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Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

I think it's early to be talking about "Ireland's kicking plan" as if it's their only plan. Schmidt is a shrewd head and adapts to each game in detail.
It's only been a few short months since we closed out Argentina, Australia and South Africa, so the question really is can we finally manage a win against the ABs, southern hemisphere has been covered otherwise.
If any coach can come up with the right game plan I think it's Joe Schmidt. I'm a leinster fan and a Westmeath man. Joe coached Mullingar years ago, and then Leinster. The guy has the most brilliant rugby mind in the game.

2 Days, 14 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

That's Hosea Gear, if you were to sideline every international back he has bumped you're narrowing your options quite a bit!

That said I'd have Luke Fitzgerald as back-up instead of Jones as utility back.

2 Days, 14 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

It's not enough...you have to add...."and he seems like a top bloke" (just look at his twitter) :)

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

"O'Brien's just a little bit grumpy"...haha, like an angry bear!

4 Days, 15 Hours ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

I think it was high to be fair, but again, didn't catch the explanation given.
I think (France more than anyone) there are way too many high tackles being let go, I think it was Ford shoulder that caught O'Briens jaw and dazed him.

I have green tinted glasses though, so you might want to take my Ire-Eng comments with a pint of Guinness ;)

4 Days, 15 Hours ago

Rugby HQ Plays of the Month for February PLUS the Wraparound, week 2

that miming though....so wrong on so many levels.....

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

I don't consider myself to be a particularly hard bastard (I'm only a back like) but I've played through cracked ribs on 3 occasions, for the simple reason that thanks to adrenaline and whatnot, they didn't feel broken, just like a bad knock.

I agree on your comparison, I'd go so far as to say his kneeing McCaw in the head was worse, whatever the reason on otherwise exemplary record.
I wasn't aware of Pape's name for being dirty, he's just a second row. :)

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Heaslip was hanging on after entering the maul through the gate, I don't think they were quite on the try line either

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

"When you watch the images of the incident I don't think you can say it was deliberate,"
...I don't think you can deny it was deliberate! Although Saint Andre isn't proving to be the most perceptive coach in the world...

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Ireland break down Italy in second half for comfortable Rome win

Let's not forget that Schmidt is not going to waste his playbook with France and England looming!

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago