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  • Ireland’s use of possession became puzzling

    February 6, 2012 @ 8:38 am | by Liam Toland

    LET’S TEMPORARILY suspend reality and assume that yesterday was a draw and not a fortunate two-point win for Wales. Who would then have more confidence in Paris, Ireland or Wales? With your answer in mind let’s now look at yesterday. (more…)

  • Like many before them, Persepolis fans fall for Zayed

    February 3, 2012 @ 12:24 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    The League of Ireland will miss Eamon Zayed. If that wasn’t already apparent, it is now, after the former Derry City, Sporting Fingal, Drogheda United and Bray Wanderers striker single-handedly dismantled a 2-0 deficit in the Tehran derby for new club Persepolis. (more…)

  • Earls needs to dominate his channel

    @ 11:08 am | by Liam Toland

    THE 2009 US PGA money list was topped by Tiger Woods having earned $10,508,163 (€8 million). That year, way out in 100th place was Ted Purdy. When you delve deeper, as coaches do, certain facts pop out. Purdy played 30 tournaments to Woods’ 17 where the average earned spanned from Purdy’s $27,957 (€21,100) to Woods’ $618,127 (€469,000) per tournament. The gap between number one and 100th was $9,669,456 (€7.4 million). (more…)

  • Lancaster hoping Saracens experiment doesn’t bomb

    February 2, 2012 @ 4:23 pm | by John O'Sullivan

    It seems interim England coach Stuart Lancaster is hoping that Saracens reaching the Heineken Cup quarter-finals – the only English side to do so – can provide the national side with the impetus they crave as they open their campaign against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. (more…)

  • O’Mahony the cleanest call from the dirt-trackers

    January 30, 2012 @ 3:58 pm | by Gavin Cummiskey

    Sunday’s Test side largely picks itself so let’s view Declan Kidney’s 32-man Six Nations squad another way. (more…)

  • Who will be lucky number 13 for Ireland?

    January 9, 2012 @ 4:15 pm | by John O'Sullivan

    Ireland’s squad for the Six Nations Championship is due to be announced next week and while there will be several areas of contention in terms of its composition from a personnel perspective, the issue of who will fill the number 13 jersey in the absence of the injured Brian O’Driscoll has arguably commandeered the most headlines; or at the very least exercised the most debate. (more…)

  • Could Trapattoni’s contract have waited?

    November 29, 2011 @ 3:18 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    No Croke Park deal for Giovanni, then.

    The Ireland manager will be leading the Republic of Ireland in their quest to qualify for Brazil 2014, regardless of what happens in Poland and Ukraine next summer, and he will be doing so for less money. (more…)

  • Let the guessing games begin

    November 16, 2011 @ 5:37 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    No matter who Giovanni Trapattoni selects in his squad for Euro 2012 somebody’s going to be very disappointed and everybody is going to have an opinion. (more…)

  • Enfants de la Patrie stand tall against the Haka

    October 24, 2011 @ 9:43 am | by Liam Toland

    Allons enfants de la Patrie (Arise, children of the Nation) and arise is what they did. What a brilliant statement from the French, holding hands like a well-heeled, orderly bunch of school children on a walking trip to church, as the world awaited their slaughter. (more…)

  • All Blacks take the ordinary and put the extra to it

    October 21, 2011 @ 3:22 pm | by Liam Toland

    From Israel Dagg to Richie McCaw, New Zealand have all the key game-breakers (more…)

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