To celebrate Balls.ie's fifth birthday and the launch of our new design next Monday, we're looking back across the history of the site to reminisce over the posts which received more views than the other 1,786 articles (that's a lot of content) we've published.
Today we bring you numbers ten to seven with the rest coming tomorrow and Thursday. So without further ado...
10. Donncha O'Callaghan puts Brian O'Driscoll in his place
When it comes to Twitter Irish rugby players love throwing little digs at each other, with Brian O'Driscoll being culprit no.1. However on this occasion he found himself on the receiving end after an attempt to take the piss out of Donncha O'Callaghan backfired.
@clongowes @BrianODriscoll How did that honours student end up in the foundation English class ?!?!
— Donncha O'Callaghan (@docallaghan4) January 11, 2015
9. He who laughs last...
In truth however, it's O'Driscoll who emerges as the real winner as he comes in at no.9 in our list of most popular stories, in yet another Twitter related word-beginning-with-b-and-rhyming-with-canter-that's-banned-on-our-site. This time it was Rory McIlroy who found himself on the end of BOD's quick tongue after he boasted a photo of himself squatting a shitload of weight during his leg workout.
Great leg workout to start the day! #betterneverstops pic.twitter.com/GDifcawU2U — Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) November 19, 2014
@McIlroyRory ye clever bollix putting the heavy looking 10's on!
— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) November 19, 2014
8. This poor child
There's a lot more can be said about this video apart from 'wait for it ... wait for it...'
7. Was Mike Brown feeling slightly bitter?
Rolling in at no.7, Mike Brown's feelings after Ireland won this year's Six Nations may have come from the heart but he didn't get much sympathy. His dig at Scotland and Italy was so poorly disguised that even Clouseau would cop what he meant.
Massive credit to the French for the way they fronted up for this game and for the way they played, compared to a few other countries.
Fair play to France, they played a game. I don’t need to saying anything else. Everyone knows it.
It was fast paced, end to end. We played good rugby, they played good rugby. France turned up and made a game of it. They could have easily folded, so it was great to see that from them, from a spectator point of view.