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# big-issues - Sunday 14 February, 2021

The talking points ahead of today’s crunch Ireland -France test
# Big Issues
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# Big Issues

The talking points ahead of today’s crunch Ireland -France test

Updated Feb 14th 2021, 12:11 PM 19,158 Views 15 Comments

Ireland’s season is on the line today – and coach Andy Farrell knows it.

# big-issues - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Covid-19 committee to invite CMO Tony Holohan and HSE boss Paul Reid to appear next week
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Covid-19 committee to invite CMO Tony Holohan and HSE boss Paul Reid to appear next week

Updated May 12th 2020, 4:50 PM 23,568 Views 41 Comments

Nursing home care during the pandemic will be a key focus of the committee.

# big-issues - Saturday 24 February, 2018

Farrell outstanding, Ireland's depth delivers and a huge effort from the pack
# Analysis
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# Analysis

Farrell outstanding, Ireland's depth delivers and a huge effort from the pack

Feb 24th 2018, 5:02 PM 14,601 Views 48 Comments

Joe Schmidt will pick out the flaws in his team’s display but there were many positives.

# big-issues - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

Gatland's surprises, POM's honour, Itoje unlucky and more Lions talking points
# Big Issues
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# Big Issues

Gatland's surprises, POM's honour, Itoje unlucky and more Lions talking points

Jun 21st 2017, 9:35 PM 18,212 Views 18 Comments

Ben Te’o and Jamie George have only one Test start between them but their rise continues.

# big-issues - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking points
# Opener
From The42
# Opener

Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking points

May 31st 2017, 9:17 PM 14,830 Views 13 Comments

The quality of the Lions’ bench to face the NZ Provincial Barbarians indicates their depth.

# big-issues - Saturday 27 May, 2017

Brilliant Beirne, Erasmus' big question and more Pro12 final talking points
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Brilliant Beirne, Erasmus' big question and more Pro12 final talking points

May 27th 2017, 9:33 PM 13,211 Views 16 Comments

The Scarlets were brilliant in attack, while Munster’s defence fell apart.

# big-issues - Friday 31 March, 2017

Leavy gets the nod, Murray's fitness, and more Champions Cup talking points
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Leavy gets the nod, Murray's fitness, and more Champions Cup talking points

Mar 31st 2017, 1:55 PM 7,986 Views 1 Comment

We reflect on the team news ahead of Munster and Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-finals

# big-issues - Friday 10 March, 2017

Missed chances, the Welsh backlash and more talking points from Cardiff
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Missed chances, the Welsh backlash and more talking points from Cardiff

Mar 10th 2017, 11:04 PM 13,279 Views 81 Comments

Wales had more of the big individual performers on a desperately disappointing night for Ireland.

# big-issues - Saturday 19 November, 2016

Ireland can't convert, key men lost, and the match officials in limelight
# Talking Points
From The42
# Talking Points

Ireland can't convert, key men lost, and the match officials in limelight

Nov 19th 2016, 9:36 PM 47,884 Views 91 Comments

There were positives in the performances of Garry Ringrose and Josh van der Flier off the bench.

# big-issues - Saturday 12 November, 2016

Eight new caps, Dillane's impression and selection calls for Schmidt
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Eight new caps, Dillane's impression and selection calls for Schmidt

Nov 12th 2016, 10:21 PM 11,927 Views 17 Comments

Connacht fullback Tiernan O’Halloran was very impressive for Ireland.

# big-issues - Wednesday 9 November, 2016

Marijuana, assisted suicide, gun control - there was a lot on the table for US voters in this election
# Big Issues
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Marijuana, assisted suicide, gun control - there was a lot on the table for US voters in this election

Nov 9th 2016, 7:21 AM 11,025 Views 3 Comments

There was more than just the presidency at stake in yesterday’s vote.

# big-issues - Saturday 25 June, 2016

Missed chance and chances, red and more talking points from Ireland's defeat
# Big Issues
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# Big Issues

Missed chance and chances, red and more talking points from Ireland's defeat

Jun 25th 2016, 6:38 PM 7,649 Views 12 Comments

Ireland will feel they missed their best-ever chance to win a series in South Africa.

# big-issues - Saturday 19 March, 2016

Back row dominant, defensive work-ons and more Ireland talking points
# Big Issues
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# Big Issues

Back row dominant, defensive work-ons and more Ireland talking points

Mar 19th 2016, 9:07 PM 29,224 Views 45 Comments

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray looked classy for long periods of the game.

# big-issues - Sunday 7 February, 2016

Six Nations drama, Schmidt's hard-hitting wings and more Ireland talking points
# All Even
From The42
# All Even

Six Nations drama, Schmidt's hard-hitting wings and more Ireland talking points

Feb 7th 2016, 8:00 PM 40,516 Views 72 Comments

Ireland will pick out missed chances in their draw with Wales in Dublin.

