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# Analysis

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Ireland's best performance since Euro 2016 deserved more
Stephen Kenny’s men were a penalty shootout away from the play-off final.
Larmour and Wootton show how work-rate is a crucial part of wing play
The Leinster and Connacht wide men worked hard across the pitch to feature in tries last weekend.
What most pundits are overlooking in the Premier League handball debate
A decision at the end of the Tottenham-Newcastle game last weekend has caused much uproar.
Can Aaron Connolly succeed where most Irish strikers struggle?
The 20-year-old Galway native was on target against Newcastle last weekend.
How Leinster were left with an insurmountable hill to climb against Saracens
Sloppy errors, aerial losses, maul failings, scrum penalties, and a brilliant Sarries try were all involved.
Seven scrum pens and five misses in the 22 - Leinster left with big regrets
Saracens’ pack dominated Leo Cullen’s men up front in an impressive performance.
Can a familiar face bail out Mourinho and Spurs?
Gareth Bale is set to re-join the North London club.
How Leinster's relentless defence shut Ulster down after a promising start
Leo Cullen’s men retained their Guinness Pro14 title with an excellent defensive performance.
Will Jose Mourinho's conservatism impede Matt Doherty? Graeme Souness doesn't think so
The Sky Sports pundit also believes Liverpool are favourites to win this year’s Premier League.
Sexton and Connors set the tone as Leinster's defence smothers Munster
Stuart Lancaster’s charges shut down Munster’s early attempts to get a foothold in the game.
The biggest challenge of the Stephen Kenny era is already obvious
Plus, more talking points from the Ireland manager’s first two games in charge.
McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill
The northern province stuck to their philosophy as they mounted a dramatic comeback last night.
Leinster have the classier touches in contrast to blunt, predictable Munster
The southern province were second best in the kicking game as they suffered another semi-final defeat.
Bold Adam Idah call a metaphor for new Ireland
The 19-year-old Cork-born forward was handed his senior international debut in Stephen Kenny’s first match in charge.
Why Rob Kearney could have a big role against one of Munster's key weapons
Conor Murray’s box-kicking has been superb over the past two weekends.
How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster
The 24-year-old openside flanker was dogged and destructive in defence.
Analysis: Connacht's attack suggests 2020/21 could be a very exciting season
The western province delivered an impressive performance as Irish rugby restarted.
Analysis: Deception and work-rate key as Munster attack hints at progress
Johann van Graan’s men scored three tries thanks to sharp finishes in the Leinster 22.
Leinster learn from England in pursuit of multi-threat attacking kicking game
Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton delivered two superb touches against Munster on Saturday.
Has excessive game time hindered some of Europe's biggest clubs?
Man City, Barcelona and Juventus have been among the top sides to perform well-below expectations in the Champions League.
Promising Irish starlet hands reality check to Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer
Michael Obafemi’s last-gasp equaliser caused a setback to the Red Devils’ Champions League ambitions.
How Ireland learned to stop worrying and love Jack Charlton
A look back at the troubled early days and the scepticism that greeted the Irish manager’s appointment.
Analysis: Super Rugby sides picking apart lineout seams with sharp attack
The Brumbies scored an excellent try in behind the lineout against the Rebels.
Is Jose Mourinho now yesterday's man?
The Portuguese manager saw his Tottenham side’s Champions League hopes diminish amid a loss to Sheffield United on Thursday.
Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game
Scott Robertson’s side used a variety of kicks to cause major problems in Wellington.
5 key questions ahead of the Premier League's re-start
England’s top flight is set to recommence on 17 June.
Explainer: The latest controversy threatening to cause a rift within the FAI
Nixon Morton — an FAI Council member — has written to both Uefa and Fifa to express concerns over perceived issues with the new set-up.
How Joey Carbery could help Andy Farrell's Ireland to be less 'predictable'
The Munster playmaker is the ideal man to act as a second playmaker in the backline.
When two brilliant offloads helped Connacht to end a 17-year drought in Dublin
Leinster were unbeaten at Donnybrook in three years when Steph Nel’s men arrived in 2002.
Bully pulpit: Should US networks simply stop broadcasting Trump and his dangerous Covid-19 briefings?
Some have scaled back their live coverage of the daily briefings.
When Joe Schmidt's Ireland went to Paris and won the Six Nations
We reflect on the agonisingly tense Irish victory on the final day of the 2014 championship.
Ireland v Italy off - so what happens next?
The decision to postpone next month’s Six Nations match will cause chaos with the rugby calendar. Deciding when to play it again is just one of the big problems rugby’s top brass have to solve.
Analysis: The small details that make a huge difference in winning the aerial battle
Professional performance analyst Eoin Toolan examines the contests in the air in this Six Nations.
Analysis: England's clever kicking pressures Sexton and Stockdale into errors
The English intelligently picked apart Ireland’s defence with some clever touches.
Man United ride their luck in Chelsea win
The Red Devils revived their Champions League hopes with a win over their top-four rivals.
Analysis: The risk-reward of Shaun Edwards' linespeed defence with France
The French have started the Six Nations strongly in defence but there are potential weaknesses to be exploited.
Analysis: How Ireland Women's attack has driven them to two Six Nations wins
Tougher challenges lie ahead but the early signs have been positive in Donnybrook over the past two weeks.
Analysis: Andrew Conway delivers a brilliant wing display for Ireland
The 28-year-old Munster man defended well, chased hard and made good decisions.
Analysis: "Murray, give it to me, Murray!" - Ireland show try-scoring edge
Andy Farrell’s side left plenty of room for improvement even as they notched a bonus point.
Banty: 'I've enough problems of my own without worrying about the problems Ciaran Branagan had'
Missed opportunities cost Monaghan as Dublin snatched a late draw in Croke Park last night.