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'He sees the blueprint for rugby success the same way the rest of us read a menu'
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# Rwc 15

'He sees the blueprint for rugby success the same way the rest of us read a menu'

Oct 13th 2015, 9:50 PM 12,701 Views 8 Comments

Simon Hick unravels the genius of Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt.

Failure in their own tournament would be the most embarrassing episode in English sport
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# Column

Failure in their own tournament would be the most embarrassing episode in English sport

Sep 30th 2015, 10:09 AM 10,830 Views 70 Comments

Simon Hick discusses the mess England now find themselves in after entering the World Cup infused with hope and optimism.

'During the World Cup, things get fuzzy, the lines of logic get blurred'
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# Rwc 15

'During the World Cup, things get fuzzy, the lines of logic get blurred'

Sep 16th 2015, 7:45 AM 16,331 Views 14 Comments

Simon Hick reflects on how past tournaments were won and lost.

'He has the Kearney composure DNA and a laser-like focus at key moments'
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# Column

'He has the Kearney composure DNA and a laser-like focus at key moments'

Sep 12th 2015, 9:00 AM 10,167 Views 51 Comments

Simon Hick details how Dave Kearney is a Joe Schmidt player.

'Scotland game will be the biggest challenge of Joe Schmidt's international career'
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# Column

'Scotland game will be the biggest challenge of Joe Schmidt's international career'

Mar 18th 2015, 9:20 AM 15,390 Views 41 Comments

The nature of the Wales defeat has led to disproportionate levels of gloom, writes Simon Hick.

'The argument that players will keep getting bigger in the future doesn’t hold up'
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# Column

'The argument that players will keep getting bigger in the future doesn’t hold up'

Feb 11th 2015, 9:20 PM 26,909 Views 15 Comments

Simon Hick looks at a subject that’s becoming difficult to ignore — the sheer bulk of the beasts on show.

Simon Hick column: Rugby needs to change to reflect the sport's broadening fan base
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# Shake Up

Simon Hick column: Rugby needs to change to reflect the sport's broadening fan base

Nov 14th 2014, 7:00 AM 7,587 Views 35 Comments

A promotion/relegation playoff between the Six Nations and the Rugby Nations Cup would be great for the sport.

Simon Hick column: Will the real Ian Madigan please stand up?
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# Playmaker

Simon Hick column: Will the real Ian Madigan please stand up?

May 14th 2014, 12:00 PM 15,116 Views 46 Comments

Leinster fans, Matt O’Connor and Joe Schmidt will be hoping to see a strong performance from the out-half on Saturday.

Simon Hick column: Connacht prove the west's awake with headline grabbing signings
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# G-G-G-Galway

Simon Hick column: Connacht prove the west's awake with headline grabbing signings

May 7th 2014, 3:16 PM 6,752 Views 16 Comments

Pat Lam has shown he means business with his latest business.

Simon Hick column: Rabo Pro title scant consolation for Irish provinces
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# Pro12

Simon Hick column: Rabo Pro title scant consolation for Irish provinces

Apr 30th 2014, 2:55 PM 10,748 Views 31 Comments

If anything, the competition has gone backwards in recent years, writes our columnist.

Simon Hick column: Irish nous staving off French power play, for now
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# Heineken Cup

Simon Hick column: Irish nous staving off French power play, for now

Apr 3rd 2014, 9:27 AM 4,516 Views 8 Comments

Top 14 sides have been unashamed in spending big and buying bigger in recent years, writes Simon Hick.

Simon Hick column: New ways of looking at the game bringing fresh perspectives
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# Opinion

Simon Hick column: New ways of looking at the game bringing fresh perspectives

Mar 27th 2014, 2:13 PM 4,389 Views 7 Comments

Fans, journalists and analysts are changing their outlook.

Simon Hick column: Foundation blocks are in place for 2015 World Cup tilt
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# Column

Simon Hick column: Foundation blocks are in place for 2015 World Cup tilt

Mar 20th 2014, 1:16 PM 13,426 Views 29 Comments

Joe Schmidt has a habit of reaching his targets, writes Simon Hick.

