RWC2011: Get the apps: Android

30 08 2011

RWC2011 Android Apps review

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With the Rugby World Cup only around the corner, we are going to review the best free apps available for your smartphone, today it’s Android’s turn, will follow up with a post on iOS apps shortly!

Official Rugby World Cup 2011

– Access the Match Center for live match coverage, including live commentary, stats and video highlights.
– Get the latest news and keep up to date with the RWC Daily video.
– In New Zealand and want to know what to do? Go to the Fan Zone section to find out what events are on near where you are right now.
– Going to the match? Check out stadium locations, seating plans and facilities.

Our Verdict: Polished and packed full of info, would be handy if match times were localized.
Our Rating: *****
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Rugby World Cup 2011 Tracker

– Live match updates
– Summary of the most recent match results
– All upcoming matches
– All match fixtures including stadium and referee info
– Group tables
– Knockout stage
– Team Information
– Localized match times
– News
– Background results updates and match summaries
– Reminders for upcoming matches
– Add a match to your calendar

Our Verdict:  Not as polished as the official app but a quality product none the less, we love the localised kickoff times!
Our Rating: ****
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Rugby World Cup 2011 Free

– Live score updates
– top scorers
– fixtures and group standings
– squad lists and player records
– historical data
– all the results from every tournament starting from the first in 1987
– collated tables, see who has the best overall win loss record in world cup history
– head to head, see how your country stacks up against other teams in past tournaments
– see who the all time top points scorers are

Our Verdict:  Again, not as polished as the official app, Love the historical data from every RWC, will settle a few pub arguments no doubt!
Our Rating: ***
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RWC2011 Warmup, Ireland v France – Ireland player ratings

22 08 2011





15  Felix Jones – 6

Had a cracking first half, but showed some nerves early in the second half, slicing a ball into touch on the full. Extremely unlucky to fall awkwardly on his ankle while contesting for a high ball, unfortunately his World Cup is over before it began.

14 Andrew Trimble – 6

For the third game running, Trimble has looked in good form, always looking for work and using his physicality to break the line.

13 Brian O’Driscoll – 6

Seemed to take a little too much on himself rather than distribute the ball a bit earlier. Utterly committed at the breakdown put his body on the line, to the gasps of the Irish supporters.

12 Gordon D’Arcy – 5

In his first game back since the Heineken Cup final, D’Arcy was off the pace and didn’t manage any line breaks. Rougerie and Heyman sliced D’Arcy and O’Driscoll open for their well taken try.

11 Keith Earls – 5

While providing a real attacking threat early on, when things started to go down-hill, panic set in. In his defence, the centers were drifting too far wide and not offloading earlier giving the wingers almost no room to operate in.

10 Jonathan Sexton – 6

Had a decent game, showed some great defensive play, was moved into center when ROG replaced D’Arcy. Acquitted himself well, was rewarded for his hard work with a try in the second half.

9 Tomas O’Leary – 2

Started brightly, great speed on the pass, nice distribution. Fell apart after the first 20 minutes, one brainfart after the next. One could be forgiven for thinking he doesn’t like New Zealand!?

1 Cian Healy – 7

Good performance from Healy, always looked lively in the loose and performed well in the scrum. Gave Kidney heart failure as he limped off the field with what turns out to be a bruised foot!

2 Rory Best – 6

Set-pieces were much improved this week for Ireland and the hooker is integral to that, seemed much more at ease and confident this week and it showed in his throwing.

3 Mike Ross – 6

Ross’ main job is the scrummage well, and that he did, His fist XV spot is nailed on and he knows it!

4 Donncha O’Callaghan – 5

Quiet day for O’Callaghan, claimed a couple of lineout balls and setup a nice rolling maul. Not sure if he has done enough to warrant a first XV spot?

5 Paul O’Connell – 7

Best 80 minutes Paul O’Connell has put in since returning from his long injury lay-off, Seemed willing to carry the ball more and was the decoy in the lineout all day. Needed to settle the team on the half-hour mark, instead they collectively lost the run of themselves.

6 Sean O’Brien – 7

The Tullow-Tank rolls on, great performance. Made more runs and tackles than anyone else on the team and was rewarded with a late try.