# big-issues - Saturday 23 January, 2016

Payne's class at 15, clever strike plays and more Ulster talking points
# On Form
From The42
# On Form

Payne's class at 15, clever strike plays and more Ulster talking points

Jan 23rd 2016, 3:15 PM 8,022 Views 9 Comments

Ulster must now wait on other results in Europe.

# big-issues - Saturday 9 January, 2016

A new low for Munster, Axel under pressure and more Paris talking points
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

A new low for Munster, Axel under pressure and more Paris talking points

Jan 9th 2016, 9:07 PM 21,109 Views 97 Comments

Stade Français scored three tries to end the province’s Champions Cup campaign.

# big-issues - Sunday 13 December, 2015

Costly mistakes, unhappy Munster fans and more Thomond Park talking points
# Big Issues
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# Big Issues

Costly mistakes, unhappy Munster fans and more Thomond Park talking points

Dec 13th 2015, 12:08 AM 16,200 Views 39 Comments

Munster gave up three incredibly soft tries.

# big-issues - Saturday 21 November, 2015

World Cup hangovers linger and more talking points from Leinster's defeat
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

World Cup hangovers linger and more talking points from Leinster's defeat

Nov 21st 2015, 8:55 PM 31,647 Views 55 Comments

It was another disappointing day for Leo Cullen’s men in Europe.

# big-issues - Friday 16 October, 2015

Murphy gets nod at 6, Healy retained and more Ireland XV talking points
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Murphy gets nod at 6, Healy retained and more Ireland XV talking points

Oct 16th 2015, 1:22 PM 20,171 Views 15 Comments

Jamie Heaslip and the other leaders must stand up, while Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls are fit.

# big-issues - Saturday 19 September, 2015

Sexton shines, Ireland unleash and more talking points from Cardiff
# Slick Start
From The42
# Slick Start

Sexton shines, Ireland unleash and more talking points from Cardiff

Sep 19th 2015, 4:25 PM 26,909 Views 54 Comments

Joe Schmidt will pick out flaws, but this was a promising opening performance from Ireland.

# big-issues - Saturday 5 September, 2015

Kearney is a World Cup starter and more talking points from Ireland's loss
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Kearney is a World Cup starter and more talking points from Ireland's loss

Sep 5th 2015, 5:46 PM 16,654 Views 44 Comments

England ruled the skies and bossed the breakdown, while Ireland showed signs of their game plan.

# big-issues - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

Ulster duo back in green, Madigan at 10 and more Ireland XV talking points
# Baa-Baas
From The42
# Baa-Baas

Ulster duo back in green, Madigan at 10 and more Ireland XV talking points

May 27th 2015, 1:14 PM 8,906 Views 11 Comments

There are two uncapped Leinster men starting against Robbie Deans’ side.

# big-issues - Saturday 23 May, 2015

5 talking points after Munster come through Pro12 semi-final thriller
# High Drama
From The42
# High Drama

5 talking points after Munster come through Pro12 semi-final thriller

May 23rd 2015, 5:48 PM 7,456 Views 12 Comments

Paulie’s goodbye, Keatley’s wobbles and more of the big issues from Thomond Park.

# big-issues - Saturday 16 May, 2015

An all-Irish Pro12 decider still possible and more final day talking points
# Final Four
From The42
# Final Four

An all-Irish Pro12 decider still possible and more final day talking points

May 16th 2015, 5:53 PM 14,338 Views 4 Comments

The provinces helped each other out on a nail-biting last round of regular season fixtures.

# big-issues - Saturday 2 May, 2015

Toulon's growing dominance and more Champions Cup talking points
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Toulon's growing dominance and more Champions Cup talking points

May 2nd 2015, 7:29 PM 5,256 Views 7 Comments

Drew Mitchell’s second-half try was sublime, while both sides now look to the Top 14.

# big-issues - Saturday 18 April, 2015

King James and more talking points as Saracens fall short against Clermont
# Plus Fort
From The42
# Plus Fort

King James and more talking points as Saracens fall short against Clermont

Apr 18th 2015, 5:51 PM 6,946 Views 6 Comments

Vunipola’s power, Clermont frailties, the Saracens counter attack and an atmosphere for the ages.

# big-issues - Saturday 11 April, 2015

Aki's non-try and more talking points after Connacht lose to Ulster
# Error Count
From The42
# Error Count

Aki's non-try and more talking points after Connacht lose to Ulster

Apr 11th 2015, 5:49 PM 7,004 Views 18 Comments

International quality, Ulster’s ruthlessness, Connacht’s errors and the losing bonus point.

