Mike Ross has been a regular in his rugby position in the front row for both club and country. Continue reading
The Barbarians marks its 125th Anniversary this year. While the institution is almost as old as the game itself, it is making the most of modern technology to engage with a new generation of fans. The social media presence of the brand which includes the popular @Barbarian_FC twitter account has played an important role in introducing the BaaBaas brand of rugby to a young audience. With a following of over 44,000 on Twitter alone, the social media accounts have earned their reputation as ‘must follows’ in the build up to the games which are sprinkled throughout the calendar. Continue reading
“If you get on and anyone gives you any trouble, let me know. I’ll sort it out.”
Trevor Brennan said this to me before every game for St. Mary’s College and then with Leinster too. For a young lad, just out of school and stepping up into premier men’s rugby, this was a massive confidence boost and having a top player watching over me was a gift!
Now rugby clubs, schools and college teams can be confident that Trevor and his expert team at Euro Rugby Tours will be taking care of them too as they develop their game. That is why LineoutCoach is pleased to announce his company as our exclusive key partner for rugby tours.
Euro Rugby Tours tailor each tour package to your team’s specific needs. So, if you want to take in the 6 Nations games in Ireland, the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015 or a trip to OZ then they can sort it out. You aren’t just a tourist, the tours help challenge you as a player and allow you to experience different rugby cultures by playing against some quality opposition, experiencing elite facilities and enjoying a range of activities and excursions and all at a price to suit your budget. Euro Rugby Tours really does offer everything you need.
— Euro Rugby Tours (@EuroRugbyTours) August 1, 2013
A larger than life character both on and off the field, Trevor Brennan has always delivered success be it as a player or in his business life. His outgoing personality and experience of travelling during his career makes a tour company a natural fit and the testimonials from happy customers and growth in the business stands as evidence of that.
Trevor always strives to be the best in any challenge he undertakes. He represented Ireland in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, and won the inaugural Celtic League (RaboBank Direct League nowadays) with Leinster in 2001. It was around that time that Trevor made a move that would define him as a rugby player. Brennan was signed up by the formidable Stade Toulousian in France. Toulouse are one of the greatest rugby teams in the world and Trevor went on to become a star within the hallowed club, winning two Heineken Cups in 2003 and 2005, the top honor in European club rugby.
Trevor was one of the hardest working rugby players I ever met. Not born with electrifying pace, or silky smooth skills, he made himself distinguishable his way – by being a hard, no nonsense, work-for-what-get type of player. His attitude and willingness to help his teammates, made him a popular man in every squad he was in. Always the first to break into song in the changing rooms after a game, Trevor is a lot of fun to be around.
I remember on a Heineken Cup weekend, Leinster were playing against Newport in Wales. We were sitting on a coach, driving from the airport to our hotel, the day before the game. I was sitting beside Trev and we were chatting away. Brennan spoke about his desire to open up a bar with a few of the rugby lads. I could tell he was serious about this as he spoke with passion and seemed to have everything planned out.
It stuck with me. It brings me a lot of satisfaction these days to hear that Trevor’s bar, De Danu is the largest Irish bar in the centre of Toulouse and has been the venue of many a good night! It is admirable to see someone’s dreams become reality!
Little did that young lad on the bus think that one day he would again be working with the great man, this time in a joint venture to help players in emerging rugby nations such as USA and Canada grow the game, achieve their dreams and reach their rugby potential.
Visit Euro Rugby Tours now and get a great deal. Say Gav sent you!
Euro Rugby Tours are Europe’s premier rugby tour specialists. Rugby and travel are our passions as is our commitment to unrivalled customer service. Based in Ireland, we provide superb rugby tours to many countries within Europe including Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Spain etc and to the Southern Hemisphere including Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa & Australia.
Our experience and knowledge will ensure that your next tour is a resounding success. We are fully bonded and licenced so if your team is considering touring feel free to log onto www.eurorugbytours.com.
Euro Rugby Tours are a key sponsor of the USA Rugby National Development Summit in Philadelphia in February (21-23) and they will also have an exhibition stand at this prestigious event. They look forward to meeting you there!
Gavin Hickie, USA Rugby U20s Forwards Coach, is a former Ireland A & 7s, Leinster and Leicester rugby player now Head Coach of Dartmouth Rugby. He writes for RugbyMag.com and other publications when not coaching and blogging on lineoutcoach.com. Click here for details of how to become a Key Partner.
Rugby World Cup – upset Down Under.
Ireland beat Tri-Nations Champions Australia in the biggest surprise to date at the Rugby World Cup. Huge credit goes to the team and management for this fantastic win. Want to see how Ireland won the game?….
Here is the breakdown…..
Ireland did not let Australia get any useful possession from scrums or lineouts. This is the reason Ireland won the game. If a team cannot win clean ball from a scrum or lineout, they cannot build their phases, plan their attacks and execute as according to plan.
Rugby World Cup Set Piece Analysis
Australia had 10 lineouts in the game. 5 in the first half.
- Full man lineout. Thrown to back pod. Outcome = Penalty to Ireland
- 5 Man lineout. Thrown to pack pod. Overthrow
- Full Man Lineout. Thrown to front pod. Outcome = Held Up – Scrum to Ireland
- Full Man Lineout. Thrown to front pod. Outcome = Scrum to Australia
- Full Man Lineout. Thrown to back pod. Crooked throw.
- Quick Lineout on Australian 5m line. Outcome = Kick to touch. Irish lineout
- Short man lineout. Messy ball back to Cooper. Outcome = Kick away possession
- Full Man Lineout. Crooked throw. Turnover. Irish scrum.
- Full Man Lineout. Thrown to front pod and mauled. Outcome = Irish Scrum.
- 4 Man Lineout. Thrown to back pod and moved off the top. Outcome = Irish Penalty.
- Solid Australian scrum. Outcome = Kick away possession.
- Reset. Scrum collapse. Outcome = Penalty to Ireland.
- Australian scrum under pressure. Outcome = Kick away possession.
- Australia under pressure. Ferris drives Genia back. Outcome = Scrum to Ireland.
- Solid Australian scrum. Outcome = Kick away possession.
- Scrum collapse. Reset. Outcome = Penalty to Ireland
- Attacking Australian scrum on Ireland 5m line. Outcome = Australia scrum
- Attacking Australian scrum. Bow intercepts. Outcome = Australian lineout.
Gavin Hickie, USA Rugby U20s Forwards Coach, is a former Ireland, Leinster and Leicester rugby player now based in California and taking rugby to the USA. He writes for RugbyMag.com and other publications when not coaching for Belmont Shore and blogging about the Rugby World Cup on lineoutcoach.com #busy