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Wednesday 4 November, 2015

Milner Skudder shouldn't look this good but he's an All Black and all he knows is success

New Zealand play in such a way that it guarantees their wingers always thrive, writes Simon Hick.

Tuesday 13 October, 2015

'He sees the blueprint for rugby success the same way the rest of us read a menu'

Simon Hick unravels the genius of Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt.

Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Failure in their own tournament would be the most embarrassing episode in English sport

Simon Hick discusses the mess England now find themselves in after entering the World Cup infused with hope and optimism.

Wednesday 16 September, 2015

'During the World Cup, things get fuzzy, the lines of logic get blurred'

Simon Hick reflects on how past tournaments were won and lost.

Saturday 12 September, 2015

'He has the Kearney composure DNA and a laser-like focus at key moments'

Simon Hick details how Dave Kearney is a Joe Schmidt player.

Wednesday 18 March, 2015

'Scotland game will be the biggest challenge of Joe Schmidt's international career'

The nature of the Wales defeat has led to disproportionate levels of gloom, writes Simon Hick.

Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Simon Hick Column: 'Don't hate the players, hate the game'

Our man says Ireland aren’t taking risks, but rugby clearly doesn’t reward risk takers anymore.

Wednesday 11 February, 2015

'The argument that players will keep getting bigger in the future doesn’t hold up'

Simon Hick looks at a subject that’s becoming difficult to ignore — the sheer bulk of the beasts on show.

Wednesday 4 February, 2015

Simon Hick Column: There's no show like a Joe Schmidt show

Many pundits are tipping Ireland to defend their 6 Nations title and our columnist says it’s all down to the man in charge.

Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Simon Hick column: Schmidt's Ireland aren't playing beautifully but they might never need to

Ireland have been beating the world’s top teams with a strong kicking game and sound fundamentals.

Thursday 23 October, 2014

Simon Hick column: 'BOD’s legacy is positive in every way, apart from the vacuum left in his absence'

Just who will wear the 13 jersey long term remains a mystery.

Wednesday 21 May, 2014

Simon Hick column: Penney era a step backwards, but glory days won't be easy to revive for Foley

The bootroom philosophy of appointing coaches can work, but will it work in Munster?

Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Simon Hick column: Will the real Ian Madigan please stand up?

Leinster fans, Matt O’Connor and Joe Schmidt will be hoping to see a strong performance from the out-half on Saturday.

Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Simon Hick column: Connacht prove the west's awake with headline grabbing signings

Pat Lam has shown he means business with his latest business.

Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Simon Hick column: Rabo Pro title scant consolation for Irish provinces

If anything, the competition has gone backwards in recent years, writes our columnist.

Thursday 3 April, 2014

Simon Hick column: Irish nous staving off French power play, for now

Top 14 sides have been unashamed in spending big and buying bigger in recent years, writes Simon Hick.

Thursday 20 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: Foundation blocks are in place for 2015 World Cup tilt

Joe Schmidt has a habit of reaching his targets, writes Simon Hick.

Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: This Ireland side can prove they're no one-hit wonders

This group of players can set the record straight this weekend, writes Simon Hick.

Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: Irish rugby is in the middle of a golden age

Thanks to a remarkable generation of players, the Ireland team is in the midst of its ‘Alex Ferguson era’.

Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Simon Hick column: Ireland need to add some magic to Schmidt's masterplan

They’ve done the basics brilliantly, but Ireland need a little extra.

Wednesday 19 February, 2014

Simon Hick column: Ireland can push buttons of England's loose cannon Hartley

Stuart Lancaster has tried to weed out the bad boys from the Red Rose. But he’s stuck with Dylan Hartley.

Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Simon Hick column: No such thing as the 'Joe Schmidt style'

Rather than fuss over pretty patterns, the Kiwi coach is figuring out new ways to win each game.

Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Simon Hick column: Sexton key to Ireland kicking on against old rivals

The Racing Metro man showed his class on Sunday but until he closes out a tie for Ireland, there’ll be a few doubters.

Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Simon Hick column: Schmidt’s side as good as 2009 heroes… on paper

The devil, as always, will be in the detail for the former Leinster coach if he’s to make a title-winning start, like Declan Kidney.

Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Simon Hick column: Humphreys vision has Ulster within reach of greatness

Along with the signing of talented Springboks, the Director of Rugby had a pivotal role to play in Ulster’s success.

Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Simon Hick: French powers tightening their grip on European rugby

For European competition to have real credibility it needs the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh to be realistic contenders, writes Simon Hick.

Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Simon Hick column: Dealing with O'Brien loss is Schmidt's biggest challenge

The back row is the key area for Ireland, and without the powerful flanker something will be missing.

Thursday 19 December, 2013

The Penney's dropped for Munster - Simon Hick

Whisper it, but key components seem to be falling in to place for Rob Penney’s men.

Wednesday 11 December, 2013

Simon Hick column: The horizons have shifted after Leinster’s Garden party

“Matt O’Connor has now proven his team are capable of great things, so is expected to do it two weeks in a row.”

Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Simon Hick Column: Detail is king and Penney must get the balance right

While Munster are flying high in the PRO12 table, they will undoubtedly be judged on their Heineken Cup campaign.

Wednesday 27 November, 2013

Simon Hick column: Ireland were right to gamble all on black... even if it didn't work

International rugby, and sport in general, rewards risk-takers who choose the right moment.

Friday 22 November, 2013

Simon Hick column: Ireland must believe they can beat the All Blacks

The mindsets of supporters, players and management are essential to Ireland’s hopes of pulling off a shock win.

Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Simon Hick column: Changes at top make for exciting times at Lansdowne

Saturday is day zero for new regimes in Irish rugby and soccer, writes Simon Hick.

Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Simon Hick column: Joe Schmidt can launch Irish rugby towards new heights

The new Ireland coach can forge a new identity for Ireland by making us world leaders in attack.

Thursday 24 October, 2013

Simon Hick column: Still no clear plan for life after BOD

Outside centre is a difficult position to fill at the best of times, but following Ireland’s best ever player will be

Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Simon Hick column: Penney honesty is refreshing, don’t hush him

If it’s the truth, why not say it?

Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Simon Hick column: Street spirit makes All Blacks catch fire

After the Rugby Championship decider on Saturday, Ireland’s big inter-pro was a bit of a comedown.

Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Simon Hick column: A whole new ball game as rugby world tears itself apart

The game is facing civil war and a redrawn world map. But what next for the Irish provinces?

Thursday 6 October, 2011

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: youth and young manhood

Warren Gatland will lead a fresh-faced Welsh side out to face Ireland this weekend. Here’s why.

Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: welcome to the capital of cool

There’s a coffee shop every 50 yards, the locals walk and talk a little faster than your average New Zealander and there is a sense of a town with very little time on its hands.

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