Join The42 for a special Six Nations preview event with Simon Zebo
Six Nations winners. Grand Slam champions. Victory against the All Blacks. World number two.
There's no question that 2018 was one of the biggest years in the history of Irish rugby. Now Joe Schmidt's side must try to carry that momentum into the new year and all the way through to the Rugby World Cup in Japan this autumn.
So, all eyes are on the Aviva Stadium and Saturday 2 February as Ireland open their Six Nations defence with a mouthwatering clash against their nearest, dearest rivals, England.
To set the scene for what promises to be an enthralling championship, we're returning to the Liberty Hall Theatre on Dublin’s Eden Quay for a very special preview event on Thursday, 31 January @ 7pm.
We're delighted to be joined former Munster and Ireland star Simon Zebo for an in-depth live conversation with The42's very own Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey.
The Racing 92 man will give us the lowdown on his new life in France and the Top14, share his insights on what makes Schmidt's Ireland tick, and take a closer look at how the other nations are shaping up in their bid to topple the champions.
Tickets are €20 and you'll receive a complimentary copy of The42's latest book, Behind The Lines II, on entry.
Behind The Lines, No. 2 - Great Irish sports stories from The42, 2018
Behind the Lines, No. 2 is another collection of some of the year’s best sports stories produced by the award-winning team at The42, Ireland’s favourite sports app.
Ryan Bailey excavates his family history to piece together the story of his uncle, Busby Babes star Liam Whelan, on the anniversary of the Ireland midfielder’s death in the Munich Air Disaster.
Murray Kinsella spends an afternoon in Australia with Munster legend John Langford to reminisce on the province’s nascent glory days and a dressing room shared with Claw, Axel and ROG, while Eoin O’Callaghan talks to the players who were humbled by Katie Taylor on the football pitch.
Read the story of the inter-county kitman who almost gambled away his life, and the UFC hopeful living in a caravan in a gym car park as he works his way to Vegas from a life in prison... and much more.
This is longform writing for the sports fan in your life.
Praise for Behind The Lines, No. 2:
‘Fine sportswriting... as compelling as it is often amusing and touching. These are stories that go far beyond sport, and they still resonate long after they have been read.’ Donald McRae, The Guardian
‘A welcome addition to the genre.’Michael Lyster, The Sunday Game
‘More evidence that terrific sports writing is just terrific writing, period... The men and women writing for The42 provide an essential voice that speaks a universal language.’ Glenn Stout, The Best American Sports Writing
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