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Emerald Isle wants answers after World Cup flop (130)

It hasn’t quite matched the national trauma induced by Roy Keane’s departure from Saipan five years ago but Ireland rugby team’s hapless efforts in France have gripped the Emerald Isle over the past three weeks.


Two months ago, a semi-final place in this World Cup was being spoken about as the minimum acceptable requirement for this so-called Golden Generation of Irish players.


Instead, their World Cup was over before we made it into October as the shambolic displays against Namibia and Georgia were followed by conclusive defeats against France and Argentina.

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Murphy absence baffling (243)

Belfast - Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan has made three changes for Friday’s must-win World Cup clash against France but the biggest talking-point may be his decision to leave Geordan Murphy out of the entire 22.

The Ireland team is: Dempsey; Horgan, O'Driscoll, capt, D'Arcy, Trimble; O'Gara, Reddan; Horan, Flannery, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, Easterby, D Wallace, Leamy. Replacements: Sheahan, S Best, O'Kelly, N Best, Boss, P Wallace, Duffy.

To put it mildly, Gavin Duffy's inclusion on the bench at Murphy's expense is baffling.

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O'Sullivan must stop the rot (129)

Belfast - It wasn't meant to be like this.

The closing minutes of Saturday's 14-10 World Cup win over Georgia was some kind of weird sporting Alamo for a stunned Irish sporting public.

Millions of Euro have been ploughed into this professional Irish rugby team yet for the second weekend in succession they have been embarrassed by the so-called minnows of world rugby.

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About John Haughey (0)

I work for BBC Northern Ireland as an internet sports journalist and given that we have a small team, I cover a wide variety of sports although my particular strengths in knowledge-terms would probably be Gaelic Games and Athletics - although others may beg to differ.

I've also enjoyed dipping my toe into the Rugby Union world since I joined the BBC in Belfast.

After university, I did a variety of jobs, including an interesting year TEFL teaching in Greece before returning to Ireland to study journalism for two years in Dublin.

At the end of my Masters at Dublin City University in June 1993, I was sent on a two-month placement at the Irish News in Belfast and I was fortunate enough to be kept on.

I was appointed as deputy sports editor in 1997 and then got the sport editor's job a year later.

Highlights during my Irish News stint were covering the World Athletics Championships in Athens and Seville in 1997 which mixed work and vacations.

I was a passionate Manchester United fan from the age of 9 until about five years ago and Alex Ferguson's refusal to allow Roy Keane to rejoin the Republic of Ireland squad during the early days of Brian Kerr's reign led to me severing all links with the Red Devils.

In terms of my own participation, Golf is my main sporting love. I was a six handicapper in my youth and it is a source of immense frustration that my game has deteriorated markedly over the last 20 years even though according to the Golfing Union of Ireland I still play off seven - university, work and the yips did for me.


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