Munster’s Boris shows he’s not too dainty for front row rough and tumble – Irish Examiner

Online Version By Duncan Casey On November 12, John Ryan made his international rugby debut. People could be forgiven for thinking he came from nowhere; If you told him in June that this was on the cards, he would have laughed. A likeable guy with a self deprecating sense of humour, people were genuinely thrilled to… Continue reading Munster’s Boris shows he’s not too dainty for front row rough and tumble – Irish Examiner

Rugby still the game for all creatures great and small – Irish Examiner

Online Version By Duncan Casey You know the voices. Every sport has them. The ones that lament the state of “the modern game”, who hanker for the way things were. Creatures of tradition that long for a return to the good old days, when the game was pure, full of integrity and so on. Joe Brolly… Continue reading Rugby still the game for all creatures great and small – Irish Examiner

Making mincemeat of those concussion myths – Irish Examiner

Online Version By Duncan Casey Is it any wonder rugby players groan when we see another headline about concussion? We sigh, roll our eyes and reluctantly read what the latest expert has to say. One more person that is convinced we are all lumbering along to a life of irreversible physical and cognitive damage, like… Continue reading Making mincemeat of those concussion myths – Irish Examiner

You’d better make sure you’re ready when the bubble bursts – Irish Examiner

Online Version Rugby players live in a bubble. To say we are removed from the reality of normal working life is an understatement, writes Duncan Casey. We know nothing of graduate programmes, climbing the greasy corporate ladder or the grind of the daily nine-to-five. Professional rugby presents its own unique challenges and if you were to… Continue reading You’d better make sure you’re ready when the bubble bursts – Irish Examiner

The benefits of kicking away possession – Irish Examiner

Online Version By Duncan Casey We’re all familiar with it. That collective groan that surrounds you at a stadium or pub when Conor Murray launches another box kick into the sky. “What’s he doing?” is the usual reaction. Parents of scrumhalves in every Irish province must be blue in the face from trying to justify… Continue reading The benefits of kicking away possession – Irish Examiner