Simon Hick column: This Ireland side can prove they're no one-hit wonders
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# Loser Leaves Town

Simon Hick column: This Ireland side can prove they're no one-hit wonders

Mar 12th 2014, 3:09 PM 10,301 Views 16 Comments

This group of players can set the record straight this weekend, writes Simon Hick.

Simon Hick column: Irish rugby is in the middle of a golden age
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# Column

Simon Hick column: Irish rugby is in the middle of a golden age

Mar 5th 2014, 3:15 PM 15,950 Views 47 Comments

Thanks to a remarkable generation of players, the Ireland team is in the midst of its ‘Alex Ferguson era’.

Simon Hick column: No such thing as the 'Joe Schmidt style'
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# All-terrain

Simon Hick column: No such thing as the 'Joe Schmidt style'

Feb 12th 2014, 5:00 PM 19,647 Views 17 Comments

Rather than fuss over pretty patterns, the Kiwi coach is figuring out new ways to win each game.

Simon Hick column: Humphreys vision has Ulster within reach of greatness
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# Suftum

Simon Hick column: Humphreys vision has Ulster within reach of greatness

Jan 22nd 2014, 1:58 PM 3,717 Views 3 Comments

Along with the signing of talented Springboks, the Director of Rugby had a pivotal role to play in Ulster’s success.

Simon Hick: French powers tightening their grip on European rugby
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# Column

Simon Hick: French powers tightening their grip on European rugby

Jan 15th 2014, 2:57 PM 11,496 Views 22 Comments

For European competition to have real credibility it needs the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh to be realistic contenders, writes Simon Hick.

Simon Hick column: Dealing with O'Brien loss is Schmidt's biggest challenge
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# Column

Simon Hick column: Dealing with O'Brien loss is Schmidt's biggest challenge

Jan 8th 2014, 11:52 AM 7,903 Views 22 Comments

The back row is the key area for Ireland, and without the powerful flanker something will be missing.

Simon Hick Column: Detail is king and Penney must get the balance right
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# HCup

Simon Hick Column: Detail is king and Penney must get the balance right

Dec 4th 2013, 12:30 PM 7,435 Views 3 Comments

While Munster are flying high in the PRO12 table, they will undoubtedly be judged on their Heineken Cup campaign.

Simon Hick column: Ireland must believe they can beat the All Blacks
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# Mentality

Simon Hick column: Ireland must believe they can beat the All Blacks

Nov 22nd 2013, 12:00 PM 6,256 Views 19 Comments

The mindsets of supporters, players and management are essential to Ireland’s hopes of pulling off a shock win.

New 'Second Captains' TV show to debut next month
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# Green Light

New 'Second Captains' TV show to debut next month

Aug 26th 2013, 9:47 AM 13,796 Views 29 Comments

“Think Gamesmaster meets Crystal Maze meets Live at 3 meets Golden Girls with the set being a tasteful recreation of the Aztec zone.”

'New' Off the Ball dips slightly in JNLR figures
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# Radio

'New' Off the Ball dips slightly in JNLR figures

Jul 25th 2013, 6:40 PM 6,030 Views 3 Comments

The popular sports show has 41,000 listeners, according to the figures released this evening.

What do you think of the new Second Captains podcast then?
# OTB5
# OTB5

What do you think of the new Second Captains podcast then?

May 14th 2013, 4:10 PM 15,372 Views 31 Comments

They never go home those lads.

'Off the Ball 5' announce new partnership with the Irish Times
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# Off The Ball

'Off the Ball 5' announce new partnership with the Irish Times

May 7th 2013, 12:02 PM 25,378 Views 64 Comments

The new “Second Captains” show will be podcast weekly on IrishTimes.com.

Off The Ball 5 to make an announcement about new programme on Tuesday
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# OTB5

Off The Ball 5 to make an announcement about new programme on Tuesday

May 3rd 2013, 8:01 AM 15,655 Views 38 Comments

Where will Ken Early, Simon Hick, Mark Horgan, Eoin McDevitt and Ciaran Murphy turn up next?

Off The Ball 5 hint at imminent comeback
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# OTB5

Off The Ball 5 hint at imminent comeback

May 2nd 2013, 3:46 PM 20,078 Views 58 Comments

But where will Ken Early, Simon Hick, Mark Horgan, Eoin McDevitt and Ciaran Murphy turn up next?

