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Dublin: 14°C Saturday 31 October 2020


# kicking - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

Analysis: Captaincy adds to Garry Ringrose's ever-growing repertoire

The Leinster man has been excellent in recent weeks and will be key against Saracens.

# kicking - Saturday 5 September, 2020

Leinster have the classier touches in contrast to blunt, predictable Munster

The southern province were second best in the kicking game as they suffered another semi-final defeat.

# kicking - Monday 29 June, 2020

Barrett, McKenzie, Carbery - The value of being able to kick with your 'bad' foot

The Blues fullback has been using his left foot frequently in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

# kicking - Monday 22 June, 2020

Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game

Scott Robertson’s side used a variety of kicks to cause major problems in Wellington.

# kicking - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Why numbers on jerseys matter less than ever as rugby progresses

The return of rugby in New Zealand underlined that Eddie Jones might have been ahead of the curve again.

# kicking - Sunday 26 April, 2020

'The boundaries are limitless' - Irishman Kingsley finds his kicking calling

The Portlaoise man is skills and kicking coach with the Dragons.

# kicking - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Analysis: The small details that make a huge difference in winning the aerial battle

Professional performance analyst Eoin Toolan examines the contests in the air in this Six Nations.

# kicking - Thursday 19 September, 2019

'They're threats but we'll try to exploit them' - Scots on Larmour and Conway

Scotland feel they have a good grip on what to expect from Ireland.

# kicking - Thursday 29 August, 2019

'We're mixing it up' - Ireland steer clear of box kicks for now

Joe Schmidt’s team have been experimenting with exits from their own 22.

# kicking - Monday 26 August, 2019

Short-term signings possible as Munster await final Ireland World Cup squad

Former England out-half Charlie Hodgson is visiting the province as a guest kicking coach.

# kicking - Monday 12 August, 2019

Analysis: Ireland's clever kicking shows Schmidt is keen for more variety

The Irish scrum-halves didn’t kick a single time during the win over Italy.

# kicking - Saturday 9 February, 2019

Roux and Farrell earn Schmidt praise as Ireland get 'a rise in temperature'

The Ireland head coach was disappointed with his team’s kicking in Edinburgh.

# kicking - Sunday 3 February, 2019

Analysis: England's kicking class outsmarts Schmidt's Ireland

Eddie Jones’ men manipulated Ireland’s defence with their superb kicking game.

# kicking - Wednesday 16 January, 2019

'It's a small bit unfair... I would probably like to see the rule changed'

Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park is set to take over from Luke McGrath in the nine shirt.

# kicking - Saturday 25 August, 2018

'You want to put your hand up for a World Cup place' - Byrne's ambition

The out-half has become a key man in Leinster’s squad in recent seasons.

# kicking - Sunday 17 June, 2018

Analysis: How Schmidt's Ireland managed to negate Folau's aerial threat

The Wallabies fullback didn’t catch a single kick in Melbourne yesterday.

# kicking - Monday 11 June, 2018

Analysis: Ireland take punishment from Israel Folau's freakish aerial game

Joe Schmidt’s side surprisingly targeted the Wallabies fullback with their first two restarts.

# kicking - Monday 28 May, 2018

Analysis: Johnny Sexton's combative class shines for Leinster once again

The 32-year-old was superb as his side claimed their Guinness Pro14 title.

# kicking - Tuesday 6 March, 2018

Murray not sore about losing kicking duels with Carbery after knee injury 'fright'

The Munster scrum-half showed off his impressive goal-kicking again in the win over Wales, but he feared he had suffered serious injury minutes earlier.

# kicking - Sunday 11 June, 2017

No surprises from the Lions' 'washing machine' but a major step forward

The Crusaders were frustrated to get drawn into a kicking battle, but the Lions’ class showed.

# kicking - Friday 28 April, 2017

Kieran Marmion explains how his Ireland and Connacht roles are different

Passing, sniping, kicking, defending and organising are all key parts of playing at nine.

