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# shape

This year
Aki in red-hot form after Farrell told him not to get too 'skinny' like 2019
The 33-year-old Ireland centre will win his 50th Ireland cap this weekend in Paris.
All time
The most encouraging passage of attack in Ireland's entire autumn campaign
The sequence leading to Duncan Taylor’s yellow card gave us a glimpse of what Ireland are trying to do.
Scanning, kicking, more playmakers, solid set-piece - Ireland's attack aims this autumn
Attack coach Mike Catt says teams ‘can’t just be one-dimensional anymore.’
Analysis: Wales and Ireland on similar journeys with 1-3-2-2 attack shape
Both teams are looking to provide greater threat with increased width.
Analysis: Japan's skillful 1-3-2-2 attack central to shock win over Ireland
The skill level and structure of the hosts’ attack has instilled a confidence in their players, writes analyst Eoin Toolan.
'It's a funny pic, it's just good fun' - Springboks in good shape for World Cup
Faf de Klerk is enjoying the freedom Jacques Nienaber has given him in defence.
Analysis: The most relevant Ireland try before Schmidt's men meet Wales
Ireland’s forwards passed the ball freely last weekend but Devin Toner’s effort stood out.
Analysis: Australia's 1-3-3-1 shape looking to drag England series back
Michael Cheika’s side are extremely difficult to defend against.
Analysis: Crusaders' classic shape allows individual skill to shine
We take a look at the Kiwis’ 2-4-2 shape, which has been adopted by Pat Lam’s Connacht.
Schmidt to ring changes for Romania after attacking progress in Cardiff
The Kiwi head coach had always planned to field a fresh XV for the second Pool D clash.
Analysis: Was Ireland's attack against England as weak as it seemed?
Joe Schmidt’s men coughed up an unacceptable amount of possession against England.
Analysis: Bath's polished diamond structure allows creativity to flourish
We take a look at one aspect of the attacking quality that brought Mike Ford’s side into the Premiership final.
Analysis: Jackman's Grenoble bringing French flair back to the Top 14
We use GIFs, screenshots and videos to examine the exciting attacking play of Grenoble so far this season.
Harvard scientists have found a new shape - it's in your phone cord
What took you so long, boffins?
This bionic hand can sense shape and texture
Amputee Dennis Aabo Sorenson said he could feel things with his new hand for the first time in nine years.
Irish artists team up with US peers to go back to black
What happens when you make art inspired by the colour black? You create weird, wonderful and breathtaking shapes, as these Irish artists show.