Category: Joe Schmidt

Drawing A Line In The Sand

  It was always going to be a tall order for Ireland to reach the same heights this year that they did in 2018, but there have been too many underperformances from them in 2019 for anyone’s liking. An underwhelming Six Nations was forgiven because the general consensus was that they had one eye on … Continue reading Drawing A Line In The Sand


  Before going into the ins and outs of why Ireland lost today, Japan deserve enormous praise for pulling off an unthinkable win over a team who were ranked second in the world. Just like in 2015, they have lit up the tournament with a stunning victory, and the Tier 2 label is becoming less … Continue reading Armageddon

The Rising Sun

  Japan’s destruction at the hands of the Springboks earlier this month didn’t do them justice with regards to the strides they have made during this World Cup cycle, and neither did their nervy opening-day performance of RWC 2019. After looking somewhat stagnant under Jamie Joseph for his first two years in charge, the Brave … Continue reading The Rising Sun