7 Shane Jennings – 3

Metres run with ball: 1, Tackles made: 1, 60minutes of ball-watching. Looked out of his depth.

8 Jamie Heaslip – 5

Went missing in the second half for long periods of time, Was partially to blame for O’Leary’s gift of a try to Trinh-Duc. Worked well in the lineout claiming two throws.


16 Jerry Flannery – 6

Keeps the tempo of the game up, his throw-ins are quick and accurate. Needs to get a hearing aid to avoid being penalised for not using the ball.

17 Tom Court – 5

Pretty anonymous around the park but held the scrum together well.

18 Mike McCarthy  – Not on long enough for rating

19 Stephen Ferris – 6

Delighted to see Ferris come through his 20 minutes, some nice carries and huge collisions, his trademark.

20 Eoin Reddan – 5

While O’Leary was diabolical, Reddan didn’t offer much more in attack, but managed not to make the same amount of mistakes as his counterpart!

21 Ronan O’Gara – 6

Actually combined quite well with Sexton in the center, A combination that I doubt will be repeated any time soon however!

22 Luke Fitzgerald – 6

Much improved performance from Fitzgerald, made beautiful runs from deep to setup both Sexton and O’Brien’s try’s.

RWC2011 Warmup Ireland v France Preview

19 08 2011

Date: 20th August 2011
Time: 17:00 GMT
Venue: Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Craig Joubert (S.A)

Last Saturday saw a game of two halves, France dominated early on, Ireland showed much promise in the second 40 minutes in Bordeaux. However, Ireland need to lay down a marker this weekend and get over the tryline. Declan Kidney has named the strongest XV available to him for Saturdays game including Steven Ferris on the bench in his first appearance since last January.

French coach Marc Lievremont makes a total of 13 changes to the team that beat Ireland last weekend, The only survivors are wing Alexis Palisson and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski. Palisson is joined in the backline by fullback Cedric Heymans, winger Maxime Medard and a return for Aurelien Rougerie to partner Fabrice Estebanez in the center. The other notable change in the French team is the considerably weaker backrow named for this week (Quegraogo, Bonnaire and Picamolesthan) in comparison to last weeks backrow of Dusautoir, Harinordoquy and Lakafia, this may be the chink in their armor.

Kidney’s preferred center partnership of O’Driscoll and D’Arcy is the big change for Ireland, Hopefully they can bring some much needed creativity into midfiled that has been lacking in the previous two games. This is the first choice Ireland pack that has been selected, Paul O’Connell starts alongside fellow Munster lock Donnacha O’Callaghan. Irelands backrow of O’Brien, Wallace and Heaslip is where I see Ireland getting the upper-hand in this game. All three are expert ball-carriers and should be able to put the French backline under some considerable pressure.

What to expect:
Ireland need to start producing results in the next two games. The 22 players named on this matchday squad are almost guaranteed a spot on the plane to New Zealand. Kidney names his 30-man squad on Sunday so all will be keen to leave a positive impression on him.

All eyes on:
Felix Jones makes his first international start for Ireland, he will be keen to make a good impression in Rob Kearney’s absence. Geordan Murphy’s rather cryptic tweet the other night “The obese lady has opened her vocal chords!!” does this indicate that Jones has cemented his place on the plane to NZ as backup to Kearney? Alos the return of O’Driscoll and D’Arcy is sure to get much attention in what will be a tough physical game for both facing Rougerie and Estebanez

Last fixture: 13th August France 19-12 Ireland, Bordeaux, France

Weather: Mild, Dry.

Ireland gave a glimpse of their potential in the second half last week, I think they will tun the French over here, I’m predicting and Irish win by 8+.

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France v Ireland – Ireland player ratings

