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Darren Cave Outlines The Need For Continued Ulster Resurgence

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Ulster centre Darren Cave believes that the Irish provinces are in a great position to keep hold of their top talent due to the much-envied player welfare programme but that competitiveness at the top level in Europe is also important in order to thwart the efforts of overseas clubs.  The northern province have been enjoying a very successful season under …

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Ireland’s Underrated XV

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 24: Craig Gilroy of Ulster scores a try during this afternoons European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 match at the Kingspan stadium on January 24, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Ireland have developed an impressive amount of talent in recent seasons. Although David Nucifora may not be a popular figure among Irish rugby fans, his draconian policy has forced the Irish provinces to invest in their academies and produce players capable of replacing overseas imports. This has benefited Irish rugby tremendously, as the provinces must be far more selective in …

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What Is Ireland’s Best Centre Partnership Ahead Of The Autumn Series?

The composition of Ireland’s backline could be very different this autumn. Long before Brian O’Driscoll had even retired, Joe Schmidt and the IRFU had identified Jared Payne as his replacement at outside centre for Ireland. Although the New Zealand born player was 29 when he made his debut against South Africa, he has offered Ireland the space to integrate the …

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Ireland’s Top 30 Players From 2015

As we turn the calendar to 2016, it’s all about fresh starts, fresh beginnings and achieving new goals. Joe Schmidt has named a 48-man squad for the first get together of the New Year. Ireland’s 2016 season doesn’t commence until February 7 but this 24 hour minicamp allows the national coaching team to offer the players fresh insights, and areas to …

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Darren Cave: Opportunity For Me To Stop Complaining

Having watched the centre partnership of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy rock on the caps for Ireland, Ireland’s Darren Cave was biding his time. Despite being brought in to an Irish squad for the firsttimethe  during 2009 6 Nations, the Ulster centre has amassed just 7 senior caps since . Waiting for a chance in a role which saw O’Driscoll and D’Arcy become the …

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Rugby: European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 3

The era of the Heineken Cup is over and the rugby world is now readying itself for the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup. Our preview continues with a look at Pool 3. Pool 3 Along with Pool 1, this is the blockbuster pool. The undisputed European champions, Toulon, with their riches take on ever consistent Leicester Tigers, along with the unlucky Ulstermen and …

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The Gain Line: Taking Stock Of Joe Schmidt’s First Season

As the Irish international season comes to a close, this week’s edition of The Gain Line takes stock of all that the Irish team has achieved under Joe Schmidt. Rounding up what was a hugely successful first season in charge for Joe Schmidt, Ireland slugged their way to an underwhelming 23-17 win against Argentina in Tucuman. The game was no spectacle …

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Focus Friday – Ireland Vs. Argentina – The Sequel

Ireland scored a comfortable win over Los Pumas last week, romping home to a three try victory in Argentina. Henry, Sexton and Cave all touched down for the Six Nations Champions, with Sexton and Madigan adding the surplus. Here’s what to expect from this weekend’s clash. One of Ireland’s positives in the game was the lineout. The importance of the lineout …

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The Gain Line: Accuracy and Execution

The word “cauldron” has entered the rugby lexicon of late describing the hot and heavy imposing atmosphere of daunting away stadia. If the Marcel Michelin or Thomond Park are cauldrons, unfortunately the Estadio Centenario was more of a rusty kettle. Ireland trundled to their first win on Argentinian soil, another feather in Joe Schmidt’s now peacock-like-cap. Tries from Henry, Sexton …

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Irish Rugby Player Rankings – Top Five Irish Players v Argentina

Ireland arrived for the opening test of this two game series as clear favourites with Argentina’s top players being rested for the upcoming Rugby Championship. Here are the Top Five Irish players from the game. Paul O’Connell’s men won the game 29 – 17 but were made to work very hard for the victory by the Puma’s second string side. Despite …

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Five Things Joe Schmidt’s Ireland Must Do In Argentina

The Irish team have touched down in Argentina and are gearing up for the first Test against Argentina on Saturday. Ozer McMahon is here to discuss the five most important things that Ireland must gain from the summer tour. 1. Familiarise Ideas Joe Schmidt has been in the hot seat for less than twelve months and with the winner-takes-all nature of …

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Triskaidekaphobia, Brian O’Driscoll & Irish Rugby

Brian O’Driscoll’s illustrious career came to an end over the weekend and the focus now turns to his potential successor, writes Jonathan Fitzpatrick. Fears and phobias are commonplace throughout society. We experience them, see them, and live them. Both rational, and irrational. Irish coach Joe Schmidt has one fear burning inside him that is growing as the days go by. …

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