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#Analysis

# analysis - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Analysis: The risk-reward of Shaun Edwards' linespeed defence with France

The French have started the Six Nations strongly in defence but there are potential weaknesses to be exploited.

# analysis - Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Analysis: How Ireland Women's attack has driven them to two Six Nations wins

Tougher challenges lie ahead but the early signs have been positive in Donnybrook over the past two weeks.

# analysis - Sunday 9 February, 2020

Analysis: Andrew Conway delivers a brilliant wing display for Ireland

The 28-year-old Munster man defended well, chased hard and made good decisions.

Analysis: "Murray, give it to me, Murray!" - Ireland show try-scoring edge

Andy Farrell’s side left plenty of room for improvement even as they notched a bonus point.

Banty: 'I've enough problems of my own without worrying about the problems Ciaran Branagan had'

Missed opportunities cost Monaghan as Dublin snatched a late draw in Croke Park last night.

# analysis - Friday 7 February, 2020

Who will lose out in the Premier League's 6-team relegation battle?

West Ham, Norwich and Watford are some of the clubs fearing the drop.

# analysis - Thursday 6 February, 2020

From TheJournal.ie 'It's emboldened Trump. But then everything emboldens him': Focus turns to election after impeachment victory Analysis

'It's emboldened Trump. But then everything emboldens him': Focus turns to election after impeachment victory

The starting gun in the 2020 presidential race was shot this week.

# analysis - Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Analysis: How Ireland can learn from the All Blacks to support Larmour

Eoin Toolan explains what Andy Farrell’s team can do to improve on counter-attack.

Analysis: Wales and Ireland on similar journeys with 1-3-2-2 attack shape

Both teams are looking to provide greater threat with increased width.

# analysis - Sunday 2 February, 2020

Analysis: What did we see from Ireland's attack as the Andy Farrell era began?

Johnny Sexton and co. did look to play but their execution and decision-making was poor at times.

Analysis: Ireland's deception breaks down Scots for pivotal Sexton try

Andy Farrell’s side struck intelligently on penalty advantage for the only try of the game.

# analysis - Saturday 25 January, 2020

From TheJournal.ie Frantic tweeting and 'high crimes': Here's what you need to know from the first week of Trump's impeachment trial Trump Impeachment

Frantic tweeting and 'high crimes': Here's what you need to know from the first week of Trump's impeachment trial

Democrats have an uphill battle to convince Republicans, and week one of the impeachment trial was a partisan affair.

# analysis - Saturday 18 January, 2020

From TheJournal.ie 'An issue of systemic importance': Supreme Court FOI ruling will alter public's relationship with State Freedom Of Information

'An issue of systemic importance': Supreme Court FOI ruling will alter public's relationship with State

When the Supreme Court decides on the future of FOI in Ireland, it will be the end of a glacial process.

# analysis - Friday 13 December, 2019

The Liverpool starting XI from Klopp's first game in charge highlights the fantastic job he's done since

It was confirmed today that the manager has signed a new contract to remain with the Reds until 2024.

# analysis - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Watch: Rafa Benitez and Jamie Carragher break down Liverpool's 2005 Champions League 'miracle' Analysis This post contains videos

Watch: Rafa Benitez and Jamie Carragher break down Liverpool's 2005 Champions League 'miracle'

The Reds beat AC Milan after producing one of the most famous sporting comebacks ever.

# analysis - Friday 6 December, 2019

Are Manchester City a team in decline?

There is a growing sense that Pep Guardiola’s men are failing to maintain standards set in previous seasons.

# analysis - Friday 29 November, 2019

Will Man United rue not hiring Pochettino while they have the chance?

Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s side have endured an indifferent start to the season.

# analysis - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Analysis: Vakatawa and Ringrose's lines cleverly exploit off-guard defences

The Racing centre was in devastating form in his side’s big win over Saracens last weekend.

# analysis - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Have Ireland blown their best chance of qualifying?

Plus, were there signs of progress despite the disappointing result?

