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These Messages From Ex-Teammates Show Just How Respected O’Connell Is

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Paul O'Connell (C) the captain of Ireland gathers his team ahead of the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Since Paul O’Connell announced his retirement from rugby this morning, tributes have been flowing in from past teammates congratulating the Limerick native on a truly stellar career for Munster and Ireland. The 36-year-old enjoyed a 14-year professional career and was capped 108 times for Ireland with 174 appearances for Munster. Over the course of his career he compiled an impressive list …

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Video: Jonny Wilkinson’s Top 10 Tackles Of All Time

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 2: Dan Carter of the All Blacks is tackled by Jonny Wilkinson of the Lions during the second test between the British and Irish Lions and the New Zealand All Blacks at Westpac Stadium July 2, 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand. The All Blacks won the match 48-18. (Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images)

Last week, we compiled a team of the greatest players to ever grace the Six Nations championship. While some positions undoubtedly caused their fair share of debate, the biggest bone of contention was the selection at out-half. Jonny Wilkinson and Ronan O’Gara both had their merits, but we went for the Englishman, much to the disappointment of some readers. Some …

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Conor O’Shea Makes Massive Announcement On His Future As Harlequins Coach

Conor O’Shea has been linked with the Italian job. Harlequins have this afternoon announced on their website that Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea will leave Harlequins at the end of the season. While the announcement will come as a surprise to many, O’Shea has been linked with a number of vacancies over the past number of months, particularly the Italian job. Indeed, we previously …

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Could a 3-Try Bonus Point Rule Save Rugby?

Let’s face it, nobody wants to watch 80 minutes of rugby and see a scoreline of 9-3 at the end. We want the chip and chase, the back-door reverse pass, the moment of genius that unlocks a defensive system, the training ground set-piece move that cuts open a backline. We don’t want a game of kicking tennis, waiting for someone …

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Conor O’Shea Linked With Harlequins Exit

Conor O’Shea could be about to leave Harlequins. When rumours of Italy’s interest in Conor O’Shea first began to circulate, we were of course sceptical. O’Shea has after all, built a strong team at Harlequins who play an attractive brand of rugby. Indeed in the aftermath of the World Cup, it seemed far more likely that O’Shea would replace Stuart …

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Ronan O’Gara Linked With International Vacancy

Ronan O’Gara could be about to to leave Racing. While Conor O’Shea had been touted as a potential successor to Jacques Brunel, few were surprised to hear that the Harlequins boss turned down the opportunity to become the next Italian coach. However, O’Shea’s decision to remain at Quins means that the Italian Rugby Federation are running short of time to appoint a …

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Tributes Pour In For Mike Phillips After Retirement Announcement

Mike Phillips has been one of the greats of Welsh rugby over the past decade winning 99 caps. However, the Racing Metro scrum-half today announced that he has retired from international rugby. Naturally, tributes have been pouring in for the man who won three Six Nations titles under Warren Gatland, and toured with the Lions on two occasions. Massive respect …

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Ronan O’Gara Will Not Be Leaving France

Reports last week suggested that Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O’Gara will be leaving Racing Metro in order to join Joe Schmidt’s coaching staff after Les Kiss stepped down. However, this morning these claims have been denied. After the Paris attacks, rumours abounded that the former out-half was unhappy in the French capital, and if an opportunity to return to Ireland …

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Ronan O’Gara Could Return To Coach With Ireland

Reports today suggest that Racing Metro skills and kicking coach, Ronan O’Gara, is set to leave France to join the Irish coaching team. There is a vacancy after Les Kiss stepped down as defence coach, and a big personality like O’Gara would certainly lift spirits in the camp. Kiss departs for Ulster to take on the role as director of …

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Dan Carter Reveals How He Could Have Played For Ireland

Dan Carter could have enjoyed a career in green. Although some have yet to read Dan Carter’s autobiography, the stories emerging from it are juicy enough to make anyone travel to their local book shop. Today we have read how the World Cup winner was offered a contract in the NFL, with other stories from throughout his career are circulating online. However the latest to …

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Dirty Tricks Campaign against Sexton is Nothing New From French Media

Conor O’Mahony draws parallels between how the French media attempted to smear Ronan O’Gara in 2007 and their attempts to discredit Johnny Sexton this week.  Ireland face the biggest game of the Joe Schmidt era this coming Sunday, when they face France in the Millenium stadium. The stakes could scarcely be higher, and it will for all the world feel like a knock out game …

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Ronan O’Gara Gives Extraordinary Insight Into The Pressure Facing Kickers

In Patrick McCarry’s new book The New Breed: Irish Rugby’s Professional Era, Ronan O’Gara has given some fascinating insight into the highs and lows of being a kicker in high pressure situations. ‘I make the point that the No.10 position, the kicker position, is unlike any other.’ O’ Gara says. ‘It’s a team game, but I often say to Johnny [Sexton] and the …

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Ian Madigan Asks Pundits To Define Game Management

Leinster and Ireland out half, Ian Madigan, gave a frank interview last night There are few players in Irish rugby who divide opinion as much as Ian Madigan. Debate surrounding his best position and game management are popular amongst supporters. Some even argue that he is picked ahead of Paddy Jackson on the basis that he can cover a number of …

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Sports Doc Of The Week – ROG. The Ronan O’Gara Documentary

This week’s Sports documentary of the week is the wonderful and painfully honest ROG. The Ronan O’Gara documentary.  The documentary covers the final four years of O’Gara’s playing career, giving us unprecedented access to his public and private life. As well all remember, those four years were incredibly poignant for O’Gara. For the first time in his career there was …

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Ireland’s Top 15 Six Nations Memories

Nostalgia alert! Calm your Six Nations excitement and hysteria with 15 of the best memories Ireland have provided us with.   The 16th instalment of rugby’s greatest tournament kicks off on Friday night and since the inclusion of the Italians, Ireland’s rugby fortunes have drastically changed from the dark days of the nineties when the men in green could not …

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Brawl Of Fame – Rugby’s Most Notorious Fights

Matt Cassidy lists the most notorious fights in rugby history. Warning: contains graphic scenes.   At the Aviva last Saturday Leinster did battle with Harlequins in a crucial European Cup match. The Blues just about got the better of Conor O’Shea’s visitors. However, besides the vital win for Leinster and a losing bonus point for ‘Quins, the scenes towards the …

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