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Ireland Take Title on Lung-Bursting Final Day

Two tries from man of the match Sean O’Brien along with further efforts from Paul O’Connell and Jared Payne ensured Ireland would retain the Six Nations trophy in a 40-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield in what was undoubtedly the greatest ever final day to the tournament. Johnny Sexton notched 18 points with the boot but missed two kickable efforts …

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Points Difference A Dangerous Game For Ireland

Ireland need points, no doubt. But they must respect their Scottish opposition first and foremost.    Ireland travel to Murrayfield tomorrow in search of a second consecutive 6 Nations championship. Straight after proceedings in Edinburgh, the nation will switch over to ‘Le Crunch’, in prayer for a competitive French performance in London. Yes, we know the permutations at this stage. …

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Jack McGrath – Ireland’s Unsung Hero?

Brian Barry discusses whether or not Jack McGrath has become Ireland’s unsung hero throughout this Six Nations championship.  In the run-up to the Autumn internationals, Irish players were dropping like flies, and hopes of a November clean sweep quickly dwindled. Each day, it seemed as if a new first-team player was ruled out. Injuries to Seán O’Brien and Rory Best left …

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Refereeing Inconsistency Adds to Irish Frustrations

While there can be no denying that Wales deserved their win at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, Wayne Barnes will not be on the Christmas card lists of many Irish fans. Barnes was not responsible for crucial lost lineouts, the lack of a plan b, the failure to identify space, the unforced errors or the uncharacteristically poor performances of some …

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The Breakdown: How Ireland’s Grand Slam Hopes Evaporated

Saturday’s Six Nations performance has cost Ireland a Grand Slam and Likely a Championship. Wales meanwhile, were excellent.    Cian Healy’s 65th minute knock-on perfectly illustrated all that was missing in Ireland’s 23-16 defeat to Wales in Cardiff yesterday. With Eoin Reddan tied up in the ruck, Ireland failed to realise the amount of space out wide and were incapable …

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Why is Felix Jones still on the bench for Ireland?

One of the contributing factors to Irish success over the current Six Nations campaign has been the impact of the bench. Springing the likes of Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, and Iain Henderson off the bench with twenty minutes left adds a huge amount of energy and physicality to the Irish cause. This represents the shift in how the bench is …

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How Wales Vs Ireland Will Be Won And Lost

Ireland are coming up against a very different side in Wales to the ones they have brushed aside so far.    Next stop for the Irish bandwagon is Cardiff on the journey to this year’s World Cup. Buoyed by a comprehensive victory over England two weeks ago, the cult-like belief in Joe Schmidt is the only rise parallel to the …

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Audio: Lawler Hoping To End Ardscoil’s Senior Cup Wait

Ardscoil coach Mossy Lawler has unfinished business with the Munster Senior Schools Cup, which he hopes to put to bed next Tuesday. Prior to the 2014 appearance, the last time Ardscoil played in the final was back in 1996, a team that Lawler himself was part of. “I played Senior Cup for three years with Ardscoil. 2014 was our first …

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Munster Schools Senior Cup Preview

There can be only one. It’s the Munster Schools Senior Cup final.    Ardscoil Ris face a huge challenge if they are to go one better than last year and overcome Rockwell College in next Tuesday’s Senior Cup decider at Thomond Park. The Limerick side have never won the big prize and stand in the way of a 26th title …

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