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How national should our national teams be?

On the 15th March 2014, with all going to plan, Brian O’Driscoll will run out for Ireland at Stade de France for the last time. At the conclusion of this game Joe Schmidt will have to fill the massive void that this land’s most iconic sportsman will leave. There have been a number of candidates suggested; Robbie Henshaw, Keith Earls, …

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A bright future for Irish rugby?

In the wake of Ireland’s Six Nations victory over Wales, David Rusk ponders the bright future of the Irish team. After Saturday’s terrific performance against Wales, the true strength and depth of Joe Schmidt’s team was revealed.  Over recent years there have been major changes in the personnel involved in the Irish team.  Ronan O’Gara’s departure was probably the most …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

What a weekend of rugby! Matt Cassidy is here to bring you through the heroes and zeros from this week’s scrummaging escapades. Who’s Hot Ireland A simple game plan provided a simple result. The men in green won every single battle on the field on Saturday at Aviva as they secured a 26-3 victory over reigning champions Wales. Ireland played …

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Tactical masterclass by Joe Schmidt and Ireland

After a resounding victory by Ireland over Wales at the Aviva Stadium, Tadhg Creedon evaluates the performance of the Irish team. It doesn’t get much better than that from Ireland, does it? An absolutely marvellous display as Ireland demolished the Six Nations holders, Wales, by 26-3 in front of a raucous Aviva Stadium crowd.  It was the best display since Ireland last …

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PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

After a weekend of ups and downs across a wide variety of sports, James Clancy takes us through this week’s edition of the PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? WHO’S HOT: Liverpool FC:   Liverpool produced one of the most stunning opening 20 minutes seen at Anfield – and arguably one of the best ever – to blow away …

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PA Sporting Rivalries – Ireland v Wales

This week’s edition of PA Sorting Rivalries looks at the relationship between Ireland and Wales. There was a time when Irish players and fans got on just fine with their Welsh counterparts. As the old saying goes, ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend,’ and both Ireland and Wales were happy to unite in their hatred of England. It …

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Who should replace Rob Penney as Munster head coach?

Following the announcement that Rob Penney will step down as Munster coach at the end of the season, a number of candidates have been linked with the job. James Clancy takes us through the top contenders for the Munster hot-seat.  1. ANTHONY FOLEY ‘Axel’ interviewed for the job back in early 2012 but lost out to Penney. He remained on …

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Six Nations Preview: Ireland vs Wales

Ozer McMahon previews this weekend’s crunch Six Nations fixture between Ireland and Wales. As far as playing on emotions go, one would struggle to find a nation more inclined to do so than Ireland. It is a possible reason as to why the favourite tag never rests easily on the shoulders of those who tog out in the green jersey. …

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Six Nations: Round One -The Winners

Dominic Evans assesses the performances of the opening round of the 2014 RBS Six Nations.  Results: Wales 23-15 Italy. France 26-24 England. Ireland 28-6 Scotland. Wales After just three minutes, the defending champions were gifted a dream start as Alex Cuthbert dived over the white wash.  Wales looked like contenders for building an impressive score line.  A 17-3 half time …

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Six Nations: Round 1- The Losers

The following article assesses the performances and prospects of the losers from the opening round of the 2014 RBS Six Nations. Results:  Wales 23-15 Italy. France 26-24 England. Ireland 28-6 Scotland. Italy The opening match for the Azzurri was a tale of two halves. The visitors endured a nightmare start, when debutant winger Angelo Esposito failed to collect Rhys Preistland’s …

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Six talking points from opening Six Nations weekend

The opening weekend of the Six Nations brought some big talking points to the fore. Giving us his top 6 is James Clancy. 1. France are looking good this year The old rugby cliché states that you never know what you’re going to get with the French, but it looks like we will finally be seeing exactly what this talented …

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5 Reasons to be Cheerful

You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time! Joe Schmidt dipped his toe into the 6 Nations pool for the first time amidst much fanfare this past weekend. Analysing the action is Ozer McMahon. As a …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Who’s Hot Joe Schmidt: The Kiwi coach’s first Six Nations game ended with the desired result as Ireland overcame a stubborn Scotland team 28-6. Schmidt got his 50-50 selections spot on as the likes of Chris Henry and Andrew Trimble put in noteworthy shifts around the park. Next up is the Welsh and the Irish coach knows his team must …

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Time to Stand Up and Be Counted

Ireland have ultimately failed on the international stage over the last ten years, despite a wealth of talent and opportunities, writes Brian Barry.   Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland’s greatest servant, takes to the field to kick off his last 6 Nations Championship this weekend. The man has no more to prove to anyone. His retirement signals the end of what has been described …

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PA Preview: France vs England

Undoubtedly, France vs England is the standout match in the forthcoming Six Nations campaign. The clashes are dubbed ‘Le Crunch’ by both countries due to the intense physical nature. Giving us a preview of the action is Dominic Evans. Usually the physicality is administered by the forwards so it is no wonder that this is where the focus of the …

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PA Preview: France vs England

Undoubtedly, France vs England is the standout match in the forthcoming Six Nations campaign, writes Dominic Evans. The clashes are dubbed ‘Le Crunch’ by both countries due to the intense physical nature. Usually the physicality is administered by the forwards. It is no wonder the focus of the media is on the forwards. History reveals a brutal conflict is to …

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Anglo-Irish Development

Dominic Evans discusses the growing importance of games between the perceived second sides, such as last weekend’s clash between the English Saxons and the Irish Wolfhounds. Last Saturday evening, the England Saxons lost to the Ireland Wolfhounds 8-14 at Kingsholm Stadium. Kingsholm is a familiar ground to some of the Wolfhounds who played against Gloucester a few weeks ago in …

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