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I had a couple of fellow Leinster fans on to discuss that big win over Montpellier at the weekend looking at the stats and individual performances from the boys in blue and then we had a look at the season in general and how both the URC and Champions Cup are set at the time of recording. Our Leinster v Montpellier writeup > http://www.harpinonrugb…
 
After a bit of a break from Leinster rugby over the holiers, I thought I’d get back into the swing of things by asking a few fellow fans on to talk about those provinces which actually have been getting some pitch time of late. Twitter account for this week’s guests: Neil ‘Keego’ Keegan > https://twitter.com/keegolaughs_irl Conor Cronin > https://t…
 
Hasn't been much rugby to harp on these past couple of weeks so to round off 2021 we had a bit of an aul quiz to look back over the year. I invited four fellow Leinster fans on to split into two teams and battle it out for bragging rights, and afterwards I also got them to offer their hopes & predictions for 2022. Our Montpellier v Leinster* writeu…
 
This week in our latest Opposition View pod I’m looking ahead to Friday night’s match in Montpellier, obviously this is all pending confirmation that it’s actually going ahead but even if not it was great to get an insight on the Top 14 outfit’s season so far from Illtud Dafydd who has been covering French rugby for a while now. Also as a bonus I h…
 
This week in our latest Opposition View pod I spoke to Matt Price also known as @BathBytes ahead of the Premiership clubs' visit to Dublin this coming weekend. Obviously it can’t be easy to talk about your club when they’re on a bad run so fair play to Matt for coming on and spelling out what has been going wrong, and we all wish them all the best …
 
For the next few weeks we’re returning to our Opposition View pods where I talk to fans from teams Leinster are facing in the URC and Europe to see what it’s like from their end of the pitch, so this time the chat was about Ulster from last weekend and Connacht who are coming to Dublin on Friday. Also this week we have a collection of tributes on t…
 
This week I had on three fellow Leinster & Ireland fans to look back over November, look ahead to December, and as an extra bonus towards the end, I tested their knowledge of Leinster’s starting lineups from their 4 Heineken Cup triumphs. Our Ireland v Argentina writeup > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/11/ireland-53-argentina-7.html Twitter acco…
 
I already had a lot to say about "that performance" in this week’s writeup but it was still a pleasure to be able to harp on it some more with the help of two fellow Leinster & Ireland fans for this latest pod. We also kept the discussion going on Irish Women's rugby. Our Ireland v New Zealand writeup > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/11/ireland-…
 
This week I was looking for an opposition view for Ireland’s big challenge at the Aviva this weekend and I reckon I found just the ticket in Paul “Driving Maul” Bains. I can absolutely guarantee that this is the best podcast you’ll hear today involving an Ireland fan talking with an American accent and a New Zealand fan with an English one. Also wi…
 
This week I looked ahead to Ireland’s Autumn Nations Series with the help of a new guest, Owen Harrison who is better known in the ruggersphere as @overthehillprop - he gave us some great insight on what to expect from our opponents over the coming weeks as well as spelling out the many challenges ahead for Andy Farrell. Our Montpellier “mini-write…
 
The "mock quiz" format is back and while I might be biased I reckon my guests this week served up the best yet. It was a Halloween themed matchup between the Zombies and the Werewolves and somewhere among the scary puns you'll find some top notch harpin' on the opening rounds of the URC plus a look ahead to Ireland's November tests. Our Glasgow v L…
 
Over the past several weeks I have asked my guests on the pod to give their thoughts on all that has been going on in Irish Women’s Rugby so to round off this mini-series, I have the owner of the great twitter account @IrishWomens on to talk about the proposed Women’s Lions team and what needs to be accomplished before that happens. Our Leinster v …
 
This week we’re turning our attention back to Leinster Rugby so I had a chat with a couple of fellow fans about players who have stood out in our first three matches, plus one or two who may not have done. I’d like to apologise here for a few yips in Mark’s audio in the recording I tried to fix them as best as I could and I tried to leave the bulk …
 
Last week I had fans from Munster and Ulster on to give first impressions on both their teams and the URC in general after the opening weekend. That’s a theme I have brought forward to this week where I have fans from elsewhere around the league doing the same thing. Our Dragons v Leinster writeup > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/10/dragons-6-le…
 
This week we’re going to look back at the opening weekend of the URC - I’ve already harped on Leinster’s home win over the Bulls so I invited fans from two other Irish provinces to describe how their nights went for them. Our Leinster v Vodacom Bulls writeup > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/09/leinster-31-bulls-3.html Twitter accounts for this w…
 
Ahead of the URC kickoff, it's Donkeys v Tigers in the latest of our "Harp-off" mock quiz podcasts. Will Keego finally end his losing streak? This week's topics : 1) Leinster's chances in the URC 2) How the rest of the URC is looking 3) What can fans do to help promote Women's Rugby in Ireland? 4) How will fans take to the URC Our Ireland v Italy W…
 
Some European fixtures were announced last week and while we don’t know the exact date just yet, we did learn that Leinster’s opening match in the quest for that fifth star will be back at the Aviva Stadium against Premiership side Bath. So I had a quick chat with the curator of a great Twitter account @BathBytes to see how the team is shaping up f…
 
