# Analysis

Last year
# Analysis
Furlong's stunning pass and Beirne's sleight of hand show point of difference
The multi-skilled Ireland forwards picked up where they left off in November.
# Analysis
What will next week's Russian manoeuvres off Ireland look like and what's the overall strategy?
Security expert Declan Power equates the Russian exercise to a burglar testing the windows of a house.
# Breakdown
Tactics Board: Rashford and Greenwood fail to capitalise as Rangnick restores width
Man United came away with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup last night, but they were fortunate to do so.
All time
# The42 Reads
Why Ireland's Tadhg Furlong is the best tighthead prop in the world
The Wexford man finished a strong 2021 with outstanding performances for Ireland in November.
# Pressure
Can Steven Gerrard become a great manager?
The Liverpool legend makes his return to Anfield as Aston Villa manager this weekend.
# Work to be done
Tactics Board: Despite Chelsea result, Rangnick faces a massive challenge at Man United
Shane Keegan breaks down Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, ahead of the arrival the Red Devils’ newly-appointed interim manager.
# Analysis
Paul O'Connell's influence continues to grow as Ireland's pack dominates
The former Munster and Ireland lock has made a big impact since joining in January.
# relentless
Tactics Board: Liverpool suffocate the Gunners with gegenpressing masterclass
Shane Keegan examines how Jurgen Klopp’s side dismantled Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.
# Review
Analysing all 20 Ireland games of the Stephen Kenny era
The team have looked rejuvenated of late, after a tough start.
# Analysis
Tactics Board: Cullen the catalyst as Ireland show more progress under Kenny
The Boys in Green eventually got their just rewards against Luxembourg to end the World Cup qualification campaign on a positive note, writes Shane Keegan.
# Analysis
Lowe's tackle, Ringrose and Conway's save, and Gibson-Park's rescues
Some of Ireland’s big defensive plays against the All Blacks will live long in the memory.
# Analysis
Ireland's attack flourishes as it becomes less reliant on Johnny Sexton
With ball-playing forwards and new playmakers in the backline, Ireland are more unpredictable.
# Green shoots
Ireland's dynamic midfield duo turn heads against Ronaldo, Fernandes and co
Josh Cullen and Jeff Hendrick put in a massive shift.
# red v blue
Tactics Board: Hapless Man United have no answers for Man City's fluidity in one-sided derby
Shane Keegan analyses the brilliance of Pep Guardiola’s side in their 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
# Analysis
Ireland's offloads, Furlong the playmaker, and 1-3-2-2 attack shape
Andy Farrell’s side scored nine tries as they dismantled Japan in Dublin.
# Analysis
What will Ireland have picked out from Japan's only game since July?
Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown’s side are incisive and intelligent in attack.
# change in formation
Tactics Board: Man United bounce back against awful Spurs... but it may have come at a cost
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to switch to 5-3-2 brought some defensive solidity on Saturday evening, writes Shane Keegan.
Tactics Board: Colossal work rate and sticking to the game plan earns Ireland superb away win
Shane Keegan looks at the key tactical elements behind the 2-1 victory in Tuesday’s Women’s World Cup qualifier.
# one sided affair
Tactics Board: Man United's press goes from bad to worse as Liverpool show them how it's done
Shane Keegan breaks down where it went wrong for the increasingly under pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
# Analysis
Anti-vaxx groups' claims about Covid deaths among the vaccinated are misleading
Anti-lockdown groups suggest that vaccines aren’t working – but the data shows otherwise.
# talking point
Can a manager and a pundit be too close?
Several ex-Man United players have recently been criticised for their continual defence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
# talking point
Journalists and football fans must continue to highlight why Newcastle takeover is not right
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) are behind the £300 million deal.
# Analysis
Stephen Kenny is building something exciting and deserves a new contract
The manager oversaw an impressive win against Qatar at the Aviva Stadium last night.
# Analysis
How teams are creatively using the 50:22 kicking law in rugby
Munster, Bristol, and the Dragons delivered some smart examples last weekend.
# Analysis
Tactics Board: It's Robinson's movement that makes him such a key player for this Ireland team
Shane Keegan breaks down the first competitive win of the Stephen Kenny era.
# Analysis
Ireland legends should not interpret Stephen Kenny's philosophy as a slight on them
There is a sharp contrast between how many journalists and ex-players perceive the current regime.
# Errors
Wasteful and sloppy - Leinster come through a bad day in Newport
The Irish province scored just once despite 16 visits to the Dragons 22.
# Analysis
Tactics Board: The genius of Salah and Man City target Milner as Anfield serves up a classic
Shane Keegan breaks down the standout Premier League game of the weekend, between title rivals Liverpool and Man City.
# variety
Analysis: Sexton and Leinster start the season in slick, sharp form
There was fluidity and variety to the province’s attacking play in a strong win over the Bulls.
'He was exceptionally good and picked up where he left off'
Josh van der Flier was named player of the week on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast.
# Analysis
Tactics Board: Tuchel gets it badly wrong as pressing game pays off for Man City
Shane Keegan breaks down Saturday’s meeting of two title contenders at Stamford Bridge.
# Analysis
5 tactical trends that emerged in the 2021 championship
Featuring fly goalkeepers, high-scoring hurling and gegenpressing.
# Analysis
Is this the strongest Premier League ever?
The financial might of England’s top clubs is in stark contrast with the struggles of other European sides, writes Paul Fennessy.
# Analysis
Scoring statistics continue to haunt Mayo on the biggest stage as they chase All-Ireland title
Goals conceded and missed continue to hurt Mayo at the final hurdle.
# Analysis
Tactics Board: What Ireland can learn from last night's draw with Serbia
Shane Keegan looks back at Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Dublin.
# Analysis
By now, debating who the Irish manager should be feels almost beside the point
The scrutiny of Stephen Kenny’s future has intensified in recent days.
# Analysis
Tactics Board: Ireland's youngsters did enough in Portugal to suggest there's more to come
Shane Keegan breaks down last night’s bitterly disappointing loss in the Algarve.
# Analysis
Portugal performance shows plenty of reasons to keep faith with the Kenny project
A young Irish side came agonisingly close to upsetting Fernando Santos’ men.
# Analysis
What's next for Afghanistan after the US withdrawal and the Taliban's takeover?
How to get Kabul’s airport running again, a lack of trust in the Taliban, and serious economic holes are among the main issues.
# Analysis
Tactics Board: 18-year-old Elliott excels for Liverpool but Klopp frustrated by 10-man Chelsea
Shane Keegan takes a close look at Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Anfield.