15 08 2011

France v Ireland – Ireland player ratings

Rob Kearney – 6.5
Decent shift put in from the Leinster fullback, made a few searing runs from deep, never easy to bring down in the tackle.
Andrew Trimble – 7
Another good performance from Trimble, Looks to have his wing spot almost nailed down. Looked busy and put in a quality physical performance.
Keith Earls – 6.5
Provided some creativity in the center, defensively good, unlucky not to score from a chip and chase in the second half.
Paddy Wallace – 4
Not at the races again, only positive I can see with having him on the field is he provides a decent kicking option that you don’t normally have at 12.
Luke Fitzgerald – 5.5
Not a fantastic game by his standards, conceded 4 turnovers and only made 8 meter running gains. Will need to improve to keep Tommy Bowe out of the 11 jersey.
Ronan O’Gara – 7
Kicked all of Ireland’s 12 points, strange decision by him and Paul O’Connell to kick for 3 points when they had France on the rack in the 2nd half rather then pin the French on their own 5M line.
Eoin Reddan – 5.5
Had a pretty physical game but like Tomas O’Leary last week, labored his pass. O’Leary, Reddan and Boss should be very worried about Conor Murray.
Cian Healy – 6.5
Fantastic to watch in the loose, put in a great defensive performance also, Definite starter for the World Cup.
Rory Best – 4.5
Poor show in the lineout, too many throws going astray, not completely to blame for Ireland’s lineout woes, but contributed.
Mike Ross – 5.5
Decent show in the scrum despite conceding a couple of penalties, Kidney must be having nightmares about Ross getting injured, there is no alternative.
Donncha O’Callaghan – 5.5
Isn’t the same player without Paul O’Connell beside him. Wasn’t used enough in the short, Massive game defensively, made more tackles than any other player.
Leo Cullen (c) – 5
By his standards a poor performance, was calling the lineout which was in disarray in the first half. Didn’t carry the ball at all while on the field.
Donnacha Ryan – 5.5
Big defence from Ryan but needs to carry the ball more, his flexibility in playing lock and backrow may get him onto the plane.
Sean O’Brien – 7
Great to see O’Brien with ball-in-hand, delight to watch. Huge carries and defensive performance.
Denis Leamy – 6
Put in a decent performance, popped up all over the field and made some counting tackles.

Jerry Flannery – 6.5
Made twice the amount of tackles in 20mins than Best made in in 60. Lineout throws were perfect, found their target each time. Has to start next week.
Tony Buckley – 4
Taking alot of flack for the scrum performance, some blame has to lie at Kidneys feet, playing Buckley out of position at loosehead at a crucial part of the game did him no favors.
Paul O’Connell – 6.5
As soon as he steps on the field the collective performances of his teammates improved, Was the target in the lineout and salvaged what was a poor lineout performance.
Jamie Heaslip – 6.5
Like O’Connell, the effect of his introduction was immediate.
Conor Murray – 7
Would love to see him get 60 minutes next weekend, is a wonderful, natural passer of the ball, offers more in attack than any of his competition for the 9 jersey.
Fergus McFadden – 6
Couple of decent carries, not really on long enough to make a decent impression.
Felix Jones – 6.5
Showed plenty of confidence and class when he came on, didn’t look out of place at this level, needs more gametime.

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RWC2011: France v Ireland preview

14 08 2011

Date: 13th August 2011
Time: 19:45 IST
Venue: Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux.
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

Ireland face France in the first of their two leg World Cup warm-up games. (Return leg in Dublin next Saturday) Ireland line up with what is a vastly more experienced side than the team that faced Scotland last weekend. The French have named an almost full strength team with only one new cap, Biarritz back-row Raphael Lakafia.

Lakafia will be joined in a very strong back row by French captain Thierry Dusautoir and fellow Biarritz player Imanol Harinordoquy. Vincent Clerc starts on the wing and he will be hoping to maintain his quite amazing try-scoring record against Ireland. Saturday also sees a return for French centre Maxime Mermoz who makes his first appearance since suffering a serious shoulder injury during their Six Nations game against Scotland in February, Mermoz is one player to keep an eye on at the World Cup, he was very impressive early in the Six Nations.

Two new partnerships to be tested for Ireland, Paddy Wallace and Keith Earls play alongside each other for the first time in the centres, as do Leo Cullen and Donnacha O’Callaghan in the second row. Wallace will be expected to deliver a stronger performance than last weekend’s, although I suspect France will have reviewed that game and seen how how Scotland targeted him in particular, expect more of the same. Ronan O’Gara starts this week alongside Eoin Reddan, while most fans are eager to see Munster scrum half Conor Murray come off the bench and show what he can do at this level, this is a huge game for him to stake a claim for a World Cup place.