# analysis - Sunday 17 November, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Boris Johnson is in full campaign mode - but how much Boris is too much? Love Him Or Hate Him

Boris Johnson is in full campaign mode - but how much Boris is too much?

The Tory leader has been waiting for this election for some time.

# analysis - Thursday 14 November, 2019

The 17-year-old set for the biggest night of his career so far

Troy Parrott will make his Ireland senior debut against New Zealand this evening.

# analysis - Friday 1 November, 2019

We need to think more about footballers' mental health

The manner in which Granit Xhaka has been abused of late is unacceptable.

# analysis - Wednesday 30 October, 2019

Analysis: Ford and Farrell's inverted triangles give England superb variety

Eoin Toolan takes a look at what Eddie Jones’ 10/12 combination provides for England.

# analysis - Friday 25 October, 2019

Liverpool's creative midfielder dilemma

Jurgen Klopp continues to struggle to find the right balance for his side.

# analysis - Thursday 24 October, 2019

Analysis: The incredible ruck-to-try ratio from the World Cup quarter-finals

Performance analyst Eoin Toolan examines the try-scoring trends from last weekend’s action.

# analysis - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Analysis: Diminutive de Klerk and Davies making decisive defensive plays

The South Africa and Wales scrum-halves are small players but often make a big impact without the ball.

# analysis - Sunday 20 October, 2019

Analysis: Ireland's abysmal opening quarter sets tone for All Blacks hammering

Needing to be cool and clinical, Ireland instead delivered their most un-Schmidt like showing.

# analysis - Thursday 17 October, 2019

Analysis: How can Ireland go about beating the All Blacks in Tokyo?

It will be fascinating to see how Joe Schmidt’s team go about attacking Richie Mo’unga off lineouts.

# analysis - Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Aaron Connolly's big night ruined, as Ireland's lack of quality catches up with them

Mick McCarthy said beforehand that he didn’t feel any great sense of belief from those in the pre-match press conference. This 90 minutes showed why, writes David Sneyd.

# analysis - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Ireland have been hamstrung by conservatism for far too long

Mick McCarthy’s side could only draw with Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday.

# analysis - Saturday 12 October, 2019

Should Aaron Connolly start and more Georgia-Ireland talking points

Plus, why the Georgians should not be underestimated.

# analysis - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

2019 the year when Man United-Arsenal jumped the shark

Their tepid match at Old Trafford last night was a stark reminder of how far the two clubs have fallen.

# analysis - Sunday 29 September, 2019

Analysis: How Ireland gave up a 12-3 lead to be shocked by Japan

We take a look at the litany of Irish errors that allowed Japan’s brilliance to flourish.

# analysis - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Analysis: Peerless Conor Murray's box kicking key to Ireland's big win

The scrum-half kicked 14 times against Scotland in Sunday’s World Cup clash.

Analysis: Van der Flier and tireless captain Best top Ireland's ruck charts

Joe Schmidt’s men were largely efficient with their clearouts and turned over lots of Scottish possession.

# analysis - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

Analysis: Ringrose shines as Ireland's strong defence shuts Scotland down

Ireland had a 94% tackle success rate and gave up only three linebreaks on Sunday.

# analysis - Sunday 22 September, 2019

Analysis: Stunning George Bridge try sums up the brilliance of the All Blacks

The Kiwis won the game in an incredible flurry of world-class transition play.

# analysis - Friday 20 September, 2019

Will Frank Lampard get the patience he requires at Chelsea?

The Blues face a stiff test against Liverpool this weekend amid an inconsistent start to the season.

# analysis - Tuesday 17 September, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Farmers in west, mid-west and midlands 'set to be worst hit by Brexit' Dark Clouds

Farmers in west, mid-west and midlands 'set to be worst hit by Brexit'

70% of Irish farms are heavily reliant on direct payments, a new analysis has found.

# analysis - Saturday 14 September, 2019

Could Jack Byrne become Ireland's next divisive creative player?

The Shamrock Rovers star impressed in a friendly against Bulgaria on Tuesday.

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