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Opinion – New Tackle Laws: Smart, Safe Or Soft?

Saracens v Exeter Chiefs - Aviva Premiership

Watching Richard Barrington bring up his 100th cap for Saracens on Saturday reminded me of everything I love about rugby. At 27, Barrington will most likely never play for England. He’ll never join the likes of Phil Vickery, Jason Leonard and Jeff Probyn in the pantheon of great English props, but he is however a club centurion, a tag that …

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Predicting The Champions Cup Quarter Final Line Up

With two pool games remaining in the European Rugby Champions Cup, the shortlist of potential quarter finalists has narrowed considerably. While the likes of Saracens already look to have one foot firmly planted in the next round, last season’s beaten finalists, Racing 92, are yet to win a game this campaign. Fellow Top 14 giants Toulon are also looking down the …

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5 Interprovincial Transfers The IRFU Should Facilitate Next Summer

In comparison to the situation that exist in Wales, the IRFU’s pyramidal structure works far more efficiently and without the baggage associated with welsh regional rugby. In Ireland the club/schools system feeds the provinces, who in turn produce players for the national team. In order to best manage the pool of talent available, the IRFU centrally contract their elite players and determine …

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Frank Quinn Column: Why Joe Schmidt And The IRFU Have Been Wrongly Scapegoat For Influencing Player Selection At Provincial Level

Over the holiday period of Christmas and New Year it appeared to be open season by the journalists on squad selections and player welfare. There is little doubt that the national team requirements come first everywhere in the world, so why should Ireland be different especially after their very successful Guinness series in November? Although there was not much player …

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Irish Pro12 Side Of The Festive Period

Munster were the big winners of the festive period after winning their derby clashes against Leinster and Connacht. The contrasting manner of their victories might perhaps be the most pleasing aspect of the Christmas period for Rassie Erasmus. While their St. Stephen’s Day win over Leinster saw the Reds run in four tries in an open contest, the conditions forced Munster to keep …

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A Football XI For Each Irish Province

Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, Dublin 23/5/2016 Shane Long, Jeff Hendrick and Callum O'Dowda Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

With Munster set to tackle Leinster in Thomond Park on Monday and with Ulster having beaten Connacht on Friday, we look at what Ireland’s provinces might look like when it comes to football.  Ireland is a country that thrives on provincial and inter-county rivalry. This hasn’t always transferred to football, but these lineups could certainly make for some interesting games. _______ …

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The Irish Form XV Of 2016

2016 has proven to be a remarkable year for Irish rugby. After being knocked out at the quarter final stage of the World Cup, Ireland underwhelmed during their subsequent Six Nations campaign. Although Ireland began to find form during their tour of South Africa, Irish rugby found itself in a depressing place last March. Following their defeat to France, it …

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