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# big-calls - Thursday 10 December, 2020

Form of exciting young guns makes for lengthy Munster selection meetings
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Form of exciting young guns makes for lengthy Munster selection meetings

Dec 10th 2020, 6:00 AM 10,156 Views 17 Comments

The likes of Craig Casey, Ben Healy, and Gavin Coombes have been putting their hands up.

# big-calls - Thursday 17 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 17th 2019, 9:45 AM 8,222 Views 58 Comments

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

Sep 2nd 2019, 9:52 AM 65,492 Views 130 Comments

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

Aug 12th 2019, 1:20 PM 11,565 Views 21 Comments

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
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# Big Calls

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

Mar 13th 2019, 10:00 AM 53,711 Views 86 Comments

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
# Six Nations
# Six Nations

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

Jan 31st 2019, 2:00 PM 32,855 Views 80 Comments

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
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# Big Calls

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

Nov 15th 2018, 2:51 PM 11,975 Views 34 Comments

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
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# Pick Your XV

Kearney and Ringrose back in the mix as Schmidt considers changes

Nov 12th 2018, 6:15 AM 9,892 Views 40 Comments

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
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# Big Calls

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

Oct 6th 2018, 9:54 PM 14,431 Views 49 Comments

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?
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# Penalty Count

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

Jun 14th 2018, 4:45 PM 19,800 Views 52 Comments

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
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# Big Calls

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

Jun 7th 2018, 6:59 AM 31,984 Views 84 Comments

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?
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# Officials

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

May 18th 2018, 8:06 PM 38,919 Views 35 Comments

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
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# Centre Of Attention

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

Feb 20th 2018, 6:30 AM 5,711 Views 5 Comments

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

Jan 31st 2018, 6:36 PM 40,945 Views 112 Comments

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
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# Rising Star

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

Jan 12th 2018, 3:28 PM 6,348 Views 12 Comments

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
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# Strength In Depth

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

Jan 10th 2018, 7:30 AM 9,869 Views 17 Comments

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
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# Big Calls

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

Jun 29th 2017, 3:00 PM 15,545 Views 14 Comments

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

Jun 25th 2017, 10:00 PM 20,555 Views 29 Comments

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
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# Big Calls

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

Jun 21st 2017, 9:30 AM 10,573 Views 30 Comments

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
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# Decisions

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

Jun 20th 2017, 10:00 PM 13,989 Views 9 Comments

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
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# Decisions

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

Jun 19th 2017, 6:10 AM 16,131 Views 27 Comments

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

Jun 15th 2017, 7:30 AM 12,235 Views 11 Comments

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

Jun 13th 2017, 7:00 PM 30,216 Views 29 Comments

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
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# Decisions

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

Feb 18th 2017, 8:15 AM 10,168 Views 21 Comments

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

Jun 16th 2016, 1:15 PM 35,432 Views 61 Comments

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

Mar 12th 2016, 8:30 PM 9,665 Views 41 Comments

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

Oct 8th 2015, 10:02 PM 27,946 Views 204 Comments

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

Aug 31st 2015, 5:33 PM 58,094 Views 191 Comments

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

Sep 25th 2014, 8:33 PM 23,767 Views 54 Comments

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

Sep 10th 2014, 7:37 PM 4,823 Views 4 Comments

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
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# Lions 2013

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

Apr 30th 2013, 3:13 PM 26,730 Views 67 Comments

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