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The Power Plays: Key Leinster Traits Evident In Much-Changed Side

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Brought to you by Energia, proud sponsors of Leinster Rugby ___ It may have been a dead rubber fixture at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday but both Ulster and Leinster used the opportunity to provide more experience to their younger contingents. From a Leinster perspective, the likes of the raw Will Connors, Oisin Dowling and Jimmy O’Brien all gained invaluable …

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The Power Plays: Mike McCarthy On Leinster’s Defensive Evolution

Brought to you by Energia, proud partner of Leinster Rugby _____ Since the 2015/2016 PRO12 final defeat to Connacht at Murrayfield, Leinster’s defence has evolved to one of the strongest rearguards in European rugby today. Much of that work can be credited to the influence of Stuart Lancaster, who analysed that defeat and quickly realised that Leinster were getting killed …

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Ireland’s Overseas XV

Ireland have slowly been accumulating overseas players in recent seasons. In a very candid interview published in the Irish Examiner yesterday, Luke Fitzgerald bluntly took a stance against the IRFU’s policy of recruiting overseas players. Very deliberately, Fitzgerald reasoned that the policy was “wrong”, before bluntly asking “Are we not good enough to fill the spots? I don’t know if there’s …

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Analysis: Kirchner’s Back, Healy’s Slimmer & A Breakout Season For Ross Molony?

Twenty-point defeats generally leave sides with a lot more questions than answers, but in a pre-season game where Leinster rolled out 35 players in a 39-19 defeat to Bath at Donnybrook, there were real signs of encouragement. The game was headlined by the pre-season returns of Rob Kearney, Cian Healy and Mike McCarthy, while Ross Molony captained Leinster for the first time. …

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Summer Tests: Our Injured XV Selection

The summer rugby tours of our home nations are set to kick off this weekend. Ireland, England and Wales all travel to the Super Rugby nations of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand respectively, while Scotland take on the emerging far eastern power that is Japan. As final match day squads are being formed, let’s take a look at the XV …

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Five Irish Stars Set To Miss Test Series Against South Africa

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Joe Schmidt must once again work with a huge injury list as he plans Ireland’s trip to South Africa next month. Perhaps the biggest single topic of conversation around Ireland’s 2016 Six Nations campaign was the sheer size of the injury list with which Joe Schmidt and co had to grapple with for the entire tournament. Compounding the enormous loss …

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Five Established Players Who Are At Risk Of Losing Their Places In The Irish Squad

Joe Schmidt has subtly began changing the make up of the Irish squad. When Ireland lost to Argentina and crashed out of the World Cup last autumn, a number commentators began demanding that Joe Schmidt not only change his strategy, but the make up of his squad. In the aftermath of Ireland’s defeat to France, those call got louder, with fans also demanding the inclusion …

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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Squad For Six Nations Tie With England

Amid a mounting injury crisis with Mike McCarthy, Seán O’Brien and Dave Kearney all ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations Championship, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has delivered some good news on the injury front. Following an impressive and hard-fought win over Cardiff on Saturday, Leinster props Cian Healy and Mike Ross return to the Ireland squad. …

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Ireland Trio Ruled Out For the Rest Of The Six Nations

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: The injured Mike McCarthy of Ireland waves to the fans as he is stretchered off the pitch during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will be a worried man after the first two games of the Six Nations Championship. The defending champions are yet to register a win in this season’s tournament, and things are not getting any easier as they face a trip to the lions’ den of Twickenham to face table-toppers England. The French game last week was a …

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What Now For Connacht Following Robbie Henshaw’s Move To Leinster?

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Robbie Henshaw of Connacht is tackled by James Hook of Gloucester during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Gloucester and Connacht at Kingsholm Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Gary Brennan queries where to now for Connacht following the announcement of Robbie Henshaw’s move to Leinster? As the Six Nations heads into a break and we can take a collective sigh after two bruising rounds against Wales and France, we inevitably turn back to look at the domestic rugby that has continued as normal. One of the biggest things to …

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Controlled Approach Needed From Ireland Scrum For France Game

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Mike McCarthy of Leinster wins lineout ball ahead of Tom Wood of Northampton during the Heineken Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster Rugby at Franklin's Gardens on December 7, 2013 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Leinster’s Mike McCarthy, again selected in Ireland’s second row with Devon Toner for Saturday’s encounter with France in Stade de France, has spoken as to how Ireland’s scrum need to set the tone from the off.   Aware of the vast bulk and durability of the French scrum, he has noted the need for attention to detail as well as …

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Three Incidents Missed By Referees That Could Have A Massive Bearing On The Six Nations Championship

Last weekend’s games were decided by fine margins. Every weekend we hear commentators and pundits tell us that international test matches are decided by the finest of margins. However it is not the missed tackles or poor passes that they refer to as being the fine margins, it is the often overlooked actions of players who carry the ball too high into contact or …

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Modern Rugby – How The Irish Wolfhounds Have Evolved

Ozer McMahon discusses the development of the Irish Wolfhounds from a test-bed for up and coming players, to a stage where established internationals can gain precious minutes. It’s not long since the Irish A team, or the Wolfhounds as they have been rebranded, was a stepping stone towards elite international recognition and a breeding ground for those excelling themselves at …

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