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#big issues

# big-issues - Saturday 24 February, 2018

Farrell outstanding, Ireland's depth delivers and a huge effort from the pack

Joe Schmidt will pick out the flaws in his team’s display but there were many positives.

# big-issues - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

Gatland's surprises, POM's honour, Itoje unlucky and more Lions talking points

Ben Te’o and Jamie George have only one Test start between them but their rise continues.

# big-issues - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking points

The quality of the Lions’ bench to face the NZ Provincial Barbarians indicates their depth.

# big-issues - Saturday 27 May, 2017

Brilliant Beirne, Erasmus' big question and more Pro12 final talking points

The Scarlets were brilliant in attack, while Munster’s defence fell apart.

# big-issues - Friday 31 March, 2017

Leavy gets the nod, Murray's fitness, and more Champions Cup talking points

We reflect on the team news ahead of Munster and Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-finals

# big-issues - Friday 10 March, 2017

Missed chances, the Welsh backlash and more talking points from Cardiff

Wales had more of the big individual performers on a desperately disappointing night for Ireland.

# big-issues - Saturday 19 November, 2016

Ireland can't convert, key men lost, and the match officials in limelight

There were positives in the performances of Garry Ringrose and Josh van der Flier off the bench.

# big-issues - Saturday 12 November, 2016

Eight new caps, Dillane's impression and selection calls for Schmidt

Connacht fullback Tiernan O’Halloran was very impressive for Ireland.

# big-issues - Wednesday 9 November, 2016

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# big-issues - Saturday 25 June, 2016

Missed chance and chances, red and more talking points from Ireland's defeat

Ireland will feel they missed their best-ever chance to win a series in South Africa.

# big-issues - Saturday 19 March, 2016

Back row dominant, defensive work-ons and more Ireland talking points

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray looked classy for long periods of the game.

# big-issues - Sunday 7 February, 2016

Six Nations drama, Schmidt's hard-hitting wings and more Ireland talking points

Ireland will pick out missed chances in their draw with Wales in Dublin.

# big-issues - Saturday 23 January, 2016

Payne's class at 15, clever strike plays and more Ulster talking points

Ulster must now wait on other results in Europe.

# big-issues - Saturday 9 January, 2016

A new low for Munster, Axel under pressure and more Paris talking points

Stade Fran├žais scored three tries to end the province’s Champions Cup campaign.

# big-issues - Sunday 13 December, 2015

Costly mistakes, unhappy Munster fans and more Thomond Park talking points

Munster gave up three incredibly soft tries.

# big-issues - Saturday 21 November, 2015

World Cup hangovers linger and more talking points from Leinster's defeat

It was another disappointing day for Leo Cullen’s men in Europe.

# big-issues - Friday 16 October, 2015

Murphy gets nod at 6, Healy retained and more Ireland XV talking points

Jamie Heaslip and the other leaders must stand up, while Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls are fit.

# big-issues - Saturday 19 September, 2015

Sexton shines, Ireland unleash and more talking points from Cardiff

Joe Schmidt will pick out flaws, but this was a promising opening performance from Ireland.

# big-issues - Saturday 5 September, 2015

Kearney is a World Cup starter and more talking points from Ireland's loss

England ruled the skies and bossed the breakdown, while Ireland showed signs of their game plan.

# big-issues - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

Ulster duo back in green, Madigan at 10 and more Ireland XV talking points

There are two uncapped Leinster men starting against Robbie Deans’ side.

# big-issues - Saturday 23 May, 2015

5 talking points after Munster come through Pro12 semi-final thriller

Paulie’s goodbye, Keatley’s wobbles and more of the big issues from Thomond Park.

# big-issues - Saturday 16 May, 2015

An all-Irish Pro12 decider still possible and more final day talking points

The provinces helped each other out on a nail-biting last round of regular season fixtures.

# big-issues - Saturday 2 May, 2015

Toulon's growing dominance and more Champions Cup talking points

Drew Mitchell’s second-half try was sublime, while both sides now look to the Top 14.

# big-issues - Saturday 18 April, 2015

King James and more talking points as Saracens fall short against Clermont

Vunipola’s power, Clermont frailties, the Saracens counter attack and an atmosphere for the ages.

# big-issues - Saturday 11 April, 2015

Aki's non-try and more talking points after Connacht lose to Ulster

International quality, Ulster’s ruthlessness, Connacht’s errors and the losing bonus point.

# big-issues - Saturday 4 April, 2015

Scrum power and more talking points from Leinster's win over Bath

Bath’s attacking approach, Watson’s yellow card costly, Madigan’s kicking and Leinster’s performance.

# big-issues - Saturday 21 March, 2015

Brilliant O'Brien and more talking points from Ireland's big win in Scotland

Fitter leaders, the backline thriving, England’s task and attack on top.

# big-issues - Thursday 19 March, 2015

Healy unleashed and more talking points from Ireland's team for Scotland

Zebo misses out, Joe’s ideal XV, consistency on the bench and the returning Lukey Fitz.

# big-issues - Saturday 14 March, 2015

6 talking points after Ireland suffer defeat to Warren Gatland's Wales

The lineout failings, the Welsh defence, Wayne Barnes and an attack that couldn’t get over the line.

# big-issues - Friday 27 February, 2015

Healy held back and more talking points from Ireland's XV for England

There’s no change at 23, while Jordi Murphy starts his second game of the championship.

# big-issues - Saturday 7 February, 2015

5 talking points after Joe Schmidt's Ireland beat Italy in Rome

The game plan, Ian Keatley, Ireland’s centres, scope for improvement and a patched-together back row.

# big-issues - Thursday 29 January, 2015

The return of SOB and more talking points from the Wolfhounds team

Madigan’s audition at 10, Lukey Fitz on the left wing, front row power and a strong Saxons selection.

# big-issues - Sunday 25 January, 2015

5 talking points after Anthony Foley's Munster hammer Sale

Keith Earls, Ireland hopefuls, Dineen’s display and a happy ending in Europe.

# big-issues - Saturday 24 January, 2015

5 talking points after Leinster secure a Champions Cup quarter-final

Matt O’Connor’s men were brilliant in the first half, but Wasps fought back powerfully after the break.

# big-issues - Saturday 17 January, 2015

5 talking points after Munster crash out of Europe against Saracens

High error count, Saracens excel, blunt Munster and where was JJ?

# big-issues - Friday 9 January, 2015

5 talking points after Connacht slip to home defeat against Edinburgh

Home defeat, Aki on form again, first-half failings and set-piece issues.

# big-issues - Friday 26 December, 2014

5 talking points after Munster see off Leinster at Thomond Park

Dominance for Munster, the kick chase, Leinster’s blunt attack, Keatley at 10 and the Leinster D.

# big-issues - Friday 19 December, 2014

4 talking points after Leinster see off Connacht at the RDS

Noel Reid’s class, power from Aki and Douglas, Connacht’s losing start and no festive fireworks.

# big-issues - Sunday 14 December, 2014

5 talking points after Anthony Foley's Munster slipped to defeat in Clermont

The home team’s attacking quality, a more varied Munster, that losing bonus point and kick chase problems.

# big-issues - Sunday 7 December, 2014

5 talking points after Leinster suffer disappointing loss to Harlequins

Forcing passes, a poor performance overall, Harlequins backing themselves and Madigan’s kicking.

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