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“We All Want Ireland To Win, But I’d Wager We Want BOD To Win Much, Much More”

Ahead of Brian O’Driscoll’s final game for Ireland, Balls Rugby Nerd Paddy Logan has penned a tribute to one of our greatest ever sportspersons. As ...

Ahead of Brian O’Driscoll’s final game for Ireland, Balls Rugby Nerd Paddy Logan has pen...

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The Balls Rugby Nerd Preview Of England Vs Ireland

It’s a long time since the turn of the Millennium when an Irish visit to Rugby HQ was exquisite torture. Led by the superb, albeit deeply unpleasant, Martin J...

It’s a long time since the turn of the Millennium when an Irish visit to Rugby HQ was exquisite to...

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Balls Rugby Nerd Round 5 Heineken Cup Preview

The preliminaries are over and the real business begins this Friday with Round 5 of the Heineken Cup, followed almost immediately by the 6 Nations. From a sport...

The preliminaries are over and the real business begins this Friday with Round 5 of the Heineken Cup...

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The Rugby Nerd Heineken Cup Weekend Review

Another amazing weekend of enormous excitement from the Heineken Cup – the tournament that keeps on giving even when Wray and McCafferty would want to tak...

Another amazing weekend of enormous excitement from the Heineken Cup – the tournament that kee...

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The Balls Rugby Nerd Connacht Vs Toulouse Preview

The day before the biggest game of the season is an understandable time for excitement to be high. The heart beats a bit faster, the body runs a bit hotter and ...

The day before the biggest game of the season is an understandable time for excitement to be high. T...

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Balls Rugby Nerd Review Of A Fantastic Heineken Cup Weekend For The Irish Provinces

Totes Amazeballs and then some. What a weekend for Irish rugby with Munster beating a pretty ordinary and disinterested USAP handy in Thomond and Ulster serving...

Totes Amazeballs and then some. What a weekend for Irish rugby with Munster beating a pretty ordinar...

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The Rugby Nerds Heineken Cup Weekend Preview

Leinster must front up at the Gardens If, like me, you’ve taken a bit of a break from rugby for the last two weeks since ‘they who shall not be named’ did...

Leinster must front up at the Gardens If, like me, you’ve taken a bit of a break from rugby for th...

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Our Rugby Nerds Dissect Yesterday’s Heartbreak

Ronan Murphy and Paddy Logan review yesterday's match between Ireland and New Zealand....

Ronan Murphy and Paddy Logan review yesterday's match between Ireland and New Zealand....

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Balls Rugby Nerd Preview Of Ireland Vs New Zealand

After an abject performance against the Wallabies last Saturday, Ireland have a shot at redemption against the reigning world champions who are looking to finis...

After an abject performance against the Wallabies last Saturday, Ireland have a shot at redemption a...

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Who’s Excited About Tomorrow?

Finally Jo Schmidt is set to get his reign off to a start....

Finally Jo Schmidt is set to get his reign off to a start....

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The Rugby Nerds Heineken Cup Round Two Review

Leinster Two from two, and yet many left the RDS slightly unhappy on a balmy Autumn Saturday. Leinster came into this game off the back of one of the most impre...

Leinster Two from two, and yet many left the RDS slightly unhappy on a balmy Autumn Saturday. Leinst...

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The Rugby Nerds Heineken Cup Round Two Preview

Connacht To say that Connacht and Zebre are familiar foes is somewhat of an understatement. With this being the second successive year that the sides have been ...

Connacht To say that Connacht and Zebre are familiar foes is somewhat of an understatement. With thi...

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The Rugby Nerds Heineken Cup Round One Review

Connacht In Friday’s preview to the Saracens game, I wrote about the difficult times facing Connacht, on and off the pitch. The battling performance has p...

Connacht In Friday’s preview to the Saracens game, I wrote about the difficult times facing Co...

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The Rugby Nerds Heineken Cup Preview

Connacht Of the four provinces, I’ll hold my hands up and admit that Connacht’s contribution to the Heineken Cup has easily been the smallest. We...

Connacht Of the four provinces, I’ll hold my hands up and admit that Connacht’s contribu...

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Rugby Nerds Look At Ulster And Munster Ahead Of The New Season

Munster 2013/14 Season Preview Let’s get the ugly stuff out of the way first. Munster’s PRO12 campaign last season was bad. Really bad. All the head...

Munster 2013/14 Season Preview Let’s get the ugly stuff out of the way first. Munster’s ...