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Six Nations: Top Five Irish Triple Crown Victories

This weekend Ireland take on England in the Six Nations with a Triple Crown up for grabs, Matt Cassidy takes a look back at five great Irish Triple Crown victories. One of the great dates of the Irish sporting calendar takes place this Saturday when twenty three heroes in green will line up for Ireland’s Call at Twickenham. Traditionally, taking on the …

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Who is Sam Burgess?

So just who exactly is Sam Burgess? You may have heard the name floating around over the past week or so. Unless you’re a Rugby League follower it’s unlikely his name has slipped into your consciousness to often before then. Well, Sam Burgess is the latest Rugby League star who has had decided to switch codes and try his hand at Rugby Union. …

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England vs Ireland: Five Key Battles For Glory At Twickenham.

The biggest contest of the Six Nations to date approaches as Ireland anticipate their clash with England at Twickenham.  Matt Cassidy presents the key battles for supremacy at Twickenham on Saturday. The match on Saturday will present each country’s sternest examination so far and perhaps will decide the destiny of the championship.  Ireland have a 100% record with solid wins …

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

WHO’S HOT: Bernard Jackman:  Grenoble forwards coach Jackman lauded his team’s defensive commitment as the French minnows shocked Top 14 leaders Clermont 16-13. Grenoble, who were only promoted to the top tier of French rugby in 2012, are now up to fourth in the league after winger Alipate Ratini ran in a stunning try with 12 minutes left on the clock. Irish scrum-half James …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy is back with this week’s edition of Rugby: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not. Who’s Hot Donnacha O’ Callaghan: The international dream may be over but the provincial career is still going strong as the Cork man made history when he came on as a first half substitute for the unfortunate Dave O’ Callaghan. Donnacha earned his 241st cap …

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Rugby: Injury Merry-Go-Round and Grasping Opportunities

Ask any professional athlete about their job and the majority will tell you they are living the dream. Getting paid to play a game they love, in front of thousands of adoring fans and all the while receiving a substantial wage. There are some pitfalls however; the agony of a narrow defeat, the humiliation of a hammering, the frustration of …

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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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