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# 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.

# tactics - Monday 4 November, 2013

Ireland should look to the air against Samoa

Joe Schmidt’s side could get great reward by being ambitious with their restarts and contesting box kicks.

# tactics - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Ireland may look to Stokes to man-mark Özil

Stokes “well capable” of tracking Arsenal assist king, says interim manager Noel King.

# tactics - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Penney must give Murray more responsibility at Munster

The 24-year-old is ready to be a more prominent decision maker for the province.

# tactics - Thursday 8 August, 2013

Schmidt success with Ireland depends on provinces, says Horgan

And the way Joe Schmidt is going about his job, he agrees.

# tactics - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Brazilian player tries to stop low free-kick — by lying down behind the wall Tactics This post contains videos

# tactics - Wednesday 26 December, 2012

Talking tactics: bringing new Gaelic football innovations to book

Emmet Ryan reckoned he say a gap in the market – writing about football in a new way.

# tactics - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

No rest: How Donegal can retain Sam in 2013 GAA

No rest: How Donegal can retain Sam in 2013

Winning one All-Ireland is tough, retaining the title is tougher. Emmet Ryan, author of Tactics not Passion, looks at what Donegal needs to do to win Sam again in 2013 and how the rest of the country will try to stop them.

# tactics - Sunday 23 December, 2012

The Sunday Papers: some of the week’s best sportswriting

Pursuit of Lance, a farewell to Páidí and the tactical innovations of the year in soccer. Get the kettle on there.

# tactics - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Inside knowledge: Chelsea’s tactics found in dressing room bin

Brazilian journalists came across what are believed to be the notes of Rafa Benitez after Sunday’s defeat to Corinthians.

# tactics - Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Whelan frustrated by Ireland’s 4-4-2 mismatch

Glenn Whelan feels that Ireland are being overpowered in midfield because Giovanni Trapattoni keeps sticking to a 4-4-2 formation.

# tactics - Monday 5 November, 2012

Northern exposure: how St Eunan’s were crowned Donegal champions

St Eunan’s rode a strong defensive performance to pull out an unlikely victory in the Donegal Final on Sunday. Emmet Ryan was in Ballybofey.

# tactics - Sunday 30 September, 2012

Daithi Regan’s key All-Ireland SHC final duel’s hurling analyst looks at a match-up which could have a critical bearing on today’s decider.

# tactics - Friday 21 September, 2012

Donegal v Mayo: where the game will be won and lost this Sunday

Emmet Ryan breaks down the key areas that will decide the Sam Maguire’s destination this Sunday afternoon.

# tactics - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Tommy Lyons: “What really winds me up is Martin McHugh.”

The ex Dubs boss is not too pleased with the Sunday Game pundit’s recent analysis of the All-Ireland semi-finals.

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