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Form of exciting young guns makes for lengthy Munster selection meetings
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Form of exciting young guns makes for lengthy Munster selection meetings

Dec 10th 2020, 6:00 AM 10,158 Views 17 Comments

The likes of Craig Casey, Ben Healy, and Gavin Coombes have been putting their hands up.

O'Mahony 'a big moments player' for Ireland as Schmidt backs experience
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O'Mahony 'a big moments player' for Ireland as Schmidt backs experience

Oct 17th 2019, 9:45 AM 8,222 Views 58 Comments

The Ireland head coach said there were up to six tough selection calls in his team this week.

Toner set to miss out as Schmidt makes tough World Cup squad decisions
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Toner set to miss out as Schmidt makes tough World Cup squad decisions

Sep 2nd 2019, 9:52 AM 65,492 Views 130 Comments

Luke McGrath appears to have edged out Kieran Marmion in the scrum-half spots.

Te'o left out of England World Cup squad as uncapped McConnochie included
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Te'o left out of England World Cup squad as uncapped McConnochie included

Aug 12th 2019, 1:20 PM 11,565 Views 21 Comments

Eddie Jones has sprung a few surprises in his 31-man group.

Beirne set to start against Wales as O'Brien makes return for Ireland
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Beirne set to start against Wales as O'Brien makes return for Ireland

Mar 13th 2019, 10:00 AM 53,713 Views 86 Comments

The Munster second row could make his Six Nations debut in Cardiff on Saturday.

Henshaw's positional switch, Murray returns and more talking points
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Henshaw's positional switch, Murray returns and more talking points

Jan 31st 2019, 2:00 PM 32,856 Views 80 Comments

Joe Schmidt has named his first team of the 2019 Six Nations.

Schmidt's late decisions, Toner restored and more Ireland team talking points
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Schmidt's late decisions, Toner restored and more Ireland team talking points

Nov 15th 2018, 2:51 PM 11,975 Views 34 Comments

The head coach has reverted to the tried and trusted for the All Blacks clash.

Kearney and Ringrose back in the mix as Schmidt considers changes
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Kearney and Ringrose back in the mix as Schmidt considers changes

Nov 12th 2018, 6:15 AM 9,892 Views 40 Comments

The Ireland head coach has some big calls to make ahead of the All Blacks clash.

'Unfortunately certain calls went against us': JVG laments chalked-off Earls try
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'Unfortunately certain calls went against us': JVG laments chalked-off Earls try

Oct 6th 2018, 9:54 PM 14,431 Views 49 Comments

The Munster head coach called for consistency from officials as he reflected on his side’s inter-pro defeat to Leinster.

Ref review: How accurate were the big calls in Ireland's defeat to the Wallabies?
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Ref review: How accurate were the big calls in Ireland's defeat to the Wallabies?

Jun 14th 2018, 4:45 PM 19,801 Views 52 Comments

Marius van der Westhuizen had some big decisions to make in Brisbane.

Schmidt names Carbery at out-half as O'Mahony captains Ireland
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Schmidt names Carbery at out-half as O'Mahony captains Ireland

Jun 7th 2018, 6:59 AM 31,984 Views 84 Comments

Johnny Sexton is part of the Ireland bench for the first clash with the Wallabies.

Ref review: Were the big calls in the Champions Cup final correct?
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Ref review: Were the big calls in the Champions Cup final correct?

May 18th 2018, 8:06 PM 38,920 Views 35 Comments

We asked a current referee to review some of the incidents from Leinster’s narrow win over Racing.

Fit-again Ringrose available for the Kings, but Leinster wait to hear Schmidt's call
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Fit-again Ringrose available for the Kings, but Leinster wait to hear Schmidt's call

Feb 20th 2018, 6:30 AM 5,711 Views 5 Comments

The centre has been called into Ireland’s Six Nations squad, but it remains to be seen who he’ll line out for this weekend.

James Ryan set to start for Ireland as McGrath and Carbery make the bench
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James Ryan set to start for Ireland as McGrath and Carbery make the bench

Jan 31st 2018, 6:36 PM 40,945 Views 112 Comments

Josh van der Flier appears to have won the race to start on the openside.

'He has no boundaries in the way he thinks': Nacewa excited to take on Europe with Larmour
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'He has no boundaries in the way he thinks': Nacewa excited to take on Europe with Larmour

Jan 12th 2018, 3:28 PM 6,348 Views 12 Comments

The veteran Leinster skipper says team-mates feed off the 20-year-old’s positive approach.

