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Who’s on the Plane? – January Edition

With the Six Nations season about to come back in to focus, and with Rugby World Cup 2015 looming on the horizon, the next 9 matches and 34 weeks take on a whole new dimension. Here at The Ankle Tap, we will take a look each month on who looks most likely to occupy a seat on the plane to Cardiff. The window to impress our man Joe is diminishing by the day, and if past squad selection is anything to go by, the majority of the seats may already be occupied. Unfortunately for some, injury will ruin their chances of playing a part on the biggest stage of all à la David Wallace in 2011. With this in mind, we will take a look at the depth at each position, and try to keep you updated on injuries and form as we edge ever-closer to a tilt at the Rugby World Cup. With only 31 places up for grabs, there will be plenty of despondent and disappointed players come the start of September. There will be a number of players, possibly even some former Lions tourists, left out of the RWC squad, and this just goes to show that Irish Rugby appears to be in its rudest health yet.

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The West’s Awake!

So the curtain has come down on 2014, and while Irish rugby is coming off a fantastic year, and is most certainly on the up as a whole under the stewardship of our man Joe, it is fair to say that there is a large sense of dissatisfaction permeating throughout the provinces of Ulster, Munster and Leinster. The new dawn of the Heineken European Rugby Champions Cup has been a resounding disaster for Ulster and Munster especially, and barring more January miracles à la Gloucester in 2003, and a large slice of lady luck, both squads will be left to rue costly defeats at home against French opposition. Continue reading