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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Defence

All time
# devil's advocates
'Playing devil's advocate' - the lawyers who defend people accused of indefensible crimes
Lawyers for Paris attacks accused Salah Abdeslam have found themselves demonised for defending their client.
# Defence
Anthony Joshua set for first title defence against undefeated Dominic Breazeale
The 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist won the IBF title earlier this month.
# back in the ring
Anthony Joshua to make first defence of IBF title in June
The newly-crowned champion will fight at London’s O2 Arena this summer.
# doping claims
Doctor caught up in latest doping claims defends himself on Twitter
The clubs have also rubbished newspaper reports linking them with illicit behaviour.
# Defence
No Van Gaal agenda, says Scholes
The Manchester United icon is keen to stress that he is positive about the developments at his former club.
# reactive
Analysis: Ireland's defence takes backward steps in Twickenham
Joe Schmidt was disappointed by Ireland’s passive approach without the ball.
# Onslaught
Analysis: Ireland's defence holds up in brutal battle against Wales
We pick apart the defensive performance from Joe Schmidt’s men in Dublin yesterday.
# Strong Minded
'Destroy and enjoy' - Farrell will demand aggressive edge from Ireland
The appointment of the former England coach was a bolt out of the blue.
# uncompromising
2001 Lions villain Grey demands defensive aggression from Cheika's Wallabies
The former Australia centre is a key part of Michael Cheika’s coaching staff.
# Defence
'Nobody wanted Billy to leave' IABA tells Oireachtas committee
The boxing chiefs were answering questions about the Billy Walsh saga today.
# heart eyes
If You Hate Emojis You Can Shite Off
Come for our emojis, and we’ll come for you.
# d
'Tries will win the World Cup,' but Ireland target defensive security
Les Kiss says he and Joe Schmidt have given the players ‘solid and stern’ feedback.
# Different Dubs
'They’re a good bit more defensively conscious' - Dublin changes since Donegal loss
Kerry’s Éamonn Fitzmaurice has watched how Dublin have worked at the back.
# Defence
Cornerback to linebacker - a brief introduction to NFL defences
Our handy guide to what commentators are talking about during an NFL game.
# foundations
Analysis: Ireland's defence has big improvements to make for World Cup
Joe Schmidt and Les Kiss won’t have been happy with the failings made against the England attack.
# Competition
Connacht players fighting for points in Lam's defensive scoring system
‘Rugby is a team game, so everything is about having a shape and everyone being on the same page.’
# d
Ireland looking for more explosive defensive plays like Trimble's
Defence coach Les Kiss was concerned with elements of the performance in Cardiff last time out.
# Pace Merchant
Analysis: Keith Earls looked sharp in Ireland's 13 shirt against Wales
The Munster man made his return to the international game after a break of more than two years.
# Keep it simple
Analysis: Effective basics see Schmidt's Ireland win comfortably in Wales
The Six Nations champions started their World Cup warm-ups with an encouraging display.
# power player
'You're trying to do things off the ball that help guys everywhere else'
Luke Fitzgerald explains what the role of a left wing entails with Ireland.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland's military come to the defence of EU nations?
If one came under attack, that is.
# Service
'No special honours' for soldiers, prison staff, gardaí who served during The Troubles
One TD thinks there should be.
# Defence
The GAA defend decision to use Croke Park for football semi-finals
Just over 20,000 turned up for Sunday’s double header.
# sans ballon
'On Sunday it has to be 100%': Leinster doubling down on defensive effort for Marseille
After racking up 68 missed tackles in three games, Jimmy Gopperth says the province are ready to ‘make their shots’ against Toulon.
# Intelligence
Analysis: That weird Sean O'Brien lineout tactic worked against Scotland
Following on from the Tullow Tank’s failed effort against England, Rory Best got it spot on in Murrayfield.
# Defence
'You will be doing the unpopular thing if you acquit Graham Dwyer', jury told
The defence admitted that the case would be perfect for an episode of CSI.
# foundations
Analysis: Ireland's defence stifles France but conceded try will rankle
We pick apart the choke tackling, kick-chasing, well-read defensive effort from Les Kiss’ men.
# Defence
Wenger jumps to Van Gaal's defence over 'long ball' furore
He does suggest that LVG did not need to go ‘full Rafa’ however.
# Vote of Confidence
Seán Barrett says opposition parties are entitled to question his decisions
He said he made remarks last Friday in the “heat of the moment” during an RTÉ interview.
Analysis: Ronan O'Gara's defence lifting Racing to new heights
The former Munster and Ireland out-half is excelling in his duties at Racing Métro.
# Pressure
'People will write what they write' - O'Connor defends Leinster's season
The Australian head coach says his side are measured by a ‘different yardstick’ to the other Irish provinces.
Army officer Paul Giblin is getting married tomorrow. He needs a bone marrow match by January
Paul Giblin — a champion rower — is undergoing his fourth regime of chemotherapy. Unfortunately, it won’t cure him — it will only buy him time.
# Defence Forces
Here's a gender breakdown of our army and navy
The DF has recently encouraged more women to join its ranks.
# Defence
Roma unaroused by players' strip club visit
Russian press reports on Wednesday claimed that some of the Serie A club’s players visited ‘Egoist Gold’.
# digging in
Analysis: O'Connell leads Irish defensive resurgence to deny the Wallabies
There was almost a repeat of Ireland’s last-gasp defeat to New Zealand, but they showed their mental edge this time.
# on the ropes
Analysis: Australia's first-half width drags Ireland out of comfort zone
Ireland’s defensive concerns were alarming in the opening 40 minutes in Dublin on Saturday.
# dying moments
Relive Ireland's win over Australia with Michael Corcoran’s thrilling RTÉ commentary
Hearts were in mouths and Irish fans were watching through their fingers in Dublin.
# Teething problems
Analysis: Australia's defensive changes open opportunities for Ireland
We pick out some potential weaknesses for Joe Schmidt’s men to exploit tomorrow evening.
# Spotify
Spotify CEO defends free streaming after Taylor Swift removes music catalogue
Daniel Ek defended the company saying it paid out $2 billion in royalties since it started in 2008, half of which was generated in the last twelve months.
# Underappreciated
Opinion: In defence of the much-maligned Glenn Whelan
It was announced today that the Stoke midfielder would likely miss Ireland’s upcoming qualifier against Scotland.