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# analysis - Friday 25 September, 2020

Can Aaron Connolly succeed where most Irish strikers struggle?
# Talking Point
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# Talking Point

Can Aaron Connolly succeed where most Irish strikers struggle?

Sep 25th 2020, 4:39 PM 11,342 Views 1 Comment

The 20-year-old Galway native was on target against Newcastle last weekend.

# analysis - Sunday 20 September, 2020

How Leinster were left with an insurmountable hill to climb against Saracens
# Analysis
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# Analysis

How Leinster were left with an insurmountable hill to climb against Saracens

Sep 20th 2020, 11:10 AM 10,201 Views 33 Comments

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
# Woes
From The42
# Woes

Seven scrum pens and five misses in the 22 - Leinster left with big regrets

Sep 20th 2020, 7:45 AM 12,379 Views 44 Comments

Saracens’ pack dominated Leo Cullen’s men up front in an impressive performance.

# analysis - Friday 18 September, 2020

Can a familiar face bail out Mourinho and Spurs?
# Talking Point
From The42
# Talking Point

Can a familiar face bail out Mourinho and Spurs?

Sep 18th 2020, 3:37 PM 6,828 Views 2 Comments

Gareth Bale is set to re-join the North London club.

# analysis - Monday 14 September, 2020

How Leinster's relentless defence shut Ulster down after a promising start
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How Leinster's relentless defence shut Ulster down after a promising start

Sep 14th 2020, 2:10 PM 21,144 Views 17 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men retained their Guinness Pro14 title with an excellent defensive performance.

# analysis - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Will Jose Mourinho's conservatism impede Matt Doherty? Graeme Souness doesn't think so
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Will Jose Mourinho's conservatism impede Matt Doherty? Graeme Souness doesn't think so

Sep 10th 2020, 10:01 PM 10,424 Views 5 Comments

The Sky Sports pundit also believes Liverpool are favourites to win this year’s Premier League.

# analysis - Monday 7 September, 2020

Sexton and Connors set the tone as Leinster's defence smothers Munster
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Sexton and Connors set the tone as Leinster's defence smothers Munster

Sep 7th 2020, 9:30 PM 25,953 Views 23 Comments

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
# New Dawn
From The42
# New Dawn

The biggest challenge of the Stephen Kenny era is already obvious

Sep 7th 2020, 5:07 PM 44,941 Views 25 Comments

Plus, more talking points from the Ireland manager’s first two games in charge.

# analysis - Sunday 6 September, 2020

McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill
# Analysis
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# Analysis

McFarland's Ulster keep the faith in collective speed and ball-handling skill

Sep 6th 2020, 2:30 PM 6,892 Views 2 Comments

The northern province stuck to their philosophy as they mounted a dramatic comeback last night.

# analysis - Saturday 5 September, 2020

Leinster have the classier touches in contrast to blunt, predictable Munster
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Leinster have the classier touches in contrast to blunt, predictable Munster

Sep 5th 2020, 10:24 AM 12,338 Views 40 Comments

The southern province were second best in the kicking game as they suffered another semi-final defeat.

# analysis - Friday 4 September, 2020

Bold Adam Idah call a metaphor for new Ireland
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Bold Adam Idah call a metaphor for new Ireland

Sep 4th 2020, 5:30 AM 20,434 Views 2 Comments

The 19-year-old Cork-born forward was handed his senior international debut in Stephen Kenny’s first match in charge.

# analysis - Monday 31 August, 2020

Why Rob Kearney could have a big role against one of Munster's key weapons
# Rule The Skies
From The42
# Rule The Skies

Why Rob Kearney could have a big role against one of Munster's key weapons

Aug 31st 2020, 7:00 PM 10,639 Views 24 Comments

Conor Murray’s box-kicking has been superb over the past two weekends.

How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How Will Connors' remarkable tackling helped Leinster to shut down Ulster

Aug 31st 2020, 3:00 PM 31,618 Views 20 Comments

The 24-year-old openside flanker was dogged and destructive in defence.

# analysis - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Analysis: Connacht's attack suggests 2020/21 could be a very exciting season
# Skills
From The42
# Skills

Analysis: Connacht's attack suggests 2020/21 could be a very exciting season

Aug 26th 2020, 7:44 PM 9,962 Views 6 Comments

The western province delivered an impressive performance as Irish rugby restarted.

