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#Defence

# defence - Yesterday’s News

From The42 'It said ‘I hope your kids get coronavirus' and 'I hope they die in a house fire’' - Patrick McClean defends brother James Online Abuse

'It said ‘I hope your kids get coronavirus' and 'I hope they die in a house fire’' - Patrick McClean defends brother James

The Ireland winger was fined two weeks’ wages by his club Stoke City last week for an ill-judged Instagram post.

# defence - Monday 9 March, 2020

Alex Salmond lodges special defences to accusations of sexual assault

The former first minister of Scotland is at the High Court in Edinburgh for the first day of his trial.

# defence - Sunday 8 March, 2020

From The42 Adesanya beats Romero at UFC 248 but crowd are left wanting more Defence

Adesanya beats Romero at UFC 248 but crowd are left wanting more

During an often bizarre contest, boos rang out across the arena as the two fighters kept contact to a minimum.

# defence - Monday 2 March, 2020

From The42 Joshua closing in on Pulev scrap at Tottenham Stadium Defence

Joshua closing in on Pulev scrap at Tottenham Stadium

The 38-year-old Bulgarian claimed in a Facebook post that he has signed a deal to face the unified champion.

# defence - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

From The42 'If Murray is playing that first half for England, he's probably man of the match' Defence

'If Murray is playing that first half for England, he's probably man of the match'

Ireland lock James Ryan says the forwards need to make life easier for Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.

# defence - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

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

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.

# defence - Monday 10 February, 2020

From The42 Jordan Pickford unhappy with Gary Neville criticism Defence

Jordan Pickford unhappy with Gary Neville criticism

The Everton goalkeeper claims England internationals are unfairly targeted by the media.

# defence - Sunday 15 December, 2019

From The42 Everton boss Ferguson explains reason for substituting Kean just 19 minutes after he came on Defence This post contains videos

Everton boss Ferguson explains reason for substituting Kean just 19 minutes after he came on

The young striker received only a fleeting spell on the pitch at Old Trafford as he was subbed on and off.

# defence - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

From The42 I'm no cheat, insists US golfer Reed Defence

I'm no cheat, insists US golfer Reed

The former Masters champion was docked two strokes for improper swings during the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

# defence - Monday 2 December, 2019

From The42 Leinster's Connors has made 48 tackles and missed zero in his last two games Chop Tackle

Leinster's Connors has made 48 tackles and missed zero in his last two games

The Kildare man has delivered a masterclass in effective low tackling.

# defence - Monday 18 November, 2019

From The42 Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers Breakdown

Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers

Andy Friend’s side made some vital breakdown steals in their victory over Montpellier.

# defence - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

From The42 Oxlade-Chamberlain on the double as Liverpool ease past Genk Defence This post contains videos

Oxlade-Chamberlain on the double as Liverpool ease past Genk

The Champions ran out 4-1 winners in Belgium tonight.

From The42 Analysis: Diminutive de Klerk and Davies making decisive defensive plays Halfbacks

Analysis: Diminutive de Klerk and Davies making decisive defensive plays

The South Africa and Wales scrum-halves are small players but often make a big impact without the ball.

# defence - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

From The42 Guardiola insists Bernardo Silva not guilty of racism over tweet to Benjamin Mendy Defence

Guardiola insists Bernardo Silva not guilty of racism over tweet to Benjamin Mendy

‘Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I have ever met in my life’, said the Man City boss.

# defence - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

From The42 Analysis: Ringrose shines as Ireland's strong defence shuts Scotland down In Depth

Analysis: Ringrose shines as Ireland's strong defence shuts Scotland down

Ireland had a 94% tackle success rate and gave up only three linebreaks on Sunday.

# defence - Thursday 19 September, 2019

From The42 Andy Farrell's defence is pivotal if Ireland are to make history at the World Cup Defence Wins Titles

Andy Farrell's defence is pivotal if Ireland are to make history at the World Cup

The opening test will be a demanding one against Gregor Townsend’s ambitious Scotland team.

# defence - Monday 9 September, 2019

From The42 'Those sorts of things, they give the other players real confidence' Cheese

'Those sorts of things, they give the other players real confidence'

James Ryan delivered yet another outstanding performance in Ireland’s win over Wales.

# defence - Friday 30 August, 2019

From The42 'Poor Jacob had to try and make reads that were really difficult' Defence

'Poor Jacob had to try and make reads that were really difficult'

The Ireland left wing faced criticism for his defensive decisions against England last weekend.

# defence - Monday 26 August, 2019

From The42 Analysis: England run rampant through Ireland's defensive horror show Review

Analysis: England run rampant through Ireland's defensive horror show

Joe Schmidt’s team were extremely poor in defence as they were hammered in Twickenham.

# defence - Friday 16 August, 2019

From The42 Liverpool stand-in Adrian a doubt after fan 'slipped and kicked his ankle' during Super Cup celebrations Problems This post contains videos

Liverpool stand-in Adrian a doubt after fan 'slipped and kicked his ankle' during Super Cup celebrations

The Reds are already without regular number one Alisson, and may need to call upon Andy Lonergan or Ireland U21 stopper Caoimhin Kelleher.

