Dave Nicoll

5 Things To Concern Ireland Ahead Of Their Clash With England

With Ireland set to welcome England to the Aviva in Dublin this weekend we take a look at five areas of concern for Joe Schmidt’s side… 1.Lack of tries So far in the 2015 Six Nations Ireland have just two tries in two games, both of which came in the closing stages of their victory over Italy on the opening …

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Should England Consider Playing Manu Tuilagi At 12?

Whilst the majority of England’s starting XV pretty much picks itself, there is still a huge amount of debate over who should start at inside centre for the World Cup. There are a number of candidates who have put their hand up for selection at 12, but none of them have really proven that they are capable of being anything …

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7 Players England Need To Take A Serious Look At

With the Rugby World Cup just months away, we think the next few weeks are the ideal time for England to take a look at these seven players… 1.Henry Slade Slade has been in phenomenal form for the Chiefs of late and would make a great addition to the current England squad. His ability to cover 10, 12 and 13 …

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17 Things Rugby Teams Will Just Get

Anyone whose ever been on a rugby team is guaranteed to get all 17 of these points below… 1.Even if you don’t see each other over the whole off-season, when you get back into pre-season it will be like you were never apart 2.Introducing a new player into the team is always messy… 3….although you can guarantee they will be …

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6 Reasons Italy Are Currently Everything Wrong With International Rugby

Although they’re not the only ones guilty of these things, here are six reasons Italy are currently everything wrong with international rugby… 1.’Project Players’ Although many international sides are guilty of calling-up players brought up through other nations systems, Italy seem particularly prevalent when it comes to the poaching of players. An increasingly large number of their squad have come …

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Six Nations Round 2 – Team Of The Week

We take a look at the top performers from the second round of action in the 2015 Six Nations and select our best XV… 15.Stuart Hogg Hogg was in magnificent form once again, against Wales this time, scoring one try and being heavily involved in open play for Scotland. 14.Yoann Huget France’s backline may have stuttered once more, however Huget …

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6 Things To Concern England Fans Ahead Of Their Clash With Ireland

Despite an impressive scoreline against Italy this weekend, there will be several issues that are a cause for concern for England fans ahead of their clash with Ireland… 1.Slow Starts For the second time in as many weeks, England’s slow start meant they found themselves chasing the game early in the first half. If they can just learn to start …

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