# analysis - Monday 24 August, 2020

Analysis: Deception and work-rate key as Munster attack hints at progress
# Stacks
From The42
# Stacks

Analysis: Deception and work-rate key as Munster attack hints at progress

Updated Aug 24th 2020, 8:01 PM 27,303 Views 26 Comments

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
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Leinster learn from England in pursuit of multi-threat attacking kicking game

Aug 24th 2020, 7:20 AM 12,616 Views 12 Comments

Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton delivered two superb touches against Munster on Saturday.

# analysis - Monday 17 August, 2020

Has excessive game time hindered some of Europe's biggest clubs?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Has excessive game time hindered some of Europe's biggest clubs?

Aug 17th 2020, 6:30 AM 8,123 Views 9 Comments

Man City, Barcelona and Juventus have been among the top sides to perform well-below expectations in the Champions League.

# analysis - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Promising Irish starlet hands reality check to Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Promising Irish starlet hands reality check to Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer

Jul 14th 2020, 6:00 AM 7,727 Views 1 Comment

Michael Obafemi’s last-gasp equaliser caused a setback to the Red Devils’ Champions League ambitions.

# analysis - Sunday 12 July, 2020

How Ireland learned to stop worrying and love Jack Charlton
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How Ireland learned to stop worrying and love Jack Charlton

Jul 12th 2020, 9:30 PM 19,633 Views 9 Comments

A look back at the troubled early days and the scepticism that greeted the Irish manager’s appointment.

# analysis - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Analysis: Super Rugby sides picking apart lineout seams with sharp attack From The42

Analysis: Super Rugby sides picking apart lineout seams with sharp attack

Jul 7th 2020, 3:59 PM 4,947 Views 2 Comments

The Brumbies scored an excellent try in behind the lineout against the Rebels.

# analysis - Friday 3 July, 2020

Is Jose Mourinho now yesterday's man?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Is Jose Mourinho now yesterday's man?

Jul 3rd 2020, 6:00 AM 9,944 Views 12 Comments

The Portuguese manager saw his Tottenham side’s Champions League hopes diminish amid a loss to Sheffield United on Thursday.

# analysis - Monday 22 June, 2020

Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game
# Kick To Score
From The42
# Kick To Score

Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game

Jun 22nd 2020, 7:30 PM 4,740 Views 1 Comment

Scott Robertson’s side used a variety of kicks to cause major problems in Wellington.

# analysis - Sunday 14 June, 2020

5 key questions ahead of the Premier League's re-start
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

5 key questions ahead of the Premier League's re-start

Jun 14th 2020, 9:45 PM 24,317 Views 35 Comments

England’s top flight is set to recommence on 17 June.

# analysis - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Explainer: The latest controversy threatening to cause a rift within the FAI
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Explainer: The latest controversy threatening to cause a rift within the FAI

Jun 2nd 2020, 6:01 PM 19,791 Views 14 Comments

Nixon Morton — an FAI Council member — has written to both Uefa and Fifa to express concerns over perceived issues with the new set-up.

# analysis - Monday 25 May, 2020

How Joey Carbery could help Andy Farrell's Ireland to be less 'predictable'
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

How Joey Carbery could help Andy Farrell's Ireland to be less 'predictable'

Updated May 25th 2020, 9:30 PM 32,974 Views 53 Comments

The Munster playmaker is the ideal man to act as a second playmaker in the backline.

# analysis - Saturday 9 May, 2020

When two brilliant offloads helped Connacht to end a 17-year drought in Dublin
# Classic
From The42
# Classic

When two brilliant offloads helped Connacht to end a 17-year drought in Dublin

May 9th 2020, 8:30 AM 8,325 Views 7 Comments

Leinster were unbeaten at Donnybrook in three years when Steph Nel’s men arrived in 2002.

# analysis - Friday 24 April, 2020

Bully pulpit: Should US networks simply stop broadcasting Trump and his dangerous Covid-19 briefings?
# Analysis
# Analysis

Bully pulpit: Should US networks simply stop broadcasting Trump and his dangerous Covid-19 briefings?

