Podcast: Rugby Culture with Ross O’Carroll Kelly

A visit to the Off Topic podcast at the Irish Times

Suspected Concussion Stats from the Ulster Bank League

On amateur concussion stats, or the lack of them, and how they compare to the professionals.

The RWC Match Ball – A Short History

Some words on balls.

What do World Rankings really mean?

Golf, rugby, tennis, soccer and a bit of chess.

Hawkeye at the Rugby World Cup – a boon for medics & TMOs?

And the case of Kane Thompson, the man it took seven minutes to send off.

Michael Cheika’s Risky Pair

On bringing just two hookers, and why bringing Ian Madigan as the third Irish nine would be a good plan.

Leo Cullen and young coaches

Would a player-manager work in today's game?

When fans attack

Fans attacking players is one thing, but when the tables are turned a player can put their career on the line.

GAA stats – time for a centralised approach?

The GAA might be an amateur sport in terms of pay for play, but the expectations around what stats should be kept and performance data analysed are rising. Many aspects of the role of a video analyst or a performance analyst are transferable. The sport might be different, the ball a different sizeĀ and played by a different number of players.… Read more...