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# set-piece - Saturday 24 August, 2019

'I think it's fixable' - Ireland's lineout crumbles under English pressure

Ireland captain Rory Best had a tough day out of touch at Twickenham.

# set-piece - Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Dummy loops, decoys and manipulation: 5 of Schmidt's sharpest plays

Ireland have produced sublime set-piece scores at important times during Schmidt’s tenure.

# set-piece - Monday 29 July, 2019

Analysis: Boks add new layer to scrum attack while Wallabies strike clinically

The All Blacks thought they knew what was coming but Rassie Erasmus’ team changed the picture.

# set-piece - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Analysis: Connacht's clever bounce-back attack cuts Bordeaux apart

Attack coach Nigel Carolan has his charges striking superbly from lineout platforms.

# set-piece - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

Stockdale's finishing skills reward Ulster's clever set-piece thinking

The northern province scored three tries from set-piece platforms against Racing 92 last weekend.

# set-piece - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Analysis: Schmidt's smarts shine through in Ireland's detailed power plays

There were fresh examples of the head coach’s clever thinking against the All Blacks.

# set-piece - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'Rory is number one... the rest of us are probably fighting for that second spot'

Munster’s Niall Scannell has started his season in excellent form.

# set-piece - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'It's about being creative but effective... you try to manipulate the defence'

Felipe Contepomi is happy with the direction Leinster’s set-piece attack is moving in.

# set-piece - Monday 25 June, 2018

Suarez put Uruguay ahead against the hosts with a well-placed free-kick Set-piece This post contains videos

Suarez put Uruguay ahead against the hosts with a well-placed free-kick

It’s the Barcelona striker’s second goal of the tournament.

# set-piece - Sunday 17 June, 2018

'It was the greatest cleanout I've ever seen, and I've seen a few cleanouts in my time'

Rob Kearney is confident Ireland can produce one last big effort in their ‘final’ against the Wallabies.

# set-piece - Thursday 14 June, 2018

Schmidt backs 'good scrummaging hooker' Scannell, with Cronin missing out

Schmidt backs 'good scrummaging hooker' Scannell, with Cronin missing out

The Leinster hooker is absent from the matchday 23 for the second Test against the Wallabies.

# set-piece - Sunday 18 March, 2018

Analysis: Schmidt's genius set-piece strike cuts England apart for Stander try

The Ireland head coach kept back this play for three years before it worked beautifully to help win a Grand Slam.

# set-piece - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Analysis: Joe Schmidt's creative ability shines through on Ireland's power play

Ireland produced a detailed three-phase set-piece attack to score against Scotland last weekend.

# set-piece - Tuesday 23 January, 2018

Keith Earls' brilliance sums up the excitement around Munster's attack

Joe Schmidt should reap the benefits of the Limerick man’s superb form in the coming weeks.

# set-piece - Monday 8 January, 2018

Analysis: Conor Murray's lineout and Munster's clever set-piece attack

We’ve broken down some of the province’s best efforts from scrum and lineout in recent weeks.

# set-piece - Thursday 16 March, 2017

Analysis: Ireland under pressure to deliver at lineout and maul against England

The close-range failings in the lineout and maul were severely damaging against Wales.

# set-piece - Sunday 12 March, 2017

Analysis: The error that Joe Schmidt singled Paddy Jackson out for

George North’s first try on Friday night came straight from a clever Welsh lineout attack.

# set-piece - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Analysis: Joe Schmidt tweaked one of his favourite moves against France

Ireland’s dummy loop play has evolved but they missed a great chance against les Bleus.

# set-piece - Tuesday 15 March, 2016

Analysis: Sexton puts body on the line for Stander set-piece success

Ireland used an almost identical strike move to that which cut Wales apart.

# set-piece - Sunday 21 February, 2016

Cheltenham Town treat us to one of the all-time great free-kick routines

21 games unbeaten… and THIS?!

# set-piece - Monday 11 January, 2016

Conor O'Shea's Quins scored a delightful set-piece try against Saracens

Harlequins enjoyed victory over the reigning Premiership champions and this score was important.

# set-piece - Monday 7 September, 2015

'We haven’t got ahead of ourselves; we haven’t looked down the line' - POM

The Ireland back row says he and his teammates must look after the ball.

# set-piece - Sunday 9 August, 2015

Analysis: Effective basics see Schmidt's Ireland win comfortably in Wales

The Six Nations champions started their World Cup warm-ups with an encouraging display.

# set-piece - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

Analysis: Munster must target Ryan Grant to get the edge in scrum battle

Munster’s tightheads will be key players on Saturday

# set-piece - Monday 27 April, 2015

Try analysis: Munster pull out a set-piece beauty for TOD touchdown

Anthony Foley’s side carried out a highly effective lineout move to break down Treviso.

# set-piece - Saturday 28 February, 2015

Scrum battle looks decisive for Ireland against Marler and England

Scrum battle looks decisive for Ireland against Marler and England

Marty Moore says Ireland got through some seriously tough scrummaging sessions at Carton House this week.

# set-piece - Friday 6 February, 2015

Analysis: Ireland need Paul O'Connell's lineout to be perfect in Rome

Analysis: Ireland need Paul O'Connell's lineout to be perfect in Rome

The veteran second row was unhappy with elements of Ireland’s lineout during the November Tests.

# set-piece - Wednesday 31 December, 2014

McCartney keen to prove himself Connacht's vital Kiwi connection

The 29-year-old hooker is already learning from the coaching of Pat Lam and Dan McFarland.

# set-piece - Thursday 20 November, 2014

The maul continues to grow in importance as Ireland lead the way

Simon Easterby’s pack has picked up where they left off under John Plumtree last season.

# set-piece - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Yaya Toure curled in the perfect free-kick, but was sent off as City lost to CSKA

Yaya Toure curled in the perfect free-kick, but was sent off as City lost to CSKA

Doumbia’s double gave the Russian club all three points in Manchester.

'Boks stay bashful about scrum chances while trusting Pollard to fire up the back-line

South Africa are in rude health, while Joe Schmidt could conceivably have to make do without his entire first-choice front row.

# set-piece - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

Otago come up with a beauty of a set-piece try in the ITM Cup

Fa’asiu Fuatai finished off a clever move from the New Zealand side after a line-out attack.

# set-piece - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Brazilian side offer novel approach to defending low free kicks

Ponte Preta certainly get points for originality

# set-piece - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Juan Mata puts Man Utd in control against Newcastle with lovely free-kick Vine This post contains videos

Juan Mata puts Man Utd in control against Newcastle with lovely free-kick

David Moyes will be happy with this.

# set-piece - Friday 27 December, 2013

Video: Toby Faletau scores for the Dragons after smart line-out move

The Wales and Lions No. 8 was the beneficiary of some intelligent play by his region in the Pro12 last night.

# set-piece - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Penney hails Keatley's 'wonderful' kicking game for Munster

The Kiwi head coach says he was also happy with the set piece in last night’s win against the Dragons,

# set-piece - Monday 18 November, 2013

Australia stand firm with scrum the philosopher's cornerstone

The Wallabies’ set-piece proved us all wrong.

# set-piece - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Back to basics for Ireland at the line-out

Kiwi forwards coach John Plumtree has been working the Irish players’ most fundamental skills.

# set-piece - Monday 7 October, 2013

Sligo try to catch Shamrock Rovers off guard with this 'trick' free-kick

This one needs another bit of work on the training ground…

# set-piece - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Explainer: What rugby’s new scrum laws mean for the game

The IRB say the new scrum sequence is purely to benefit player welfare, but will it impact the wider flow of rugby?

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