This week I’m just going to have a little ramble myself if you don’t mind, harping on a few different topics that are on my mind this weather HarpinOnRugby on social media… TWITTER > https://twitter.com/HarpinOnRugby FACEBOOK > https://www.facebook.com/HarpinOnRugby INSTAGRAM > https://www.instagram.com/harpinonrugby/ --- Send in a voice message: h…
 
For this 6th and final of our preseason pods I wanted to look at a couple of areas which have always needed more exposure anyway yet were even more affected by the COVID disruption, namely the Women’s game as well as men’s club rugby - I have two guests lined up who are perfect for setting the scene for the upcoming campaign. Follow @IrishWomens on…
 
In the fifth of our preseason series of pods, I spoke to a fan from each of the non-Irish URC nations about the various clubs and players we should be looking out for. Follow Dan Pearce on Twitter > https://twitter.com/CardiffRugbyWeb And his Cardiff website here > https://cardiffbluesblog.com/ Follow Andy Daniel here > https://twitter.com/scrum5iv…
 
[many thanks to those who pointed out dead air in the original posting, should have it fixed now!] This is the fourth in our series of preseason pods - if you subscribe to our feed you’ll find the last three episodes took a detailed look at Leinster’s cover in all the various positions heading into the 21/22 season. Now it’s time to turn the spotli…
 
This is the third in our series of preseason pods, focusing on the front row and centres - and at the end I’ll give you the ideal starting XV as chosen by the team of contributors. Follow Conor Cronin on Twitter > https://twitter.com/ccbooms Follow Keego on Twitter > https://twitter.com/nkeegan HarpinOnRugby on social media… TWITTER > https://twitt…
 
This is the second in our series of preseason pods where we have a look at Leinster’s options in the various positions for the 2021/22 season - one of our contributors is making his Harpin debut as we turn the spotlight on the back three and the second row. (look back in the podcast feed for Ep 1 which looks at Leinster's back row & halfbacks) Foll…
 
For the second half of August while the squads get together for preseason, we’ll be doing a series of pods looking ahead to the 21/22 campaign which will hopefully begin as planned in September. We’ll have guests talking about the Irish provinces, clubs from the other URC nations, club and women’s rugby over the next while but first we’re going to …
 
We recorded right after Springboks A v Lions, so naturally we harped on something completely different! Seriously though, our hearts aren't really in this tour so we were much more interested in Ireland v USA & the Under 20s and what they mean for the future of Andy Farrell's Ireland. Our Ireland v USA writeup > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/07…
 
The teams : THE IMPROBABLES (Neil Keegan & Ian Frizzell) v THE IMPOSSIBLES (Michelle Tobin & Sandy Smith) The topics : Lions v Japan, Will/should the tour go ahead, where did all the beer in Murrayfield go, and much more The referee : Jeff "Romain" Pagano The format : Everyone takes turns harpin' on rugby, sometimes they get points, sometimes they …
 
Well it’s hard to believe but July 5th will be the 2nd anniversary of this pod so what I thought I’d do was make this the show’s Season 2 finale and try something a little different with the format. I asked four of my top contributors to join me to harp on things like firepit gate, the new branding for the Pro16 plus loads of other things and we tr…
 
With eir Sport leaving the market and thus giving up their coverage of the Pro16, I wanted to put the topic of broadcasting front and centre this week by inviting a panel of fellow rugby fans from around the island to talk about what we’d like to see in the new deal. Our “mini-writeups” from last weekend > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/05/mini-…
 
With so much talk about the addition of South African teams to the Pro14 I thought it wouldn’t hurt to check in on Italian rugby to see how they are set for all the changes to come and I found a great English language resource online in The Italian Rugby Blog, penned by Tom Golden who joined me on the pod to chat about the new President of the FIR …
 
This week I had Nathan Johns back on the show to talk about the Robbie Henshaw tackle against Ulster as well as the laws being trialled in the Rainbow Cup. Our Harpin match writeup of Leinster v Ulster > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/05/leinster-21-ulster-17.html Follow Nathan Johns on Twitter > https://twitter.com/nathanrjohns Check out Nathan…
 
After devoting over a dozen pods to the never ending debate over Lions selection, it was about time I had a look at the tour from the Springbok side of things and I found just the right person to do that in Andy Daniel, who runs the excellent Scrum5 blog and he also hosts an online show all about South African rugby so I asked him how the tour was …
 
It hasn’t been a great week or two for Leinster rugby fans so I asked three of them to join me for a session of soul searching. I did my best to find positives in my writeup but the lads did a good job of bringing me back to reality. We also talked about the social media ban from the weekend with a bit of Lions chat thrown in as well for good measu…
 
This week we had our final round of Lions selections with a three-strong panel and as well as naming their XVs we also looked at general attitudes towards the tour itself and of course we can never do enough giving out about the Rainbow Cup so the four of us managed to get that in as well. Then after the chat I finally get to name the panel’s combi…
 
