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# Defence

All time
# defence wins championships
Schmidt: 'We can't afford to keep conceding three tries a game'
Scotland’s success in attacking Ireland out wide last year will give Joe Schmidt and Andy Farrell plenty of headaches.
# Prolific
'With the Ireland U18s, I was eight tries in five games, so I'm dropping off now!'
21-year-old Jacob Stockdale has scored eight tries in his first seven Tests for Ireland.
# narrow
Ireland well positioned to claim Six Nations but Schmidt concerned about defence
After Scotland’s win over England, Ireland are five points clear at the top of the table.
# standards
'Average is not acceptable' - Farrell left fuming by conceded tries against Italy
The Ireland defence coach was not a happy man as Ireland switched off against Italy.
# apologetic
Phil Neville insists 'just battered the wife' tweet referred to a game of table tennis
The new England women’s head coach believes he is the right man for the job.
# d
Leinster's 'brothers' look to dig in for each other without the ball
Leo Cullen’s side have produced several compelling defensive passages in recent times.
# Tension
US Defense Secretary warns North Korea of 'massive military response'
Pyongyang in recent months has sparked global alarm by conducting a sixth nuclear test and test-launching missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.
# Defence
Lovren critics like rubberneckers, says Klopp
The defender was substituted after only 31 minutes of Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham.
# Defence
Reid working hard to tighten up Leinster's midfield channel after 53 missed tackles
Leinster have enjoyed a perfect start to their European campaign, but defensively they have been exposed by Montpellier and Glasgow.
# Defence
'99% of teams in world football would lose to Manchester City at the moment' - Klopp
The Liverpool boss leapt to the defence of his side, citing the fact that they have only lost one Premier League match this season to the leaders
# innocent
'You can disagree with those views but he wasn't guilty of terrorism': Ibrahim Halawa's former cellmate
Peter Greste – who spent over a year in an Egyptian prison with Halawa – said that it was “wonderful” that he had been released.
# Defence
'One of the most gender blind people I've ever worked with': Ciara Kelly strongly defends George Hook
Hook was suspended on Friday following widespread condemnation of his comments about rape.
# Defence
Bale a key player despite Madrid boos – Zidane
The Welshman was jeered by a section of the Real support on Sunday.
# myerd in controversy
Members of Irish Jewish community defend Kevin Myers after controversial column
Some people have claimed Myers has done a lot to educate people about the Jewish faith.
# big hits
Analysis: The defensive passage that drove the Lions to their Wellington win
The likes of Jamie George, Jack McGrath, Maro Itoje and Kyle Sinckler all fronted up.
# test time
The Lions have earned respect in New Zealand but they're still outsiders
The tour is back in Auckland after a whirlwind three weeks that have seen Warren Gatland’s side grow.
# Call to arms
'No bitching or moaning' - No-nonsense Farrell looks for defensive leaders
The Lions’ defence was superb against the Crusaders but there is more to come.
# that's the enda it
Kenny says he raised human rights with Saudis but that 'obviously includes women's rights'
The Taoiseach has sought to clarify that Ireland had conveyed its concerns over Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights.
# Damages
Judge says chasing should not be banned in schools after student loses damages claim
The presiding judge said games of chase in schoolyards could not be prohibited.
# On the attack
'I try not to get distracted by people who throw out opinions and not back it up'
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has defended the nature of his team’s attacking tactics.
# Black gold
'We're not here for your oil': US Defense Secretary tells Iraq
Trump has repeatedly said the US should have grabbed Iraqi oil to help fund its war effort.
# like dem apples
Ireland spent €440k on a report defending Apple months before the EU's scathing tax ruling
But European officials said the unsolicited report from PwC ‘misinterpreted’ the relevant rules.
# Reads
Analysis: Whatever about the try, Ringrose's defence will have excited Schmidt
The 22-year-old showed promising signs in defence against Italy last weekend.
# destroy and enjoy
'We should love defending', says Farrell as he vows to fix Irish inaccuracies
The defence coach was irked by the absence of Ireland’s appetite without the ball.
# video review
Analysis: Basic folding and spacing problems cause Ireland's defence failures
Andy Farrell and his players will be deeply unhappy with their defensive display in Edinburgh.
# Analysis
How different is professional rugby to the good old days of amateurism?
We’ve taken a look at the Ireland v Scotland games from the 1995 Five Nations and 2016 Six Nations.
# River Lee
Flood defence plan for Cork finally unveiled to the public
The plan will be on display to the public until the 20 January next year.
# Defence
Analysis: Tiny details make a massive difference against the All Blacks
Ireland are eager to improve their defensive performance against the All Blacks.
# end of discussion
Arsene Wenger insists that drinking culture is no longer an issue for English football
The Arsenal boss has spoken out in the wake of this week’s Wayne Rooney saga.
# Defence
Wayne Rooney is not finished - Gary Neville
The former Manchester United defender believes the Red Devils star still has a role to play at the Premier League club, if he can adapt
# Defence
Southgate backs Man United duo after Mourinho rebuke
Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling were criticised by the Red Devils boss recently.
# Cyber Wars
"Hack-back vendors" and private security firms could be used to fight cybercrime
The debate around how to strike back against hackers is ongoing around the world.
# side effects
Giving anti-malaria drug Lariam to Irish troops "beggars belief", says support group
Support group Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers has said that the official policy on the drug needs to change.
# clarity
Analysis: Encouraging signs for Munster as Erasmus' men make solid, simple start
The victory over the Scarlets last weekend was unglamorous but promising.
# Defence
Antonio Conte is no fool, the criticism of David Luiz has been wildly disproportionate
Can a supposedly poor player really get away with winning 16 trophies?
# Defence
Nice not taking a risk in signing me - Balotelli
The 26-year-old completed a one-year deal at the Allianz Riviera after being allowed to leave Anfield.
# Defence
I'm 61 and Sanches is 18 - Portugal coach slams age slur
Guy Roux’s accusations that the Portugal teenager is older than his official age were swiftly dismissed.
# faz
'I don’t think we’ve set the bar anywhere yet' - Farrell wants Ireland benchmark
The defence coach believes there is more to come from Ireland in the final game of the season.
# Comeback kings
Analysis: Springboks' clever attack leaves Ireland's defence floundering
Joe Schmidt’s men will have been disappointed with the drop-off in their defence.
# resilience
Analysis: Paddy Jackson's performance the epitome of Ireland's defensive grit
Ireland’s first-ever win against the Boks on South African soil was built on their 14-man defence.