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# Analysis

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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.
Analysis: Where did Ireland's 25 tries come from last year?
The importance of the lineout and scrum is as clear as ever.
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.
Are Man United now genuine title contenders?
After hitting a lowpoint against Tottenham, the Red Devils have improved vastly since then.
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.’
'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Analysis: 80 seconds that show how good Ireland Women's attack can be
Every single player had a role in Claire Molloy’s try just before half-time against Italy.
Ireland's pack of jackals well suited to the refocused breakdown interpretations
Andy Farrell was most pleased with his side’s defensive work in the big win over Italy.
Encouraging Slovakia performance proves Kenny's credentials and shows nonsense of succession plan
Kenny showed last night the progress he has made with his players, but it’s too little too late for Ireland’s Euros hopes.
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.