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Three Brilliant But Different Irish Backlines At Joe Schmidt’s Disposal

England v Ireland - International Match

There is a huge amount of competition for places in Ireland’s backline. Never before has there been so much competition for places in the Irish squad. In years gone by Irish fans could only hope that neither Brian O’Driscoll or Ronan O’Gara got injured for fear of what lay below them in the pecking order. However, thanks to the IRFU’s succession planning, today …

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Is There Something Missing From Ireland’s Provincial Showdowns Today?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 23: Malcolm O'Kelly (L) of Leinster and Donncha O'Callaghan (R) of Munster grapple at a maul during the Heineken Cup Semi Final between Leinster and Munster at Lansdowne Road on April 23, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Prior to the introduction of the Celtic League in 2001, interprovincial clashes mattered little to those other than the hardened supporter. Played in the depths of winter, not even those charged with covering the sport bothered to give the fixtures the appropriate attention. Given their ambivalence towards an ‘All-Ireland’ league, Ulster engaged in the annual series with added impetus and …

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Analysis: Why Are Many Irish UFC Fans Only Interested In Conor McGregor?

Before I even write this article I can already imagine some of the comments and reaction that will follow. “I’ve been watching UFC since the first Ultimate Fighter.” “I was watching UFC long before McGregor came along.” “What are you talking about? We support all the Irish fighters!” Ireland has some of the best fans in world sport. That’s a fact. …

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The Greatest Lions XV Of The Professional Era

0 Jul 2001: The Lions injured consisting of (l to r) Brian O''Driscoll, Rob Henderson and Jonny Wilkinson watch training in Manly, Sydney, Australia. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers/ALLSPORT

The dawn of the professional era cast much doubt over the sustainability of the infamous British and Irish Lions tours. However, despite much scrutiny and several underwhelming campaigns, the Lions remain one of the novel aspects of a continuously evolving game. “Probably the most powerful brand in world rugby,” according to Sean Fitzpatrick, there is little fear of the Lions …

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The Five Best Centre Partnerships Of The Professional Era

There have been many fantastically talented centres since rugby turned professional, but having a centre partnership that works together effectively and with a balance that benefits the side as a whole is something that has eluded many teams over the years. However, we take a look back at the five best centre partnerships of the professional era. 5) Jean de …

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Kiwi Media Go Out Of Their Way To Prove The All Blacks Don’t Receive ‘Special Treatment’ From Referees

New Zealand v Australia

Referees were once again accused of favouring the New Zealand this week. Owen Franks and the All Blacks drew ire from rugby fans across the globe this week, after the All Black prop allegedly gouged one of Kane Douglas’ eyes. Although the incident was picked up by the cameras and caused outrage among fans and ex players like Brian O’Driscoll, it looks …

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International Rugby: World’s Best Try Scorers XV

We all love to see lots of tries in a game of rugby, but who are the most prolific try scorers in the history of international rugby? We put together a team made up of the highest try scorers in each position. 1) Martin Scelzo (12 tries) Argentina’s Scelzo scored twelve tries throughout his career and was a part of …

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Ireland’s Greatest XV

As we continue to look at the best players for each major nation at international level, we next move on to Ireland and the individuals who have been the most successful for their country. Each team below is based on statistics rather than one person’s opinions, therefore there is an element of objectivity rather than personal preference. We begin by …

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International Rugby: The ‘Drop Kick Kings’ XV

The drop goal is one of the many features of the sport of rugby that are unique to the game. It’s also an incredibly potent weapon for beating sides in attritional matches and we’ve seen a regular occurence of them during world cup tournaments. This writer has put together a side made up of players in each position who have …

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International Rugby: The Greatest Captains XV

At the heart of every good team is a fantastic captain and there have been some truly great leaders in rugby over the years. We decided to put together a XV made up of the most successful captains in the history of rugby union. 1) Wilson Whineray (22 wins) As a player, Sir Wilson Whineray played 32 tests for the …

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It’s Complicated: Sports Stars & The Media Rarely Have A Smooth Relationship

Detective Sgt. Dignam once said in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime classic The Departed that “my theory on Feds is that they’re like mushrooms. Feed ’em s**t and keep ’em in the dark.” Sgt. Dignam was a straight shooter. A witty, hard-ass detective who called it how he saw it and a police sergeant that thrived on instinct, but his theory on Federal police officers can also be applied to …

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Analysis: Can Andy Farrell Fix Ireland’s Defence?

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There are a lot of question marks surrounding Ireland heading into their first Test against South Africa this Saturday in Cape Town. Will Ian Madigan continue to deputise in the absence of Johnny Sexton? Can Tadgh Furlong or Finlay Bealham loosen Mike Ross’ stranglehold on the number 3 jersey? And will Ultan Dillane and Iain Henderson impose themselves as the Irish second-row …

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Reviewing Ireland’s Previous Tours Of South Africa

Ireland Tour of South Africa 20/6/1998 South Africa vs Ireland A fight breaks out between the two teams Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland kick-off their summer tour of South Africa this Saturday in what will be, remarkably, only their fifth time visiting the country. Previous expeditions occurred in 1961, 1981, 1998 and 2004. In fact 1961 was only Ireland’s third tour ever, having previously been to Canada in 1899 and Argentina and Chile in 1952. The 1961 party was captained by Ronnie …

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