Murphy’s raring to go

first_img The 23-year old has two appearances off the bench to his name but is in the starting line-up for the first time for the opening Test against the Pumas in Resistencia. He made his debut in the Six Nations loss away to England and picked up his second cap in the win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Leinster’s back row forward Jordi Murphy cannot wait to start his first game for Ireland when they take on Argentina on Saturday and says it will be a dream come true. The Pumas may also be under strength but Murphy said all their research indicates a massive challenge from the home side in Resistencia. He added: “They are an incredibility combative side. Really hungry, come at you from all angles really. “And you just can’t knock off at all because they are a big team. They really punch on opportunities if they think you switch off at all. “We’ve watched a lot of their game tape and a lot of their tries come from team knocking off or knock-ons and they just pounce on the ball and play quickly and get their tries. “So they are just a really combative, aggressive side and we’ll have to meet that,” he added. But now he has been given the opportunity to make a mark, named at number eight in a back row which also includes Chris Henry and debutant Robbie Diack. Murphy, who was born in Barcelona before his family moved back to Ireland when he was eight, said: “It’s my first start for Ireland so I’m really excited about that. “I’m just looking to repay the faith the coaches, Joe (Schmidt) especially, have shown in me to give me that first start. “One of the dreams you’d have growing up (is to play for your country). “I had two games off the bench for Ireland but I’ve been looking for that start and I’m really excited for now and I’m going out to make the most of it and leave a mark.” Murphy knows opportunities to impress his former Leinster coach on the international scene will be scarce between now and the World Cup, but he is starting in an Irish side full of confidence despite so many changes from the triumphant Six Nations side. He continued: “It is a building block I suppose to the World Cup. There are about 10 games to go before then, so we really have to set our stall out and, with the new faces coming in, put our name in the hat for then. “It’s exciting times. We are high in confidence and there is a good buzz through the squad so we are really looking forward to this weekend.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The notion of firing Mike Tomlin is rooted partly in racial discontent (Oct. 16)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—First of all, the way things are going with “your” Black and Gold, it’s easy to get distracted, but given the remarkable accomplishments of Ms. Simone Biles, the distraction is easy and right on time. In case you were distracted, check this out: The 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist All-Around, Vault & Floor; Part of the Gold Medal-winning team dubbed “The Final Five;” Four Olympic Games Gold Medals; 19 World Championships; Two Pacific Rim Championships; Two All-Around World Cups; Five All-Around World Championships; Six-time U.S. National All-Around Champion; Three-time World Silver Champion; Three-time World Bronze Champion. She is the most decorated American gymnast of all-time and soon to be the most decorated gymnast of all-time!!!:09—Here’s how bad things have gotten in Steel Town. I was actually wasting time cheering for the lowly Bengals to beat the Dirty Bird Ravens and pulling for the Seahawks to keep the Browns in the Doghouse. C’mon man! (Turns out, on Oct. 13, the Ravens beat the Bengals, and the Browns lost at the last minute to the Seahawks…so I got one of them!):08—I know you will…but let’s hope a few folks on the perimeter read this and get it. Let’s be honest and call it what it really is. This ridiculous notion that the Rooneys are going to fire Mike Tomlin is rooted partly in racial discontent. He’s one of only two Steelers head coaches to win three division titles in his first four seasons. His record in his twelve-plus seasons in the regular season is now 127-70-1, the second-best record in the entire NFL during that span. His combination with Ben Roethlisberger has more regular season wins than any other combo in Steeler history…and we hit a massive brick wall and “you-all”…”ya’ll” want him gone. That deserves a double “C’mon Man” and one “Are You Crazy!?!?”:07—BTW, you try losing the best receiver in the game (screw-up as he may be!), the 1st or 2nd best running back in the game (sellout that he is!) and not your first, but your second starting quarterback as well, and let me know how that’s working for ya!:06—You only need to check one of my articles about 10 years ago to know I’ve been a longtime proponent that college players get paid! Long story short, cause there’s not enough time or space here, but you do the math. Just multiply all the colleges in the United States, NCAA Division 1, 2 & 3, then add up all the money coming in from all varsity sports. Now…tell me where all that money is. While you’re adding up don’t leave out the exorbitant salaries of the college administrators who, for the most part, never played anything but “Checkers.” C’mon people, get a clue here.:05—I am telling you now, if you’re afraid of the dark, don’t go see the Joker by yourself. Mmmmmaaaannnnn! 4 Basketballs just because it’s that sick.:04—I see some of you here and there, now and then, doing this and that…and you tell me you’re plugged into the music of your life I remind you of. But I bet you haven’t done this. Put the late great Wes Montgomery in the machine on your way home from work, roll the windows up and cruise in the slow lane. My suggestion is go with “A Day in the Life” and let the world just pass you by.:03—FINE-AL-LY, College basketball season is here. Let’s get ready for a greatly improved Duquesne season, a stepped-up Robert Morris season and if you heard Coach Jeff Capel on our Sports Show “Soul Take —Champions Live,” Pitt will be it this year.:02—Oh, the Penguins are playing and they’re third in the Metropolitan Division with six points. That’s all I got.:01—I know I keep throwing this at ya. But after this week, if you still need a reason to vote Trump out, you’re just not trying. As Cedric the Entertainer would say… “I don’t know what else to tell ya.”:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more