Ronan O’Gara called in from Paris to talk about Leinster vs Munster with Kevin McLaughlin. Kev’s particularly open about how tough he found it early in his career when preparing to play Munster, and when that changed. We then chatted with Scarlets lock and new Munster signing for 2018/19, Tadhg Beirne. How did he end up leaving Leinster and heading to Wales? What sort of deal did he turn down to return to Ireland? And…Â why Irish exiles should leave their Irish mobile charged at all times.
The Times of London has run a number of pieces this week on the subject of player injuries. “Inquest into injuries in the Aviva Premiership“i was the starting headline, with various accompanimentsii. It points to an injury epidemic in Premiership Rugby, attributed to a sharp/sudden increase in ball in play time, tackles and rucks since last season. It “revealed”iii that rugby’s most recent law changes are responsible for the above increases which are in turn leading to increased injuries.
Interesting week. Billy Vunipola said he’d be ok with being paid less money to play fewer games, a stance that will have pleased the IRFU’s David Nucifora who reckoned he owed big Billy a cheque in the mail. So, on this week’s podcast Ronan O’Gara and Stephen Ferris discussed player welfare in modern rugby: is the IRFU’s player welfare system really a weapon when it comes to competing against the big chequebooks from the Premiership and Top 14?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".