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# tactics - Sunday 25 October, 2020

Conor Murray only box kicked twice for Ireland against Italy. This is why

Ireland had encouraging variety in their kicking game as they beat Italy in Dublin.

# tactics - Saturday 5 September, 2020

Munster's Springboks-esque game plan a dispiriting sight for province's fans

The tactical approach from Johann van Graan’s side felt far too familiar as they came up short again.

# tactics - 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.

# tactics - Saturday 1 February, 2020

Farrell's Ireland have chance for a perfect start as Scotland visit Dublin

The World Cup is in the rearview mirror as Johnny Sexton and co. bid to get up and running.

# tactics - Sunday 3 November, 2019

How Rassie Erasmus returned from Munster to lead the Boks to World Cup glory

The 47-year-old told his players they could lift the trophy 18 months ago.

# tactics - 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.

# tactics - Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Ireland defend themselves after Wallabies question 'blocking' tactics

‘We didn’t feel like we did anything that any other team in the world isn’t doing.’

# tactics - Saturday 17 March, 2018

Schmidt seals status as Ireland's greatest ever coach with Grand Slam success

The Ireland head coach’s class told once again as his side delivered a controlled performance.

# tactics - Saturday 10 March, 2018

Schmidt's Ireland show typically clinical edge from close-range against Scots

The close-range set-pieces were crucial for Ireland as they set up a Grand Slam shot.

# tactics - Saturday 3 February, 2018

Video analysis: Schmidt's set-piece strikes and the "new breed" of Irish forward

The November Tests were extremely encouraging for Ireland from an attacking point of view.

# tactics - Saturday 18 November, 2017

Analysis: Ireland's poor preparation and tactics costs them against Denmark Woe This post contains videos

Analysis: Ireland's poor preparation and tactics costs them against Denmark

The Boys in Green’s World Cup dream died in humiliating fashion at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.

# tactics - Saturday 14 October, 2017

'I was feeling that I need my bench but we had no bench' - Mourinho

The Red Devils boss also had a pop at his Liverpool counterpart after today’s 0-0 draw.

# tactics - Sunday 16 July, 2017

Analysis: How Down can get at Tyrone, the Red Hand's speedy counter-attack and the kick-out battle

3 key tactical questions ahead of today’s Ulster final showdown between Tyrone and Down.

# tactics - Thursday 29 June, 2017

Finally, the rugby can do the real talking on this Lions tour

Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen have an intriguing tactical battle ahead.

# tactics - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Analysis: What will the first Test between the Lions and All Blacks look like?

Murray Kinsella takes a look at the key areas in today’s clash at Eden Park.

# tactics - 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.

# tactics - Sunday 4 June, 2017

'There is still a deep-rooted superiority complex with English football' Interview This post contains videos

'There is still a deep-rooted superiority complex with English football'

Football journalist Michael Cox chats to The42 about the evolution of tactics in the Premier League era.

# tactics - Friday 2 June, 2017

'I want them to express themselves' - Gatland backs Lions to bring x-factor

The Lions boss has split the tour into two parts in his planning.

# tactics - Saturday 27 May, 2017

Analysis: What will today's Pro12 final between Munster and Scarlets look like?

The title decider at the Aviva Stadium should be an intriguing clash.

# tactics - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Attack, attack, attack - Mourinho's transformed Man Utd must not repeat Anfield Alamo act

The Red Devils boss was criticised for being defensive against Jurgen Klopp’s men last time, only to see the attack change their season since then.

# tactics - Thursday 18 August, 2016

'If we do the same things we did last year, we won't be in the top six'

Pat Lam’s Connacht know they will have to bring new attacking ideas into the mix.

# tactics - Thursday 16 June, 2016

Analysis: Australia's 1-3-3-1 shape looking to drag England series back

Michael Cheika’s side are extremely difficult to defend against.

# tactics - Tuesday 14 June, 2016

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The42 Rugby Show: Stander's red, playmaking Marshall and Ireland without Sexton

Johne Murphy joined Murray Kinsella to look back on an historic weekend for Irish rugby.

# tactics - Saturday 11 June, 2016

Schmidt's biggest challenge yet is also an opportunity for Ireland

There are many fascinating elements to today’s clash with the Springboks.

# tactics - Monday 18 April, 2016

Analysis: Connacht's 2-4-2 a symbol of their collective drive under Lam

We take a look at the unity behind the western province’s continuing rise.

# tactics - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

'Leicester players were afraid of Italian tactics'

The Foxes, who are now title favourites after beating Man City on Saturday, made a pre-season pact with Claudio Ranieri.

# tactics - Thursday 28 January, 2016

Schmidt: 'The game plan in the World Cup, I thought, served us really well'

The Ireland head coach says his side don’t have just one set of tactics.

# tactics - Monday 11 January, 2016

Analysis: Foley's Munster hit a new low with capitulation in Paris

Anthony Foley’s side were comprehensively beaten by 14-man Stade Français.

# tactics - Friday 18 December, 2015

Munster's game plan won't change as Murray looks to ease fans' frustration

The 26-year-old doesn’t think Ian Keatley needs special treatment this week.

# tactics - Tuesday 6 October, 2015

'We know that Joe's game plans are going to work' - Ireland firm in belief

Ian Madigan is excited for Ireland to unleash some of the plays they have been holding back.

# tactics - Thursday 24 September, 2015

Celta Vigo used some pretty unsophisticated tactics to stop Suarez last night

Barca were on the end of a rare 4-1 defeat in La Liga last night

# tactics - Thursday 21 May, 2015

The Warriors and Rockets are going 'full small ball', and it's creating fascinating NBA chess

We’re all about those Xs and Os.

# tactics - Thursday 2 April, 2015

Analysis: Munster and the Chiefs do damage with open-play mauls

There were tries from the clever ploy in both the Pro12 and Super Rugby last weekend.

# tactics - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

'Mickey Harte can f*** off and play behind closed doors if you're not in the business of entertainment'

Joe Brolly believes negative tactics in Gaelic football are destroying the game.

# tactics - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Analysis: Intelligent Chiefs push the boundaries by refusing the ruck

This just doesn’t look right on first viewing.

# tactics - Saturday 14 February, 2015

Analysis: 5 keys if Joe Schmidt's Ireland are to beat France in Dublin

We look at the kicking game, Bastareaud, the breakdown, France’s maul and Camille Lopez.

# tactics - Monday 9 February, 2015

Analysis: Munster's O'Donnell announces Ireland arrival with superb try

The openside flanker was on the end of a sweeping Ireland attack to seal victory for Joe Schmidt’s side in Rome.

# tactics - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

Ruck speed remains Leinster's lifeblood but wastefulness in 22 is an issue

Hooker Sean Cronin details how Matt O’Connor’s side can be more prolific in the ‘red zone’.

# tactics - Sunday 30 November, 2014

'We didn't talk much about tactics' - Lam on what was said to inspire Connacht's revival

The coach also praised Matt Healy for his stunning individual try.

# tactics - Saturday 15 November, 2014

Anatomy of a goal: Analysing Shaun Maloney's winner

It was a terrific finish from the Scottish midfielder but Martin O’Neill will be livid with the Irish players’ role in it.

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