Rugby on Off The Ball

Rugby on Off The Ball


Rugby on Off the Ball


WNR: review of the SA Tour and Luke Fitzgerald's career  

Gerry Thornley and Keith Wood reflect on Ireland's tour of South Africa and ask if it was a chance missed or history achieved. They also pay tribute to Luke Fitzgerald

Eddie O'Sullivan & Gordon D'Arcy on Luke Fitzgerald  

Eddie O'Sullivan and Gordon D'Arcy talk Luke Fitzgerald the day the Leinster winger hung up his boots.

MNR: Reflections on a series lost  

Eddie O'Sullivan joins us to reflect on defeat in the third test to the Springboks. And he feels Joe could have done better.

Eddie O'Sullivan on test 3, under-20s final  

Eddie O'Sullivan joins Joe on the line to look ahead to Ireland's third test in South Africa and give his thoughts on the under-20s campaign.

MNR: Ireland fail to scale lofty heights at altitude  

Gerry Thornley and Keith Wood reflect on Ireland's defeat to the Springboks in Johannesburg, where altitude drained Joe Schmidt's side in the second half.

Eddie O'Sullivan on Schmidt's ballsy test 2 team  

Eddie O'Sullivan joins Adrian on the line to talk through Joe Schmidt's interesting team selection for test 2 in South Africa.

Paddy Jackson excelling at 10 and U20's in the semis  

Ger, Keith and Gerry assess Paddy Jackson's performance at the weekend, and we hear from Nigel Carolan as Ireland U20's progress to the World Championship semi-finals.

MNR: Reflecting on an historic weekend for Irish rugby  

Gavin Cummiskey talks about a fabulous weekend of rugby which saw Ireland defeat the Springboks in Cape Town and the U20's who made history with a win over New Zealand

Ireland braced for a Boks blitz  

Ahead of the opening game of the tour of South Africa, Eddie O'Sullivan, the last Ireland head coach to go up against the Boks on their own turf, reviews the Ireland XV

WNR: Meeting Ali and preparing to face the Boks  

Woody is still in studio (check OTB highlights podcast) and Gerry Thornley tells us of his earliest sporting memory (it's a good one). Also, can Ireland beat the Boks?

Has Schmidt got his squad dilemma right?  

Gavin Cummiskey of the Irish Times joins Ger to talk Joe Schmidt and the decisions he faces as a result of an injury-hit squad.

Phenomenal Connacht & Schmidt Gears up for South Africa  

Joe was joined by Gerry Thornley in studio and Keith Wood to chat through Connacht's PRO12 final win against Leinster and the latest from Joe Schmidt & Ireland...

Pat Lam on his Connacht team and winning the PRO12  

Joe chats to Connacht coach Pat Lam about his team's amazing season, and the wonderful bond he's created between the five counties of Connacht and it's team.

WNR: an all Irish Pro12 final and squad to tour SA  

Gerry Thornley and Liam Toland preview the Pro12 Grand Final as Leinster look to ruin the Connacht fairytale. Joe Schmidt has sprung some surprises in his squad to SA

MNR: Looking towards an All-Ireland Pro 12 final  

Eddie O'Sullivan spoke to Joe about the Pro12 semi-finals and the prospect of two Irish provinces qualifying for the final

WNR: Connacht's ambition, Ulster plots Leinster revenge  

Connacht are on the crest of a wave while Gerry Thornley of the Irish Times and Ruaidhri O'Connor of the Irish Independent preview the semi-finals in the Guinness Pro12.

Hard to watch, lack of interest, Champions Cup ruined?  

Joe is joined by Eddie O'Sullivan to reflect on this season's Champions Cup as a whole, as Saracen's dominated Racing in a low-key final.

Why does no one care about the Champions Cup final?  

Gavin Mortimer, French rugby writer, joins Nathan on the line from France.

WNR: New regime at Munster and Pro12 clean sweep  

Gerry Thornley and Keith Wood review a provincial clean-sweep in the Pro12 and talk about Glasgow's threat to Connacht. Also Rassie Erasmus is in Limerick this week.

MNR: Home comfort for Connacht and Leinster  

After Connacht and Leinster both secured home Pro 12 semis, and Munster avoided disaster, Gavin Cummiskey and Eddie O'Sullivan join Joe.

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