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#Second best

# second-best - Sunday 22 November, 2020

England are a better team than Ireland and more work is needed to close the gap

Andy Farrell and his coaches must remedy the lineout and breakdown issues that hurt them yesterday.

# second-best - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Tielemans and Mertens strike as Belgium end England's Nations League hopes

Defeat ends England’s hopes of reaching a second successive Nations League finals.

# second-best - Saturday 31 October, 2020

Ireland come up short in Paris as England crowned Six Nations champions

Andy Farrell’s men made errors but France were superb in a bonus-point win.

# second-best - Saturday 19 October, 2019

Schmidt: 'This year hasn't been great, but Ireland are in a really good place'

The New Zealander also lamented the shorter turnaround the team had to manage between their final pool game and the quarter-final.

# second-best - Monday 13 May, 2019

'We’re not going to suddenly sign five world-class players, it doesn’t work like that'

Leinster left Newcastle with a few regrets but feeling they had got close to Saracens.

# second-best - Monday 19 November, 2018

All Blacks depart Dublin after being 'manipulated' by clever Ireland

‘We’re still stuck between the old way and the new way.’

# second-best - Sunday 24 June, 2018

All Blacks and November next in Schmidt's sights as Ireland's success rolls on

The Ireland head coach is heading home to New Zealand for a few weeks of rest.

# second-best - Monday 28 May, 2018

Three debuts made as Ireland go down to Les Bleus at rain-soaked Stade de France

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir were enough to hand a dominant French side victory in Paris tonight.

# second-best - Saturday 10 September, 2016

Connacht collapse as Ospreys deal second home defeat of Pro12 defence

Pat Lam’s men gave up a bonus point again in Galway.

Leinster beaten as Seymour runs in 4 tries for Glasgow

Rob Kearney, Josh van der Flier and Zane Kirchner all scored for the province but it couldn’t prevent a 33-25 loss at Scotstoun Stadium.

# second-best - Saturday 18 June, 2016

Lukaku double helps Belgium to victory over Ireland at Euro 2016

The Boys in Green were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline in Bordeaux.

# second-best - Saturday 13 February, 2016

Ireland's women lose out to the French in front of 11,158 in Perpignan

The Girls in Green were defeated 18-6 in the Six Nations tonight.

# second-best - Monday 2 November, 2015

Cheika sees World Cup defeat as the beginning of Wallabies' journey

The former Leinster boss says his team can close the gap on the All Blacks by playing them frequently.

# second-best - Sunday 12 July, 2015

Cathal Pendred has been given his first taste of defeat in the UFC

John Howard overcame the Dubliner at UFC 189.

# second-best - Monday 14 July, 2014

'Nothing can console me' laments Messi as world slips through Argentina's hands

The Golden Ball winner missed one of three great chances that fell his team’s way against Germany.

# second-best - Sunday 2 March, 2014

Double bogey derails Michael Hoey's bid for €240,000 European Tour win

The Northern Irishman was well placed to challenge eventual winner Ross Fisher at the Tshwane Open until he ran afoul of the 12th.

# second-best - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Opinion: Ireland call-ups and lack of signings to hobble Ulster's title ambitions

The province’s emergence as league and Heineken Cup contenders will stretch Mark Anscombe’s squad this season.

# second-best - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Rugby Championship: Springboks name unchanged line-up in quest to deny McCaw's 100th win

South Africa are in a confident mood after disposing of Australia at the weekend.

# second-best - Sunday 10 June, 2012

Match Report: Mandzukic on the double for Croatia

Two goals from the Wolfsburg striker resigned Ireland to defeat in their first Euro 2012 fixture.