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Happy days: Sexton congratulates Bowe

Accent on youth reinvigorates Ireland

ON 31st July 2010 a young Ulsterman scored the first try in a challenge match to mark the opening of the Aviva Stadium. Another reporter turned to me and said…

Scott Williams

Wales v New Zealand: Five things we learned

WALES HAVE once again become one of those teams that takes positives from defeats against the world’s best. This time last year that wasn’t the case. Wales were a team…

World-class: Fernandez Lobbe

Ireland v Argentina: The Preview

A MUCH improved Argentina went to Cardiff a fortnight ago and deservedly beat a faltering Wales 26-12 so Ireland have no excuses for getting caught cold. They know they need…

Key man: Robshaw leads from the front

Lions watch: Movers and shakers for Australia 2013

HANGING-OFF cliff faces, dodging bullets and zip-wiring down air vents may seem like a Mission Impossible, but even Ethan Hunt would think twice about taking on Warren Gatland's Lions coaching…

Worth a shot: Chris Henry

Debate: Is it time to rethink Ireland’s backrow?

IN 21st century Test rugby, superstars play at No 7. Richie McCaw, David Pocock and Sam Warburton have all been heralded, with Michael Hooper, after his performance against England, set…

Luke Marshall

Ireland XV v Fiji: What did we learn?

AN EXPERIMENTAL Ireland XV convincingly swept aside Fiji 53-0 on a damp, and blustery Saturday evening in Limerick. So far, so good, yet the game lacked Test match intensity. This…

Hands off: Visser tries to escape Pienaar

Scots fail by playing Springbok games

SOMETHING WAS wrong. It did not sit right. Scotland were heading into a game off the back of a colossal All Black drubbing and they were...confident. While South Africa sent…

Leader: Robshaw was shackled by Aussies

England 14-20 Australia: The Verdict

ENGLAND WENT into this Test against a supposedly dispirited Wallaby squad full of confidence. Sadly, when the whistle went, the roles had been reversed, with England, not so regal, in…

jamie roberts wales

Wales v Samoa: Five things we learned

I READ a lot of stat sheets prior to writing these articles. But the reason for Samoa’s win against Wales won’t be found on any of them. You can’t measure…