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Ireland vs Wales: Three Key Clashes

With Ireland just two points ahead of Wales at the summit of the RBS Six Nations table, resident rugby writer Ozer McMahon previews three key clashes ahead of the game at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.  “Bish, bash, bosh.” TV chef Jamie Oliver may have made this phrase popular on his cooking shows, but anyone tuning into the penultimate round …

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The Best Of The Rest: European Rugby’s Outsiders

Is there scope for Six Nations expansion to allow other European nations field teams in European rugby’s top competition? Stephen O’Connor discusses.  Rugby union has proved to be one of the world’s most conservative sports, ever since the day William Webb Ellis picked up a football and decided to run with it under his arm. In Ireland, we have proof that …

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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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Rhys Webb: Key To Welsh Ambition

Rhys Webb has fought his way into Warren Gatland’s plans. Tonight he can put doubts to bed, as he faces a massive challenge in the form of England. Brian Barry ponders if he can drive Wales to a 6 Nations title.   While it may have gone somewhat unnoticed during the November internationals, there was a seismic shift in the half-backs …

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6 Nations 2015: Five Predictions

The 6 Nations kicks-off tonight with Wales hosting England at the Millennium Stadium. Brian Barry discusses five of his predictions for the tournament, ahead of this weekend’s opening games. 5. Wales to win the Championship and Triple Crown While all the talk is surrounding Ireland, entering the tournament, the championship may move across the Irish Sea for 2015. The Welsh come into the tournament …

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Autumn Internationals Report Card: Wales

Raffaele Rocca reflects on Wales’ performances over the course of the Autumn internationals series. Wales were outdone in the two games against Australia and New Zealand, they unconvincingly defeated Fiji and ground out a victory over South Africa.  Record: W2 D0 L2 Grade: C.  Wales opened with a defeat to their bogey team Australia in a close affair that Wales ultimately surrendered …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

It’s time for this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’. Matt Cassidy looks at the positives and negatives of the weekend’s rugby action. Who’s Hot Ireland What a win! Rewind 12 months and the men in green were being taken to town by the Wallabies. Fast forward to the present and the Irish side produce a performance against an …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

In this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot? and Who’s Not?’, resident rugby expert Matt Cassidy discusses how good George North and Ian Madigan were at the weekend as well as the negatives from the performances of London Welsh and Ulster.  Who’s Hot George North The giant Welsh wing had a night to remember at Franklin’s Gardens as he plundered four tries against …

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Defining Season Ahead For Guinness Pro12

The European rugby season commences in mid August when the Top 14 kicks off. The season ahead will be the first with the new European structure and the ‘Champions Cup’. However, the tournament that faces its biggest season yet is the Pro12. Some major changes will take effect from this season, and they need to invigorate the competition to guarantee its …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here to talk us through the ups and downs of the latest week in rugby. Who’s Hot? Matt Toomua The Brumbies’ flyhalf played a blinder in their crunch Aussie derby against Western Force. The Wallaby centre, who was playing at number 10, ran the show from half back whilst scoring himself a hat-trick of tries to lead …

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