Raffaele Rocca

Lions improve but still way off the mark

By Raffaele Rocca / June 7, 2017 /

Lions improve but not enough to beat lowest ranked New Zealand Super 15 side. While there was a marked improvement in the performance, there will be no consolation in the result as the Lions continue to struggle with ball in hand and are sorely lacking a creative spark. Their discipline was poor with silly penalties and being…

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Blues outclass Lions in 22-16 win

By Raffaele Rocca / June 7, 2017 /

Blues outclass Lions in 22-16 win. A superb late try from Blues replacement fly-half Ihaia West consigned the British and Irish Lions to their first defeat of the New Zealand tour as Warren Gatland’s side went down 22-16 at Eden Park. Despite trailing 12-10 at half-time and losing Liam Williams to a second-half yellow card,…

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Good news on injury front for Limerick hurlers

By Raffaele Rocca / June 7, 2017 /

There was better news on the injury front today for the Limerick hurlers today as Diarmaid Byrnes, Gearoid Hegarty and William O’Donoghue look set to be back in the frame for the All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers. The trio missed Sunday’s disappointing loss to Clare and their absence certainly didn’t help John Kiely’s team. Limerick start their all…

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GAA officially reveal plans for hurling restructuring

By Raffaele Rocca / June 6, 2017 /

GAA reveals plans for Senior, U-21, and Minor Hurling Championships which will be considered by Central Council next week. The newly restructure hurling calendar will run on a three year trial from 2018 to 2020 inclusive and would see the Leinster and Munster Championships retained and the implementation of a round robin format. Should Central Council give…

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WATCH: Ireland u20’s fall to entertaining Scotland side

By Raffaele Rocca / June 5, 2017 /

Ireland u20’s fall 32-28 to entertaining Scotland side. The Ireland Under-20s succumbed to their second defeat at the World Rugby U-20 Championship in Georgia, going down 32-28 to Scotland and in the process end their hopes in this year’s tournament. Ireland went into a ten point lead before Scotland fought back to lead 12-10 ahead at…

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Limerick pay price for missed chances as Clare progress

By Raffaele Rocca / June 4, 2017 /

Clare prove too good for Limerick in Munster Semi-Final. Limerick must yet again negotiate a path through the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers if they are to feature in the business end of the 2017 season. A final score of Clare 3-17 to Limerick’s 2-16 means the banner county will now progress to play the winners of Cork…

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A look back at the “Science” behind Limerick’s 1918 All-Ireland win

By Raffaele Rocca / June 4, 2017 /

On a day when the finely tuned hurlers of Limerick and Clare will take to the field in Semple Stadium, we decided to take look at simpler, less scientific time in sports science and nutrition. The great Limerick Sports Journalist Seamus O’Ceallaigh wrote a superb series of articles on Limerick Sports personalities across the 1950’s…

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Irish U20 side named for must win Scotland clash

By Raffaele Rocca / June 3, 2017 /

Irish team named for must win Scotland clash. Peter Malone has named the Ireland U20s match day 23, sponsored by PwC, to face Scotland tomorrow, in Ireland’s second pool game of the World Rugby U20s Championships in Georgia. The starting team shows six changes from the side that suffered a one point to Italy on…

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Uneasy start for Lions as Sexton does little to impress in poor opener

By Raffaele Rocca / June 3, 2017 /

Uneasy start for Lions as Sexton does little to impress in poor opener. The battle for the number ten test shirt took a swing towards Owen Farrell today as Johnny Sexton struggled in what was an overall poor performance by Warren Gatland’s side. While Sexton was certainly not the only Lion to underperform as the…

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WATCH: Limerick & Clare, the classic of 1996 remembered

By Raffaele Rocca / June 2, 2017 /

Limerick & Clare, the classic of 1996 remembered. Two more sleeps until Sunday and Clare in Thurles. The 1996 meeting between the two was vintage 90’s knockout hurling. Clare coming into the game as All Ireland champions and Limerick looking to put one over on their neighbours. If Sunday’s game is half as good then…

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