About JL Pagano

JL Pagano is a season-ticket holder for Leinster Rugby who also supports Blackrock College RFC, Ireland, London Irish and Queensland Reds. He started the blog Harpin on Rugby on August 21, 2008. Follow JL Pagano on Twitter!

RaboDirect Pro12 Predictions: Rd 1

RaboDirect PRO12 Logo

The preseason is over and it’s time to start playing for real. As is the norm for this time of year, the coaches have a challenge to put together a competitive starting XV, deprived as they are by both injuries and the IRFU’s player protection programme. So without any further ado let’s get down to […]

Super Rugby v Heineken Cup

Super Rugby Scrum

Last Saturday saw the final round of regular season games in Super Rugby. There was high drama all day, especially after the Brumbies’ unlikely loss at home to the Blues saw the reigning champions the Reds pinch the Australian Conference title off them at the last minute. Since it’s off season up here in Europe […]

What do we mean by Rugby “Union”?

Amateur rugby scrum

In rugby terms, what Sonny Bill Williams plans to do to earn a crust for the next while makes no sense whatsoever. Children in New Zealand dream of being good enough to one day wear the silver fern at Test level just the once, let alone be good enough to be the presumptive starting 12 […]

RaboDirect Pro12 Final Preview

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The 2011/12 campaign for the Irish provinces finally comes to a close this Sunday at the RDS when the newly-re-crowned Heineken Cup champions try to add to their trophy cabinet by taking on the Ospreys in the RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final. In total Leinster have faced 14 different opponents at least once this season.  There […]

Leinster – Heineken Cup Champions

Cian Healy at Leinster Heineken Cup final win

When I started Harpin On Rugby back in August 2008, Leinster were about to embark on yet another season in Munster’s shadow, still cursed by the “all style and no substance” tag, with a few far less diplomatic nicknames thrown in for good measure. But still the season-ticket sales were growing by the year, and […]