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# expert-view - Wednesday 22 April, 2015

‘Ais Daly is among the UFC strawweight elite’ – John Kavanagh writes exclusively for The42

The latest column from Ireland’s top mixed martial arts coach.

# expert-view - Wednesday 8 April, 2015

# expert-view - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

‘Professional sport is not purely about performing, it’s about entertaining’

The latest from John Kavanagh, Ireland’s top MMA coach, in his exclusive column.

# expert-view - Thursday 22 January, 2015

‘Conor will stop Jose Aldo inside three rounds’ – John Kavanagh writes exclusively for

Ireland’s top MMA coach looks ahead to a big day in May.

# expert-view - Monday 12 January, 2015

‘I can’t see it going beyond 2 minutes’ – John Kavanagh writes exclusively for

Conor McGregor’s head coach joins our team of expert columnists ahead of UFC Boston.

# expert-view - Thursday 9 October, 2014

John Gardiner: ‘Ger was players’ choice for Cork boss after ’06, now he’s ideal fit for Dublin’’s hurling columnist on a busy night on the managerial front in Cork and Dublin.

# expert-view - Monday 29 September, 2014

John Gardiner: How Kilkenny’s defensive tweak trumped Tipp – and why the GAA needs pro refs’s resident hurling columnist gives his view on another All-Ireland triumph for the black and amber.

# expert-view - Saturday 27 September, 2014

Cody and Shefflin’s greatness continues but Tipperary can complete this replay task

John Gardiner takes a close look at hurling’s most celebrated partnership ahead of this evening’s All-Ireland final replay.

# expert-view - Monday 8 September, 2014

John Gardiner: The best final of a generation – but Tipp would rather replay on Saturday’s resident columnist weighs in with his thoughts as the dust settles on another Croke Park classic.

# expert-view - Saturday 30 August, 2014

Johnny Doyle column: Two mouth-watering clashes make for an unexpected August treat’s columnist looks ahead to the biggest footballing weekend of the summer.

# expert-view - Saturday 23 August, 2014

Johnny Doyle column: Streetwise Mayo, stopping O’Donoghue and Kerry’s selection’s Gaelic football columnist looks ahead to tomorrow’s big showdown in Croke Park.

# expert-view - Monday 18 August, 2014

John Gardiner column: ‘It was all too easy for Tipperary as Cork never turned up’’s hurling columnist looks back at yesterday’s showdown in Croke Park.

# expert-view - Saturday 16 August, 2014

John Gardiner column: Cork Tipp from Thurles ’91, Killarney ’04 to Croke Park tomorrow’s hurling columnist looks ahead to tomorrow’s big showdown.

# expert-view - Monday 11 August, 2014

John Gardiner column – Epic battle in rain leaves Limerick heartbroken as Kilkenny survive’s hurling columnist looks back on yesterday’s superb battle in Croke Park.

# expert-view - Monday 4 August, 2014

Johnny Doyle: Time-keeping controversy, Kerry’s attacking star and Kildare exit’s columnist looks back on the weekend’s Gaelic football action.

# expert-view - Monday 28 July, 2014

John Gardiner – Daly’s future, Wexford’s exit while Limerick and Tipperary march on’s hurling columnist looks back at yesterday’s showdowns in Thurles.

# expert-view - Thursday 10 July, 2014

Counter-attacking and basic skills the keys to Prendergast’s philosophy

Grenoble’s new backs coach outlines his areas of focus ahead of the Top 14 season.

# expert-view - Monday 30 June, 2014

Johnny Doyle – Kildare disappoint, Meath impress and Dublin continue to dominate’s Gaelic football columnist looks back at yesterday’s Leinster semi-final action.

# expert-view - Monday 16 June, 2014

John Gardiner: Cork are flying after Clare’s tactics backfire on a Semple day of frees’s hurling columnist was also impressed with the Dubs on Saturday night.

# expert-view - Monday 9 June, 2014

Johnny Doyle: ‘When the Kildare team ran out onto Croke Park, I must admit I was a bit emotional’’s new Gaelic football columnist on watching Kildare in action for the first time since retiring.

