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# analysis - Saturday 1 July, 2017

Rumours of the Lions' future demise proven to be very premature

This was a huge game for the touring side, whose future had been strongly questioned.

# analysis - Friday 30 June, 2017

Analysis: The key areas for the Lions if they are to win in Wellington

We’ve looked at the areas where Warren Gatland’s side need to be better against the All Blacks.

# analysis - Tuesday 27 June, 2017

The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan looks ahead to the Lions' second test against the All Blacks Analysis This post contains videos

The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan looks ahead to the Lions' second test against the All Blacks

Eddie O’Sullivan was one of the coaches the last time the Lions toured New Zealand, in 2005.

# analysis - Monday 26 June, 2017

Analysis: Big moments decide big games and the Lions came up short

The tourists’ inability to finish chances early in the first half was pivotal in the first Test.

# analysis - Sunday 25 June, 2017

Analysis: All Blacks show a brutal edge the Lions were sorely lacking

The tourists must up the ante when it comes to the contact in Test two.

# analysis - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Worryingly for the Lions, the All Blacks are only likely to get better

Warren Gatland’s men came out of the breakdown battle poorly.

From Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight Analysis

Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight

The Commissioner faced a gruelling session at the Public Accounts Committee this week but she let TDs know she is not going anywhere.

Analysis: What will the first Test between the Lions and All Blacks look like?

Murray Kinsella takes a look at the key areas in today’s clash at Eden Park.

# analysis - Monday 19 June, 2017

Analysis: Cork's diagonal ball weapon, more superb defending, 11-week break hurts Waterford

I wondered if Cork’s performance against Tipp was a one-off but they improved even more to see off Waterford.

# analysis - Saturday 17 June, 2017

Ex-professionals impress for Kildare, strength of Cian O'Neill's bench and Meath head for the backdoor

We run through 5 talking points after Kildare’s Leinster semi-final win over Meath today.

# analysis - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

How Daryl Murphy put aside bad news at club level to produce his most influential display in a green jersey

The Newcastle star made a big impact after being introduced in the second half against Austria.

# analysis - Monday 12 June, 2017

Analysis: Wexford in bullying mode, Kilkenny attack doesn't function, Lee Chin the leader

Wexford asked the majority of the questions, and had the answers when required, against the Cats at Innovate Wexford Park.

Ireland change a winning formula - and almost pay for it

The Boys in Green escaped with a draw against Austria after a dire first-half performance.

# analysis - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Analysis: How Ireland are becoming the Leicester City of international football Strategy This post contains videos

Analysis: How Ireland are becoming the Leicester City of international football

The Boys in Green have increasingly been embracing counter-attacking football of late.

# analysis - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Analysis: The Lions backs need to find their clinical edge rapidly

While the forwards were impressive against the Blues, the backs have work to do.

# analysis - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Lions get their own taste of 'rugby chaos' and more talking points from Auckland

Plus, a lack of discipline costs the tourists and the brilliance of Sonny Bill Williams.

# analysis - Monday 5 June, 2017

Analysis: Clare emerge as All-Ireland contenders but Limerick must rethink strategy

Clare varied their play very well yesterday but Limerick would profit from a more consistent, direct approach.

Ridiculed by his own fans at club level, Cyrus Christie responds in the best possible way

After taking some flak from Derby’s supporters, the Irish full-back performed excellently against Uruguay last night.

# analysis - Sunday 4 June, 2017

Analysis: Faletau sets the Lions standard that CJ Stander has to match

The Welsh number eight was outstanding against the NZ Provincial Barbarians.

Will Ireland rue omitting in-form Cork star Sean Maguire?

Plus, why Stephen Quinn epitomises the Irish team’s spirit.

# analysis - Friday 2 June, 2017

Ireland's limitations brutally exposed by electric Mexicans

Is this the last we will see of Martin O’Neill’s 3-5-2 experiment and other talking points.

# analysis - Thursday 1 June, 2017

Was James McClean right to make his controversial comments?

Plus, former League duo set for momentous day and other Ireland-Mexico talking points.

Kavanagh tips Holloway to defeat Aldo 'convincingly' this weekend

The pair will meet in a featherweight title unification bout in the main event at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro.

# analysis - Monday 29 May, 2017

Analysis: Men against boys as Galway devour Dublin to confirm All-Ireland hurling credentials

This was impressive stuff from Galway but Dublin were desperately poor and naive in Tullamore.

# analysis - Sunday 28 May, 2017

5 talking points ahead of Dublin's Leinster SHC quarter-final showdown with Galway

The sides meet at O’Connor Park at 4pm.

# analysis - Wednesday 24 May, 2017

United deliver performance their city can be proud of and more Europa League talking points

Plus, why Marouane Fellaini has been the unsung hero in this Europa League campaign

# analysis - Monday 22 May, 2017

Analysis: Nash the catalyst as Cork's Rebel rising too much for a Tipp team lacking aggression

Cork’s defending and use of possession was much improved compared to last year’s meeting between the counties.

Zebo's sensational try shows Munster's attacking confidence is growing

Peter O’Mahony and the forwards enjoyed watching their backline rip the Ospreys apart.

# analysis - Sunday 21 May, 2017

Is it time for Wenger to go and more Premier League final day talking points

Plus, is Tottenham star Harry Kane the best striker in the Premier League?

# analysis - Friday 19 May, 2017

Judgement day for Liverpool and more Premier League talking points

Meanwhile, ‘one of the world’s best’ Harry Kane is set to claim the Golden Boot.

# analysis - Thursday 11 May, 2017

Fear-driven Man United stumble over the line and other Europa League talking points Analysis This post contains videos

Fear-driven Man United stumble over the line and other Europa League talking points

Plus, why the Red Devils should be wary of 19-year-old Ajax starlet Kasper Dolberg.

# analysis - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

Has Isco supplanted Gareth Bale and more Champions League talking points

Plus, is Gianluigi Buffon the greatest goalkeeper ever?

Schmidt's Ireland get negotiable RWC19 pool but demanding quarter-final awaits

New Zealand or South Africa are the likely opponents if Ireland get through their pool.

# analysis - Monday 8 May, 2017

The kick pass is king and Beauden Barrett is king of the kick pass

The Lions better watch out.

# analysis - Sunday 7 May, 2017

Did Tottenham 'bottle' it and more Premier League talking points

Plus, will Jose Mourinho regret his bold move following Man United’s loss to Arsenal?

# analysis - Friday 5 May, 2017

Big games in the race for the title and survival and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can take a big step towards Champions League qualification.

# analysis - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Juventus' remarkable defensive stat and more Champions League talking points

Plus, why Cristiano Ronaldo deserves more respect from Real Madrid fans.

# analysis - Monday 1 May, 2017

Man United make history in bittersweet fashion and more Premier League talking points

Plus, could Tottenham dominate English football in years to come?

# analysis - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Analysis: 4 minutes that sum up Saracens' brilliance against Munster

In an utterly absorbing passage of play, Saracens killed off the Champions Cup semi-final.