# defence - Friday 12 July, 2019

Turkey receives first batch of Russian missile defence system angering US

NATO said it’s “concerned about the potential consequences” of the purchase.

# defence - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

From The42 'Disgraceful' - USA face backlash over 13-0 World Cup win Anger

'Disgraceful' - USA face backlash over 13-0 World Cup win

There has been a critical response to the Americans’ 13-0 thrashing of Thailand.

# defence - Thursday 30 May, 2019

'Soldiers are living on the breadline': More than 3,000 quit Defence Forces in four years

Raco is calling for the introduction of an independent pay review body to help address the staff retention crisis.

# defence - Saturday 4 May, 2019

From The42 'The one thing that stood out was the stag... The stag stands its ground' Munster

'The one thing that stood out was the stag... The stag stands its ground'

South African coach JP Ferreira has been in charge of stingy Munster defence this season.

# defence - Thursday 2 May, 2019

From The42 Defence coach Edwards confirms Wales exit after turning down new contract Saga Over

Defence coach Edwards confirms Wales exit after turning down new contract

The former English rugby league star is in high demand after helping Wales to four Six Nations Championships.

# defence - Friday 22 February, 2019

From The42 'I wouldn't take Van Dijk over any of Man United's centre-backs,' says Vidic Defence

'I wouldn't take Van Dijk over any of Man United's centre-backs,' says Vidic

The former Red Devils defender is delighted with the players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back line.

# defence - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

From The42 Analysis: How Ireland's defence adapted after harsh English lessons D

Analysis: How Ireland's defence adapted after harsh English lessons

Defence coach Andy Farrell would have been pleased to see his side concede only one try.

# defence - Monday 11 February, 2019

UK plans drone 'swarm squadrons' after Brexit, says defence secretary

Gavin Williamson said Britain must strengthen its global presence after Brexit.

# defence - Wednesday 6 February, 2019

From The42 'It was 100% my fault' - Earls keen to bounce back from England error Review

'It was 100% my fault' - Earls keen to bounce back from England error

The Ireland wing is back in full training after a hip injury forced him off last weekend.

# defence - Sunday 20 January, 2019

From The42 'I really like the idea of my family having different experiences' Defence

'I really like the idea of my family having different experiences'

Former Munster assistant coach Ian Costello is enjoying his challenging task with Wasps.

# defence - Monday 14 January, 2019

From The42 Analysis: Beirne's destruction, Earls' try-saver and Carbery's class In Depth

Analysis: Beirne's destruction, Earls' try-saver and Carbery's class

Johann van Graan’s Munster delivered their most compelling performance of the season on Friday night.

# defence - Thursday 10 January, 2019

From The42 Summer signing Mike Haley building trust in Munster's 15 shirt Understanding

Summer signing Mike Haley building trust in Munster's 15 shirt

The former Sale Sharks fullback has been first-choice for Johann van Graan this season.

# defence - Sunday 23 December, 2018

From The42 Roberto Martinez baffled by Romelu Lukaku criticism Support

Roberto Martinez baffled by Romelu Lukaku criticism

The Belgium boss thinks there is a lack of understanding about his main striker and the way he plays for Manchester United.

# defence - Friday 14 December, 2018

From The42 Carvajal explains Isco's perceived snub of Real Madrid captain's armband Defence

Carvajal explains Isco's perceived snub of Real Madrid captain's armband

The Spain international playmaker passed up the chance to skipper the Blancos after seeing Marcelo replaced during a Champions League encounter.

# defence - Saturday 1 December, 2018

From The42 'Our catchphrase is, 'There's always a solution until someone stops working'' Defence

'Our catchphrase is, 'There's always a solution until someone stops working''

Connacht defence coach Peter Wilkins explains how the province have focused on behaviour.

# defence - Sunday 18 November, 2018

From The42 Schmidt hails Farrell influence as All Blacks suffer rare try-less night Shut Out

Schmidt hails Farrell influence as All Blacks suffer rare try-less night

One try is not supposed to be enough to beat the All Blacks, but Ireland have an utterly ferocious defence.

# defence - Wednesday 14 November, 2018

From The42 Farrell faces up to the toughest test for a defence coach in rugby Faz

Farrell faces up to the toughest test for a defence coach in rugby

The All Blacks have scored 68 tries in their 12 Tests so far this year.

# defence - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

From The42 'James is entitled to do what he wants... It's entirely his choice and I think we should respect it' Support

'James is entitled to do what he wants... It's entirely his choice and I think we should respect it'

Martin O’Neill has backed the winger, who has been the subject of more controversy recently.

# defence - Tuesday 18 September, 2018

From The42 'Stuart talks about taking a bit of pressure off the 10 when the opportunity comes up' Ringrose Review

'Stuart talks about taking a bit of pressure off the 10 when the opportunity comes up'

Garry Ringrose had a strong first outing of the season for Leinster but sees plenty of room for improvement.

# defence - Tuesday 11 September, 2018

From The42 'One of our principles defensively is not to get beaten on your inside shoulder' Analysis

'One of our principles defensively is not to get beaten on your inside shoulder'

Leinster were disappointed with how they gave up the game-clinching try to the Scarlets.

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