Off the Ball team release statement following Newstalk resignations
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# Off The Ball

Off the Ball team release statement following Newstalk resignations

Mar 5th 2013, 4:40 PM 33,962 Views 60 Comments

“The five of us are determined to be back on air together as soon as possible.”

There's even a 'Free The OTB 5' Facebook page now
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# Off The Ball

There's even a 'Free The OTB 5' Facebook page now

Mar 5th 2013, 1:26 PM 3,040 Views 0 Comments

The people are not going to let this go without a fight.

Oh captains, our captains: 22 reasons why we’ll miss the Off the Ball team
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# Off The Ball

Oh captains, our captains: 22 reasons why we’ll miss the Off the Ball team

Mar 5th 2013, 7:30 AM 40,428 Views 71 Comments

The five men who made Off The Ball famous resigned yesterday. Here are some of our favourite moments from the show.

The next episode: Paddy Power open market on Team Off the Ball's next move
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# Off The Ball

The next episode: Paddy Power open market on Team Off the Ball's next move

Mar 4th 2013, 6:53 PM 8,253 Views 12 Comments

Are they off to RTÉ? Or is a TV gig coming down the line for the famous five of Irish sports radio?

6 Nations, 7 questions: Newstalk's Simon Hick gives us his expert opinion
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# Pop Quiz Hot-shot

6 Nations, 7 questions: Newstalk's Simon Hick gives us his expert opinion

Jan 31st 2013, 10:20 AM 1,849 Views 0 Comments

We asked the man with the mic for his considered analysis of this year’s Championsip… and he didn’t hold back.

Simon Hick's Match Report: The good, the bad and the inexplicable
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# Fallout

Simon Hick's Match Report: The good, the bad and the inexplicable

Oct 8th 2011, 11:54 AM 1,808 Views 2 Comments

A muted coda to the careers of its most talented generation, Ireland’s quarter-final performance against Wales defied explanation.

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: youth and young manhood
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# In Conference

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: youth and young manhood

Oct 6th 2011, 1:48 PM 845 Views 0 Comments

Warren Gatland will lead a fresh-faced Welsh side out to face Ireland this weekend. Here’s why.

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: welcome to the capital of cool
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# Scrum Time

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: welcome to the capital of cool

Oct 5th 2011, 10:28 AM 714 Views 0 Comments

There’s a coffee shop every 50 yards, the locals walk and talk a little faster than your average New Zealander and there is a sense of a town with very little time on its hands.

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: are you thinking what I'm thinking?
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# In Camp

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Oct 4th 2011, 11:06 AM 1,275 Views 1 Comment

The Irish team have reached the quarter-finals thanks, in no small part, to collective intelligence, writes Simon Hick in New Zealand.

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: Eat, sleep, breathe sport
# RWC2011
# RWC2011

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: Eat, sleep, breathe sport

Sep 27th 2011, 12:13 PM 925 Views 0 Comments

When it comes to sport in New Zealand, rugby union is only the tip of iceberg, writes Simon Hick in his latest World Cup dispatch.

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick’s World Cup dispatches, Part 3
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# Scrum Time

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick’s World Cup dispatches, Part 3

Sep 21st 2011, 4:34 PM 548 Views 0 Comments

“One country looking on at this bluff-fest with a worried interest is Ireland. You wouldn’t do it to us France, would you – go and get all high and mighty and try to win the game?”

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick's World Cup dispatches, Part 3
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# RWC2011

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick's World Cup dispatches, Part 3

Sep 19th 2011, 12:58 PM 1,421 Views 3 Comments

“All international rugby players have won the DNA lottery. Ferris won the lottery, then gambled it all on red.”

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick’s World Cup dispatches, Part 2
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# RWC2011

View from the Frontline: Simon Hick’s World Cup dispatches, Part 2

Sep 18th 2011, 3:01 PM 718 Views 2 Comments

“The truth is the thousands that have made their way here don’t fit with our current negative image of ourselves – the snivelling trembling wretches of the recession are still at home jangling copper coins in their pockets.”

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