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  • Rolland got it right with red card for Warburton

    October 17, 2011 @ 9:56 am | by Liam Toland

    To change the players’ behaviour, those who lead – the IRB, the unions and the elite players – must remain at the forefront of the highest possible standards.

  • Ireland must learn that Plan A may not be enough

    October 14, 2011 @ 2:14 pm | by Liam Toland

    So the All Blacks have made it into the semi-final, so too the Wallabies; predictable? Wales have travelled an unbelievable distance in a few short months, making their arrival slightly less so but that France have made it into the semi-final requires our attention. A team that is dysfunctional in its selection, struggling to know what it wants but can turn it on “periodically” when required demands us to take notice. Irish rugby should take notice. (more…)

  • Wales ruthlessly expose Irish tactics

    October 10, 2011 @ 9:19 am | by Liam Toland

    HOWEVER BADLY and deflated I felt on Saturday morning, I can only imagine how this Irish team must have been feeling. Although it very much looks like it, the game was not won by the Welsh openside and outside centre and that is what will sicken Brian O’Driscoll so much. (more…)

  • Muscle has a memory for this Ireland side

    October 7, 2011 @ 10:23 am | by Liam Toland

    In the 29th minute Samoa scored a try against Wales but referee Alain Rolland decreed a double movement and the try was not allowed. Samoa had battered for 17 phases close to the breakdown, going one way and rewinding another, all at will. Each Samoan ball carrier powered into contact refusing to go but one way, forward. (more…)

  • Trap’s gamble emphasises his lack of faith

    October 6, 2011 @ 9:04 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    How little belief must Giovanni Trapattoni have in the bulk of his squad? Given the choice between playing one of two very capable central midfielders against Andorra tomorrow and opting to risk the suspension of Glenn Whelan for the Armenia game in Dublin on Tuesday, he chose the latter.    (more…)

  • Deccie, why did you go for O’Gara? Go on, be honest. . .

    September 30, 2011 @ 11:35 am | by Liam Toland

    But can he be, really? In doing what’s best for the team, he risks smashing the confidence of Jonny Sexton, still a vital player (more…)

  • Horan has a pop at Irish tactics

    September 22, 2011 @ 4:28 pm | by Noel O'Reilly

    For a nation that claims to abhor whingers, particularly if they happen to be of the Pommie persuasion, the Australia rugby fraternity could be considered to have let themselves down in the wake of last weekend’s defeat. (more…)

  • Sustained level of intensity and brains key to win

    September 19, 2011 @ 5:09 pm | by Liam Toland

    Forget styles, tactics or rankings, the special ingredient on Saturday was ferocity of impact in every area and brains. (more…)

  • Capital gains or will Kingdom come good again

    September 16, 2011 @ 5:43 pm | by Emmet Riordan

    Did you hear the one about the Dublin man who walked in to his GP complaining of a bad back? “Don’t worry,” said his doctor, “Kerry has six of them”. (more…)

  • Come on Ireland, let’s not wait four more years

    @ 10:53 am | by Liam Toland

    Technically we are way behind Australia. So how are we going to win tomorrow morning’s game? The Irish team have simply got to be magnificent around the ball

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