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# Analysis

This week
4th June 2023 - 9th June 2023
# Analysis
There was the Saudis or nothing. So the Saudis it will be for Rory McIlroy
There was tension in the air as Rory McIlroy arrived today at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto.
# talking point
Still no mention of elephant in the room as Man City close in on treble
As expected, Pep Guardiola’s men overcame United in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Abortion
Despite a free vote, no FF TDs and just one FG TD voted in favour of PBP's abortion bill
The spotlight will be on the soldiers of destiny as to whether they have learned lessons from the past.
# Analysis
The brilliant John Hodnett try that pushed Munster to URC glory
Every single Munster player had a part in the game-clinching score.
Last month
May 2023
# Analysis
Jostling between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is all about party identity and dismantling '#FFG'
Party positioning leads to budgetary tensions between coalition partners.
# Analysis
All-action Shane Daly has been one of Munster's brightest lights this season
The winger is enjoying his best campaign yet with his home province.
# Analysis
Leinster couldn't get out of their own half until it was too late
La Rochelle piled on the pressure in the second half of the Champions Cup final.
# Analysis
No Johnny, no problem? Ross Byrne faces biggest day of his career
Leinster head into today’s Champions Cup final without Johnny Sexton but Ross Byrne is in the form of his life.
# Analysis
Influential Danty brings power, pace and flair to La Rochelle backline
The centre is a key player on both sides of the ball for Ronan O’Gara’s side.
The ex-Munster man working with ROG and Ryan in La Rochelle
What have Leinster learned from their heartbreaks against La Rochelle?
# Analysis
Anatomy of a drop goal: How Munster created Crowley's winning kick
Leinster looked like they were on their way to victory until a late drive from Munster.
Bugler the best version of himself in Dublin's Leinster final landslide
The St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh man finished a huge shift with 1-3.
# Analysis
What have Leinster learned from their heartbreaks against La Rochelle?
Leo Cullen’s men have been beaten by Ronan O’Gara’s side for the last two seasons in a row.
April 2023
# Analysis
Devastating Ramos enjoying a season to savour with Toulouse
The fullback has been in scintillating form for club and country.
# talking point
Evan Ferguson better off ignoring Man United advances for now
The 18-year-old Irish striker has enjoyed a hugely impressive season with Brighton.
# talking point
Shades of Brentford debacle as Man United implode again
A disappointing display saw the Red Devils knocked out of Europe by Sevilla.
# Analysis
John Stones the architect who typified old-school values in one glorious minute
The Manchester City defender helped rouse his teammates from a second-half slumber as they progressed to Champions Legaue semi-final.
# talking point
Toothless Chelsea's €350 million worth of benchwarmers says it all
A season of chaos and excess for the English side effectively ended on a fitting note tonight.
# Analysis
Coombes levels up, POM's lineouts, Kleyn's grit, Healy's spiral
Munster delivered a brilliant third quarter to notch a landmark win against the Stormers.
# Analysis
The astonishing ineptitude of Premier League giants
Several high-profile English clubs have had poor seasons on and off the field.
# Large Humans
Leinster still have two imposing hurdles ahead in the Champions Cup
Toulouse and La Rochelle have the weapons to cause Leinster serious stress.
# Analysis
Ireland's 'different style of play' will serve them well at World Cup
Two defeats, but a hugely encouraging double-header for Vera Pauw’s side away to USA.
# Comment
Joy in her eyes, ice in her veins - Ireland debutant impresses against USA
Sinead Farrelly’s remarkable story continues in the green jersey.
# Analysis
Putting the ball on Lowry, finding grass - Leinster's kicking class against Ulster
Leo Cullen’s side are excellent with ball in hand but also have a finely-tuned kicking game.
# Analysis
Donn McClean: White Birch's Ballysax shock points to exciting prospects
John Murphy’s grey could have a major say among his three-year-old counterparts this season.
Opinion: After three years we still don't understand what remote work really is
Tracy Keogh of Grow Remote says we’re losing opportunities by not embracing remote working.
# Turned Over
Munster's self-inflicted wounds will hurt most after shipping 50 in Durban
Out of the Champions Cup, Munster now face another tough trip to South Africa in the URC.
March 2023
# Analysis
How instinctive, creative Antoine Frisch has become a key man for Munster
The France native has helped to transform the southern province’s attack this season.
Tom Clonan: Defence Forces are deeply misogynistic and an unsafe workplace for women and men
Today’s report is a profound indictment of the toxic workplace culture of Óglaigh na hÉireann, Tom Clonan writes.
# Analysis
3 winners and losers from Ireland's latest international window
Will Smallbone and others who impressed for Stephen Kenny’s side over the past few days.
# Analysis
Connacht's Blade pushing hard to break up Ireland's pecking order
The 28-year-old Monivea man showed his qualities once again in Galway last weekend.
# talking point
The biggest myth of the Stephen Kenny era was exposed last night
Ireland can no longer be considered all style and no substance, writes Paul Fennessy.
# clean sweep
Analysis: How did Ireland win the Grand Slam?
Discipline, kicking, attacking variety, and a deep squad were all important in the Irish success.
# player focus
Evan Ferguson the perfect symbol for Stephen Kenny’s youthful revolution
The Brighton teenager became Ireland’s youngest scorer since Robbie Keane after finding the net against Latvia this evening.
# Analysis
Kinsella on Rugby: How Ireland clinched the Grand Slam while playing below their standard
Players will know that the game against England never should have been as fraught as it became in the third quarter.
# Analysis
Sheehan's set-piece stunner, Conan's offload, and the Grand Slam-sealing tries
Ireland came up with some clinical scores when they needed them most.
# Analysis
Anthony Nash: Waterford not playing to strengths but Fitzgerald can find right formula
Deise have yet to marry talented players to a game plan that suits them.
# Analysis
'I don’t think we over-rely on going through 10 now' - Sexton on Ireland's attack
Andy Farrell’s team is more unpredictable because Sexton isn’t the only playmaker.
Tom Clonan: At a horrendous human cost, Putin is throwing the 'kitchen sink' at Bakhmut
The fall of the city – and its destruction – would be presented as a ‘victory’ for the Kremlin, security analyst Tom Clonan writes.
# Analysis
Shamrock Rovers need control to keep four-in-a-row hopes alive
Stephen Bradley’s side without a win in their first four games and manner of goals conceded indicative of wider issue.
Oakeshott and Hancock: Betraying a confidential source damages journalism
University professor questions whether the actions of Isabel Oakeshott will put others off acting as sources or whistleblowers.