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# tactics - Thursday 18 August, 2016

'If we do the same things we did last year, we won't be in the top six'

Pat Lam’s Connacht know they will have to bring new attacking ideas into the mix.

# tactics - Thursday 16 June, 2016

Analysis: Australia's 1-3-3-1 shape looking to drag England series back

Michael Cheika’s side are extremely difficult to defend against.

# tactics - Tuesday 14 June, 2016

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The42 Rugby Show: Stander's red, playmaking Marshall and Ireland without Sexton

Johne Murphy joined Murray Kinsella to look back on an historic weekend for Irish rugby.

# tactics - Saturday 11 June, 2016

Schmidt's biggest challenge yet is also an opportunity for Ireland

There are many fascinating elements to today’s clash with the Springboks.

# tactics - Monday 18 April, 2016

Analysis: Connacht's 2-4-2 a symbol of their collective drive under Lam

We take a look at the unity behind the western province’s continuing rise.

# tactics - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

‘Leicester players were afraid of Italian tactics’

The Foxes, who are now title favourites after beating Man City on Saturday, made a pre-season pact with Claudio Ranieri.

# tactics - Thursday 28 January, 2016

Schmidt: ‘The game plan in the World Cup, I thought, served us really well’

The Ireland head coach says his side don’t have just one set of tactics.

# tactics - Monday 11 January, 2016

Analysis: Foley’s Munster hit a new low with capitulation in Paris

Anthony Foley’s side were comprehensively beaten by 14-man Stade Français.

# tactics - Friday 18 December, 2015

Munster’s game plan won’t change as Murray looks to ease fans’ frustration

The 26-year-old doesn’t think Ian Keatley needs special treatment this week.

# tactics - Tuesday 6 October, 2015

‘We know that Joe’s game plans are going to work’ – Ireland firm in belief

Ian Madigan is excited for Ireland to unleash some of the plays they have been holding back.

# tactics - Thursday 24 September, 2015

Celta Vigo used some pretty unsophisticated tactics to stop Suarez last night

Barca were on the end of a rare 4-1 defeat in La Liga last night

# tactics - Thursday 21 May, 2015

# tactics - Thursday 2 April, 2015

Analysis: Munster and the Chiefs do damage with open-play mauls

There were tries from the clever ploy in both the Pro12 and Super Rugby last weekend.

# tactics - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

‘Mickey Harte can f*** off and play behind closed doors if you’re not in the business of entertainment’

Joe Brolly believes negative tactics in Gaelic football are destroying the game.

# tactics - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Analysis: Intelligent Chiefs push the boundaries by refusing the ruck

This just doesn’t look right on first viewing.

# tactics - Saturday 14 February, 2015

Analysis: 5 keys if Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are to beat France in Dublin

We look at the kicking game, Bastareaud, the breakdown, France’s maul and Camille Lopez.

# tactics - Monday 9 February, 2015

Analysis: Munster’s O’Donnell announces Ireland arrival with superb try

The openside flanker was on the end of a sweeping Ireland attack to seal victory for Joe Schmidt’s side in Rome.

# tactics - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

Ruck speed remains Leinster’s lifeblood but wastefulness in 22 is an issue

Hooker Sean Cronin details how Matt O’Connor’s side can be more prolific in the ‘red zone’.

# tactics - Sunday 30 November, 2014

‘We didn’t talk much about tactics’ – Lam on what was said to inspire Connacht’s revival

The coach also praised Matt Healy for his stunning individual try.

# tactics - Saturday 15 November, 2014

Anatomy of a goal: Analysing Shaun Maloney’s winner

It was a terrific finish from the Scottish midfielder but Martin O’Neill will be livid with the Irish players’ role in it.

# tactics - Monday 10 November, 2014

Henk ten Cate: ‘Part of forming a young player is playing them’

The former Barcelona and Chelsea assistant coach talks exclusively to about educating players and why he thinks Louis van Gaal is the best coach.

# tactics - Sunday 19 October, 2014

‘If it’s on, we will play’ – Leinster looking to find next gear against Wasps

Head coach Matt O’Connor is hopeful that his players hit the right emotional pitch at the RDS.

# tactics - Thursday 9 October, 2014

Bernard Brogan: ‘I wouldn’t be the biggest fan of Jim McGuinness’ style of football’

The former Player of the Year respects the ex-Donegal boss’

# tactics - Friday 22 August, 2014

Where will Januzaj feature under Van Gaal?

The youngster launched his Premier League career with two fine goals against Sunderland last October, but life is different under the club’s new Dutch coach

# tactics - Saturday 21 June, 2014

Brian Cuthbert: ‘Teams can’t afford to play a style of football that doesn’t suit them’

The Cork boss says just copying Dublin won’t do any good without the type of player they have.

# tactics - Saturday 14 June, 2014

5 things Ireland U20s must do to beat England in tomorrow’s JWC semi-final

Ireland are in the final four of the Junior World Championship for the first time; can they go one better?

# tactics - Friday 16 May, 2014

O’Connor won’t be ‘pulling rabbits out of hats’ as Leinster face familiar foes

The Australian head coach admits that Ulster will not be lacking in motivation given their recent history against Leinster.

# tactics - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Van Gaal: My philosophy is attacking, technical and tactical

The Dutchman’s fascinating interview with FIFA last year deserves your attention.

# tactics - Thursday 8 May, 2014

Super Rugby shows the way in clinical attacking from scrum platform

Using videos and GIFs of some of last weekend’s Super Rugby action, we look at some strong examples.

# tactics - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Rugby technique: Short restarts offer rewards but involve high risks

Jonny Sexton showed the potential dangers of attempting short restarts during the recent Six Nations.

# tactics - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

5 central issues in the build-up to the Leinster v Munster inter-provincial clash

Matt O’Connor’s impact on Leinster, Rob Penney operating with freedom and the benefits of Ireland’s success.

# tactics - Monday 24 March, 2014

Connacht used the rolling maul to really, really good effect against Dragons Winning Streak This post contains videos

Connacht used the rolling maul to really, really good effect against Dragons

Anything Ireland can do, Pat Lam’s lads can do better.

# tactics - Saturday 15 March, 2014

4 key tactical areas for Ireland to rule at the Stade de France

The set-piece will be vital against France, as will holding onto the ball and the impact of the bench.

# tactics - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Rugby technique: Counter-attacking against the grain offers real chances

Shifting possession to the far side of the pitch following a transfer of possession may not always be the ideal tactic.

# tactics - Monday 10 March, 2014

Sexton trusts in Schmidt’s game plan ahead of Parisian cup final

The Ireland out-half says he and his teammates will remain performance-focused despite what’s on the line.

# tactics - Friday 7 March, 2014

Four tactical keys for Ireland to unlock Italian resistance

Because there will be 45 players not called Brian O’Driscoll on the field tomorrow.

# tactics - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Schmidt laments loss of control in frenetic endgame at Twickenham

‘We lost a bit of shape, maybe tried a bit too hard in that last 10 minutes,” says the head coach.

# tactics - Friday 7 February, 2014

Schmidt has struggled to find weaknesses amidst Welsh strengths

Ireland’s head coach has pinpointed discipline and dealing with Wales’ kicking game as essential in Dublin tomorrow.

# tactics - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Bernard Jackman: Toulouse have become more predictable

The former Ireland hooker gives us the view from France as Connacht prepare for Heineken Cup action.

# tactics - Sunday 17 November, 2013

Joe Schmidt is a big influence on my coaching style – Conor O’Shea

The Harlequins Director of rugby joined us to discuss the attacking philosophy that drives his passion for the game.

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