SPORTS COLUMNISTS

LARRY RYAN: No sign of hyperbole stocks depleting here

The best 40 minutes rugby we have seen in years upon years

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Devil in detail for meticulous Joe

These are the good days for Joe Schmidt, and there may be a slight danger of looking ahead a little too fast.

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Faugheen is easily the highest rated in the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle at Ascot this afternoon. Picture: Inpho

RUBY WALSH: Long faces if Faugheen fails to collect

It was a bit like old times yesterday, riding at Haydock and then heading down the M6, for about four hours, on the way to Ascot.

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Shanahan's Turn and Jonathan Burke (left) quickening away from the final fence to beat Indevan, ridden by Ruby Walsh, last weekend at Punchestown. Pic: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

PAT KEANE: De Bromhead’s new star Turn

Horses like Sizing Europe certainly don’t come around too often and when the veteran performed poorly at Clonmel recently his trainer, Henry de Bromhead, must have wondered, at least momentarily, if he might ever be lucky enough to come across one like him again.

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LARRY RYAN: Managers happy to go along with sideshows

A week is a long time in distraction.

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Michael Hooper's impact has been such that he was handed the captaincy of Australia at the tender age of 23 and has already accumulated 40 caps. Picture: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

DONAL LENIHAN: How Ireland can blunt Hooper’s impact

Rhys Ruddock and Peter O’Mahony will have to workin tandem to negate the influence of Michael Hooper

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Tommy Walsh makes his way to the sideline before  the Leinster SHC final against Dublin. Picture: Dáire Brennan/Sportsfile

ENDA MCEVOY: Walsh a wonder of modern hurling

The best place to begin any appraisal of Tommy Walsh’s career is not with the All-Ireland medals, not with the All Stars but on a Sunday afternoon at Walsh Park in the summer of 1997.

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HOT SEAT: Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane in relaxed mood at a press conference ahead of the USA game. David Maher

LIAM MACKEY: A quiet word about Keano

And so it seems we have to talk about Roy – again.

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Ireland's Lee Keegan and Aidan O'Shea during a 'recovery session' in the South Pacific Health Club in Melbourne. Picture Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Why it’s time to say goodbye to International Rules

If the GAA and AFL are serious about re-energising the series, they should up sticks and bring it to New York<

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Tommy Walsh with Tipperary's Lar Corbett and Pa Bourke during the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

DONAL OGRADY: A true master under the high ball

Tommy Walsh built his legend in a variety of positions for Kilkenny.

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Skipper Paul O'Connell during a squad training session at Carton House ahead of tomorrow's Guinness Series match against Australia. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

RONAN OGARA: Ronan O' Gara column: Can someone put the Hymac in reverse please?

Nothing characterises the Irish sporting psyche like our attitude to the respective Tests this autumn against South Africa and tomorrow’s Test against Australia.

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PADDY HEANEY: We can expect thunder Down Under as Aussies get serious

I am not really a gambling man but when I see a gap in the betting markets, I sometimes make an investment.

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Are we really in a better place with O'Neill instead of Trap?

In football, there is an infinite number of reasons why a manager can be asked to pack his bags, but the bottom line when the new man is hired is always the same: do better than the last guy.

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MATCH READY: Australia star Kurtley Beale during squad training at Blackrock RFC ahead of Saturday's Test against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

DONAL LENIHAN: Wounded Wallabies a dangerous proposition

Despite all the upheaval, history has shown the Aussies are a resilient bunch.

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SEAMUS OTUAMA: Murphy’s early blitz too much for Coppinger in Mick Crowley Cup

David Murphy opened with six brilliant bowls at Bauravilla to send him on his way to an emphatic win over Martin Coppinger in the Mick Crowley Cup.

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JOHN RIORDAN: NBA places bet on future of gambling

More than ever, sport in the US is becoming intertwined with politics and societal behaviour, with the NFL especially blinded by the glare of public opinion.

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JOHN FOGARTY: International Rules: This Aussie coach means business

We’re not going to try and sell you Saturday’s International Rules game, writes John Fogarty.

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Michel Platini

DAVID SHONFIELD: The year whipping boys hit back

It was said that the euros would be devalued. Not the currency, the football.

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LeBron James

KIERAN SHANNON: Is there another twist in Kobe Bryant’s LA story?

It’s hard to think of as bad a team that’s been as compelling to follow as the current Los Angeles Lakers.

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Matt O'Connor

BRENDAN OBRIEN: O’Connor urges Ireland to back up win over Boks

It was Matt O’Connor who suggested some weeks ago Ireland needed to beat one of the two southern hemisphere sides this month if they were to be considered a serious World Cup contender in 12 months’ time.

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Michael Cheika

COLUMNISTS: Cheika will bring order to the Wallabies

I met Michael Cheika for the first time in 2005.

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Joe Schmidt

COLUMNISTS: Schmidt wary of ‘workaholic’ Wallabies

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has seen Michael Cheika make his mark on teams in Dublin, Paris and Sydney, and the one constant he expects to have been passed on to the Wallabies by their new boss is a collective work ethic.

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CHARLIE MULQUEEN: Clubs fighting to retain members

The fee-paying members of the Golfing Union of Ireland and its constituent clubs have dropped by 43,795 (or 5%) over the last 10 years, according to the union’s financial controller, Michael Malone.

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Ireland's Dave Foley offloads to Tommy O'Donnell during yesterday's Autumn International against Georgia at Aviva Stadium. Picture: Brendan Moran

DONAL LENIHAN: Plenty of positives in trial run

Every November series carries a game fraught with danger or opportunity, depending on your state of mind.

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Anto Finnegan leaves the field  with his daughter Ava after Ulster Allstars XV played Dublin 2013 in the #GameForAnto at Ravenhill. Picture: Oliver McVeigh

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Michael Moynihan column: Not every sports star is role model material

The Ched Evans controversy in Britain has provided plenty of talking points in the last couple of weeks.

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