Leinster facing big selection calls despite the loss of Ringrose and O'Brien for Glasgow
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Leinster facing big selection calls despite the loss of Ringrose and O'Brien for Glasgow

Jan 10th 2018, 7:30 AM 9,871 Views 17 Comments

Competition for places fierce in the backline, the back row and at loosehead where Cian Healy returns from suspension.

The Rugby Show: The winners and losers of the second test selections
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The Rugby Show: The winners and losers of the second test selections

Jun 29th 2017, 3:00 PM 15,545 Views 14 Comments

Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey discuss the latest team selections made by Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen ahead of the big game on Saturday.

Changes on the cards as Lions set to 'shake it up' with selection
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Changes on the cards as Lions set to 'shake it up' with selection

Jun 25th 2017, 10:00 PM 20,557 Views 38 Comments

Warren Gatland name-checked Maro Itoje and Sam Warburton as two possible inclusions.

Open thread: Pick your Lions team for Saturday's first Test against the All Blacks
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Open thread: Pick your Lions team for Saturday's first Test against the All Blacks

Jun 21st 2017, 9:30 AM 10,573 Views 30 Comments

Warren Gatland names his starting XV later.

Gatland given last-minute food for thought in the Lions' back three
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Gatland given last-minute food for thought in the Lions' back three

Jun 20th 2017, 10:00 PM 13,989 Views 9 Comments

Elliot Daly is an interesting option for the left wing but George North has pedigree.

Test team takes shape but a handful of huge calls ahead for Gatland
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Test team takes shape but a handful of huge calls ahead for Gatland

Jun 19th 2017, 6:10 AM 16,131 Views 27 Comments

The Lions’ second row, back row, midfield and left wing selections will be fascinating.

Carter and O'Gara make the case for 'world class' O'Brien to start first Test
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Carter and O'Gara make the case for 'world class' O'Brien to start first Test

Jun 15th 2017, 7:30 AM 12,235 Views 11 Comments

The Ireland and Leinster flanker is pushing for selection for Auckland, and both Dan Carter and Ronan O’Gara feel he should be a starter.

Test favourites emerging but back three a major concern for the Lions
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Test favourites emerging but back three a major concern for the Lions

Jun 13th 2017, 7:00 PM 30,216 Views 29 Comments

Murray Kinsella picks his Lions squad for the opening Test against the All Blacks.

'We're under the hammer' - Big selection calls for Ireland before France test
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'We're under the hammer' - Big selection calls for Ireland before France test

Feb 18th 2017, 8:15 AM 10,168 Views 19 Comments

Joe Schmidt is pleased to see his forwards looking more comfortable when passing the ball.

Roux set for Ireland debut as Schmidt makes five changes for second Test
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Roux set for Ireland debut as Schmidt makes five changes for second Test

Jun 16th 2016, 1:15 PM 35,432 Views 61 Comments

Craig Gilroy, Stuart Olding, Tadhg Furlong and Rhys Ruddock all start for Ireland.

'I know people question decisions I make, but I guarantee I question them more'
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'I know people question decisions I make, but I guarantee I question them more'

Mar 12th 2016, 8:30 PM 9,666 Views 41 Comments

Joe Schmidt is already looking towards next weekend’s clash with Scotland.

Schmidt set to start Toner and Healy as Earls misses out for France clash
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Schmidt set to start Toner and Healy as Earls misses out for France clash

Oct 8th 2015, 10:02 PM 27,946 Views 204 Comments

The Ireland head coach looks likely to back Dave Kearney and Tommy Bowe as his wings.

Trimble to miss out on World Cup as Schmidt includes Furlong and Cave
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Trimble to miss out on World Cup as Schmidt includes Furlong and Cave

Aug 31st 2015, 5:33 PM 58,095 Views 191 Comments

The42 understands that Ireland have opted for three tighthead props and only two scrum-halves.

No place for Shefflin as Kilkenny make three changes for Saturday's replay
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No place for Shefflin as Kilkenny make three changes for Saturday's replay

Sep 25th 2014, 8:33 PM 23,767 Views 54 Comments

Walter Walsh is out but it is John Power who gets the nod to return to the side.

Cruden returns for All Blacks as South Africa go for novice out-half
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Cruden returns for All Blacks as South Africa go for novice out-half

Sep 10th 2014, 7:37 PM 4,823 Views 4 Comments

Handre Pollard will win his fourth South African cap at out-half this Saturday.

7 of the best, worst and most bewildering Lions squad decisions
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7 of the best, worst and most bewildering Lions squad decisions

Apr 30th 2013, 3:13 PM 26,749 Views 67 Comments

Selecting Sam Warburton is a smart move but where are Best, Robshaw and Visser?