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#big calls

# big-calls - Thursday 17 October, 2019

O'Mahony 'a big moments player' for Ireland as Schmidt backs experience

The Ireland head coach said there were up to six tough selection calls in his team this week.

# big-calls - Monday 2 September, 2019

Toner set to miss out as Schmidt makes tough World Cup squad decisions

Luke McGrath appears to have edged out Kieran Marmion in the scrum-half spots.

# big-calls - Monday 12 August, 2019

Te'o left out of England World Cup squad as uncapped McConnochie included

Eddie Jones has sprung a few surprises in his 31-man group.

# big-calls - Wednesday 13 March, 2019

Beirne set to start against Wales as O'Brien makes return for Ireland

The Munster second row could make his Six Nations debut in Cardiff on Saturday.

# big-calls - Thursday 31 January, 2019

Henshaw's positional switch, Murray returns and more talking points

Joe Schmidt has named his first team of the 2019 Six Nations.

# big-calls - Thursday 15 November, 2018

Schmidt's late decisions, Toner restored and more Ireland team talking points

The head coach has reverted to the tried and trusted for the All Blacks clash.

# big-calls - Monday 12 November, 2018

Kearney and Ringrose back in the mix as Schmidt considers changes

The Ireland head coach has some big calls to make ahead of the All Blacks clash.

# big-calls - Saturday 6 October, 2018

'Unfortunately certain calls went against us': JVG laments chalked-off Earls try

The Munster head coach called for consistency from officials as he reflected on his side’s inter-pro defeat to Leinster.

# big-calls - Thursday 14 June, 2018

Ref review: How accurate were the big calls in Ireland's defeat to the Wallabies?

Marius van der Westhuizen had some big decisions to make in Brisbane.

# big-calls - Thursday 7 June, 2018

Schmidt names Carbery at out-half as O'Mahony captains Ireland

Johnny Sexton is part of the Ireland bench for the first clash with the Wallabies.

# big-calls - Friday 18 May, 2018

Ref review: Were the big calls in the Champions Cup final correct?

We asked a current referee to review some of the incidents from Leinster’s narrow win over Racing.

# big-calls - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

Fit-again Ringrose available for the Kings, but Leinster wait to hear Schmidt's call

The centre has been called into Ireland’s Six Nations squad, but it remains to be seen who he’ll line out for this weekend.

# big-calls - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

James Ryan set to start for Ireland as McGrath and Carbery make the bench

Josh van der Flier appears to have won the race to start on the openside.

# big-calls - Friday 12 January, 2018

'He has no boundaries in the way he thinks': Nacewa excited to take on Europe with Larmour

The veteran Leinster skipper says team-mates feed off the 20-year-old’s positive approach.

# big-calls - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

Leinster facing big selection calls despite the loss of Ringrose and O'Brien for Glasgow

Competition for places fierce in the backline, the back row and at loosehead where Cian Healy returns from suspension.

# big-calls - Thursday 29 June, 2017

The Rugby Show: The winners and losers of the second test selections Big Calls This post contains videos

The Rugby Show: The winners and losers of the second test selections

Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey discuss the latest team selections made by Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen ahead of the big game on Saturday.

# big-calls - Sunday 25 June, 2017

Changes on the cards as Lions set to 'shake it up' with selection

Warren Gatland name-checked Maro Itoje and Sam Warburton as two possible inclusions.

# big-calls - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

Open thread: Pick your Lions team for Saturday's first Test against the All Blacks

Warren Gatland names his starting XV later.

# big-calls - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

Gatland given last-minute food for thought in the Lions' back three

Elliot Daly is an interesting option for the left wing but George North has pedigree.

# big-calls - Monday 19 June, 2017

Test team takes shape but a handful of huge calls ahead for Gatland

The Lions’ second row, back row, midfield and left wing selections will be fascinating.

# big-calls - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Carter and O'Gara make the case for 'world class' O'Brien to start first Test

The Ireland and Leinster flanker is pushing for selection for Auckland, and both Dan Carter and Ronan O’Gara feel he should be a starter.

# big-calls - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

Test favourites emerging but back three a major concern for the Lions

Murray Kinsella picks his Lions squad for the opening Test against the All Blacks.

# big-calls - Saturday 18 February, 2017

'We're under the hammer' - Big selection calls for Ireland before France test

Joe Schmidt is pleased to see his forwards looking more comfortable when passing the ball.

# big-calls - Thursday 16 June, 2016

Roux set for Ireland debut as Schmidt makes five changes for second Test

Craig Gilroy, Stuart Olding, Tadhg Furlong and Rhys Ruddock all start for Ireland.

# big-calls - Saturday 12 March, 2016

'I know people question decisions I make, but I guarantee I question them more'

Joe Schmidt is already looking towards next weekend’s clash with Scotland.

# big-calls - Thursday 8 October, 2015

Schmidt set to start Toner and Healy as Earls misses out for France clash

The Ireland head coach looks likely to back Dave Kearney and Tommy Bowe as his wings.

# big-calls - Monday 31 August, 2015

Trimble to miss out on World Cup as Schmidt includes Furlong and Cave

The42 understands that Ireland have opted for three tighthead props and only two scrum-halves.

# big-calls - Thursday 25 September, 2014

No place for Shefflin as Kilkenny make three changes for Saturday's replay

Walter Walsh is out but it is John Power who gets the nod to return to the side.

# big-calls - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Cruden returns for All Blacks as South Africa go for novice out-half

Handre Pollard will win his fourth South African cap at out-half this Saturday.

# big-calls - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

7 of the best, worst and most bewildering Lions squad decisions

Selecting Sam Warburton is a smart move but where are Best, Robshaw and Visser?