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Magners League: Three things to watch

Leinster’s dominance over a constantly improving Ulster side is likely to continue, while Munster should beware the last stand of the current Ospreys squad.

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Magners League: Three things to watch

Leinster’s dominance over a constantly improving Ulster side is likely to continue, while Munster should beware the last stand of the current Ospreys squad.

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European Rugby Preview: Final dates beckon for Leinster and Munster

On a massive weekend for the Irish provinces, JOE reckons that both Leinster and Munster will be looking ahead to a European final come Saturday evening.

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Magners League: Three things to watch

JOE looks ahead to a crucial all-Irish affair at the RDS, wonders if Connacht can lend a helping hand against Cardiff and pays tribute to the great Alan Quinlan.

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European Rugby Preview: Leinster and Munster to march on

JOE looks ahead to a repeat of the 2009 Heineken Cup Final, Ulster’s trip into unfamiliar territory and Munster’s quest to exorcise some French demons.

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Magners League: Three things to watch

JOE looks forward to the latest installment in what has become a massive rivalry, an historic occasion for Shane Horgan and a decision that could be of big benefit to Connacht Rugby.

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JOE’s Ireland Rugby World Cup XV

Conor Ward takes a look back at Ireland’s Six Nations campaign and picks what he believes should be the starting XV for the World Cup in New Zealand later this year.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast

In the last weekly maul of the season, the lads toast Ireland’s victory over England, reflect on the Six Nations as a whole and look ahead to the World Cup later this year.

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A battle against our greatest rivals deserves more than a lukewarm build up

Ireland face their English rivals with an impressive history of beating them, and they need to find the motivation to do so again, writes Conor Ward.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast

This week, Malcolm, Johnny and Rob discuss dodgy refereeing and Ireland v England this weekend, and keep an ear out for Johnny’s cracking impression of Eddie O’Sullivan.

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Ireland v Wales: Millennium Stadium to remain a happy hunting ground

Discipline is a worry, but the Millennium Stadium should remain a happy hunting ground for Ireland this weekend, writes Conor Ward.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast

Munster and Ireland legend Mick Galwey joins the boys this week to talk about Ireland’s performances in the Six Nations so far and to look forward to Saturday’s clash with Wales.

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Six Nations mid-term report

Three games down, two to go; it’s time for a mid-term report on Ireland’s Six Nations campaign so far.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast

Rob, Johnny and Malcolm dissect Ireland’s patchy victory over Scotland, why we are giving away so many penalties and Malcolm’s ongoing battle with the Residents’ Association.

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Sexton hard done by, but Ireland still too good for the Scots

Dropping Jonathan Sexton seems like a backward step, but Ireland should still have enough to prevail against Scotland, writes Conor Ward.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast

After a lengthy absence, Malcolm O’Kelly and Johnny O’Connor are reunited and join Rob to talk about the Six Nations so far, Ireland v Scotland and fancy dress outfits.

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Ireland’s game plan working, but key changes required

There is very little wrong with how Ireland are trying to play rugby, but there should still be changes made ahead of the Scotland match, writes Conor Ward.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast (Part Two)

In this week’s maul, Johnny, Rob and guest contributor Niall Delaney pore over Ireland’s heartbreaking defeat to France, discuss possible changes to the Irish team and Johnny’s international career.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast (Part One)

In this week’s maul, Johnny, Rob and guest contributor Niall Delaney pore over Ireland’s heartbreaking defeat to France, discuss possible changes to the Irish team and Johnny’s international career.

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After the Italian Job, Ireland will find it hard to power past powerful France

Ireland’s Six Nations squad just about edged past the Italians last weekend, but will they be able improve enough to beat the powerful French side?

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast (Part One)

In this week’s maul, the lads discuss Ireland’s nervy win over Italy, look ahead to the weekend’s clash with France and wonder why tripping evokes such an angry response on the rugby field.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast (Part Two)

In this week’s maul the lads discuss Ireland’s nervy win over Italy, look ahead to the weekend’s clash with France and wonder why tripping evokes such an angry response on the rugby field.

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Six Nations: sort out the set pieces and we should do well

Journalist and rugby fan Conor Ward looks ahead to the Six Nations. Considering all the injuries, things look good for Ireland… as long as we can sort out the set pieces.

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Six Nations Preview: The experts’ view

Ahead of the Six Nations this weekend, JOE sought the opinions of Malcolm O’Kelly, Johnny O’Connor and Rob Murphy from the Weekly Maul crew to see how the tournament will pan out.

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The Weekly Maul (JOE’s Rugby Podcast)

This week, the lads look forward to the upcoming Six Nations, discuss Ireland’s prospects of winning the tournament and step into Declan Kidney’s shoes for this weekend’s clash with Italy.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast

In this week’s maul, Malcolm, Rob and Conor discuss the weekend’s Heineken Cup action, the quarter-final draw and the mysterious reason behind Johnny’s absence.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast (Part Two)

The lads discuss excellent Heineken Cup wins for Leinster and Ulster, what will become of Munster after Sunday’s defeat to Toulon and Johnny’s likeness to a character from Robocop.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast (Part One)

The lads discuss excellent Heineken Cup wins for Leinster and Ulster, what will become of Munster after Sunday’s defeat to Toulon and Johnny’s likeness to a character from Robocop.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast (Part Two)

In the first Weekly Maul podcast of 2011, the lads talk about their contrasting Christmases, preview the weekend’s Heineken Cup action and ponder who might play them in a movie about their life.

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The Weekly Maul: JOE’s Rugby Podcast (Part One)

In the first Weekly Maul podcast of 2011, the lads talk about their contrasting Christmases, preview the weekend’s Heineken Cup action and ponder who might play them in a movie about their life.

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Johnny O’Connor: Dragons, Secret Santa and a hectic Christmas

In his first column of the New Year, Johnny looks forward to the Dragons, talks about his hectic Christmas schedule and laments the absence of a present from his Connacht teammates.

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