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# analysis - Sunday 6 September, 2020

McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill
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McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill

Sep 6th 2020, 2:30 PM 6,899 Views 2 Comments

The northern province stuck to their philosophy as they mounted a dramatic comeback last night.

# analysis - Saturday 5 September, 2020

Leinster have the classier touches in contrast to blunt, predictable Munster
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# Analysis

Leinster have the classier touches in contrast to blunt, predictable Munster

Sep 5th 2020, 10:24 AM 12,341 Views 40 Comments

The southern province were second best in the kicking game as they suffered another semi-final defeat.

# analysis - Friday 4 September, 2020

Bold Adam Idah call a metaphor for new Ireland
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Bold Adam Idah call a metaphor for new Ireland

Sep 4th 2020, 5:30 AM 20,445 Views 2 Comments

The 19-year-old Cork-born forward was handed his senior international debut in Stephen Kenny’s first match in charge.

# analysis - Monday 31 August, 2020

Why Rob Kearney could have a big role against one of Munster's key weapons
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# Rule The Skies

Why Rob Kearney could have a big role against one of Munster's key weapons

Aug 31st 2020, 7:00 PM 10,644 Views 24 Comments

Conor Murray’s box-kicking has been superb over the past two weekends.

How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster
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How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster

Aug 31st 2020, 3:00 PM 31,649 Views 20 Comments

The 24-year-old openside flanker was dogged and destructive in defence.

# analysis - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Analysis: Connacht's attack suggests 2020/21 could be a very exciting season
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# Skills

Analysis: Connacht's attack suggests 2020/21 could be a very exciting season

Aug 26th 2020, 7:44 PM 9,984 Views 6 Comments

The western province delivered an impressive performance as Irish rugby restarted.

# analysis - Monday 24 August, 2020

Analysis: Deception and work-rate key as Munster attack hints at progress
# Stacks
# Stacks

Analysis: Deception and work-rate key as Munster attack hints at progress

Updated Aug 24th 2020, 8:01 PM 27,316 Views 26 Comments

Johann van Graan’s men scored three tries thanks to sharp finishes in the Leinster 22.

Leinster learn from England in pursuit of multi-threat attacking kicking game
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Leinster learn from England in pursuit of multi-threat attacking kicking game

Aug 24th 2020, 7:20 AM 12,629 Views 12 Comments

Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton delivered two superb touches against Munster on Saturday.

# analysis - Monday 17 August, 2020

Has excessive game time hindered some of Europe's biggest clubs?
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# Analysis

Has excessive game time hindered some of Europe's biggest clubs?

Aug 17th 2020, 6:30 AM 8,126 Views 9 Comments

Man City, Barcelona and Juventus have been among the top sides to perform well-below expectations in the Champions League.

# analysis - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Promising Irish starlet hands reality check to Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer
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Promising Irish starlet hands reality check to Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer

Jul 14th 2020, 6:00 AM 7,734 Views 1 Comment

Michael Obafemi’s last-gasp equaliser caused a setback to the Red Devils’ Champions League ambitions.

# analysis - Sunday 12 July, 2020

How Ireland learned to stop worrying and love Jack Charlton
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How Ireland learned to stop worrying and love Jack Charlton

Jul 12th 2020, 9:30 PM 19,657 Views 9 Comments

A look back at the troubled early days and the scepticism that greeted the Irish manager’s appointment.

# analysis - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Analysis: Super Rugby sides picking apart lineout seams with sharp attack

Analysis: Super Rugby sides picking apart lineout seams with sharp attack

Jul 7th 2020, 3:59 PM 5,093 Views 2 Comments

The Brumbies scored an excellent try in behind the lineout against the Rebels.

# analysis - Friday 3 July, 2020

Is Jose Mourinho now yesterday's man?
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# Analysis

Is Jose Mourinho now yesterday's man?

Jul 3rd 2020, 6:00 AM 9,988 Views 12 Comments

The Portuguese manager saw his Tottenham side’s Champions League hopes diminish amid a loss to Sheffield United on Thursday.

# analysis - Monday 22 June, 2020

Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game
# Kick To Score
# Kick To Score

Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game

Jun 22nd 2020, 7:30 PM 4,749 Views 1 Comment

Scott Robertson’s side used a variety of kicks to cause major problems in Wellington.

# analysis - Sunday 14 June, 2020

5 key questions ahead of the Premier League's re-start
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# Analysis

5 key questions ahead of the Premier League's re-start

Jun 14th 2020, 9:45 PM 24,321 Views 35 Comments

England’s top flight is set to recommence on 17 June.

# analysis - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Explainer: The latest controversy threatening to cause a rift within the FAI
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Explainer: The latest controversy threatening to cause a rift within the FAI

Jun 2nd 2020, 6:01 PM 19,795 Views 14 Comments

Nixon Morton — an FAI Council member — has written to both Uefa and Fifa to express concerns over perceived issues with the new set-up.

