Category: James Ryan

Lazarus

  Before praising Ireland for their convincing win over France yesterday, the scoreline must be put into context. England put nearly 50 points on the same opposition four weeks ago, and although Ireland had enough chances to do the same, they didn’t convert several of them, and it will be a point of contention with … Continue reading Lazarus

Cloud Nine

  Jake Brigance: “Lucien, I was counting on you. And I can’t-” Lucien Wilbanks: “You wanted this case, well you got it. It isn't easy saving the world even one case at a time, but you stick with it. You just might have a knack for it. Don't do what I did. Don't quit.” Jake: … Continue reading Cloud Nine

Rematch

  In the build-up to Munster's Champions Cup semi-final with Racing 92 in Bordeaux last month, Johann van Graan stated that Munster's pool games with the French side this season would have no bearing on their meeting in the knockout stages. It's a sentiment that I wouldn't necessarily agree with, because any time that two … Continue reading Rematch

Pain & Gain

  Saturday’s Champions Cup final between Leinster and Racing 92 won’t be remembered for being a spectacle, but the there’s no question that Leinster earned their fourth star. Much like Ireland did against France at the start of the Six Nations, the Dublin-based side demonstrated their champion quality by grinding out a victory despite playing … Continue reading Pain & Gain