Tackling success in the time of a virus

As women’s sport is becoming more and more of a priority for media and sporting unions alike, creating visibility for successful women’s teams should be equally as important. The project looks into the importance of rugby to the lives of young women that play the sport, defying gender stereotypes and battling tough opposition on the … Continue reading Tackling success in the time of a virus

Inside the mind of Ireland’s number nine

Kathryn Dane clears the ball out from a ruck against Scotland. Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green

Life could have turned out completely differently for Irish scrum half Kathryn Dane, if the coaches of the U8 Enniskillen opted not to let her join in with the boys team. On a whim, Dane went to join the boys after her football practice, and, with the help of her dad, convinced the coaches to let her join in with the lads that were “twice the size of me”.

Rugby rumours are only about men

Kathryn Dane clears the ball out from a ruck against Scotland. Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green

Rugby rumours are a dime a dozen these days, with the most frequent rumours surrounding the expansion of competitions like the 6 Nations in Europe and the Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere. However, these rumours do not touch on how these expansions could affect the women’s game.

RWC2019 – Argentina, Fiji could still be in with a shout

With the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan in the history books, and one more match to play in the "first round" on Monday, there have been some spectacular performances by the big teams. However, two performances that should not be overlooked in the opening weekend were those of Argentina and Fiji.

RWC2019 – South Africa prove their own worst enemy

It was New Zealand's day in the opening pool B encounter against South Africa on Saturday, a match which lived up to a number of expectations leading into it. What started out as an intense contest, worthy of a final, however, turned into a scrappy encounter that South Africa will hope to forget.

Leading up to the Rugby World Cup 2019 – Final say on the finals… before the tournament starts

The Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, and this year promises to be one of the most competitive and exciting tournaments ever. Realistically, any one of four top teams could win it, with other dark horses also capable of pulling off a few big wins. As difficult as it is to predict the World Cup in Japan, let's take a look at it anyway...

Leading up to the Rugby World Cup 2019 – Argentina in need of direction

We are well into the week of the start of the Rugby World Cup, and every country should be ready for their World Cup campaigns. One country that needs some work ahead of the start of the showcase in Japan is Argentina, who have been less than inspiring over the past two years. Despite making some headway into becoming a real world rugby power after joining the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship, they have since taken a few steps backwards in their performances.