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End of Season Report Card

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
16 Jun 2015

While last Saturday’s draw with the Scots arguably delivered the best display of the group, there was a grim inevitability about the conclusion.

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Season 2014/15 – The Provincial Report Card

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
1 Jun 2015

Irish Daily Mail Rugby Columnist, Hugh Farrelly, gives his end if season report card on our four proud Provinces – plenty to argue with as he grades each province, choses highlights and lowlights and picks his star players – #HaveYourSay with #RugbyMonday

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AFTER a disappointing day for Hull’s Irish contingent on Sunday, the Championship playoff final provided a welcome good news story for Martin O’Neill. Wes Hoolahan’s prominent role in Norwich’s defeat of Middlesbrough means that the 33-year-old will return to the top flight next season. In doing so, he demonstrated the qualities that convinced O’Neill he…

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Foley’s revolution sets up Munster for glory

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
25 May 2015

AS LEINSTER seek a new coach to replace Matt O’Connor, they will be acutely aware of the importance of finding someone who can tap into the province’s traditional strengths. If the next coach is looking for a successful policy template to follow, they could do worse than glance south, where Anthony Foley has overseen a gradual reaffirming of identity and effectiveness with Munster.

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The Second Coming of Keith Earls – this time it’s for real

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
18 May 2015

IT was the first game of the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa and there was a paltry attendance of 12,000 at the newly-built Bafokeng stadium in the sleepy town of Rustenberg when Ian McGeechan’s side ran out to take on a hastily assembled Royal XV. Included in the Lions midfield was 21-year-old Limerickman Keith…

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Robbie brady and his importance to the Irish team

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
12 May 2015

IN the heat of the relegation battle, a bad result at the wrong time can suddenly put a dramatically different slant on the league table. That’s certainly what happened the Irish contingent at Hull over the weekend as a home defeat to relegated Burnley and an undeserved win for Sunderland at Everton suddenly left the…

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ISA GAMBLE…BUT IT COULD BE JUST WHAT LEINSTER NEED

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
11 May 2015

LEINSTER’S troubled season effectively ended on a suitably flat note last Friday. The drab and difficult 10-0 win at home to Treviso secured their European Cup qualification and, although there is one more PRO12 fixture to fulfil away to Edinburgh, thoughts must already be turning to next season and how to ensure a consistent upturn…

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SATURDAY was a significant day for Shay Given

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
5 May 2015

SATURDAY was a significant day for Shay Given. After almost three years watching from the sidelines, the veteran sampled Premier League action again. Given’s last top flight outing came in a home game with Everton in August 2012 and, fittingly, the Toffees provided the opposition at Villa Park again as he returned to favour. This…

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Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
28 Apr 2015

JAMES McClean turned 26 last week, the stage of a career where a footballer can no longer really be classed as a youngster or a player for the future. He didn’t really have much cause for celebration from a work perspective seeing as his weekend dismissal in Wigan’s defeat to Wolves will end his contribution…

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Ulster and Henderson set for a storming finish

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
27 Apr 2015

IN SOME circles, he is affectionately known as ‘The Llama’ after the rather cuddly South American version of the camel. Not the most intimidating moniker for a rugby forward, by any stretch, but, when it comes to Ulster’s Iain Henderson, appearances can be extremely deceiving. His fresh face and ready smile belie a forward who…

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JACK GREALISH..THE STORY THAT CAN’T BE IGNORED.

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
21 Apr 2015

It is the story that cannot be ignored. Last September, this writer argued that Jack Grealish needed time and space to consider his international future. Putting pressure on him risked a fatigue that can be counterproductive. When the teenager drew attention to the Irish situation himself with a couple of vague shamrock-laden tweets and later…

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