. O’Connell 20. R. Best
4. D. O’Callaghan 19. L. Cullen
3. M. Ross 18. K. McLaughlin
2. J. Flannery 17. S. Ferris
1. C. Healy 16. D. Leamy
Who would be in your Rugby World Cup Squad?