Empty words from the top as Hodge goes unpunished

Empty words from the top as Hodge goes unpunished

For weeks on end, a veritable posse of law enforcers queued up to hammer the warning home, that dangerous tackles meant instant dismissal.

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Bigger, faster, more brutal - the shapes and sizes of Rugby World Cup 2019

Bigger, faster, more brutal - the shapes and sizes of Rugby World Cup 2019

Peter Jackson looks at the shapes and sizes of World Cup 2019.

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Champions Cup Team of the Tournament: Furlong and Ryan stand tallest in adversity

Champions Cup Team of the Tournament: Furlong and Ryan stand tallest in adversity

Peter Jackson picks his XV for the Heineken Champions Cup Team of the Tournament.

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Leinster v Saracens is rugby's version of Man City v Liverpool

Leinster v Saracens is rugby's version of Man City v Liverpool

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline

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Can Best exit on ultimate high?

Can Best exit on ultimate high?

Even with a 747 at his disposal, Marco Polo would probably have thought twice about rushing to map out Rory Best’s last rugby journey, from Armagh to Yokohama. ...

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Price hikes may account for Champions Cup’s dwindling appeal

Price hikes may account for Champions Cup’s dwindling appeal

At face value, European rugby’s semi-finals bore all the hallmarks of sell-out occasions: The champions of England against the Red Army in one, the holders ...

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Champions Cup review: Quiet Man Mark McCall looking to have the final word

Champions Cup review: Quiet Man Mark McCall looking to have the final word

Mark McCall made a record-breaking start to his first crack at the European Cup as head coach of Ulster. He responded by resigning.

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Time gentlemen, please: The law that promotes cynicism

Time gentlemen, please: The law that promotes cynicism

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline

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Time to put preservation order on the drop goal

Time to put preservation order on the drop goal

Jack Carty stands alone among Irish goalkickers this season with not even Johnny Sexton able to keep him

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Rugby residency ruins the game

Rugby residency ruins the game

Towards the end of last season, Johnny McNicholl asked himself a rhetorical question: “Am I Welsh? It’s a tough question to answer. I don’t know.” ...

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Welsh slammers look in from outside when big show resumes

Welsh slammers look in from outside when big show resumes

The European Champions’ Cup emerges from hibernation next week offering a ray of sunshine for those Irish players hung out to dry after the deluge and days ...

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Try tally can't spare England's blushes

Peter Jackson breaks down the 2019 Six Nations Championship.

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Ireland should raise roof in Cardiff

Ireland should raise roof in Cardiff

The powerbrokers of world rugby converge on Dublin today with their agenda dominated by the biggest single offer in the history of the sport — £500m ...

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Ireland must buck history against the Welsh ‘Bear’

Ireland must buck history against the Welsh ‘Bear’

When it comes to a Grand Slam finale on home soil, Wales lose once in a century — a fact that puts them on a par with one of the most revered serial winners ...

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Kearney set to catch smoking Serge

Kearney set to catch smoking Serge

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline.

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A Welsh Grand Slam will hurt Ireland

A Welsh Grand Slam will hurt Ireland

Unless Joe Schmidt and his diagnostic engineers can fix whatever’s gone wrong with the green machine, Ireland will finish the Six Nations as they started it ...

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Peter Jackson: Six Nations must not shrink for England

Peter Jackson: Six Nations must not shrink for England

Mercifully, England’s attempts to scrap the fallow weeks of the Six Nations and shrink the tournament into five consecutive weekends have fallen on deaf ears. ...

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‘Gee, those rugby players have some courage’

‘Gee, those rugby players have some courage’

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline

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Who could imagine France would lose fear factor?

Who could imagine France would lose fear factor?

Every time Bobby Windsor went off to fight the French during the lawless 70s, he would tell his wife: “Take a look at my face because you might not recognise ...

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Empty seats the price of ever-escalating ticket costs

Empty seats the price of ever-escalating ticket costs

Every Six Nations weekend generates a blizzard of statistics, come hail or shine, writes Peter Jackson.

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Six Nations now a place for the heavy gang

Six Nations now a place for the heavy gang

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline...

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Ireland take fall that tends to follow the Slam

Ireland take fall that tends to follow the Slam

The battered champions will be wincing through their pain today at a pearl of wisdom first spoken by an Anglo-Irishman just before he won the world heavyweight title: ...

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Were Lions undone by spies?

Were Lions undone by spies?

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline...

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Great expectations can’t be matched by Welsh clubs

Great expectations can’t be matched by Welsh clubs

Peter Jackson looks back at the weekend's Champions Cup action.

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Exeter aiming to rewrite history at Thomond Park

Exeter aiming to rewrite history at Thomond Park

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline.

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Cockerill again seeking to rearrange rugby landscape

Cockerill again seeking to rearrange rugby landscape

Richard Cockerill found out a long time ago that when one door opened another was always liable to smash him in the face.

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Gloucester blue collar and proud

Gloucester blue collar and proud

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline.

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2003 protest a key moment for Connacht to break new ground

2003 protest a key moment for Connacht to break new ground

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline...

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A tale of two rugby superstars: Sergio Parisse and James Ryan

A tale of two rugby superstars: Sergio Parisse and James Ryan

Sergio Parisse has nothing much to show for 16 years of international rugby beyond a global admiration for his gallantry in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Jean Cormier: Raconteur who scuppered Irish slam

Jean Cormier: Raconteur who scuppered Irish slam

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline

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The wait for Toulouse’s reinvention is over

The wait for Toulouse’s reinvention is over

They made their last stand as the fading emperors of Europe on Irish soil years ago only to endure a very public dethronement in front of 50,000 people, writes Peter ...

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The way Johnny Sexton is going, is 2019 World Cup really his last?

The way Johnny Sexton is going, is 2019 World Cup really his last?

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline

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English exiting Europe — now where have we heard that before?

English exiting Europe — now where have we heard that before?

English teams have been tumbling out of Europe all weekend, victims of a Brexit-in-reverse foisted on them without a backstop in sight, never mind a 585-page withdrawal ...

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Mason blazed trail for ‘annoying’ pal Healey

Mason blazed trail for ‘annoying’ pal Healey

As kids at St Anselm’s College, the Christian Brothers school on Merseyside, they launched the most lethal of half-back alliances in the U12s.

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Timing, as always, is everything for Schmidt

Timing, as always, is everything for Schmidt

England’s longest-serving coach gave his employers both barrels at Twickenham, then nannounced that he was leaving to work with a team in the Premier League.

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Sexton a shoo-in to add world player of the year crown to success-strewn year

Sexton a shoo-in to add world player of the year crown to success-strewn year

New Zealand are about to be knocked off another of their perches on Sunday night, for the second time in eight days.

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England’s template there for Ireland to emulate

England’s template there for Ireland to emulate

The last time the reigning Grand Slam champions dared to beat the All Blacks, they followed up by winning the World Cup within a matter of months, writes Peter Jackson. ...

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John Gallagher’s emotional ties more black than green

John Gallagher’s emotional ties more black than green

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline.

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