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Graham Manditsch

Lifelong rugby fan who still thinks he has a chance of going professional.

Six Questions Ahead Of The 2017 Six Nations

Port Elizabeth , South Africa - 23 June 2016; Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during the team announcement press conference at the Boardwalk Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With the 2017 Six Nations set to kick off on the 4th of February, we take a look at some of the major talking points surrounding the teams taking part in this year’s tournament. Do Ireland deserve the ‘favourites’ tag? After beating New Zealand for the first time in their history, Irish rugby has sought to maintain the feel-good factor …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Fullback Options

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 10: Rob Kearney of Ireland throws himself on the loose ball metres from his tryline as Mike Brown of England closes in during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium on February 10, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Lions

The final article in the series analyses the options Warren Gatland has at full back for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is anticipated that three full backs will be chosen for the initial Lions squad, as was the case in 2013 tour of Australia. Ireland – Rob Kearney, Simon Zebo, Tiernan O’Halloran Rob Kearney …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Irish Options on the Wings

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The next article in the series analyses the options Warren Gatland has on the wings for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, with this instalment focusing on the Irish wingers available for selection. Ireland – Keith Earls, Andrew Conway, Ronan O’Mahony, Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble, Tommy Bowe, Adam Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin, Niyi Adeolokun Keith Earls The …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Welsh Options On The Wings

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 19: Alex Cuthbert of WAles ihas his shorts pulled by Kyosuke Kajikawa of Japan during the International match between Wales and Japan at the Principality Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

In the 14th article in this series, we analyse the options Warren Gatland has on the wings for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. This instalment focuses on the Welsh wingers available for selection. ________ Wales: George North, Alex Cuthbert, Hallam Amos, Keelan Giles, Ashton Hewitt ________ George North North was a standout player for the Lions …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Outside Centre Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Jonathan Joseph of England passes the ball during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

In the eleventh article in this series, we analyse the options Warren Gatland has at outside centre for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. This article will attempt to conclude which two outside centres are the best options for Gatland to select in his initial squad, with the list including a mixture of experience and youth …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Inside Centre Options

Guinness Series, Soldier Field, Chicago, USA 5/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by New Zealand All Blacks’s Aaron Cruden

The tenth article in a series analyses the options Warren Gatland has at inside centre for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. Five centres were chosen for the 2013 Lions tour of Australia, with Owen Farrell filling the 12 jersey on occasion (even though he was chosen as a fly-half). With it being expected that Farrell …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Flyhalf Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland and Owen Farrell of England shake hands followinng the final whistle during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The ninth installment in the series takes a look at the options available to Warren Gatland and his coaching team at number ten for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. One of the most pivotal positions on a rugby pitch, only two out and out fly-halves were chosen for the 2013 Lions tour of Australia – …

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British and Irish Lions Tour 2017: Scrumhalf Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Ben Youngs of England celebrates scoring his sides third try during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The eighth instalment in the series analyses the options Warren Gatland has at scrumhalf for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, with there being a number of experienced players with contrasting skill-sets to choose from. Ireland – Conor Murray, Kieran Marmion Conor Murray The favourite to don the number 9 jersey against the All Blacks, Murray …

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