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2023
'It's more about players getting on pace with Sexton than Sexton getting on pace with the game'
'For the Boks game, it'd be James Ryan and Iain Henderson in the second row for me'
'Those teams who've beaten New Zealand have probably got a bit more might up front'
'This World Cup will be remembered for three to four players who will transcend the game'
'Maybe there’s a risk of injury, but you need an edge a week before you play the Boks'
'I think Jack is going to pass out Ross, that’s my gut feeling at the moment'
'This decision casts a huge shadow over the game... I think World Rugby will appeal'
'He's clearly set to be one of the biggest stars of the World Cup'
'For me, it's a rugby incident... Mallía effected the charge down'
'Scotland have the talent... It makes me nervous thinking about that game'
'He has a massive future... he reminds me of a Furlong-type of player'
'The reality is you’ve got to look like you belong on a rugby pitch'
'For Leinster to have to pick someone because everyone else is quiet is a strange one'
'I would've backed Ross Byrne to have a really good chance of the drop goal'
'Leinster are just not used to being in those tight situations . . . James Lowe is crucial'
Bernard Jackman: 'I didn’t see any massive issue with the refereeing'
'The reality is that he's going to have to rebuild Ulster for the second time'
'It's a complete mess and a mess the IRFU have brought upon themselves'
'Lower expectations and some cold hard facts. They’ve probably under-delivered'
'Honestly, he probably deserves to start the quarter-final when they play Glasgow'
'Connacht, it’s just the nature of the thing, they have to take a punt on someone'
'What does that front row cost in terms of salary? You're looking at €1.5 million'
'There’s work to be done on growing the game where it’s really not on the radar at all'
'You could make the case that Ireland are the best Six Nations team ever'
'Farrell has been retired if you read the media, which is ridiculous'
Is Super Rugby's new 'Yellow Card Upgrade' system the answer?
Wales players 'looking at significant pay-cuts'
'You do look at it with a different lens when it's an Irish player'
Carbery in Catch-22 as Byrne and Crowley edge ahead in Ireland pecking order
'It's not being able to look him in the eye and say, 'We're going to build a team around you''
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'It'll be brilliant to watch how he's able to adapt and bring his skill set to the Chiefs'
'Character-wise, there's a massive question mark about that group now'
'The intensity that he brings definitely has a lifespan' - What next for Eddie Jones?
'He helps Munster get to places they have struggled to get without him'
'He's better off not taking it' - Should Warren Gatland return as Wales head coach?
'The Welsh regions can't sign players, they can't retain players. It's just a mess'
Based on November, who looks most primed to win next year's Rugby World Cup?
'Wallabies teams normally respond very well under extreme adversity'
'Ireland don't seem to have been impressed with what he has offered'
Will Connors on living with Jimmy O’Brien, and Ireland’s ‘brotherhood’