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We've teamed up with rugby writing greats Brendan Fanning (Sunday Independent) and Peter O'Reilly (Sunday Times) to bring you all the latest news from inside the Ireland camp this season of rugby. Get the latest news, interviews and more on the 'Down the Blind Side' podcast.

 

 

 

No down time in this rugby season – we’re barely a week away from the start of the Champions Cup so the provinces are suddenly centre stage. Leo Cullen gives us his first big interview since taking over as Leinster’s head coach.

We’re still in a state of entrancement from the tournament, however. It’s awards season at DTBS Mansions, as Peter and Brendan deliver their verdict on the winners and losers, the best and the worst from a thrilling tournament. We cast a glance at the Ulster Bank League, and preview another busy weekend in the Guinness Pro12.

Congrats to last week’s winner, Kathy Neale from Limerick. Thanks to DID Electrical, we have a €100 voucher for any of the 22 DID stores around the country. Just head over to DTBS and answer a simple question for a chance to win €100 D.I.D Electrical voucher.

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What is the Cheika effect? In the week that the Wallabies are chasing their third title, we analyse the exact nature of Michael Cheika’s influence with the help of veteran Aussie rugby commentator, Greg Growden.

We also investigate the curious case of Ian McKinley, the former Leinster fly-half who’s trying to regenerate his professional career after an horrific eye injury but whose purpose-built goggles aren’t meeting with everyone’s approval.Iain joins us on the show to explain.

We delve into the Pro-12, where things are beginning to gather momentum with the first interpro of the season in Limerick this Friday, and reveal details for our latest competition, run in conjunction with our partners, DID Electrical.

Down the Blind Side - Episode 12 - October 20, 2015

 

And then it was over. On this week’s show, we reflect on a sudden and hugely deflating end to Ireland’s campaign at the hands of our old foes, Argentina. How come Joe Schmidt’s men were out-skilled, outwitted and for a while even out-passioned?

Brendan and Peter discuss in detail. One way of handling the disappointment is to remember that you could have been supporting Scotland on Sunday. Former Scotland and Lions outhalf Craig Chalmers joins us to discuss one of the most controversial refereeing decisions in the history of the tournament.

We’ll also catch up on the Guinness Pro-12, the Ulster Bank League, as well as hoovering up whatever’s out there on the rugby landscape.

Congratulations to Will Cotter from Carrigtwohill Co. Cork, who won last week’s competition. Thanks to DID Electrical, each week during the tournament, we have a €100 voucher for any of the 22 DID stores around the country. Just head over to DTBS and answer a simple question for a chance to win €100 D.I.D Electrical voucher.

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Down the Blind Side - Episode 11 - October 13, 2015

 

The greatest Ireland performance ever? Peter and Brendan were in Cardiff last Sunday and now they examine the fall-out from a seismic collision – including the Sean O’Brien situation.

Our special guest is Leinster legend Felipe Contepomi, who played for Argentina against Ireland in three tournaments, and has a unique insight into Sunday’s quarter-final against the Pumas.

There’s our weekly competition, with a €100 voucher for DID Electrical on offer. We also dip into the Guinness Pro12 and the Ulster Bank League, both of which have full programmes this weekend.

Congratulations to Ailbhe Mulhall from Shankill, Co. Dublin, who won last week’s competition. Thanks to DID Electrical, each week during the tournament, we have a €100 voucher for any of the 22 DID stores around the country. Just head over to DTBS and answer a simple question for a chance to win €100 D.I.D Electrical voucher.

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Down the Blind Side - Episode 10 - October 6, 2015

 

Johnny Sexton gives us the inside track on an underwhelming win over the Italians and tells us what it will take to win at the Millennium.

The hosts re joined by Stephen Jones of the Sunday Times to discuss the ramifications for English rugby and for the tournament.

They discuss Girvan Dempsey’s appointment at Leinster and announce our Ulster Bank Player of the Week, plus the secret of Michael Cheika’s success.

Congratulations to Clíodhna Hand from Sandymount, Dublin 4, who won last week’s competition. Thanks to DID Electrical, each week during the tournament, we have a €100 voucher for any of the 22 DID stores around the country. Just head over to DTBS and answer a simple question for a chance to win €100 D.I.D Electrical voucher.

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Down the Blind Side - Episode 9 - September 29, 2015

 

We hear from Tommy Bowe about back three selection, while Brendan and Peter discuss the azzurri and whether Sergio Parisse can rescue them from their current malaise.

The collision of the tournament so far has been Wales’s dramatic victory over England in Twickenham and we discuss the fall-out with Welsh journalist Rob Cole, who has been covering England/Wales games since the 1980s.

We’ll also have the Guinness Pro-12, our Ulster Bank League Player of the Week.

Congratulations to Simon O’Keeffe of Stonybatter, who won last week’s competition. Thanks to DID Electrical, each week during the tournament, we have a €100 voucher for any of the 22 DID stores around the country. Just head over to DTBS and answer a simple question for a chance to win €100 D.I.D Electrical voucher.

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Down the Blind Side - Episode 8 - September 22, 2015

 

Japan stole everyone’s hearts last weekend so it’s appropriate that the special guest is Mark Egan of World Rugby, whose special responsibility is the performance of the Tier 2 nations. He also just happened to play rugby for Kobe Steel in the 1990s so has a unique insight into the Japanese game. Peter reports from Ireland’s high-tech training base near Burton on Trent and gets some inside track from Rob Kearney.

The hosts choose Ulster Bank League player of the week and look ahead to another jam-packed week.

Competition time and congrats to Colm O’Donoghue from Dublin who won last week’s prize of a gift voucher for €100 from DID Electrical. There is a voucher for the same amount each week , so just head over to DTBS and answer a simple question for a chance to win €100 D.I.D Electrical voucher.

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Down the Blind Side - Episode 7 - September 15, 2015

 

This week Geordan Murphy shares his memories and gives some interesting views on how this year’s tournament will go.

Peter and Brendan predict Joe Schmidt’s team for Ireland’s opener in Cardiff on Saturday, as well as assessing the threat that Canada will bring.

Donal Horgan, Managing Director of DID Electrical, our new sponsor, gives an Irish rugby supporter’s view of the tournament.

Brendan and Peter run the rule over a mixed weekend for the provinces in the Guinness Pro-12, and pick a winner for Ulster Bank League player of the week. Head over to DTBS and answer a simple question for a chance to win €100 D.I.D Electrical voucher.

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