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No one in the rugby world epitomises the word 'pundit' quite like George Hook. An established broadcaster, author, and journalist, George's knowledge of the world of the oval ball is second to none. Never one to bite his tongue, you can read George's thoughts exclusively on Pundit Arena.

George Hook Column: How Will Joe Schmidt’s Changes Counteract The Expected ‘Boklash’

The lingering puzzle surrounding last weekend’s test result in Cape Town extends as much to the under-performing hosts as it does the triumphant visitors. For sheer bravery, a stubborn refusal to bow to the inevitable and a resolve that belied their desperate circumstances, Ireland deserve huge credit. But serious questions remain; how much of that opening test win can be …

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George Hook Column: Ireland’s Player Ratings

9. Jared Payne Finally, picked in his best position. He was magnificent in everything he did. Inferior to Rob Kearney in the air, but do we want a catch and kick player or a striker from the back? Over to you Joe. 6. Andrew Trimble Despite all the talk about the defensive system the Ulster wing continues to be worse without the …

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George Hook Column: Mike Ross Is Incapable of The Pace Required For International Rugby

In the first instalment of his exclusive column for Pundit Arena, George Hook pulls no punches, criticising Joe Schmidt’s insistence on ignoring form players and Ireland’s diminishing chances in South Africa. In the latter years of the last decade, the rationale for picking John Hayes – who, by 2010, was almost into his dotage – was predicated on the fact that Ireland …

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