Apr 24th 2020, 8:00 PM 43,160 Views 105 Comments

Some have scaled back their live coverage of the daily briefings.

# analysis - Monday 16 March, 2020

When Joe Schmidt's Ireland went to Paris and won the Six Nations
# Trés Bien
From The42
# Trés Bien

When Joe Schmidt's Ireland went to Paris and won the Six Nations

Mar 16th 2020, 1:48 PM 11,411 Views 11 Comments

We reflect on the agonisingly tense Irish victory on the final day of the 2014 championship.

# analysis - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Ireland v Italy off - so what happens next?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Ireland v Italy off - so what happens next?

Feb 26th 2020, 5:08 PM 11,177 Views 9 Comments

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
# Contest
From The42
# Contest

Analysis: The small details that make a huge difference in winning the aerial battle

Feb 26th 2020, 1:14 PM 9,124 Views 9 Comments

Professional performance analyst Eoin Toolan examines the contests in the air in this Six Nations.

# analysis - Monday 24 February, 2020

Analysis: England's clever kicking pressures Sexton and Stockdale into errors
# Kick To Score
From The42
# Kick To Score

Analysis: England's clever kicking pressures Sexton and Stockdale into errors

Updated Feb 24th 2020, 12:06 PM 29,532 Views 42 Comments

The English intelligently picked apart Ireland’s defence with some clever touches.

# analysis - Monday 17 February, 2020

Man United ride their luck in Chelsea win
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Man United ride their luck in Chelsea win

Feb 17th 2020, 10:30 PM 10,075 Views 8 Comments

The Red Devils revived their Champions League hopes with a win over their top-four rivals.

# analysis - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Analysis: The risk-reward of Shaun Edwards' linespeed defence with France
# Les Bleus
From The42
# Les Bleus

Analysis: The risk-reward of Shaun Edwards' linespeed defence with France

Feb 12th 2020, 7:00 PM 10,875 Views 2 Comments

The French have started the Six Nations strongly in defence but there are potential weaknesses to be exploited.

# analysis - Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Analysis: How Ireland Women's attack has driven them to two Six Nations wins
# Progress
From The42
# Progress

Analysis: How Ireland Women's attack has driven them to two Six Nations wins

Feb 11th 2020, 2:23 PM 4,958 Views 4 Comments

Tougher challenges lie ahead but the early signs have been positive in Donnybrook over the past two weeks.

# analysis - Sunday 9 February, 2020

Analysis: Andrew Conway delivers a brilliant wing display for Ireland
# Outstanding
From The42
# Outstanding

Analysis: Andrew Conway delivers a brilliant wing display for Ireland

Feb 9th 2020, 7:00 PM 14,044 Views 15 Comments

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
# 22 Visits
From The42
# 22 Visits

Analysis: "Murray, give it to me, Murray!" - Ireland show try-scoring edge

Feb 9th 2020, 1:32 PM 24,304 Views 9 Comments

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'
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Banty: 'I've enough problems of my own without worrying about the problems Ciaran Branagan had'

Feb 9th 2020, 7:15 AM 18,375 Views 14 Comments

Missed opportunities cost Monaghan as Dublin snatched a late draw in Croke Park last night.

# analysis - Friday 7 February, 2020

Who will lose out in the Premier League's 6-team relegation battle?
# Analysis
From The42
# Analysis

Who will lose out in the Premier League's 6-team relegation battle?

Feb 7th 2020, 4:42 PM 9,700 Views 8 Comments

West Ham, Norwich and Watford are some of the clubs fearing the drop.

# analysis - Thursday 6 February, 2020

'It's emboldened Trump. But then everything emboldens him': Focus turns to election after impeachment victory
# Analysis
# Analysis

'It's emboldened Trump. But then everything emboldens him': Focus turns to election after impeachment victory

Feb 6th 2020, 7:41 AM 8,851 Views 44 Comments

The starting gun in the 2020 presidential race was shot this week.

# analysis - Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Analysis: How Ireland can learn from the All Blacks to support Larmour
# Counter
From The42
# Counter

Analysis: How Ireland can learn from the All Blacks to support Larmour

Feb 5th 2020, 9:30 PM 18,242 Views 10 Comments

Eoin Toolan explains what Andy Farrell’s team can do to improve on counter-attack.