About Us

EmeraldRugby.com is Ireland's leading Rugby Magazine website.

Emerald Rugby magazine was launched in 2003 to fill a void in the irish marketplace for a high quality informative rugby magazine dedicated to the Irish scene.

The first copies of ER sold out in a matter of days which, confirmed to us, the real need for a high quality Irish Rugby publication.

We produce 10 issues of Emerald Rugby each year with the December/January and June/July issues being combined. Due to the rugby fixture schedules, Emerald Rugby goes onsale in first week of every month, this ensures we can bring you the most relevant and up to date coverage from the Irish game.

Developing Irish Rugby

Our mission is to help develop and promote Irish Rugby in every respect.
We are actively involved in coaching the game at grassroots level, through a multitude of initiatives, however from time to time we like to bring a bit of glamour to the grassroots game!


In 2007 we once again embarked on a series of coaching roadshows, touring the four provinces of Ireland to spread the gospel.This time we were assisted by two mad Southafricans and one mad Kiwi.
With the help and experience of Matt Sexton, Alan Solomons and Robbie Kempson we held a series of Scrum Clinics in each province

The clinics were specifically aimed at bringing grass roots players, coaches and referees up to date with modern scrummaging techniques and training drills. The clinics were once again a resounding success, our way of giving something back to those who support us.

Alan Solomons
Alan Solomons, as well as being a regular contributor to Emerald Rugby Magazine, is globally recognised as one of the world’s leading rugby minds. In his remit as head coach, Alan has presided over teams at the highest level in Super and European club rugby. In terms of international rugby, Alan was also assistant coach to the very successful South African Springbok and now works as a consultant to the International Rugby Board in developing the game on a global scale.

Matt Sexton
Matt Sexton is Player Development Manager of the very successful Canterbury Crusaders in New Zealand. Matt, a highly accomplished hooker, Matt played 124 games for Canterbury and 46 for the Crusaders between 1989 and 2001. Between 2001 and 2004 Matt played 52 games for the Irish province Ulster where he was instrumental in anchoring their front row throughout many European Cup quests. Since returning to his native New Zealand in 2004, Matt has been employed by the Canterbury Crusaders where the NZRU and the All Blacks have utilised his technical prowess to devastating effect.

Robbie Kempson
Robbie Kempson is regarded as one of the world authorities on front row play. A member of an exclusive group, Robbie can play with equal distinction both sides of the scrum (loosehead or tighthead). Robbie made his International debut for South Africa in 1998 and was instrumental in securing the 98 Tri-Nations series for South Africa in his debut season. Robbie went on to make 37 appearances for South Africa in the front row between 98 and 2002. In 2002 Robbie sought new challenges outside South Africa and he joined the Irish province of Ulster under the stewardship of his former Stormers coach, Alan Solomons. 

2004 Rugby Clinics

In November 2004 we held a series of Rugby Coaching Clinics throughout Ireland. The clinics were run by international South African coach Pierre Durant (aka the Mad South-African) who arrived in Ireland fresh off his spell as Forwards Consulting coach to the Springbok on their successful Tri-Nations campaign.

The coaching clinics were a roaring success with many grassroots clubs being exposed to leading edge Southern Hemisphere coaching techniques for the first time. Over 1500 coaches and players attended the clinics.