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Tuesday 21 March, 2017

Analysis: Ireland and England's scrum battle bodes well for the Lions

It was a true back-and-forth contest in Dublin on Saturday evening.

Wednesday 15 March, 2017

Analysis: Ireland and Wales showed the way forward for the scrum in Cardiff

Both teams used the scrum for the right reasons on Friday night.

Wednesday 8 March, 2017

Analysis: The Welsh scrum has big problems, and Ireland can take advantage

The Welsh have struggles with the hook on a third of their scrums so far.

Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Analysis: Ireland's scrum came good in the end after a very messy start

McGrath and Slimani’s tussle must have been a nightmare to referee.

Wednesday 22 February, 2017

Analysis: Ireland's scrum will get a huge test against monstrous French pack

The Irish forwards face their biggest challenge yet this weekend.

Wednesday 8 February, 2017

Analysis: Ireland's scrum dominance bodes well for trip to Rome

Saturday’s battle between Andrea Lovotti and Tadhg Furlong has the potential to be messy.

Thursday 2 February, 2017

Analysis: We look at just how much the scrum has changed since professionalism

For better or for worse, a lot has changed since 1995

Thursday 30 June, 2016

Irish scrum couldn't cope with raw Bok power, but McGrath unlucky not to reap more reward

It was a dream debut for loosehead Steven “Red Bull” Kitschoff.

Thursday 23 June, 2016

Analysis: Tadhg Furlong got a handle of The Beast, but just how legal was it?

On the other side, Jack McGrath was an exemplary powerhouse and Ireland can build on him again this weekend.

Thursday 16 June, 2016

Analysis: Ireland's scrum couldn't live with the Beast as Boks brought back the hit

The Irish pack struggled until a crucial second-half substitution.

Thursday 9 June, 2016

Analysis: Irish scrum have a tough job on their hands taming the Beast

Tendai Mtawarira’s technique makes him very hard to stop.

Wednesday 1 June, 2016

Analysis: Brains overcame brawn for Connacht in scrum battle with Leinster

Leinster were dominant at the scrum, but Connacht were smarter.

Friday 27 May, 2016

Analysis: Two impressive scrums will make for an intriguing Pro12 final

Both Leinster and Connacht are tough to get the better of at scrumtime.

Wednesday 23 March, 2016

Analysis: Ireland's scrum boxed clever in a flawless display against Scotland

Jamie Heaslip’s game management ensured constant quick ball for the backline.

Wednesday 16 March, 2016

Analysis: Resurgent Scottish scrum could cause problems for Ireland

Edinburgh teammates Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford and WP Nel dismantled the much-lauded French front row.

Wednesday 9 March, 2016

Analysis: Italian scrum had a meltdown against Scotland, and Ireland can take advantage

Lorenzo Cittadini is there for the taking after being tormented by the Scottish.

Wednesday 2 March, 2016

Analysis: Ireland and England's scrum battle showed why referees need more help

Both sets of players made things difficult for Romain Poite.

Thursday 25 February, 2016

Analysis: The Irish scrum must deal with Dan Cole's short binds

Romain Poite needs to keep a close eye on the English tighthead’s binding.

Wednesday 17 February, 2016

Analysis: Ireland's scrum suffers in messy performance against France

Les Bleus played rope-a-dope with the Irish front row.

Wednesday 10 February, 2016

Analysis: Ireland's first-half scrum woes could have proved even more costly

The scrum settled after the break, but the French pack will provide an even bigger test.

Wednesday 3 February, 2016

Analysis: Jack McGrath can exploit Wales' Samson Lee to give Ireland the edge in the scrum battle

Lee has struggled for form since his awful achilles injury last year.

Friday 30 October, 2015

‘It’s better to switch off from it completely’ – World Cup now at the back of Iain Henderson’s mind

Henderson says he still hasn’t watched back the full game of Ireland’s World Cup exit.

'It could happen you at any stage' - Henderson shocked by Felix Jones retirement

Iain Henderson says Munster and Ireland are losing a natural leader.

Thursday 29 October, 2015

Australia welcome back Scott Sio for World Cup final against New Zealand

Cheika has made just one change for Saturday’s final.

'Everyone has put two and two together' - Mike Ford dismisses Burgess speculation

Mike Ford says Burgess is going nowhere.

Zebo starts for Munster as Donnacha Ryan returns to the bench

New signing Mario Sagario is in line to make his debut

New Zealand’s team to face Australia contains seven starters from the 2011 final

Dan Carter and Richie McCaw could both be playing their final games for the All Blacks

Wednesday 28 October, 2015

We pick our combined Australia and New Zealand team ahead of the World Cup final

We pick our ultimate XV from this year’s World Cup final.

Matfield to captain Springboks in final game before retirement

Also, Ruan Pienaar is back in the starting line-up.

Another Irish teenager is heading to the AFL

Derry minor captain Conor Glass has joined champions Hawthorn.

Argentina winger says he's on the verge of a move to Munster after the World Cup

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino is joining the province on a short-term deal.

Tuesday 27 October, 2015

Another Paralympic medal for Ireland after shot-putter Deirdre Mongan awarded bronze

Deirdre Mongan was awarded bronze on appeal.

10 uncapped players in Ireland women’s squad to play England

The training squad of 33 has been trimmed down to 23.

We'll Leave It There So: Bowe's injury woe, more Paralympic medals, and all of Tuesday's sport

Plus the Irish women’s team get the better of Portugal.

Here are the six tries nominated for IRPA World Rugby Try of the Year Try Time This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Here are the six tries nominated for IRPA World Rugby Try of the Year

Julian Savea has two nominations from the same game.

Taulupe Faletau’s move to Bath is off after Warren Gatland blocks his transfer

Faletau will now likely leave the Dragons at the end of the season.

Jean de Villiers may face Munster in the Champions Cup after signing with Leicester Tigers

De Villiers will join the Tigers on December 1.

London Irish and Saracens will play a Premiership match in New York next year

London Irish are giving up a home game to play a Premiership game abroad.

Dublin schoolboy coach banned for life by club after vicious assault on referee

St Paul’s Artane have moved quickly to ban the coach involved.

Monday 26 October, 2015

'They tore Ireland apart last week, and we had to work hard to stop them' - Cheika praises defensive effort

Despite scoring four tries, Cheika says defence was key.

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