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# Philosophy
'I'd always looked at Leinster as being the role model' - Gregor Townsend
The Glasgow Warriors coach tells about his coaching journey ahead of his side’s clash with Munster.
# Interview
'He's almost got eyes on the back of his head' - Schmidt pushing Bowe to next level
The Ulster wing has hit the 30 mark, but insists there is always scope for improvement amidst the competition out wide.
# long read
'Super-human' Ruan Pienaar targets second Heineken Cup final in three seasons
Former Ulster teammate Adam D’Arcy caught up with the South African ahead of this weekend’s Heineken Cup clash with Saracens.
# good reads
A deadly own goal, doping at the World Cup and choke tackles; the week's best sportswriting
There are also pieces on Six Nations ball carrying stats, El Clásico and the kind-hearted Hartlepool manager.
# Interview
Foley: 'If you don't have the core skills, there's no point in having an overall philosophy'
The Munster head coach-to-be discusses his coaching beliefs and the challenges that await.
# Sportswriting
The tale of Jean-Pierre Adams and disproving your own beliefs; this week’s best sportswriting
This week’s most enjoyable reads include an examination of the state of UFC and Jonathan Wilson’s Sunderland-based concerns.
# Looking Back
To those who would call me a thug or worse: Some of the week's best sportswriting
Grab a coffee, relax and enjoy the best sports journalism on the web.
# long read
'Whether people believe it or not, professional rugby is a tough, tough sport'
We spoke to Munster Academy Manager Peter Malone about what goes into producing a professional player.
# high Performance
‘Successful teams have a consistency of thought’ – George Gregan
The Australian World Cup winner provides some insight into how coaches set the standards for their players.
# long read
Interview: The 21-year-old Irish author who's written a book on Jose Mourinho
Galway native Ciaran Kelly speaks about his book on one of the world’s most famous sports personalities.
# Interview
Graham Hunter on the greatest achievement in the history of international football and why England can dominate one day
We spoke to the Spanish-based Scottish journalist about his new book.
# long read
Alan McLoughlin on the goal that sealed Ireland's World Cup place, 20 years ago today
It was a tense night at Windsor Park but Jack Chalton’s Boys in Green got out of Belfast with the point they needed on a dramatic night.
# Interview
Jim McGuinness dreaming of Donegal dynasty
The All Ireland winning manager takes his satisfaction from helping players make the most of their time in the Donegal shirt.
# sporting highlights
I was there: Leinster's heartbreaking RaboDirect Pro12 final defeat
Gather round, for a tale of sunshine, scrums and Shane.