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Heineken Cup Talking Points

Munster v Gloucester Carberry wins battle of the 10s Munster’s early Saturday kick off against Gloucester saw Joey Carberry come up against the talented English out half Danny Cipriani. It was a fascinating battle between the number 2 Irish out half and a man many feel should be starting at …

Ireland See Off Stubborn France In Crucial Six Nations Tie

Ireland secured back-to-back Six Nations victories by defeating France 19-9 in a gruelling encounter at the Aviva Stadium that all but ended Les Bleus’ hopes of winning a first championship title since 2010. In front of a packed, raucous Aviva, Ireland and France were both acutely aware that losing simply …

Get Your Head In The Game; The Issue Of Concussion In Sport

Concussions in sport are becoming an ever growing topic in a world where the safety of athletes is finally being put first. Concussions are defined by a complex pathophysiological process that affects the brain, typically induced by trauma to the brain or, in lay terms; repeatedly hitting your head causing …

Oxygen.ie’s Comprehensive Six Nations Preview

On the 4th of February, the ‘world’s greatest rugby tournament’ gets underway once again. Given the countless competitions that exist on both sides of the hemisphere, however, one would be forgiven for not quite knowing what this ‘greatest’ tournament is. I’m referring to, of course, The Six Nations Championship – …

Ireland Australia

Ireland Quell Wallaby Fight-back To Finish Off 2016 In Style

Ireland withstood a ferocious second-half fight-back from Australia to defeat their opponents 27-24 in front of a packed Aviva Stadium on Saturday night. The result ensured that Ireland had defeated South Africa, New Zealand and Australia inside a calendar year for the first time in their history. Without Robbie Henshaw, …

Ireland New Zealand

Brave Ireland Succumb To All Blacks

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, and in the case of Ireland vs New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night, it certainly didn’t. Ireland, despite competing gamely for large swathes of the game, couldn’t repeat the heroics of Chicago as they were beaten 21-9 by New Zealand in …

Eight Try Ireland Rout Canada at Aviva Stadium

An Irish team showing 15 changes from the recent historic victory over the All Blacks crushed Canada on a score line of 55-21 in the Aviva stadium on Saturday in a match that – despite the emphatic nature of Ireland’s victory – would have left Coach Joe Schmidt with few …

Ireland Claim All Blacks Scalp After 111 Years Of Pain

5/11/16 represents a historic date – it is the date Ireland beat the mighty All Blacks for the very first time. Even now, three days on, it’s hard to truly believe – did it really happen? It did. Yet before last Saturday’s clash, Irish expectations were understandably low. Could Ireland …