Ireland back-row forward Peter O’Mahony is not intimidated by Jamie Cudmore

first_img Munster captain O’Mahony anticipates a gritty battle with Canada in the Pool D opener, but is adamant Ireland can keep their cool. “Look it’s something that we don’t have any interest in,” said O’Mahony of Cudmore’s ability to wind up opponents. “You’ve seen it over the last two years. “I think it’s pretty much gone out of the game of rugby at this stage, there’s too much going on, there’s too much at stake to be worried about little things like that. “We’ll worry about implementing our gameplan, and stopping a very good Canadian side. “What we have to worry about is doing our homework, putting that to bed and then worrying about our performance and implementing our gameplan. “I don’t think we can focus on niggle or that kind of thing and to be fair I don’t think that’s going to happen. “Both teams will have too much at stake and too much to worry about, and will be purely focused on the match. Peter O’Mahony has vowed Ireland will not let Canada enforcer Jamie Cudmore turn Saturday’s World Cup opener into a series of sideshow skirmishes. Ireland will afford Canada captain Cudmore “a huge amount of respect” at the Millennium Stadium, but are determined not to be drawn into any off-the-ball battles. Evergreen Clermont lock Cudmore was sent off and then banned for five weeks and Paul O’Connell sin-binned in a feisty fracas in Munster’s 23-18 Heineken Cup victory in 2008. “I’m not 100 per cent sure how many caps he has for Clermont but he has a high number of first-class games under his belt, he’s a very experienced player. “Hugely physical, I’ve played against him a couple of times and he really drives Clermont’s pack. “He’s a real go-to guy for them and I’d imagine he’s the same for Canada. “He’s someone that we’ve looked at hard and someone that we’ll have to pay a huge amount of respect to on Saturday. “Cudmore is a hugely tough opponent, hugely physical and a good athlete, a very good rugby player. “So if you’re going to name off all those attributes he’s got to be someone you’re impressed by.” Combative flanker O’Mahony believes the opening of his maiden World Cup campaign can represent a pivotal time in his career. The 25-year-old is determined Ireland can quickly hit form after consecutive defeats to Wales and England in their warm-up schedule. “I think we’ve a lot of areas to cover, we’ve had four important and tough Tests,” said O’Mahony. “We’ve plenty to work on but the good thing is there’s been a real edge to training. “You can see it’s a World Cup week just by the attitude to training, and we’ve got through a lot of very good work that we needed to do, so it’s been good. “It’s my first World Cup so I’m just massively excited to get over there and get stuck in. “It’s certainly one of the biggest weeks of my career.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS EARN CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER NEASDAN

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels GAA News:SeniorsThe senior completed the group phase in the senior championship with a win over Neasdan on Saturday in Greenford. After a shaky first half, the Gaels pulled away to record a comfortable win. Semi final fixtures TBC. JuniorsThe Juniors played St Anthony’s on Sunday in Rusilip in the semi final of the junior championship.  St Anthony’s raced into the lead scoring 4 unanswered points before the Gaels registered their first score. Facing a breeze and a stubborn St Anthony’s side, The Gaels found it hard to get a foothold in the game. They managed to reduce the deficit from 5 points to 2 after Killian Butler hit a goal after some great play from McGinley.They were dealt a blow just before half time conceding a goal to go into the break 6 down. The restart saw the Gaels slip to 8 points adrift before they grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. With McGinley leading the line up front, the full back line on top and the midfield starting to get on top they went on a 9 point scoring spree. They were helped when McGinley put the ball on a plate for Butler to tap in.Both teams exchanged leads in the next couple of minutes and St Anthony’s set up a nervy finish, going 1 point ahead. Winning their kick out The Gaels worked the ball up field and McGinley put Kearney through to tap over and set up a reply. Replay next Saturday 19th, at 4.30 in Ruislip.Funeral Arrangements Tom O’Connor RIPFuneral arrangements for our much loved friend, club memberand Youth President Tom O’Connor  are as follows:Thursday, 17th SeptemberRemoval from Ryan & Daughter Funeral Directors49 Oldfield Lane South, Greenford Middx UB6 9LBat 6.15pm, preceded by Rosary at 5pm.Arriving at 7pm to All Saints, Kenton Road HA3 0VQFriday, 18th SeptemberRequiem Mass at 10am All Saints, Kenton Roadfollowed by Cremation at 12noon at Breakspear CrematoriumBreakspear Road, Ruislip, HA4 7SJFamily Flowers only please – Donations if desired toSt. Luke’s Hospice, Kenton.May he Rest in Peace.Bike rideWell done to all who completed the cycle across Ulster over the past week. The group were received with a rapturous welcome in Carrick on Saturday evening with Maurice Carr being draped in the green and gold! They were joined on the last two days by many old friends and teammates from yesteryear. We look forward to hearing all the stories when the team make a full recovery! You can still make a contribution by visiting the Just Giving page, all donations are greatly appreciated: https://www.justgiving.com/TCGcharitycycle/Lottery Results, 10th September 2015Numbers Drawn 2, 8, 9 & 16Jackpot £1,500 – No Winner£25 Lucky Dip WinnersStephen McLoughlin, c/o TCGTom Mohan, c/o TCGPat McClafferty, c/o TinyJohn McNicholas, c/o TCGNext draw Thursday 24th of SeptemberJackpot £1,550Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.com GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS EARN CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER NEASDAN was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

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