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#Talking Points

# talking-points - Sunday 23 April, 2017

Dire opening, Leavy's big moment and Ringrose's wonder try

Leinster had a revival in the second half but came up short in the end.

# talking-points - Saturday 22 April, 2017

Sickeningly good Sarries and more talking points as Munster bow out of Europe

It was another semi-final heartbreak for the southern province today.

# talking-points - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Big changes required at Barca and more Champions League talking points

Plus, why French starlets could dominate European football for years to come.

Payne the bolter, 11 Irish Lions and some big-name omissions

Warren Gatland has named a 41-man squad to tour New Zealand this summer.

# talking-points - Saturday 8 April, 2017

Tottenham the only ones that can catch Chelsea and the Premier League talking points

Spurs and Watford kick off this weekend’s matches in the English top flight.

# talking-points - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Chelsea's defensive masterclass and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Jose Mourinho not helping Man United’s lacklustre attack.

# talking-points - Saturday 1 April, 2017

Referees not learning from Coleman incident and more Premier League talking points

There were some ill-tempered moments in today’s Merseyside Derby.

International break hits clubs hard and the Premier League talking points

This weekend kicks off with the Merseyside derby and ends with a meeting between Arsenal and Manchester City.

# talking-points - Friday 31 March, 2017

Leavy gets the nod, Murray's fitness, and more Champions Cup talking points

We reflect on the team news ahead of Munster and Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-finals

# talking-points - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

A momentous night for LOI alumni and more Ireland-Iceland talking points Analysis This post contains videos

A momentous night for LOI alumni and more Ireland-Iceland talking points

Plus, can Conor Hourihane be Wes Hoolahan’s long-term successor?

# talking-points - Saturday 18 March, 2017

Ireland's composure, O'Mahony's brilliance and Dublin heart

Joe Schmidt’s side finished the Six Nations with their best performance since Chicago.

# talking-points - Thursday 16 March, 2017

Toner dropped, Kearney injured and Marmion replaces Murray

Ireland have lost their influential scrum-half to injury.

# talking-points - Wednesday 8 March, 2017

Neymar confirms his greatness and more talking points on a remarkable Champions League night

Plus, why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is good enough to get in any side in Europe

# talking-points - Sunday 5 March, 2017

Kilkenny off the mark, Banner stun Cork and Division 1B's gulf in class — Sunday GAA talking points

Plus, we take a closer look at the battle for survival in hurling’s top tier.

Zlatan and Rooney insult our intelligence and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal exit is starting to look inevitable.

# talking-points - Saturday 4 March, 2017

Can Liverpool continue fine record against top 6 and the other Premier League talking points

There’s a big one at Anfield on Saturday evening, while leaders Chelsea have a London derby on Monday night.

# talking-points - Monday 27 February, 2017

Liverpool play into Leicester's hands and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why the Foxes, contrary to popular belief, are not back yet.

# talking-points - Saturday 25 February, 2017

Commanding halfbacks, first-half frustrations and more Ireland talking points

Ireland’s wings made some important defensive plays, while there were signs of tactical tweaks from Joe Schmidt.

Shakespeare takes charge in Leicester tragedy and Premier League/EFL Cup final talking points

The Premier League champions begin the post-Ranieri era, while David Moyes and Paul Clement are back at former clubs.

# talking-points - Thursday 23 February, 2017

Sexton straight back in, McGrath's loosehead nod and Kearney at 15

Joe Schmidt has been able to name a very strong Ireland matchday 23 to face France.

# talking-points - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Reborn Falcao back in Manchester and other things to look out for in the Champions League

Manchester City host Monaco and Atletico Madrid are away in Germany tonight, before Leicester City’s trip to Sevilla and Porto v Juventus.

# talking-points - Saturday 11 February, 2017

Ireland's attack, Scannell's debut, dire Italy and more talking points from Rome

Niall Scannell had a fine debut for Ireland in Rory Best’s absence.

# talking-points - Friday 10 February, 2017

Liverpool's unusual dilemma and other Premier League talking points

Plus, will Manchester United continue their remarkable unbeaten run?

# talking-points - Sunday 5 February, 2017

New year, same old Dubs while Kerry make the right noises in Donegal — Sunday GAA talking points

Plus, Kildare put their defeat to Dublin’s third string behind them and Cork show signs of life.

# talking-points - Saturday 4 February, 2017

Ireland's desperate start, missed chances and Scotland's big performers

Ireland have left themselves with ground to make up in the Six Nations.

The big story for every Division 1 team as the Allianz football league gets underway

Competitive football is back and we check in with each county in the top-flight to assess their prospects for the coming year.

Can Arsenal curb Chelsea's title march and more Premier League talking points

Plus, will Jose Mourinho place faith in Anthony Martial again?

# talking-points - Thursday 2 February, 2017

Bowe's return, potential Scannell debut, and Henderson locked in

Joe Schmidt has recalled 67-times capped Ulsterman Tommy Bowe.

Man United's faltering attack and 4 more Premier League talking points

Plus, it’s Chelsea title to lose after several of their rivals slip up in a busy week of footballing action.

# talking-points - Thursday 26 January, 2017

Was it a penalty and more Liverpool-Southampton talking points

Plus, why Shane Long needs to build on his match-winning goal.

# talking-points - Saturday 21 January, 2017

Costa, Pep and Shane Long - 5 talking points ahead of the Premier League weekend

Plus, Liverpool’s chance to put pressure on Chelsea.

# talking-points - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Tottenham's squad depth issues, Chelsea's unsung hero and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Burnley maintain their incredible home record thanks to Joey Barton’s winner.

Mourinho's United fan comments and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why John Stones needs to start maturing fast as he prepares to return to his former club.

# talking-points - Sunday 8 January, 2017

Is Dele Alli really a 'midfielder' and more Sunday FA Cup talking points Analysis This post contains videos

Is Dele Alli really a 'midfielder' and more Sunday FA Cup talking points

Plus, why Plymouth deserve more credit for their performance against Liverpool.

# talking-points - Saturday 7 January, 2017

Richie Towell catches Hughton's eye and more FA Cup talking points

Plus, Preston beaten by Arsenal but scope for Irish optimism.

# talking-points - Monday 26 December, 2016

Have Man United's traditions gone and more Premier League talking points

The Red Devils’ former boss has, David Moyes, has criticised what the club has become as he prepares to return to Old Trafford.

# talking-points - Thursday 15 December, 2016

Marcos Rojo a lucky boy and more Premier League talking points

Plus, it was a landmark night for Chelsea’s unsung hero.

# talking-points - Sunday 11 December, 2016

Liverpool's 'keeper problem and Chelsea march on - 5 Premier League talking points

It was a busy weekend of top-flight action.

# talking-points - Friday 9 December, 2016

Arsenal must keep hold of world class pair and the Premier League talking points

In the weekend’s other big games, Manchester City take on the champions but it’s Chelsea who are leading the way right now.

# talking-points - Sunday 4 December, 2016

The 2 best teams in the Premier League and more talking points

Plus, is Alexis Sanchez the best player in the Premier League right now?

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