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Alan Drumm
Alan is Pundit Arena's weekend editor and lead rugby writer. You can contact him by emailing [email protected] or twitter via @alanjdrumm

Ireland Put Pressure On Nigel Owens Ahead Of Showdown With France

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Referee Nigel Owens waches on during The Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Patersons Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Last season saw Ireland endure two very physical encounters with France in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and 2016 Six Nations. During their heated World Cup pool game in Cardiff, Joe Schmidt’s side lost Peter O’Mahony, Paul O’Connell and Johnny Sexton to injury, as the French seemed to target the Irish fly-half with their powerful ball carriers. Following the 2014 …

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Likely Irish XV To Face France Following Joe Schmidt’s Squad Announcement

Italy v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Following the first rest weekend of the Six Nations, Joe Schmidt named a 34 man squad ahead of Ireland’s crucial encounter with France. To the surprise of many observers, the Irish coach has made a number of alterations, leaving Ultan Dillane, Finlay Bealham, Jack Conan, Billy Holland, Dave Kilcoyne, Rory Scannell and Stuart McCloskey out of his squad. With just one block …

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Richard Cockerill Set For Shock Pro12 Switch

London Irish v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

Despite being sacked by the Leicester Tigers, Richard Cockerill remains a man in demand. Within days of leaving Welford Road, the 46-year-old was on a plane to the south of France where he joined Mike Ford at Toulon. However, given that Cockerill was only employed on a short term contract at the Stade Mayol, there had been much speculation over his …

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Johnny Sexton Included In Irish Squad To Face France

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Joe Schmidt has named a reduced 34 man Ireland squad to face France next weekend. Included in Schmidt’s initial squad is Johnny Sexton, who has missed both of Ireland’s opening Six Nations fixtures. Indeed, despite suggestions that the Leinster fly-half will have recovered in time to face France, the Irish Independent reported that he has until Tuesday to prove his …

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The “I Can’t Believe They Were Picked By The Lions” XV

Melbourne Rebels v British & Irish Lions

Every four years we are told how special it is to be selected by the Lions and how those players rank among a unique few to have worn the famous red jersey. However, thanks to overeager broadcasters replaying tapes of hair-raising speeches and famous tries, so much of what made the Lions extraordinary is becoming mundane. In fact, the mythology once associated …

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Top 10 Most Dangerous Players In The Six Nations Thus Far

Six Nations EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Stuart Hogg of Scotland is tackled by Keith Earls of Ireland during the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This season’s Six Nations Championship has already seen some brilliant performances. For some, the stand out was Louis Picamoles’ awesome illustration of power in defeat against England. For others, it may have been Stuart Hogg running Ireland ragged in the opening game of the Championship, or CJ Stander’s hat-trick against Italy, while Owen Farrell’s match-winning assist against Wales will rank among the …

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Statistically Speaking This Is The Best XV Of The Six Nations So Far

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander

For some time now, the guys over at rugby.net have compiled lists detailing the best players in the world. Using mathematically generated data, they claim to objectively rate players from each of rugby’s elite competitions. Using their Rugby Net Rating Engine, thy interoperate an array of statistics, give them a weighting according to the competitions in which they were recorded and publish them using …

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