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Irish Club side’s ‘Try of the Month’ move looks familiar… ?

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Image & Footage from Harry Cook TV

The AIL (All Ireland League) is the Premier Club Rugby Competition in Ireland. Current Irish Stars Joey Carberry, Peter O’Mahony, Connor Murray, Jonathan Sexton amongst many others cut their teeth in the AIL before making the move into professional rugby.

Each month the IRFU runs a competition “#AILTry” to find the ‘Try of the Month’ where Clubs tweet their contenders with the hashtag #AILTry.

The latest winner came from Ballymena Rugby Club. The Ulster side are a world renown rugby club who boast Willie John McBride, Syd Millar as previous British & Irish Lions Captains. More recent Irish Internationals that dawned the black jersey include Andrew Trimble, Luke Marshall, Chris Henry, Paddy Wallace and many others. Scottish & British & Irish Lions wing, Tommy Seymour also played at the club.

Going slightly off-piste, Made In Chelsea Star ‘JP’ (Josh Patterson) also ran out for the ‘Eaton Park Boys’ before his call to the big screen.

Back to the rugby.

Back in December Ballymena were playing local rivals Ballynahinch at Eaton Park where they scored this absolute peach….

Look familiar?

We thought so too.

It looks like the ‘Men in Black’ took some inspiration from the Joe Schmidt playbook, recreating the set piece play that saw Jacob Stockdale cross the white wash to defeat the All Blacks only 2 weeks prior.

  • Off the top lineout ✅
  • 9 – 10 quick ball ✅
  • 10 to 12 on the switch ✅
  • 12 feeds back towards lineout ✅

Then Ballymena Full-Back Rodger McBurney decided to use his feet rather than follow Stockdales’ lead, beating a few defenders before releasing wing Jordan Foster who threw an ‘EA Sports Rugby 08’esque over the shoulder pass to the supporting Scrum-Half Michael Stronge who finished off a glorious set piece move and picked up €250 as reward for the ‘AIL Try of the Month’

You can check out the rest of the nominations here:

Has your team ever recreated a play seen on TV successfully? Make sure and tag us or send us your effort on social media for a chance to feature on our site!

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Isles Up to Williams Challenge

Carlin Isles has refused to give up his title of the fastest rugby player on the planet

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(Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Hub)

After Australia’s Sevens team signed Trae the world believed it had a new fastest player however, Carlin Isles does not agree.

Isles has been the fastest player in world rugby for some time now (apart from Olympian Warren Weir who represented Jamaica’s Sevens team outside if the World Rugby Sevens Series). Although when Australia signed Williams, they had a player that had clocked a faster time over 100m than the former USA sprinter.

Williams time of 10.10 seconds is marginally better than Isles’ 10.13 but when Twitter began to suggest that the Australian was faster Isles claimed otherwise.

Former England Sevens captain Rob Vickerman retweeted Williams’ signing and joked about the pair having a race only for Isles to reply that he would not lose if it happened.

The argument could be that although stats on the track show that Williams has clocked a faster time, on the rugby pitch with a grass surface Isles may have a slight advantage.

However, the 22-year-old Australian did play rugby during his younger years which could mean that he is suited to the surface.

It’s good to see Isles be confident in his abilities after being the fastest for so long and the only way we will know for sure who is the king of rugby speedsters is when the two finally face off during next seasons Sevens tournaments.

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Leinster Could be Without Star Player for Double Title Tilt

One Leinster man is causing controversy among fans with his actions against Ulster last Saturday

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Fergus McFadden could miss the end of the season and maybe more after being cited for an alleged headbutt on Ulster’s Sean Reidy during their clash on Saturday. 

The incident which occurred in the 13th minute of the game was given as a penalty in game despite there appearing to be a pretty good claim that referee George Clancy had good reason to hand McFadden a red card.

At the moment of play Clancy claimed he could not see “the point of contact” which meant he could only award a penalty.

“From what I can see is that he’s leaned into his opponent in an aggressive manner but we can’t see exactly where he has made a connection,” Clancy said during the match.

Although Ulster went on to win the game 14-13, it was overshadowed by the incident and could cause more problems to Leinster’s challenge to win back-to-back doubles.

McFadden has been cited for the incident and if found guilty will face a minimum six-week ban meaning he would miss Leinster’s Champions Cup final against Saracens and the remainder of their Pro 14 campaign.

“The player has been reported by the citing commissioner in charge for infringement of Law 9.12 – a player must not physically abuse anyone – striking with the head. The player will face a disciplinary committee via video conference, the make-up of the committee will be confirmed in due course,” a Pro 14 statement said.

Former Leinster team-mate Gordon D’Arcy caused further controversy on Twitter with his view on the incident in which he claimed that Reidy wasn’t innocent as he grabbed McFadden off the ball.

Very few people appear to agree with D’Arcy’s view and there is a view that McFadden could be found guilty when his hearing occurs.

Check out the full video below to see the incident.

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Dan Carter issues post surgery update

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Picture from Dan Carter Instagram

World Cup winning All Black, Dan Carter took to Instagram this morning to provide an update after having surgery on his neck.

Carter was due to move to Racing 92 as a medical joker last month, coming in to provide cover for the recently retired Pat Lambie. A deal had been signed and sealed but Carter failed the medical due to the discovery of a neck issue which has forced the former Crusader’s 10 under the knife.

Carter had previously played with Racing 92, picking up a Top 14 title during his time there. More recently he has been playing in the Japanese Top League with Kobelco Steelers. The Steelers granted Carter a temporary release from his contract to take up a short term contract with the Paris based side, Racing 92.

Carter has now had the surgery on his neck to hopefully resolve the issue and posted the below message on his Instagram.

“Another challenge to conquer”

While this injury has nullified his chances of returning to European rugby, Carter is optimistic it will not end his playing career. The 37 year old is hoping to return to his side in Japan, where he will be hoping to win another Top League title with the Steelers.

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