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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

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The talking points ahead of today’s crunch Ireland -France test
Ireland’s season is on the line today – and coach Andy Farrell knows it.
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Covid-19 committee to invite CMO Tony Holohan and HSE boss Paul Reid to appear next week
Nursing home care during the pandemic will be a key focus of the committee.
# Analysis
Farrell outstanding, Ireland's depth delivers and a huge effort from the pack
Joe Schmidt will pick out the flaws in his team’s display but there were many positives.
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Gatland's surprises, POM's honour, Itoje unlucky and more Lions talking points
Ben Te’o and Jamie George have only one Test start between them but their rise continues.
# opener
Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking points
The quality of the Lions’ bench to face the NZ Provincial Barbarians indicates their depth.
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Brilliant Beirne, Erasmus' big question and more Pro12 final talking points
The Scarlets were brilliant in attack, while Munster’s defence fell apart.
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Leavy gets the nod, Murray's fitness, and more Champions Cup talking points
We reflect on the team news ahead of Munster and Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-finals
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Missed chances, the Welsh backlash and more talking points from Cardiff
Wales had more of the big individual performers on a desperately disappointing night for Ireland.
# Talking Points
Ireland can't convert, key men lost, and the match officials in limelight
There were positives in the performances of Garry Ringrose and Josh van der Flier off the bench.
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Eight new caps, Dillane's impression and selection calls for Schmidt
Connacht fullback Tiernan O’Halloran was very impressive for Ireland.
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Marijuana, assisted suicide, gun control - there was a lot on the table for US voters in this election
There was more than just the presidency at stake in yesterday’s vote.
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Missed chance and chances, red and more talking points from Ireland's defeat
Ireland will feel they missed their best-ever chance to win a series in South Africa.
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Back row dominant, defensive work-ons and more Ireland talking points
Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray looked classy for long periods of the game.
# All Even
Six Nations drama, Schmidt's hard-hitting wings and more Ireland talking points
Ireland will pick out missed chances in their draw with Wales in Dublin.
# on form
Payne's class at 15, clever strike plays and more Ulster talking points
Ulster must now wait on other results in Europe.
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A new low for Munster, Axel under pressure and more Paris talking points
Stade Français scored three tries to end the province’s Champions Cup campaign.
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Costly mistakes, unhappy Munster fans and more Thomond Park talking points
Munster gave up three incredibly soft tries.
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World Cup hangovers linger and more talking points from Leinster's defeat
It was another disappointing day for Leo Cullen’s men in Europe.
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Murphy gets nod at 6, Healy retained and more Ireland XV talking points
Jamie Heaslip and the other leaders must stand up, while Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls are fit.
# slick start
Sexton shines, Ireland unleash and more talking points from Cardiff
Joe Schmidt will pick out flaws, but this was a promising opening performance from Ireland.
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Kearney is a World Cup starter and more talking points from Ireland's loss
England ruled the skies and bossed the breakdown, while Ireland showed signs of their game plan.
# Baa-Baas
Ulster duo back in green, Madigan at 10 and more Ireland XV talking points
There are two uncapped Leinster men starting against Robbie Deans’ side.
# high drama
5 talking points after Munster come through Pro12 semi-final thriller
Paulie’s goodbye, Keatley’s wobbles and more of the big issues from Thomond Park.
# Final Four
An all-Irish Pro12 decider still possible and more final day talking points
The provinces helped each other out on a nail-biting last round of regular season fixtures.
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Toulon's growing dominance and more Champions Cup talking points
Drew Mitchell’s second-half try was sublime, while both sides now look to the Top 14.
# Plus Fort
King James and more talking points as Saracens fall short against Clermont
Vunipola’s power, Clermont frailties, the Saracens counter attack and an atmosphere for the ages.
# Error Count
Aki's non-try and more talking points after Connacht lose to Ulster
International quality, Ulster’s ruthlessness, Connacht’s errors and the losing bonus point.
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Scrum power and more talking points from Leinster's win over Bath
Bath’s attacking approach, Watson’s yellow card costly, Madigan’s kicking and Leinster’s performance.
# Impressive
Brilliant O'Brien and more talking points from Ireland's big win in Scotland
Fitter leaders, the backline thriving, England’s task and attack on top.
# large and in charge
Healy unleashed and more talking points from Ireland's team for Scotland
Zebo misses out, Joe’s ideal XV, consistency on the bench and the returning Lukey Fitz.
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6 talking points after Ireland suffer defeat to Warren Gatland's Wales
The lineout failings, the Welsh defence, Wayne Barnes and an attack that couldn’t get over the line.
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Healy held back and more talking points from Ireland's XV for England
There’s no change at 23, while Jordi Murphy starts his second game of the championship.
# Winning Start
5 talking points after Joe Schmidt's Ireland beat Italy in Rome
The game plan, Ian Keatley, Ireland’s centres, scope for improvement and a patched-together back row.
# Schmidt's Contenders
The return of SOB and more talking points from the Wolfhounds team
Madigan’s audition at 10, Lukey Fitz on the left wing, front row power and a strong Saxons selection.
# nine tries
5 talking points after Anthony Foley's Munster hammer Sale
Keith Earls, Ireland hopefuls, Dineen’s display and a happy ending in Europe.
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5 talking points after Leinster secure a Champions Cup quarter-final
Matt O’Connor’s men were brilliant in the first half, but Wasps fought back powerfully after the break.
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5 talking points after Munster crash out of Europe against Saracens
High error count, Saracens excel, blunt Munster and where was JJ?
# Galway Woe
5 talking points after Connacht slip to home defeat against Edinburgh
Home defeat, Aki on form again, first-half failings and set-piece issues.
# Convincing
5 talking points after Munster see off Leinster at Thomond Park
Dominance for Munster, the kick chase, Leinster’s blunt attack, Keatley at 10 and the Leinster D.
# Derby Discussion
4 talking points after Leinster see off Connacht at the RDS
Noel Reid’s class, power from Aki and Douglas, Connacht’s losing start and no festive fireworks.