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Two Statistics That Will Worry England And Give Hope To Ireland

Ireland v England - RBS Six Nations

England are vulnerable on two fronts. Since the beginning of the Six Nations, many England fans have questioned the selection George Ford. Not only have they pointed to his poor form, but also his weak defensive abilities. Despite all of his wonderful attacking attributes, there have always been lingering questions over his defence. Standing at 5ft 10 in tall and weighing …

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Reports Suggest Jared Payne Will Miss Ireland’s Clash With England

Ireland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

Joe Schmidt could be forced into a midfield reshuffle. Although it was suggested yesterday that Jared Payne would be given the opportunity to train today, it has been reported that the Ulster centre was unable to do so this morning. Since suffering a minor hamstring tear against France, Payne has been a doubt for this weekend’s clash in Twickenham. However it seemed …

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Outlining A New Vision For Irish Rugby

Wales v Ireland - RBS 6 Nations

Ireland’s performances in both their opening round fixtures has sparked wide public debate over team selection and the overall landscape of rugby in Ireland. As a result, part one of this article identifies areas where the national team and rugby in the wider community can benefit. The strategic motives of the IRFU in the past have all been centred around getting the …

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What Now For Connacht Following Robbie Henshaw’s Move To Leinster?

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Robbie Henshaw of Connacht is tackled by James Hook of Gloucester during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Gloucester and Connacht at Kingsholm Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Gary Brennan queries where to now for Connacht following the announcement of Robbie Henshaw’s move to Leinster? As the Six Nations heads into a break and we can take a collective sigh after two bruising rounds against Wales and France, we inevitably turn back to look at the domestic rugby that has continued as normal. One of the biggest things to …

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Ulster Confirm Signing Of Juggernaut Springbok Backrow

Ulster Rugby v Toulouse - European Rugby Champions Cup

Ulster have moved to replace Nick Williams. Earlier this month Ulster fans were left doubly disappointed when it emerged that Victor Vito had signed for La Rochelle and that reports linking Ryan Kankowski turned out to be untrue. Indeed after coach, Les Kiss, publicly stated that the province were set to unveil a number of signings, fans were left disgruntled after Munster announced …

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Ulster Set To Announce Signing Of Springbok Backrow

Ulster Rugby v Toulouse - European Rugby Champions Cup

Ulster have moved fast after missing out on Victor Vito. When Ulster coach, Les Kiss, announced that the province were set to unveil a number of signings in the coming coming weeks, fans hoped that long time target, Victor Vito, would be on his way to Belfast. However fans of the northern province were left disappointed when it was revealed yesterday …

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The Irish Provinces’ Poor Form May Be Ireland’s Silver Lining

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 15: Garry Ringrose of Leinsteris is tackled by Ben Jacobs of Wasps during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leinster Rugby and Wasps at the RDS Arena on November 15, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

It’s hard to look at the Irish provinces’ worst European season since 1998 and identify any positives for a Six Nations Championship defence, but if you look hard enough there are some. Minute they may be, but there are some. Leinster, Munster and Ulster, perennial heavyweights in the old Heineken Cup but rank outsiders in its revamped version, have been …

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Paddy Jackson Has To Step Up, Whether He’s Ready Or Not

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 23: Paddy Jackson of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 round 6 game between Ulster and Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium on January 23, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

With Johnny Sexton out through concussion once again, there’s a chance for Paddy Jackson to step up to the plate with Ireland. Jack O’Toole discusses the positives and negatives of what may be a forced alteration come the Six Nations. As every Irish rugby fan will know by now, injuries are a cruel yet ultimately inevitable part of sport that can often derail …

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