I’m going back to my Lions Selector Panel one last time before the squad is announced on May the 6th only for this round instead of going one on one I’ll be getting XVs from them three at a time. We also talk about women’s rugby plus a tiny bit of Rainbow Cup as well, though I should point out that we chatted before the announcement was made that t…
 
This week I wanted to turn the podcast focus back onto Leinster with the help of some the top Harpin contributors so we talked about the Exeter match, how the season had gone before that, what our chances are against La Rochelle and finally what the signing of Michael Alaalatoa will mean to the province. Our Harpin match writeup of Exeter Chiefs v …
 
This week I wanted to learn more about the Disciplinary Committee hearing so I had a chat with the author of a great blog called Rugby And The Law and we walked through the process from start to finish. Our Harpin feature article this week which includes “mini-writeups” from 5 matches over the weekend > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/04/mini-wri…
 
What was billed as a Leinster v Toulon preview ended up being more of a Pro14 final review and discussion over what Munster need to get back to the top table. And it's just as well, because the Toulon match never happened, though in our blissful ignorance we did chat shortly after the lineups were announced about what might have been. HarpinOnRugby…
 
Moments after the teams were named for the 2021 Pro 14 Final I spoke to Michelle Tobin about how much this match means to her and her fellow Munster fans, what matchups seem to stand out and, of course, her prediction. She also updates us on her group of Lions supporters and their plans following the announcement that the tour is going ahead as pla…
 
This week my guest was Brandon Smith who hosts the Welsh Rugby Roundup show on the great ThreeBod Rugby Network, and he gave us his updated Lions XV to complete the second round of selections. He also talked about what was something of a rollercoaster of a weekend for an Ospreys and Wales fan. Then be sure and stick around to the end of the pod whe…
 
This week I invited another one of our Lions panellists Debbie Knight back to the pod to give us her latest selection and also of course to look ahead to the Six Nations finale at the weekend from an English point of view. Our Harpin match writeup for Scotland v Ireland > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/03/scotland-24-ireland-27.html Our Harpin m…
 
This week we’re looking ahead to Sunday’s big Six Nations clash at Murrayfield so I welcomed Edinburgh & Scotland fan Sandy Smith back to the pod to give his thoughts on how Gregor Townsend will be preparing. Sandy is also representing his country on our Lions selector panel and he gave us his updated XV. Our Harpin match writeup for Ulster v Leins…
 
This week we’re pressing on with our series of selections from our Lions panel, offering us his second round of choices is Ian Frizzell, who also brought his Ulster hat along to look ahead to Saturday evening's big interprovincial clash at the Kingspan. Our Harpin match writeup for Italy v Ireland... > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/03/italy-10-…
 
On this week’s pod I was joined by Mark Jackson who gave us his updated Lions selection, and naturally we couldn’t harp on that without bringing up how the Ireland squad is looking right now. He offered some great takes from a coach’s perspective on Garry Ringrose being underused, Andrew Porter’s versatility and our range of back row options among …
 
This week it’s time to begin the second round of our Lions Selector panel - over the next six weeks or so I’ll be going back to my panellists to find out if they’ve seen anything in the Six Nations to change their minds after their initial selection. Once again first up is Michelle Tobin and we also talked about Ireland's last two matches as well a…
 
This week while we will talk about the Six Nations kickoff, my guest is a new contributor named Mark Strange who would like to turn the spotlight on the club game which as we all know is still on pause due to COVID. Mark joined me to talk about a series of posts he’s going to be doing over the next few weeks to give different clubs around the count…
 
This week we have our sixth and final Lions Selector in the form of Brandon Smith who also gives his thoughts on the Welsh squad ahead of the Six Nations. After our chat I’ll read out a full Lions matchday 23 as determined by the overall panel, as well as my own suggestion for what can be done to fix the Lions Tour dilemma. Our Harpin match writeup…
 
This week we turn the spotlight back on Leinster & Ireland - my guest was Ciarán Duffy from Post to Post Sport and we talked about the match in Thomond Park last weekend, Leinster players who have stood out so far this season and also Andy Farrell’s squad which was announced on Monday. Our Harpin match writeup for Munster v Leinster > http://www.ha…
 
Edinburgh fan Sandy Smith joined me to talk about his Lions XV for the test series, last weekend's 1872 Cup match at Scotstoun and what Nic Groom might have been thinking before halftime. Leinster’s season so far & “Next Gen” matchday squad > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/01/leinsters-season-so-far-next-gen.html Episode 1.1 of this season’s Lio…
 
This week we introduce our fourth Lions Selector panellist and it’s Debbie Knight representing England and returning to the pod for a second time. Then I had a quick chat with Keego about the varying opinion surrounding Johnny Sexton’s contributions for Leinster and Ireland. Our Harpin match writeup of Leinster v Ulster > http://www.harpinonrugby.n…
 
Ahead of Friday’s potential Conference A decider, I spoke to Ulster fan Ian Frizzell about how their side is looking these days; he has also agreed to join our Lions Selector panel and took his first stab at naming a starting XV. Our Harpin match writeup of Leinster v Connacht > http://www.harpinonrugby.net/2021/01/leinster-24-connacht-35.html Ian …
 
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