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Malcolm O’Kelly: Munster might holds firm, Kidney left smiling

Wallace lifted man, ball and the Leinster spirit with it as he drove McFadden back and, suddenly, the tide had turned again in favour of the Thomond faithful, writes Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Munster might holds firm, Kidney left smiling

Wallace lifted man, ball and the Leinster spirit with it as he drove McFadden back and, suddenly, the tide had turned again in favour of the Thomond faithful, writes Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Leinster heroes never lacked heart

Leinster’s Heineken Cup final win was a highly-charged emotional affair that called on more than silky handling or front row battering, writes Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Leinster control their fate with Sexton at the helm

Malcolm digests Magners League semi-final wins for Leinster and Munster to set up a grand final cracker and pinpoints Jonathan Sexton as the man to instigate a Heineken Cup final victory.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: McFadden to remain Schmidt’s impact man

This week, Malcolm chews over one of Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt’s biggest selection quandaries – McFadden or Fitzgerald?

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Battle-hardened Leinster one step closer to glory

Malcolm reflects on Leinster’s epic semi-final win and suggests that Munster will be asking a lot of questions of themselves following their Challenge Cup exit.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Leinster not pretty, but still impressive

Malcolm reflects on a mixed weekend for the Irish provinces involved in European competition, with Leinster and Munster marching on and Ulster crashing out.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Brilliant rivalry throws up another epic clash

Malcolm reflects on what was a magnificent clash between Munster and Leinster and looks ahead to the Heineken cup quarter-finals next weekend.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Magnificent Ireland finally deliver on potential

This week, Malcolm reflects on a magnificent victory for Ireland over England and singles out record-breaking captain Brian O’Driscoll for special praise.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Ireland have only themselves to blame

This week, Malcolm rues the poor refereeing decision that turned the game and suggests that Ireland were the architects of their own downfall against Wales.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Weak set-piece a major worry for Ireland

This week, Malcolm looks forward to the Wales game and criticises Ireland’s unnecessarily high penalty count and the malfunctioning lineout.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Ireland’s penalty giveaways must stop

In this week’s column, Malcolm O’Kelly considers the positives of Ireland’s game, but feels the team need to stop making the same mistakes and get the lineout right.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Mixed bag so far, but plenty of hope for the future

Malcolm reflects on what has been a mixed Six Nations campaign so far, how important the lineout has become and picks what he thinks should be the Irish starting XV against Scotland.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: France were there for the taking

Malcolm reflects on a heartbreaking defeat for Ireland in a game in which he believes France were let off the hook.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Lineout a worry, but France are beatable

This week, Malcolm reflects on a stuttering Ireland performance against Italy and looks forward to the crucial clash with France this weekend.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Ireland best placed for Six Nations glory

Ireland’s injury crisis is far from ideal, but Declan Kidney’s side are the best placed of all the teams in the competition to win the Six Nations, writes Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Nightmare draw for Leinster, but they can still go all the way

This week, Malcolm looks back at a great weekend for Leinster and Ulster, weighs up how far they can go in the Heineken Cup and analyses the make-up of Ireland’s squad for the Six Nations.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Superb Leinster, battling Ulster; Munster lose nothing in defeat

Malcolm reflects on another impressive win for Leinster, a battling victory for Ulster and an end to Munster’s magnificent run of consecutive quarter-final appearances.

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The IRUPA survey, Heineken Cup focus and my hopes for 2011

Malcolm O’Kelly on the explosive IRUPA survey of pro players, next weekend’s vital round of Heineken Cup fixtures and his hopes for Irish rugby in 2011.

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Work to do for Munster but the other two are looking good

Munster have work to do in the scrum if they’re to keep their Heineken Cup hopes alive but Leinster and Ulster are both looking good, writes Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Impressive Leinster, Paulie’s red and Ulster right back in it

Malcolm O’Kelly dissects the performances of the Irish sides on a good weekend for the provinces in the Heineken Cup – Paul O’Connell’s red card apart.

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Heineken bonus would suffice for understrength Leinster

Leinster should be happy with a losing bonus point when they visit the bear-pit of Clermont-Auvergne on Sunday but it’s must-win time for Munster and Ulster, writes Malcolm O’Kelly.

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The good, the bad and the bailout

Ireland showed the good and the bad again against Argentina, and there’s plenty for Declan Kidney to work on ahead of the Six Nations, writes JOE columnist Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Improved Ireland; All Blacks almost untouchable

Ireland produced a performance against the All Blacks but it’s still a concern that the game was effectively over after 50 minutes, writes Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Irish mistakes and IRFU errors … but still all to play for

Saturday night at the Aviva Stadium saw too many mistakes – both from the Irish team and the IRFU – but they can be rectified over the next few weeks, writes JOE’s rugby analyst Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Sub-strength big two still set the standard

In his latest rugby column, Malcolm O’Kelly discusses the dominance of Leinster and Munster and gives an insider’s look into the world of the lineout.

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Malcolm O’Kelly: Ireland’s strength in depth should generate plenty of optimism

There are a few notable omissions but Declan Kidney has picked a strong squad for November, and the front and back row options leave me very optimistic.

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Powerful Leinster, inconsistent refs and French money

The performance of referee Christophe Berdos in Leinster’s Heineken Cup clash with Saracens on Saturday left me mystified, writes JOE’s rugby analyst Malcolm O’Kelly.

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Malcolm O’Kelly’s Heineken Cup rugby column

With the Heineken Cup underway, former Ireland and Leinster star Malcolm O’Kelly shares his views in a new column for JOE.ie.

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