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#Simon Hick

# simon-hick - Tuesday 13 October, 2015

'He sees the blueprint for rugby success the same way the rest of us read a menu'

Simon Hick unravels the genius of Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Failure in their own tournament would be the most embarrassing episode in English sport

Simon Hick discusses the mess England now find themselves in after entering the World Cup infused with hope and optimism.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 16 September, 2015

'During the World Cup, things get fuzzy, the lines of logic get blurred'

Simon Hick reflects on how past tournaments were won and lost.

# simon-hick - Saturday 12 September, 2015

'He has the Kearney composure DNA and a laser-like focus at key moments'

Simon Hick details how Dave Kearney is a Joe Schmidt player.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

'Scotland game will be the biggest challenge of Joe Schmidt's international career'

The nature of the Wales defeat has led to disproportionate levels of gloom, writes Simon Hick.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 11 February, 2015

'The argument that players will keep getting bigger in the future doesn’t hold up'

Simon Hick looks at a subject that’s becoming difficult to ignore — the sheer bulk of the beasts on show.

# simon-hick - Friday 14 November, 2014

Simon Hick column: Rugby needs to change to reflect the sport's broadening fan base

A promotion/relegation playoff between the Six Nations and the Rugby Nations Cup would be great for the sport.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Simon Hick column: Will the real Ian Madigan please stand up?

Leinster fans, Matt O’Connor and Joe Schmidt will be hoping to see a strong performance from the out-half on Saturday.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Simon Hick column: Connacht prove the west's awake with headline grabbing signings

Pat Lam has shown he means business with his latest business.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Simon Hick column: Rabo Pro title scant consolation for Irish provinces

If anything, the competition has gone backwards in recent years, writes our columnist.

# simon-hick - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Simon Hick column: Irish nous staving off French power play, for now

Top 14 sides have been unashamed in spending big and buying bigger in recent years, writes Simon Hick.

# simon-hick - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: New ways of looking at the game bringing fresh perspectives

Fans, journalists and analysts are changing their outlook.

# simon-hick - Thursday 20 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: Foundation blocks are in place for 2015 World Cup tilt

Joe Schmidt has a habit of reaching his targets, writes Simon Hick.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: This Ireland side can prove they're no one-hit wonders

This group of players can set the record straight this weekend, writes Simon Hick.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: Irish rugby is in the middle of a golden age

Thanks to a remarkable generation of players, the Ireland team is in the midst of its ‘Alex Ferguson era’.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Simon Hick column: No such thing as the 'Joe Schmidt style'

Rather than fuss over pretty patterns, the Kiwi coach is figuring out new ways to win each game.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Simon Hick column: Humphreys vision has Ulster within reach of greatness

Along with the signing of talented Springboks, the Director of Rugby had a pivotal role to play in Ulster’s success.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Simon Hick: French powers tightening their grip on European rugby

For European competition to have real credibility it needs the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh to be realistic contenders, writes Simon Hick.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Simon Hick column: Dealing with O'Brien loss is Schmidt's biggest challenge

The back row is the key area for Ireland, and without the powerful flanker something will be missing.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Simon Hick Column: Detail is king and Penney must get the balance right

While Munster are flying high in the PRO12 table, they will undoubtedly be judged on their Heineken Cup campaign.

# simon-hick - Friday 22 November, 2013

Simon Hick column: Ireland must believe they can beat the All Blacks

The mindsets of supporters, players and management are essential to Ireland’s hopes of pulling off a shock win.

# simon-hick - Monday 26 August, 2013

New 'Second Captains' TV show to debut next month

“Think Gamesmaster meets Crystal Maze meets Live at 3 meets Golden Girls with the set being a tasteful recreation of the Aztec zone.”

# simon-hick - Thursday 25 July, 2013

'New' Off the Ball dips slightly in JNLR figures

The popular sports show has 41,000 listeners, according to the figures released this evening.

# simon-hick - Tuesday 14 May, 2013

What do you think of the new Second Captains podcast then?

They never go home those lads.

# simon-hick - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

'Off the Ball 5' announce new partnership with the Irish Times

The new “Second Captains” show will be podcast weekly on IrishTimes.com.

# simon-hick - Friday 3 May, 2013

Off The Ball 5 to make an announcement about new programme on Tuesday

Where will Ken Early, Simon Hick, Mark Horgan, Eoin McDevitt and Ciaran Murphy turn up next?

# simon-hick - Thursday 2 May, 2013

Off The Ball 5 hint at imminent comeback

But where will Ken Early, Simon Hick, Mark Horgan, Eoin McDevitt and Ciaran Murphy turn up next?

# simon-hick - Tuesday 5 March, 2013

Off the Ball team release statement following Newstalk resignations

“The five of us are determined to be back on air together as soon as possible.”

There's even a 'Free The OTB 5' Facebook page now

The people are not going to let this go without a fight.

Oh captains, our captains: 22 reasons why we’ll miss the Off the Ball team Off The Ball This post contains videos

Oh captains, our captains: 22 reasons why we’ll miss the Off the Ball team

The five men who made Off The Ball famous resigned yesterday. Here are some of our favourite moments from the show.

# simon-hick - Monday 4 March, 2013

The next episode: Paddy Power open market on Team Off the Ball’s next move

Are they off to RTÉ? Or is a TV gig coming down the line for the famous five of Irish sports radio?

# simon-hick - Thursday 31 January, 2013

6 Nations, 7 questions: Newstalk's Simon Hick gives us his expert opinion

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

# simon-hick - Saturday 8 October, 2011

Simon Hick's Match Report: The good, the bad and the inexplicable

A muted coda to the careers of its most talented generation, Ireland’s quarter-final performance against Wales defied explanation.

# simon-hick - Thursday 6 October, 2011

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: youth and young manhood

Warren Gatland will lead a fresh-faced Welsh side out to face Ireland this weekend. Here’s why.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: welcome to the capital of cool

There’s a coffee shop every 50 yards, the locals walk and talk a little faster than your average New Zealander and there is a sense of a town with very little time on its hands.

# simon-hick - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: are you thinking what I'm thinking?

The Irish team have reached the quarter-finals thanks, in no small part, to collective intelligence, writes Simon Hick in New Zealand.

# simon-hick - Tuesday 27 September, 2011

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: Eat, sleep, breathe sport

When it comes to sport in New Zealand, rugby union is only the tip of iceberg, writes Simon Hick in his latest World Cup dispatch.

# simon-hick - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick’s World Cup dispatches, Part 3

“One country looking on at this bluff-fest with a worried interest is Ireland. You wouldn’t do it to us France, would you – go and get all high and mighty and try to win the game?”

# simon-hick - Monday 19 September, 2011

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick's World Cup dispatches, Part 3

“All international rugby players have won the DNA lottery. Ferris won the lottery, then gambled it all on red.”

# simon-hick - Sunday 18 September, 2011

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick’s World Cup dispatches, Part 2

“The truth is the thousands that have made their way here don’t fit with our current negative image of ourselves – the snivelling trembling wretches of the recession are still at home jangling copper coins in their pockets.”

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