# analysis - Monday 25 May, 2020

How Joey Carbery could help Andy Farrell's Ireland to be less 'predictable'
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# Analysis

How Joey Carbery could help Andy Farrell's Ireland to be less 'predictable'

Updated May 25th 2020, 9:30 PM 32,987 Views 53 Comments

The Munster playmaker is the ideal man to act as a second playmaker in the backline.

# analysis - Saturday 9 May, 2020

When two brilliant offloads helped Connacht to end a 17-year drought in Dublin
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# Classic

When two brilliant offloads helped Connacht to end a 17-year drought in Dublin

May 9th 2020, 8:30 AM 8,343 Views 7 Comments

Leinster were unbeaten at Donnybrook in three years when Steph Nel’s men arrived in 2002.

# analysis - Friday 24 April, 2020

Bully pulpit: Should US networks simply stop broadcasting Trump and his dangerous Covid-19 briefings?
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Bully pulpit: Should US networks simply stop broadcasting Trump and his dangerous Covid-19 briefings?

Apr 24th 2020, 8:00 PM 43,167 Views 105 Comments

Some have scaled back their live coverage of the daily briefings.

# analysis - Monday 16 March, 2020

When Joe Schmidt's Ireland went to Paris and won the Six Nations
# Trés Bien
# Trés Bien

When Joe Schmidt's Ireland went to Paris and won the Six Nations

Mar 16th 2020, 1:48 PM 11,433 Views 11 Comments

We reflect on the agonisingly tense Irish victory on the final day of the 2014 championship.

# analysis - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Ireland v Italy off - so what happens next?
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Ireland v Italy off - so what happens next?

Feb 26th 2020, 5:08 PM 11,178 Views 9 Comments

The decision to postpone next month’s Six Nations match will cause chaos with the rugby calendar. Deciding when to play it again is just one of the big problems rugby’s top brass have to solve.

Analysis: The small details that make a huge difference in winning the aerial battle
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# Contest

Analysis: The small details that make a huge difference in winning the aerial battle

Feb 26th 2020, 1:14 PM 9,150 Views 9 Comments

Professional performance analyst Eoin Toolan examines the contests in the air in this Six Nations.

# analysis - Monday 24 February, 2020

Analysis: England's clever kicking pressures Sexton and Stockdale into errors
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# Kick To Score

Analysis: England's clever kicking pressures Sexton and Stockdale into errors

Updated Feb 24th 2020, 12:06 PM 29,537 Views 42 Comments

The English intelligently picked apart Ireland’s defence with some clever touches.

# analysis - Monday 17 February, 2020

Man United ride their luck in Chelsea win
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Man United ride their luck in Chelsea win

Feb 17th 2020, 10:30 PM 10,083 Views 8 Comments

The Red Devils revived their Champions League hopes with a win over their top-four rivals.

# analysis - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

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

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

Feb 12th 2020, 7:00 PM 10,992 Views 2 Comments

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
# Progress
# Progress

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

Feb 11th 2020, 2:23 PM 4,975 Views 4 Comments

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
# Outstanding
# Outstanding

Analysis: Andrew Conway delivers a brilliant wing display for Ireland

Feb 9th 2020, 7:00 PM 14,068 Views 15 Comments

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
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# 22 Visits

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

Feb 9th 2020, 1:32 PM 24,315 Views 9 Comments

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'
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# Analysis

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

Feb 9th 2020, 7:15 AM 18,419 Views 14 Comments

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?
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# Analysis

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

Feb 7th 2020, 4:42 PM 9,703 Views 8 Comments

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

# analysis - Thursday 6 February, 2020

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

Feb 6th 2020, 7:41 AM 8,852 Views 44 Comments

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
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# Counter

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

Feb 5th 2020, 9:30 PM 18,248 Views 10 Comments

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
# Width
# Width

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

Feb 5th 2020, 12:35 PM 10,669 Views 5 Comments

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?
# Intent
# Intent

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

Feb 2nd 2020, 8:00 PM 31,940 Views 30 Comments

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
# Advantage
# Advantage

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

Feb 2nd 2020, 11:32 AM 11,290 Views 14 Comments

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

# analysis - Saturday 25 January, 2020

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

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

Jan 25th 2020, 10:30 AM 7,715 Views 20 Comments

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

# analysis - Saturday 18 January, 2020

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

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

Jan 18th 2020, 8:45 AM 18,372 Views 19 Comments

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
# Talking Point
# Talking Point

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

Dec 13th 2019, 10:24 PM 49,690 Views 38 Comments

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

Dec 10th 2019, 10:25 AM 6,674 Views 4 Comments

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?
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Are Manchester City a team in decline?

Dec 6th 2019, 5:23 PM 8,496 Views 26 Comments

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