And petting puppies. And Lions. And Horses. This is the list of things that Kevin McLaughlin, Donncha O'Callaghan and I talk about in order to get away from Ireland's defeat in Wales.
Paddy Wallace and Ireland's Grand Slam game in 2009. Irish Legends, England Legends. And Jerry Flannery and Victor Costello.
Mike McCarthy and Johnny O'Connor talk friendship, penguins. Rugby gets a mention. There are loud noises.
It's episode three of The Hard Yards, featuring Mike Ross, Chris Farrell and Donncha O'Callaghan
Somebody gave me the keys to a podcast. Here's episode 1.
A little something for the Irish Times looking at the stats from the first three weeks of games since the new high tackle guidelines came in...
There's a new system in place for this season. So I wrote about that, and how we might all learn a little something from the French.
Why even if Irish players are not dotted all over the "official" Six Nations stats leaderboards they're still doing plenty of valuable work.
The human missile... the shoulder torpedo... I talked to former and current referees, players and medical staff about the dangerous practice of players clearing out without using their arms.
With nine consecutive wins under the belt Ireland are in a good place. I wrote about winning streaks for the Irish Times.