# big-issues - Saturday 4 April, 2015

Scrum power and more talking points from Leinster's win over Bath
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Scrum power and more talking points from Leinster's win over Bath

Apr 4th 2015, 5:54 PM 9,937 Views 16 Comments

Bath’s attacking approach, Watson’s yellow card costly, Madigan’s kicking and Leinster’s performance.

# big-issues - Saturday 21 March, 2015

Brilliant O'Brien and more talking points from Ireland's big win in Scotland
# Impressive
From The42
# Impressive

Brilliant O'Brien and more talking points from Ireland's big win in Scotland

Mar 21st 2015, 4:48 PM 26,402 Views 42 Comments

Fitter leaders, the backline thriving, England’s task and attack on top.

# big-issues - Thursday 19 March, 2015

Healy unleashed and more talking points from Ireland's team for Scotland
# Large And In Charge
From The42
# Large And In Charge

Healy unleashed and more talking points from Ireland's team for Scotland

Mar 19th 2015, 1:55 PM 23,595 Views 39 Comments

Zebo misses out, Joe’s ideal XV, consistency on the bench and the returning Lukey Fitz.

# big-issues - Saturday 14 March, 2015

6 talking points after Ireland suffer defeat to Warren Gatland's Wales
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

6 talking points after Ireland suffer defeat to Warren Gatland's Wales

Mar 14th 2015, 5:03 PM 13,786 Views 54 Comments

The lineout failings, the Welsh defence, Wayne Barnes and an attack that couldn’t get over the line.

# big-issues - Friday 27 February, 2015

Healy held back and more talking points from Ireland's XV for England
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Healy held back and more talking points from Ireland's XV for England

Feb 27th 2015, 3:00 PM 17,158 Views 15 Comments

There’s no change at 23, while Jordi Murphy starts his second game of the championship.

# big-issues - Saturday 7 February, 2015

5 talking points after Joe Schmidt's Ireland beat Italy in Rome
# Winning Start
From The42
# Winning Start

5 talking points after Joe Schmidt's Ireland beat Italy in Rome

Feb 7th 2015, 5:03 PM 28,391 Views 51 Comments

The game plan, Ian Keatley, Ireland’s centres, scope for improvement and a patched-together back row.

# big-issues - Thursday 29 January, 2015

The return of SOB and more talking points from the Wolfhounds team
# Schmidt's Contenders
From The42
# Schmidt's Contenders

The return of SOB and more talking points from the Wolfhounds team

Jan 29th 2015, 1:43 PM 8,410 Views 26 Comments

Madigan’s audition at 10, Lukey Fitz on the left wing, front row power and a strong Saxons selection.

# big-issues - Sunday 25 January, 2015

5 talking points after Anthony Foley's Munster hammer Sale
# Nine Tries
From The42
# Nine Tries

5 talking points after Anthony Foley's Munster hammer Sale

Jan 25th 2015, 8:00 PM 35,214 Views 55 Comments

Keith Earls, Ireland hopefuls, Dineen’s display and a happy ending in Europe.

# big-issues - Saturday 24 January, 2015

5 talking points after Leinster secure a Champions Cup quarter-final
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

5 talking points after Leinster secure a Champions Cup quarter-final

Jan 24th 2015, 3:35 PM 17,693 Views 30 Comments

Matt O’Connor’s men were brilliant in the first half, but Wasps fought back powerfully after the break.

# big-issues - Saturday 17 January, 2015

5 talking points after Munster crash out of Europe against Saracens
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

5 talking points after Munster crash out of Europe against Saracens

Jan 17th 2015, 3:27 PM 14,824 Views 31 Comments

High error count, Saracens excel, blunt Munster and where was JJ?

# big-issues - Friday 9 January, 2015

5 talking points after Connacht slip to home defeat against Edinburgh
# Galway Woe
From The42
# Galway Woe

5 talking points after Connacht slip to home defeat against Edinburgh

Jan 9th 2015, 10:08 PM 7,790 Views 10 Comments

Home defeat, Aki on form again, first-half failings and set-piece issues.

# big-issues - Friday 26 December, 2014

5 talking points after Munster see off Leinster at Thomond Park
# Convincing
From The42
# Convincing

5 talking points after Munster see off Leinster at Thomond Park

Dec 26th 2014, 7:38 PM 31,304 Views 56 Comments

Dominance for Munster, the kick chase, Leinster’s blunt attack, Keatley at 10 and the Leinster D.

# big-issues - Friday 19 December, 2014

4 talking points after Leinster see off Connacht at the RDS
# Derby Discussion
From The42
# Derby Discussion

4 talking points after Leinster see off Connacht at the RDS

Dec 19th 2014, 10:00 PM 9,369 Views 19 Comments

Noel Reid’s class, power from Aki and Douglas, Connacht’s losing start and no festive fireworks.

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