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# Analysis

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# Talking Points
Chiellini and Bonucci get the glory their careers deserve as Southgate's defensive tactics fail to pay off
Plus, the best team won, but did the superior squad lose?
# Analysis
Why do Irish fans root against England?
As they prepare for a quarter-final against Ukraine, some critics are tipping the Three Lions for success at Euro 2020.
# Analysis
Conan and Beirne step up to showcase their skills in Lions back row
The Irish pair were impressive as Warren Gatland’s side beat Japan.
# Podcast
Rugby Weekly Extra: Farrell's Ireland squad, a penalty shoot-out, and skillful forwards
Eoin Toolan and Murray Kinsella break down the 37-man group on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Analysis
Disgraceful booing of players taking the knee and more Hungary-Ireland talking points
Tuesday night’s match in Budapest finished scoreless.
# Analysis
Kenny's relief and a 41-year-old's remarkable achievement - 3 Ireland-Andorra talking points
Plus, Troy Parrott and Jason Knight show their potential for the future.
# Analysis
As debate over long-term future continues, Ireland must make short-term progress
Ciara Griffin and co. were poor in a number of areas during last weekend’s hammering by France.
# Analysis
20-year-old Wall's dominant display underlines her potential for Ireland
The Munster flanker was superb in last weekend’s big win over Wales.
# Analysis
Liverpool's most obvious problem was exposed again last night
The Reds were left frustrated amid a 0-0 draw with Real Madrid at Anfield.
# Analysis
20-year-old Wall's dominant display underlines her potential for Ireland
The Munster flanker was superb in last weekend’s big win over Wales.
# Analysis
An expansion that will cost millions or a necessity? Quarantine clashes end with 16 additions to hotel quarantine list
A week of difficult government discussions concluded with an incorporeal Cabinet meeting last night.
# Talking Points
Experienced Ireland stars show Stephen Kenny what he was missing
While problems remain, the Boys in Green produced an improved display against Qatar on Tuesday.
# Analysis
One of the worst results in Ireland's footballing history, but here's why Stephen Kenny still deserves time
The Irish team suffered a humiliating defeat at home to Luxembourg on Saturday night,
# Looking Back
Eddie Jones faces 'brutally honest analysis' after England's Six Nations flop
RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Tuesday no stone would be left unturned during the inquest.
# Analysis
'Something we worked on all week' - Ireland's attack cuts England apart
Ireland scored excellent tries through Keith Earls and Jack Conan, and nearly had a beautiful third.
# talking point
One of the all-time Premier League greats looks set to bow out
At 32, Sergio Aguero appears to be on the verge of a Manchester City exit.
Column: 'Pontins only achieved such rapid notoriety because it targeted common Irish surnames'
Two decades on from a landmark case in Britain, discrimination is still an everyday experience for Travellers, writes legal affairs journalist CJ McKinney.
# Analysis
Bad news, delivered badly? Taoiseach defends government communications, says the message is clear
When there is no fuel left in the tank, communication is key.
# clarity
Analysis: Ireland's attack needs to make clear progress under Mike Catt
The Irish attacking effort was underwhelming against France in yesterday’s Six Nations defeat.
Top carrier, tackler, passer, and jackler - Tadhg Beirne's best game yet for Ireland
The Munster lock was superb as Ireland came up short against Wales last weekend.
# Trends
Analysis: Where did Ireland's 25 tries come from last year?
The importance of the lineout and scrum is as clear as ever.
# clinical
Analysis: Leinster take their chance with superb set-piece score to break Munster
Ross Byrne had an impressive involvement as some of Leinster’s bench players made a late impact.
# Analysis
Are Man United now genuine title contenders?
After hitting a lowpoint against Tottenham, the Red Devils have improved vastly since then.
# Analysis
How a God-fearing Ireland shamed, abandoned and punished its 'fallen' women and girls
‘My mother had been conditioned to feel grateful for the sanctuary of the home as she had committed a terrible sin in having sex outside of marriage and they would take care of her bastard child, me.’
# Endgame
'Unfortunately, Connacht just made the wrong decision in this case'
The final scrum offered Andy Friend’s men a 15v13 chance to win late on against Munster.
# Analysis
'Playing like absolute giants' - How Connacht caused an upset against Leinster
Andy Friend’s side defended aggressively and kicked intelligently to pull off their victory in Dublin.
# Analysis
Player of the year so far? Worst signing? It's the Premier League of the half-season awards
We assess the good and bad of this year, as the campaign approaches its halfway point.
# Green shoots
The most encouraging passage of attack in Ireland's entire autumn campaign
The sequence leading to Duncan Taylor’s yellow card gave us a glimpse of what Ireland are trying to do.
# Analysis
Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are going at it like cats and dogs - and expect it to continue
As long as the two parties are polling well, the strategy is unlikely to change.
# Analysis
Will Liverpool's 22-year-old from Cork continue incredible journey with Premier League debut?
Caoimhín Kelleher made his Champions League bow during the week.
# semi-final weekend
Race For Liam: The 4 teams bidding for All-Ireland hurling glory
Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Kilkenny are still in the hunt for the big prize.
# Analysis
Has Paul Pogba reached a point of no return at Man United?
The Frenchman has been reduced to a substitute role on more than one occasion this season.
# Analysis
The late shows of composure, skill and luck that put Cork and Tipperary close to Munster glory
Sunday’s Munster finalists supplied the scoring goods late on to crucial effect in their semi-finals.
# Analysis
'Gibson-Park has the potential to cause defences a huge amount of problems'
The Ireland scrum-half came in for praise on this week’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Analysis
5 talking points as Ireland suffer a familiar type of frustration
Meanwhile, Jack Byrne ended a 35-year wait for a League of Ireland player to be capped in a competitive fixture for the Boys in Green.
# Analysis
Analysis: Lowe shows quality but Ireland's attack misses too many chances
Mike Catt’s attack delivered some real smarts off set-piece but they blew some big opportunities.
# Talking Points
No one ever said it was going to be easy for Stephen Kenny and Ireland
England were the far superior side on a disappointing night for Ireland at Wembley.
# Analysis
No props on the wing, the scraps, clarity in transition - Ireland's defence checklist
Andy Farrell’s men will be looking to make improvements in a defensive sense in the Autumn Nations Cup.
# Analysis
Stockdale shows kicking quality but errors prove costly on tough night in Paris
The 24-year-old made his second start in the number 15 shirt as Andy Farrell’s side came up short.
# Analysis
How Andy Farrell's Ireland lost the crucial championship minutes in Paris
The visitors made a huge call to go to touch before half-time and then conceded just after the break.