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Patrick Ward
DCU journalism graduate, Connacht and Ireland rugby fan. G.A.A journalist, part time player. #MayoForSam15

Ireland vs France: Irish Bench Is The Key To Victory

With Ireland taking on France this evening at the Aviva Stadium in a crucial Six Nations clash, Patrick Ward discusses how Ireland’s bench could be key today.  So here it is. The first time since possibly 2009 that Ireland have their best squad fully-fit for a game and the excitement is intense. This writer says squad, because Cian Healy would …

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Faloon to return to his native Ulster

Connacht flanker Willie Faloon will return to Ulster at the end of this season, signing a one year contract with the province.   Faloon began his career in Ulster, amassing 63 caps during his tenure there between 2008-2012 after coming through the youth ranks. The 28-year-old will be seen as a loss to the Westerners despite the fact he only …

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Wales 16-21 England: Gatland Left With Plenty To Ponder

England’s effective gameplan must leave Wales coach Warren Gatland pondering his options; Patrick Ward discusses.  What an efficient and professional performance that was from England. From being ten points down within the opening ten minutes to restricting a normally potent Welsh side to just two penalties for the final 70 minutes, it was a display of supreme discipline from Stuart Lancaster’s …

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Five Fighting For Their Six Nations Spot

This weekend’s Champions Cup action  gave us a glimpse of some of the players who have been out of the Irish side for quite a while now. But while these players will be looking to grab the attention of Joe Schmidt ahead of the Six Nations, there are plenty of others that are hanging by a thread to a potential …

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Leinstertainment Returns To Ballsbridge

That’s more like it from Leinster. Seven tries and an incredibly accurate performance with a blend of pack domination and backline precision that will buoy them before their quest to secure top spot against Wasps next weekend. There was further evidence of Leinster’s continued conveyor belt of youth coming through with accomplished performances from all of their respective young guns. …

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