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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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The Story of James Hook’s Neglected Talent

So far in 2015, Wales are looking like a team in desperate need of some creativity. Their over-reliance on power running and high kicking has left them without a ‘Plan B’, if a team like England matches them physically. More than ever, they need a creative spark. Alan Dempsey contends that James Hook is that spark.   For many years …

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Rhys Webb: Key To Welsh Ambition

Rhys Webb has fought his way into Warren Gatland’s plans. Tonight he can put doubts to bed, as he faces a massive challenge in the form of England. Brian Barry ponders if he can drive Wales to a 6 Nations title.   While it may have gone somewhat unnoticed during the November internationals, there was a seismic shift in the half-backs …

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6 Nations: Welsh Dragon To Roar

Wales look set to make amends for last season’s dismal away form. But it still won’t be enough to take the Grand Slam back to Cardiff.    Warren Gatland’s men headed into last season’s competition with a chance of becoming the first ever team to win three outright championship’s in-a-row. However, the men in red endured a disappointing tournament with …

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Jason Koumas: Back Where It All Began At Tranmere

It may come as a surprise to many that Jason Koumas is back playing football regularly, now plying his trade in League Two with Tranmere Rovers. Tranmere is also the club where it all started for Koumas back in the late 1990s before going onto make over 90 appearances in the Premier League with Wigan and West Brom. Koumas came out of …

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Autumn Internationals Report Card: Wales

Raffaele Rocca reflects on Wales’ performances over the course of the Autumn internationals series. Wales were outdone in the two games against Australia and New Zealand, they unconvincingly defeated Fiji and ground out a victory over South Africa.  Record: W2 D0 L2 Grade: C.  Wales opened with a defeat to their bogey team Australia in a close affair that Wales ultimately surrendered …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

It’s time for this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’. Matt Cassidy looks at the positives and negatives of the weekend’s rugby action. Who’s Hot Ireland What a win! Rewind 12 months and the men in green were being taken to town by the Wallabies. Fast forward to the present and the Irish side produce a performance against an …

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The Magic Of The Unofficial World Cup

Everyone has heard of the FIFA World Cup but here Conor Heffernan gives us his insight into how it’s predecessor, the Unofficial World Cup came about. When Germany lifted the World Cup for the 4th time last summer, it was the twentieth time a team had done so. Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been a fixture in the international footballing calendar. …

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COYBIG! Ireland Through to Group Stage of the HWC

How often to we get to support an Irish team in the latter stages of a World Cup? It’s only happened twice in the last three decades for the Senior Irish team, but Sean Kavanagh’s Irish Team made it to the Second Round of the Homeless World Cup on Tuesday. October 21st was a tense time for all those involved …

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Mixed Fortunes For Irish At Homeless World Cup

With the Homeless World Cup in full swing at the moment in Chile, the Republic of Ireland squad are hoping to make a strong impression at the games. Before flying out to Chile, Irish Manager Sean Kavanagh had high hopes for Ireland at the games and initially, the Boys in Green didn’t disappoint. Sean Kavanagh’s men made headlines in Ireland …

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Ownership On The Horizon For Football Supporters?

The British Labour party wants football supporters to have more power over their clubs. Sean Curtin breaks-down the information regarding these new proposals. _____ The background Just this week with the BBC’s ‘Price of Football’ revealed the huge sums of money British football Supporters pay to follow their clubs. Both the Conservative and Labour parties expressed concern over the rising cost associated with being a …

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Top Five European Qualifier Upsets

As we prepare for Ireland to do battle with world champions Germany, Conor Heffernan looks back on the top five European qualifier upsets. Let’s hope we’ll be adding another upset tonight. Last night Iceland beat Holland 2-0 at home. Limiting the Dutch to just four shots on target, the Icelandic team reminded us that football can be a fickle game. …

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World Transfer Records No.14 – Trevor Ford To Sunderland

Today’s record transfer concerns Trevor Ford’s transfer to Sunderland in 1950. Here Karl Graham looks back at Ford’s career.  Ever since the introduction of professionalism in football by the English FA in 1885, there have been 43 world transfer records. Over the next few months Karl Graham will be bringing us up to date with the history behind every single record. …

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Arsenal News: Ramsey Picks Up Injury Against Andorra

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey twisted his ankle during Tuesday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier win for Wales over Andorra, according to BBC Sport. It remains unclear whether this will impact on Ramsey for Arsenal’s forthcoming Premier League encounter with Manchester City with Wales manager, Chris Coleman quoted as saying: “Hopefully he’ll be OK for Arsenal (at home to Manchester City) at the weekend but …

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The junkies in the stands call for Kidney’s head

When the Irish Six Nations campaign kicked off in Cardiff at the start of February, a nervous sense of excitement was in the air. After a promising November series, the Irish supporters had cause for optimism. A narrow loss against South Africa, was followed by two convincing wins over Fiji and Argentina. When the curtain came down on a relatively …

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A Scrumptious Battle Ahead- 6 Nations 2013

It is that time of year again. Spring is beginning to break through the Winter’s sky. Cue the Six Nations. November brought mixed fortune for Europe’s elite, and teams look to either carry on their momentum or set the record straight. Throw an approaching Lions Tour into the mix and it makes for a mouth-watering prospect. Hopes, if not expectations, …

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