# kicking - Monday 30 January, 2017

How different is professional rugby to the good old days of amateurism?

We’ve taken a look at the Ireland v Scotland games from the 1995 Five Nations and 2016 Six Nations.

# kicking - Sunday 23 October, 2016

'At the Captain's Run I just started slotting them': Nacewa happy to take kicking pressure off Sexton

The Aucklander kicked four from four in Montpellier today with Sexton taking a back seat.

# kicking - Monday 29 February, 2016

Analysis: Should kicking the ball out of rucks be outlawed?

Conor Murray took a blow to the face as Mike Brown attempted to dislodge the ball on Saturday.

# kicking - Saturday 27 February, 2016

'We hope to see players coming out of the academies with a higher skill level'

The Ireland skills coach Richie Murphy guides us through his journey into the national team set-up.

# kicking - Tuesday 10 February, 2015

Analysis: What was Ireland's game plan against Italy?

More accuracy from Ireland in the third quarter would have changed the complexion of Rome fixture.

# kicking - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

'I can't remember the last time he missed four kicks': Murphy backs Madigan to get on target again

The Leinster back could be given a chance to impress at number 10 for the Wolfhounds this Friday.

# kicking - Friday 7 November, 2014

'Realist' Joe Schmidt remains Ireland's trump card ahead of Boks clash

The Kiwi head coach is likely to have a well-prepared and intelligent game plan ready for tomorrow.

# kicking - Saturday 11 October, 2014

From Hayes: Kicking inevitable when water bills hitting doorsteps at the same time as canvassers Always Going To Happen

Hayes: Kicking inevitable when water bills hitting doorsteps at the same time as canvassers

The Fine Gael MEP, whose Dáil seat is up for grabs today, is not surprised with the by-election outcome.

# kicking - Wednesday 1 October, 2014

Footballing talent Carty committed to furthering Connacht cause

The 22-year-old has pedigree in soccer and GAA, but the westerners have benefited from his choice to focus on rugby.

# kicking - Friday 19 September, 2014

Johnny Sexton's place-kicking record is 'massively impressive' - Alred

The kicking coach who works with Sexton and Paddy Jackson discusses the Ireland internationals’ techniques.

# kicking - Friday 29 August, 2014

Could law changes help the IRB to make rugby a more entertaining spectacle?

Eoghan Hickey proposes two minor alterations to speed up the game and provide more tries.

# kicking - Sunday 24 August, 2014

Jonny Wilkinson's kicking guru tries to teach a thing or two

Dave Alred was in Dublin this week — and Niall Kelly went along to learn from one of the world’s best kicking coaches.

# kicking - Thursday 29 May, 2014

Laporte confirms coaching role for retiring Jonny Wilkinson at Toulon

The English out-half looks set to help with the Top 14 side’s kicking and skills training next season.

# kicking - Friday 9 May, 2014

Jonny Sexton kicks 21 points to send Racing into Top 14 semi-finals

The Ireland out-half was faultless from the tee in a composed performance for the Parisian club.

# kicking - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Leinster and Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy always looking for solutions

‘If you don’t put the work in, you don’t get the rewards.’

# kicking - Thursday 10 April, 2014

SNAPSHOT: Fan sends Brian O'Driscoll and Ireland some kicking advice

Ireland’s struggles to place-kick from the right-hand side of the pitch appear to have been solved.

# kicking - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Rugby technique: Short restarts offer rewards but involve high risks

Jonny Sexton showed the potential dangers of attempting short restarts during the recent Six Nations.

# kicking - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Munster's Keatley enthusiastic about facing Toulouse's 70% back three threat

The out-half explains that his province’s analysis of Saturday’s quarter-final opposition has been ongoing for seven weeks.

# kicking - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

Analysis: England's aggressive defence can be broken down by Ireland

With Stuart Lancaster’s men rushing up, there may be space for Ireland on the outside edges and in behind.

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