What to expect
This could be a very fast open game with conditions that will suit spreading the ball wide. Earls at centre should be able to provide some much needed creativity that was lacking last weekend against Scotland. France have not named a full strength starting front row, allowing William Servat and Fabien Barcella (travelling as 23rd man) much needed recovery time from their respective injuries. This may allow the Irish pack some chance of parity in the scrum, giving them a platform to build from.

All eyes on
Much focus from an Irish perspective will be on Keith Earls at centre, is he the player who can replace Brian O’Driscoll in the long-term? Jerry Flannery came through his 20 minute appearance last weekend and will be keen to get much needed game time under his belt. Leo Cullen did a fantastic job last weekend in rallying the pack when under considerable pressure from the Scots throughout the game, and I feel the team will rely on his leadership again to get through this much sterner test. For the French, much focus on how the new cap Lakafia embeds into the vastly experienced back row.

Last fixture: 13th Feb: 6 Nations, Ireland 22-25 France, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Weather: Sunny, warm, temps in the low 20′s

A high scoring game could be on the cards, I’m going to go with a home win, France by 8.

6N:2011: Full Team Lineups, Week3

23 02 2011

Will continue to add teams as they are announced…

L McLean (Treviso); A Masi (Racing Metro), G Canale (Clermont), A Sgarbi (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais); K Burton (Treviso), F Semenzato (Treviso); S Perugini (Aironi), L Ghiraldini (Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), S Dellape (Racing-Metro), Q Geldenhuys (Aironi), A Zanni (Treviso), R Barbieri (Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais).
Replacements: C Festuccia (Racing-Metro), A Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro), V Bernabo (Treviso), M Vosawai (Treviso), P Canavosio (Aironi), L Orquera (Brive), T Benvenuti (Treviso)


L Byrne (Ospreys); M Stoddart (Scarlets), J Hook (Ospreys), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Ospreys); S Jones (Scarlets), M Phillips (Ospreys); P James (Ospreys), M Rees (Scarlets, capt), C Mitchell (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys)
Replacements: R Hibbard (Ospreys), J Yapp (Cardiff Blues), J Thomas (Ospreys), J Turnbull (Scarlets), T Knoyle (Scarlets), R Priestland (Scarlets), L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues)


Ben Foden, Chris Ashton, Mike Tindall, Shontayne Hape, Mark Cueto, Toby Flood, Ben Youngs; Nick Easter, James Haskell, Tom Wood, Tom Palmer, Louis Deacon, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: Steve Thompson, Alex Corbisiero, Simon Shaw, Hendre Fourie, Danny Care, Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Banahan.



C Poitrenaud (Toulouse); Y Huget (Bayonne), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), Y Jauzion (Toulouse), V Clerc (Toulouse); F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), D Yachvili (Biarritz); T Domingo (Clermont Auvergne), W Servat (Toulouse), N Mas (Perpignan), J Pierre (Clermont Auvergne), L Nallet (Racing Metro), T Dusautoir (Toulouse), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz), S Chabal (Racing Metro)
Replacements: G Guirado (Perpignan), S Marconnet (Biarritz), J Thion (Biarritz), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne), D Traille (Biarritz), Alexis Palisson (Brive)



L Fitzgerald (Leinster); T Bowe (Ospreys), B O’Driscoll (Leinster, capt), G D’Arcy (Leinster), K Earls (Munster); R O’Gara (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), M Ross (Leinster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), P O’Connell (Munster), S O’Brien (Leinster), D Wallace (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster)
Replacements: S Cronin (Connacht), T Court (Ulster), L Cullen (Leinster), D Leamy (Munster), P Stringer (Munster), J Sexton (Leinster), P Wallace (Ulster)


C Paterson (Edinburgh); N Walker (Ospreys), N De Luca (Edinburgh), S Lamont (Scarlets), M Evans (Glasgow); R Jackson (Glasgow), M Blair (Edinburgh); A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), M Low (Glasgow), R Gray (Glasgow), A Kellock (Glasgow), K Brown (Saracens), J Barclay (Glasgow), J Beattie (Glasgow)
Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), G Cross (Edinburgh), N Hines (Leinster), R Vernon (Glasgow), R Lawson (Gloucester), D Parks (Cardiff Blues, S Danielli (Ulster)

6N:2011 – Ireland v France photo report

14 02 2011

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