John Gardiner: Cork and Kilkenny issue statements of intent while Offaly hit rock bottom’s columnist was hugely impressed by the Rebels and the Cats over the weekend.

# expert-view - Monday 2 June, 2014

John Gardiner: Limerick’s siege mentality, pressure on Tipp and Laois close to shock’s hurling columnist gives his take on yesterday’s drama in Thurles.

# expert-view - Monday 26 May, 2014

John Gardiner: Cork off the early pace, Cadogan just like Deane and Waterford’s tactics’s new hurling columnist looks back at yesterday’s thrilling draw in Thurles.

# expert-view - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Scotland looking to ‘steel’ of pack for Six Nations opener in Dublin

Scottish rugby expert David Ferguson gave us some insight into Scott Johnson’s squad ahead of the Ireland clash.

# expert-view - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Daithi Regan’s key duel: Shane O’Neill v Darach Honan’s hurling columnist looks at the key duel in today’s game.

# expert-view - Friday 27 September, 2013

Daithi Regan: ‘It’s still an All-Ireland final and once it starts, nothing else will matter’’s hurling columnist looks ahead to tomorrow’s final replay.

# expert-view - Monday 23 September, 2013

Conor Deegan: All-Ireland was a dogfight, and the Dubs fought harder

Mayo had the opportunities to win yesterday, but they froze and played a different brand of football than they’re used to.

# expert-view - Friday 20 September, 2013

Conor Deegan: ‘The best two teams in 2013 have reached the biggest day’’s Gaelic football columnist looks ahead to Sunday’s showdown.

# expert-view - Monday 9 September, 2013

Daithi Regan: ‘I’ve never seen anything to match yesterday’s finale’’s hurling columnist reviews Cork and Clare’s showdown in Croke Park.

# expert-view - Friday 6 September, 2013

Daithi Regan: ‘When JBM’s and Davy’s teams collide, it will be fascinating’’s hurling columnist looks ahead to Sunday’s clash in Croke Park.

# expert-view - Monday 2 September, 2013

Conor Deegan: ‘The two best teams are left standing — but there are big question marks over Dublin and Mayo’

After “one of the all-time great games,” Conor Deegan analyses Dublin’s performance and what they need to work on.

# expert-view - Monday 26 August, 2013

Conor Deegan: ‘We have to believe that Mayo are now a different animal’’s Gaelic football columnist looks back at yesterday’s action in Croke Park.

# expert-view - Monday 5 August, 2013

Conor Deegan: ‘One of those surreal days when everything Mayo touched turned to gold’’s columnist reviews the weekend’s Gaelic football action.

# expert-view - Sunday 19 May, 2013

Lions coming to Australia to strangle the creative Wallaby spirit: Bob Dwyer

The World Cup-winning coach believes current boss Robbie Deans should have selected Quade Cooper in his 25-man squad.

# expert-view - Monday 29 April, 2013

Conor Deegan: Dublin not at their best, but tight game will improve them’s gaelic football columnist reflects on this weekend’s league finals.

# expert-view - Monday 25 February, 2013

Daithi Regan: ‘Tipperary were atrocious and there was no pattern to their play’’s hurling analyst on Tipperary’s struggles, the step up for Clare and Galway’s attacking show after the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League.

# expert-view - Monday 4 February, 2013

Conor Deegan: ‘There’s no point in panicking at this time of the season’’s Gaelic football columnist on early disappointments for Cork and Kerry, Donegal’s lack of match fitness and Kildare’s youngsters catching the eye.

# expert-view - Friday 1 February, 2013

6 Nations, 7 questions: Shane Horgan gives us his expert opinion

We asked the legend of the wing for his considered analysis of this year’s Championsip… and he didn’t hold back.

# expert-view - Thursday 31 January, 2013

Shane Byrne: Last-chance Kidney has thrown everything at 6 Nations bid

The former Ireland international believes the form of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy is crucial to Irish chances.

# expert-view - Friday 11 January, 2013

Conor Deegan: ‘Here is a young player who is passionate about the GAA’’s Gaelic football columnist believes the talented Ciarán Kilkenny cannot be heaped with unrealistic expectations upon his return to Dublin.