About Me

This site is made with pride by a rugby fan.

I am most interested in Irish and European rugby and this site concentrates on this.

I am originally from Dublin and am a supporter of Leinster Rugby.

I now live in USA and am excited about the growth of the sport here.

Send me an email here neil@jackeen.com

Below is a picture of me with Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney. Taken in Dublin, August 2015.

Neil with Jamie and Rob
Jamie Heaslip, Neil, Rob Kearney

I have been to some incredible matches. Standouts are Ireland V All Blacks in Chicago in 2016 – See my page here –  and Ireland V England at Croke Park in 2007.

I also had the pleasure of going to New Zealand in 2017 for the Lions tour. I saw Test 1, match V Wellington Hurricanes and Test 2.  I have seen the All Blacks 3 times and seen them beater twice!

Test 1. Auckland
   British and Irish Lions V Wellington Hurricanes
At D4, Wellington

My favorite try of all times.

This try shows the great vision of Ireland’s greatest scrum half, Munster and Ireland’s Peter Stringer. This is from the 2006 Heineken Cup. Munster get a scrum inside the Biarritz 22. The important moment in this try is at the 58 second point in the clip. Stringer notices that the Biarritz winger has left his position and is playing on the open side of the field. Stringer right away thinks about the gap, but he cannot look back over in that direction in fear that the winger will see that Stringer has seen this space and then the winger will move back. So, Stringer does the put-in at the scrum, takes the ball and goes down the blind side. Now, Stringer does not know (in the 25 seconds time that has passed), if the winger has moved back into position. The great French flanker, Serge Betsen is totally fooled, expecting Stringer to pass to the open side. Stringer jogs in for what appears to be and easy try. Peter Stringer says this is his favorite try of his career.

As of April 2016, Peter Stringer is still playing professional rugby (currently at Sale Sharks) at the age of 38.

One of the great phrases ever in Irish rugby; “Stringer passes to O’Gara” – Now, Ronan O’Gara, there’s another story.

Watch the try here.

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