This week saw Richie Sadlier launch his book “Recovering”.   Richie reflects on his childhood, the lifestyle of professional soccer players, what happens when it ends overnight and how he recovered from it all – told through the lens of the road he has taken since, pursuing a career in psychotherapy and the insight this has brought him.  It was a busy week for Richie, with a Late Late show appearance, book signing in Easons Dundrum and official launch with Gill books.

The Irish team got back to winning ways with a bonus point victory over Russia.  Rhys Ruddock put in a Man of the Match performance with is high energy work rate.  Unfortunately Jordi Murphy’s day finished on 24 minutes as suffered a bad injury to the ribs Garry Ringrose played another full game and continues to show his importance to this Irish team in attack and defence. Andrew Conway looked threatening as every opportunity but the ball didn’t get out to him as much as it should have.  Andrew Porter came on the 57 minute and made an impact off the bench.

It was another tough day at the office for Conor O’Shea as his Italian side lost 49-3 against South Africa.

Connacht were back to winning ways with a 41-5 win over Treviso.  It was a good team performance.  Eoghan Masterson continued with his tireless performances for 65 mins before being replaced by his brother Sean who made his Connacht Senior debut.  Tiernan O’Halloran also produced a solid 65mins and ensured the game was well won before he was replaced.  Matt Healy played another full 80 and is one of the most consistent performers in this Connacht team.

It was a tough night for Ulster playing the Cheetahs at altitude in Bloemfontein, they got a small reward in coming away with a bonus point for scoring 4 tries. Bill Johnston made his Ulster debut at out-half and he played the full game.  Eric O’Sullivan was called into the starting team as a late replacement and got another good 47 minutes at a very high intensity. Greg Jones has really taken ownership of the Number 8 jersey and produced another fine performance for 80 mins.

Munster recorded a bonus point win against the Southern Kings.  Darren Sweetnam was at the heart of the first try, with a clever, chip, chase and reclaim. Darren O’Shea and Fineen Wycherley are continuing to be a formidable partnership in the second row and Fineen went over for a try on the 79thminute.  They were up against Jerry Sexton in the Kings second row.  James Cronin came on for the final quarter and looks to have recovered well from last seasons injuries and getting some valuable game time.

It was all too easy for Leinster as they disposed of Ospreys 53-5.  Caelan Doris continues to impress at Number 8, he is very consistent for such a young player.   It was great to see Fergus McFadden back on the pitch, his experience and leadership is important with so many young players on the pitch and he added a try for further measure.  James Tracy & Ross Molony were brought on for the final quarter.  Leinster are doing a great job with their squad rotation trying to get game-time for as many players as possible.

In the Championship Cup, Ealing Trailfinders have 3 wins from 3.  Dave Johnston is a key man in their backline and is now playing in the less familiar position of outside centre.  He provides such a versatile option for Ealing.

Amy Broadhurst  continues to make a name for herself as she has reached the final 8 of the 60kg World Boxing Championships

Fiona Coghlan continues her work with RTE for their coverage of the Rugby World Cup.  Fergus McFadden shares his insight weekly on The Left Wing podcast, talking all things Rugby World Cup.  Catch up with Jenny Murphy as she continues to host PlayXPlay podcast.  Joy Neville participated in two Q&A sessions on behalf of Mastercard.