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Scotland looking to ‘steel’ of pack for Six Nations opener in Dublin
Scottish rugby expert David Ferguson gave us some insight into Scott Johnson’s squad ahead of the Ireland clash.
Daithi Regan's key duel: Shane O'Neill v Darach Honan’s hurling columnist looks at the key duel in today’s game.
Daithi Regan: 'It's still an All-Ireland final and once it starts, nothing else will matter'’s hurling columnist looks ahead to tomorrow’s final replay.
Conor Deegan: All-Ireland was a dogfight, and the Dubs fought harder
Mayo had the opportunities to win yesterday, but they froze and played a different brand of football than they’re used to.
Conor Deegan: 'The best two teams in 2013 have reached the biggest day'’s Gaelic football columnist looks ahead to Sunday’s showdown.
Daithi Regan: 'I've never seen anything to match yesterday's finale'’s hurling columnist reviews Cork and Clare’s showdown in Croke Park.
Daithi Regan: 'When JBM's and Davy's teams collide, it will be fascinating'’s hurling columnist looks ahead to Sunday’s clash in Croke Park.
Conor Deegan: 'The two best teams are left standing -- but there are big question marks over Dublin and Mayo'
After “one of the all-time great games,” Conor Deegan analyses Dublin’s performance and what they need to work on.
Conor Deegan: 'We have to believe that Mayo are now a different animal'’s Gaelic football columnist looks back at yesterday’s action in Croke Park.
Conor Deegan: 'One of those surreal days when everything Mayo touched turned to gold'’s columnist reviews the weekend’s Gaelic football action.
Lions coming to Australia to strangle the creative Wallaby spirit: Bob Dwyer
The World Cup-winning coach believes current boss Robbie Deans should have selected Quade Cooper in his 25-man squad.
Conor Deegan: Dublin not at their best, but tight game will improve them’s gaelic football columnist reflects on this weekend’s league finals.
Daithi Regan: 'Tipperary were atrocious and there was no pattern to their play'’s hurling analyst on Tipperary’s struggles, the step up for Clare and Galway’s attacking show after the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League.
Conor Deegan: 'There's no point in panicking at this time of the season'’s Gaelic football columnist on early disappointments for Cork and Kerry, Donegal’s lack of match fitness and Kildare’s youngsters catching the eye.
6 Nations, 7 questions: Shane Horgan gives us his expert opinion
We asked the legend of the wing for his considered analysis of this year’s Championsip… and he didn’t hold back.
Shane Byrne: Last-chance Kidney has thrown everything at 6 Nations bid
The former Ireland international believes the form of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy is crucial to Irish chances.
Conor Deegan: 'Here is a young player who is passionate about the GAA'’s Gaelic football columnist believes the talented Ciarán Kilkenny cannot be heaped with unrealistic expectations upon his return to Dublin.
Expert view: Donal Lenihan picks his Heineken Cup week 1 winners
We go our hands on the Heineken Cup fixture list, a pan-European Injury report and a legendary Irish second row.
Daithi Regan: 'This victory strikes me as being truly special for Brian Cody'’s hurling analyst salutes Kilkenny’s achievement in finally getting the better of Galway in Sunday’s All-Ireland decider.
Daithi Regan: 'For all the excitement about Galway, there is more assurance about Kilkenny'’s hurling analyst assesses matters before next Sunday’s All-Ireland final replay.
Conor Deegan: "Murphy's goal represented the remarkable class that he possesses"’s Gaelic Football analyst salutes the achievement of this year’s All-Ireland champions and their captain but wonders have Mayo hinted at a way to unlock their system.
Conor Deegan: "With all the pre-match sideshows the intrigue lies in which team can deal with them efficiently"’s Gaelic Football analyst believes that despite the hype and hoopla in the county, Donegal have the patience to stick to the task next Sunday.
Daithi Regan: "It was one of the worst refereeing decisions that was ever made."’s hurling analyst feels Galway were fortunate to get that late free on Sunday but their attacking tools are continuing to make life uncomfortable for Kilkenny.
Daithi Regan: "This game is not a question of Galway's ability as hurlers, it is their ability to face up to a juggernaut."’s hurling analyst expects Kilkenny’s greater All-Ireland final know-how to be crucial when they face Galway on Sunday.
Conor Deegan: "To suggest Dublin and Mayo are going for second place is over-stretching it."’s Gaelic football analyst believes the absence of Andy Moran could have a critical influence in settling next Sunday’s clash of Dublin and Mayo.
Conor Deegan: "Two juggernauts are going to crash into each other in Croke Park on Sunday. It's going to be fascinating."
In the first of his columns for, Conor Deegan looks ahead to the All-Ireland semi-final meeting of Cork and Donegal.
Daithí Regan: "It's hard to think of a more eagerly-awaited All-Ireland hurling semi-final than this one."’s hurling analyst Daithi Regan feels last Sunday’s result between Galway and Cork could be a critical factor in determining this Sunday’s result between Kilkenny and Tipperary.
Daithí Regan: 'The pressure Galway will be under will be suffocating'
In the first of his columns for, Daithí Regan questions whether Galway will be able for greater physical challenge in the All-Ireland final.
Ailis McSweeney: Relay 101... here's what you can look forward to on the track tonight
A tight control on adrenaline and nerves is essential to get away at the right time, writes Ireland’s 100m record holder Ailis McSweeney.
Expert view: These All Blacks were rattled and can be again by Ireland
“The selectors need to build on the knowledge that the All-Blacks were rattled because we attacked them in the right places,” writes Emmet O’Rafferty.
Opinion: Sean O'Brien could be ruined by persistence with No 7 role
One former Leinster player reckons Joe Schmidt got it right yesterday but tweaks are needed with his team in the future.
WATCH: Four men in a pub look forward to weekend showdowns
Will Carling, Zinzan Brooke, Rob Henderson and Scott Quinnell line out to argue the toss on this week’s action.
FAQ: Who'll win in Wellington on Saturday?
The talking heads have all come out of the woodwork in advance of Saturday’s showdown. But who are they tipping to prevail?
"Player of the tournament? Sean O'Brien"
Some of the game’s biggest names of yesteryear line out to preview this weekend’s mouth-watering games in New Zealand.
Expert view: Kidney should have played a completely new team
One Irish rugby stalwart is in New Zealand and on the march. Here’s what Mick Quinn thinks, two weeks in.