Talking Rugby with Dave O’Grady.

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Ciarán, William and Pedro join Dave to look back on the Irish provinces’ games last weekend. The lads look at how the Heineken Cup pools are shaping up after 4 rounds and predict who should qualify for the knockout stages, as it’s the time where permutations can be assessed.

Ulster have done the job home and away to Aironi, Leinster found their best form in the Aviva against Bath while Munster ground out another win and Connacht still can’t catch a break!

In a special feature this week, Doc also joins us to discuss his Christmas wishes in rugby, along with Pedro and William.

Coming up on the show:

00:00 – Munster’s win over Scarlets yet once again an average performance (Pool 1).

13:00 – Ulster’s 2nd bonus point over Aironi and what new signing John Afoa has brought to the table. (Pool 4)

18:00 – Leinster’s stunning win over Bath. Jonny Sexton in the form of his life in blue colours along with the emergence of the formerly maligned Devin Toner. (Pool 3)

28:00 – Same old story for Connacht, another plucky loser tag! In France, Harlequins stun Toulouse in a tale of 2 All Black flyhalves. (Pool 6)

33:50 – “A pool characterised by mediocrity”. Possibly the poorest pool for a long time in the competition, as Cardiff & Edinburgh lead the way but fail to impress. (Pool 3)

35:50 – Ospreys’ efforts to rid themselves of their star culture hasn’t paid dividends, as Saracens do the double over the Welsh region. (Pool 5)

37:20 – A look ahead to the Stephen’s Day interpros in the RaboDirect Pro12 and the chance they present to up and coming youngsters.

42:00 – Talking Rugby’s Christmas wishes, which include coaching changes at provincial level, the re-employment of certain national coaches, a new head at NAMA and using the intellect of a school child to fix the scrum!

Finally we’d like to wish all our listeners a merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

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