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5 Players Who Could Replace Paul O’Connell As Irish Captain

Joe Schmidt will have to appoint a new captain before Ireland’s Six Nations Campaign. The last number of years has seen the Irish team enter a period of transition. Since the 2011 World Cup, the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, David Wallace, Ronan O’Gara and Gordon D’Arcy have seen their international careers come to a close. For Paul O’Connell, this World Cup …

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Ulster Rugby Release Slick Home and Away Jerseys

Ulster launched their new Kukri kits yesterday at the Kingspan Stadium, revealing a slick all-white home jersey and a flashy blue away strip. Captain Rory Best along with a host of Ulster and Ireland stars including Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Paddy Jackson, Andrew Trimble, Chris Henry and Iain Henderson helped launch the new kits at the official launch yesterday evening. …

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What Would A Lions XV in 2015 Look Like?

Here at Pundit Arena HQ, to say we’re heartbroken on a weekend with no Six Nations action is a bit of an understatement.   And as any rugby fan knows, there is no better way to pass the time than to sit down and ponder what would a Lions team look like if there was a tour this year. Fullback: …

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Ireland 19-9 England: 5 Alternative Talking Points

With Ireland recording a crucial 19-9 Six Nations victory over England this weekend, Brian Barry discusses five alternative talking points from the clash at the Aviva Stadium. 5. Second phase failure It is part of the Joe Schmidt blueprint to keep things tight, stick to the plan, and take scoring chances when they arise. This does not always guarantee tries. A …

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Ireland v England: 5 Reasons Ireland Will Win

The English come to town for what is being dubbed the Championship decider. It is going be tight, and few have got down off the fence. Brian Barry is the exception, and gives us five reasons why England will be sent home with their tails between their legs. 1. Superior Out-Half There has been much hype surrounding George Ford since Stuart Lancaster …

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Glorious Ireland Hold Out Against Australia

If one was told Ireland would go undefeated in the Guinness Autumn International Series, we all would have bitten the proverbial hand off.  However, is this Irish team at the peak of its powers? Ireland backed up their win over South Africa two weeks ago as they held off a determined Australia fight-back to edge victory in a thrilling game in Dublin. …

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Ireland Vs Australia – Three Key Battles

Ireland face Australia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday at 4:30pm. Brian Barry has selected three key battles ahead of the game. Rob Kearney vs Israel Folou Folou is the best fullback in the world. With 17 tries in his 27 caps, Folou can be devastating. An all-round athlete, he has tried his hand at Rugby League and Australian Rules …

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Ireland XV Prediction

Following the win over South Africa, Jonathan Fitzpatrick selects his XV to start for Ireland in the Rugby World Cup next summer. With the beginning of the November internationals comes the beginning of Ireland’s World Cup cycle, as after this season they’ll be vying for the William Webb Ellis trophy across the water. What fifteen are in pole position for …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

In Matt Cassidy’s weekly feature he discusses the good and the bad of the rugby world. So who’s hot and who’s not this week? _____ Who’s hot Nick Williams The massive Ulster number eight had a productive evening on Friday night in Belfast. Numerous carries, many metres made and a try to boot represented a good night’s work for the Kingspan Stadium …

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Provincial Preview: Ulster Rugby

This week’s Provincial Preview sees Ulster Rugby come under the spotlight, as the province looks to put last year’s roller-coaster campaign behind them. Overview Summertime in Belfast is never dull. The usual stories and arguments over contentious parades, flags and violence pepper the media outlets leaving very little room for any other news. However, this off season, Ulster Rugby has done its …

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Ulster Rugby At A Crossroads

Pre-season training has begun at the four provinces, with much change since the end of last year, most notably in Ulster Rugby where there is still surprise among the fans at the dismissal of Mark Anscombe as Head Coach.   Anscombe only signed an extension to his initial two-year contract in February of this year and his no-nonsense style endeared …

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