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# expert-view - Monday 2 September, 2013

Conor Deegan: 'The two best teams are left standing -- but there are big question marks over Dublin and Mayo'

After “one of the all-time great games,” Conor Deegan analyses Dublin’s performance and what they need to work on.

# expert-view - Monday 26 August, 2013

Conor Deegan: 'We have to believe that Mayo are now a different animal'’s Gaelic football columnist looks back at yesterday’s action in Croke Park.

# expert-view - Monday 5 August, 2013

Conor Deegan: 'One of those surreal days when everything Mayo touched turned to gold'’s columnist reviews the weekend’s Gaelic football action.

# expert-view - Sunday 19 May, 2013

Lions coming to Australia to strangle the creative Wallaby spirit: Bob Dwyer

The World Cup-winning coach believes current boss Robbie Deans should have selected Quade Cooper in his 25-man squad.

# expert-view - Monday 29 April, 2013

Conor Deegan: Dublin not at their best, but tight game will improve them’s gaelic football columnist reflects on this weekend’s league finals.

# expert-view - Monday 25 February, 2013

Daithi Regan: 'Tipperary were atrocious and there was no pattern to their play'’s hurling analyst on Tipperary’s struggles, the step up for Clare and Galway’s attacking show after the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League.

# expert-view - Monday 4 February, 2013

Conor Deegan: 'There's no point in panicking at this time of the season'’s Gaelic football columnist on early disappointments for Cork and Kerry, Donegal’s lack of match fitness and Kildare’s youngsters catching the eye.

# expert-view - Friday 1 February, 2013

6 Nations, 7 questions: Shane Horgan gives us his expert opinion

We asked the legend of the wing for his considered analysis of this year’s Championsip… and he didn’t hold back.

# expert-view - Thursday 31 January, 2013

Shane Byrne: Last-chance Kidney has thrown everything at 6 Nations bid

The former Ireland international believes the form of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy is crucial to Irish chances.

# expert-view - Friday 11 January, 2013

Conor Deegan: 'Here is a young player who is passionate about the GAA'’s Gaelic football columnist believes the talented Ciarán Kilkenny cannot be heaped with unrealistic expectations upon his return to Dublin.

# expert-view - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Expert view: Donal Lenihan picks his Heineken Cup week 1 winners

We go our hands on the Heineken Cup fixture list, a pan-European Injury report and a legendary Irish second row.

# expert-view - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Daithi Regan: 'This victory strikes me as being truly special for Brian Cody'’s hurling analyst salutes Kilkenny’s achievement in finally getting the better of Galway in Sunday’s All-Ireland decider.

# expert-view - Friday 28 September, 2012

Daithi Regan: 'For all the excitement about Galway, there is more assurance about Kilkenny'’s hurling analyst assesses matters before next Sunday’s All-Ireland final replay.

# expert-view - Tuesday 25 September, 2012

Conor Deegan: "Murphy's goal represented the remarkable class that he possesses"’s Gaelic Football analyst salutes the achievement of this year’s All-Ireland champions and their captain but wonders have Mayo hinted at a way to unlock their system.

# expert-view - Thursday 20 September, 2012

Conor Deegan: "With all the pre-match sideshows the intrigue lies in which team can deal with them efficiently"’s Gaelic Football analyst believes that despite the hype and hoopla in the county, Donegal have the patience to stick to the task next Sunday.

# expert-view - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

Daithi Regan: "It was one of the worst refereeing decisions that was ever made."’s hurling analyst feels Galway were fortunate to get that late free on Sunday but their attacking tools are continuing to make life uncomfortable for Kilkenny.

# expert-view - Thursday 6 September, 2012

Daithi Regan: "This game is not a question of Galway's ability as hurlers, it is their ability to face up to a juggernaut."’s hurling analyst expects Kilkenny’s greater All-Ireland final know-how to be crucial when they face Galway on Sunday.

# expert-view - Thursday 30 August, 2012

Conor Deegan: "To suggest Dublin and Mayo are going for second place is over-stretching it."’s Gaelic football analyst believes the absence of Andy Moran could have a critical influence in settling next Sunday’s clash of Dublin and Mayo.

# expert-view - Friday 24 August, 2012

Conor Deegan: "Two juggernauts are going to crash into each other in Croke Park on Sunday. It's going to be fascinating."

In the first of his columns for, Conor Deegan looks ahead to the All-Ireland semi-final meeting of Cork and Donegal.

# expert-view - Thursday 16 August, 2012

Daithí Regan: "It's hard to think of a more eagerly-awaited All-Ireland hurling semi-final than this one."’s hurling analyst Daithi Regan feels last Sunday’s result between Galway and Cork could be a critical factor in determining this Sunday’s result between Kilkenny and Tipperary.

# expert-view - Monday 13 August, 2012

Daithí Regan: 'The pressure Galway will be under will be suffocating'

In the first of his columns for, Daithí Regan questions whether Galway will be able for greater physical challenge in the All-Ireland final.

# expert-view - Friday 10 August, 2012

Ailis McSweeney: Relay 101... here's what you can look forward to on the track tonight

A tight control on adrenaline and nerves is essential to get away at the right time, writes Ireland’s 100m record holder Ailis McSweeney.

# expert-view - Thursday 21 June, 2012

Expert view: These All Blacks were rattled and can be again by Ireland

“The selectors need to build on the knowledge that the All-Blacks were rattled because we attacked them in the right places,” writes Emmet O’Rafferty.

# expert-view - Sunday 20 May, 2012

Opinion: Sean O'Brien could be ruined by persistence with No 7 role

One former Leinster player reckons Joe Schmidt got it right yesterday but tweaks are needed with his team in the future.

# expert-view - Friday 7 October, 2011

WATCH: Four men in a pub look forward to weekend showdowns Expert View This post contains videos

WATCH: Four men in a pub look forward to weekend showdowns

Will Carling, Zinzan Brooke, Rob Henderson and Scott Quinnell line out to argue the toss on this week’s action.

# expert-view - Thursday 6 October, 2011

FAQ: Who'll win in Wellington on Saturday?

The talking heads have all come out of the woodwork in advance of Saturday’s showdown. But who are they tipping to prevail?

# expert-view - Friday 30 September, 2011

"Player of the tournament? Sean O'Brien" Expert View This post contains videos

"Player of the tournament? Sean O'Brien"

Some of the game’s biggest names of yesteryear line out to preview this weekend’s mouth-watering games in New Zealand.

# expert-view - Friday 23 September, 2011

Expert view: Kidney should have played a completely new team

One Irish rugby stalwart is in New Zealand and on the march. Here’s what Mick Quinn thinks, two weeks in.