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    Round 11

    Kings could have been penalised for other offenses earlier in the game, but that yellow card was daft. Cloete was asking for that elbow.
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    [2020 Six Nations] Ireland vs Scotland (01/02/20)

    I thought he was Ireland's best player by some distance. One of the only positives from the game is that he finally seems to be finding some form again. If Hogg hadn't dropped the ball over the line, that likely would have been a draw, and Scotland would have deserved the draw. Bad start to the...
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    [2020 Six Nations] Ireland vs Scotland (01/02/20)

    When is this ref going to give a yellow? Getting a bit ridiculous. Doubt it would even make a big difference to the game at this point. Both teams look completely incapable of scoring.
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    Champions Cup 2019/2020: Pool 4

    This loss is gonna be pretty sick based on the tries scored by Racing. Much as they've looked worth 2 tries.
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    Champions Cup 2019/2020: Pool 4

    JOD was one of the silver linings of that match. Hope to see a lot more of him this season. He should be in the conversation for our starting 15 at this point.
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    Champions Cup 2019/2020: Pool 4

    Outside of a massive surprise performance away in France or England, it feels like Munster are probably not making it out of the pool at this stage. I like what they're trying to add to their game at the moment, but it's too soon. They needed a win today, but Saracens came away with the bonus...
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    Champions Cup 2019/2020: Pool 4

    They're just disoriented by the Saracen's interpretation of the offside line.
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    [RWC2019][Quarter-Final 2] New Zealand vs. Ireland (19/10/2019)

    I was despondent after the loss to Argentina in 2015, but I'm relatively at peace this time around. I was hoping for a big performance, and I thought we had a shot if we started well. But I've had a feeling for months now that it would be another early exit. We've felt like a team in decline...
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    [RWC2019][Pool B] Round 3 - Ireland vs. Russia (03/10/2019)

    I'd guess that Schmidt is getting Sexton some captaining experience just in case he's needed for the role later in the tournament. There's no guarantee the way things are going that Best or O'Mahony would start in a knock-out game. Sexton would be the most obvious choice for captain in the...
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    [RWC2019][Pool A] Round 2 - Japan vs. Ireland (28/09/2019)

    Sexton not being on the field can't be an excuse for us anymore. He's been prone to knocks for years now. There was always a very high possibility that he wouldn't make one of our important games in the World Cup. The team should be able to function well without him. And honestly, I don't know...
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    [RWC2019][Pool A] Round 2 - Japan vs. Ireland (28/09/2019)

    Spot on. I feel like referees are constantly under pressure to call the games in a way that leads to more "free flowing" rugby, but it makes a mockery of the rules. And in the long run it does the game more harm than good. The best way to create more free flowing rugby in the long run isn't to...
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    [RWC2019][Pool A] Round 2 - Japan vs. Ireland (28/09/2019)

    Much as I don't relish the idea of facing New Zealand in the quarter finals, after our last few encounters it would be an awesome fixture for the quarter finals. And if the other quarter final was Japan against South Africa in a rematch from their famous pool game in 2015 ... this half of the...
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    [RWC2019][Pool B] Round 1 - New Zealand vs. South Africa (21/09/2019)

    Very frustrating watching the ref let all the marginal infringements slide for the All Blacks, but calling out every little thing for the Boks.
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    [RWC2019][Pool A] Round 1 - Ireland vs. Scotland (22/09/2019)

    If that ends up being the team, I reckon we'd be better off if Larmour and Conway switch positions.
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    [RWC19 Warm-Up] - Wales vs. Ireland

    Ireland don't really do landslides, even at our best. Not against decent teams. Our brand of rugby is more conservative.
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    [RWC19 Warm-Up] - Wales vs. Ireland

    Wish play would exit the Welsh 22, so we'd have a shot at seeing another try.
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    [RWC19 Warm-Up] - Wales vs. Ireland

    Did the commentator on Channel 4 just say that Aki has been at the centre of everything positive Ireland has been doing?
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    [RWC19 Warm-Up] - Wales vs. Ireland

    Aki not doing himself any favours here. Farrell has to be ahead of him in the pecking order by now.
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    Poll - Who will win the Rugby World Cup 2019 ?

    I went for the Springboks. New Zealand feel vulnerable right now, and the Boks are heading into the tournament with great momentum. I'm actually hoping that Ireland end up against the All Blacks in the quarter finals, which I also suspect is what will happen. I think we'll just about manage to...
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    Ireland World Cup 2019 Thread aka "Quarter Final 4"

    Some players have performed worse than others this year, and personnel changes are needed, but I maintain that there has to be some problems with the game plan if everybody is under-performing. And almost everybody did against England, and for our key defeats in the Six Nations. It's hard to...
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