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# tactics - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Rugby technique: Short restarts offer rewards but involve high risks

Jonny Sexton showed the potential dangers of attempting short restarts during the recent Six Nations.

# tactics - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

5 central issues in the build-up to the Leinster v Munster inter-provincial clash

Matt O’Connor’s impact on Leinster, Rob Penney operating with freedom and the benefits of Ireland’s success.

# tactics - Monday 24 March, 2014

Connacht used the rolling maul to really, really good effect against Dragons

Anything Ireland can do, Pat Lam’s lads can do better.

# tactics - Saturday 15 March, 2014

4 key tactical areas for Ireland to rule at the Stade de France

The set-piece will be vital against France, as will holding onto the ball and the impact of the bench.

# tactics - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Rugby technique: Counter-attacking against the grain offers real chances

Shifting possession to the far side of the pitch following a transfer of possession may not always be the ideal tactic.

# tactics - Monday 10 March, 2014

Sexton trusts in Schmidt’s game plan ahead of Parisian cup final

The Ireland out-half says he and his teammates will remain performance-focused despite what’s on the line.

# tactics - Friday 7 March, 2014

Four tactical keys for Ireland to unlock Italian resistance

Because there will be 45 players not called Brian O’Driscoll on the field tomorrow.

# tactics - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Schmidt laments loss of control in frenetic endgame at Twickenham

‘We lost a bit of shape, maybe tried a bit too hard in that last 10 minutes,” says the head coach.

# tactics - Friday 7 February, 2014

Schmidt has struggled to find weaknesses amidst Welsh strengths

Ireland’s head coach has pinpointed discipline and dealing with Wales’ kicking game as essential in Dublin tomorrow.

# tactics - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Bernard Jackman: Toulouse have become more predictable

The former Ireland hooker gives us the view from France as Connacht prepare for Heineken Cup action.

# tactics - Sunday 17 November, 2013

Joe Schmidt is a big influence on my coaching style – Conor O’Shea

The Harlequins Director of rugby joined us to discuss the attacking philosophy that drives his passion for the game.

# tactics - Monday 4 November, 2013

Ireland should look to the air against Samoa

Joe Schmidt’s side could get great reward by being ambitious with their restarts and contesting box kicks.

# tactics - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Ireland may look to Stokes to man-mark Özil

Stokes “well capable” of tracking Arsenal assist king, says interim manager Noel King.

# tactics - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Penney must give Murray more responsibility at Munster

The 24-year-old is ready to be a more prominent decision maker for the province.

# tactics - Thursday 8 August, 2013

Schmidt success with Ireland depends on provinces, says Horgan

And the way Joe Schmidt is going about his job, he agrees.

# tactics - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

# tactics - Wednesday 26 December, 2012

Talking tactics: bringing new Gaelic football innovations to book

Emmet Ryan reckoned he say a gap in the market – writing about football in a new way.

# tactics - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

No rest: How Donegal can retain Sam in 2013 GAA

No rest: How Donegal can retain Sam in 2013

Winning one All-Ireland is tough, retaining the title is tougher. Emmet Ryan, author of Tactics not Passion, looks at what Donegal needs to do to win Sam again in 2013 and how the rest of the country will try to stop them.

# tactics - Sunday 23 December, 2012

The Sunday Papers: some of the week’s best sportswriting

Pursuit of Lance, a farewell to Páidí and the tactical innovations of the year in soccer. Get the kettle on there.

# tactics - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Inside knowledge: Chelsea’s tactics found in dressing room bin

Brazilian journalists came across what are believed to be the notes of Rafa Benitez after Sunday’s defeat to Corinthians.

# tactics - Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Whelan frustrated by Ireland’s 4-4-2 mismatch

Glenn Whelan feels that Ireland are being overpowered in midfield because Giovanni Trapattoni keeps sticking to a 4-4-2 formation.

# tactics - Monday 5 November, 2012

Northern exposure: how St Eunan’s were crowned Donegal champions

St Eunan’s rode a strong defensive performance to pull out an unlikely victory in the Donegal Final on Sunday. Emmet Ryan was in Ballybofey.

# tactics - Sunday 30 September, 2012

Daithi Regan’s key All-Ireland SHC final duel’s hurling analyst looks at a match-up which could have a critical bearing on today’s decider.

# tactics - Friday 21 September, 2012

Donegal v Mayo: where the game will be won and lost this Sunday

Emmet Ryan breaks down the key areas that will decide the Sam Maguire’s destination this Sunday afternoon.

# tactics - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Tommy Lyons: “What really winds me up is Martin McHugh.”

The ex Dubs boss is not too pleased with the Sunday Game pundit’s recent analysis of the All-Ireland semi-finals.

# tactics - Monday 27 August, 2012

Patrick Kelly: “Most people wouldn’t be fans of it but they’re revolutionizing tactics.”

The Ballincollig club man believes that Donegal have to be credited for their winning display in Croke Park yesterday.

Murph’s Sideline Cut: “Tomás Ó Sé said last week that you can’t train yourself for a match against Donegal – you have to experience it.”

The composure, athleticism and hunger of the Donegal players proved critical in seeing off Cork yesterday, writes Ciaran Murphy.

# tactics - Monday 20 August, 2012

Talking Points: Kilkenny v Tipperary, All-Ireland SHC semi-final

Here are some of the key issues that arose after yesterday’s All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final.

# tactics - Thursday 16 August, 2012

McGuinness defends Donegal style as they mount All-Ireland challenge

It may be derided but the manager of the side that has claimed the last two Ulster titles is perfectly happy with the football philosophy of his team as they gear up for Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final.

# tactics - Wednesday 15 August, 2012

Darran O’Sullivan: “The best footballers aren’t the best players any more.”

The Kerry attacker is unsure if the changing styles in Gaelic Football are a positive move for the game.

# tactics - Monday 11 June, 2012

Cork v Kerry: why the Kingdom will have to come again

Emmet Ryan breaks down yesterday’s Munster SFC semi-final which saw the Rebels run out five-point winners on Leeside.

# tactics - Thursday 7 June, 2012

We meet again… who’ll come out on top in clash of Cork and Kerry?

The Rebels host their Jack O’Connor’s side on Leeside this Sunday. Here’s how Emmet Ryan thinks it’ll pan out in the Park.

# tactics - Monday 4 June, 2012

I might play one up front against Croatia, says Trap

Ireland were overrun by their hosts in Budapest at times tonight.

# tactics - Friday 16 September, 2011

Tactics board: 6 ways the Dubs can beat Kerry on Sunday

Ger McCarthy highlights the major dos and don’ts for Dublin ahead of the big dance on Sunday.

# tactics - Friday 5 August, 2011

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This is what an NFL playbook looks like

Ever wanted to know just what’s in one of those hefty playbooks NFL coaches are always lugging around? Diagrams a quantum physicist would struggle to decipher, is what.

# tactics - Wednesday 20 July, 2011

Talkin’ tactics: what Waterford must do to beat Galway on Sunday

The Déise are drinking in the last-chance saloon following their humiliation by Tipperary. Here are some the key areas that Davy Fitz and his backroom staff should be looking at.

# tactics - Friday 20 May, 2011

The Bootroom – how did the Irish do in England this year?

As Giovanni Trapattoni prepares for a crucial trip to Skopje next month and the Premier League season winds down – how exactly did our boys do?

Battle Stations: where this year’s Heineken Cup will be won and lost

We take a look at five key areas in which this year’s Heineken Cup could be decided.

# tactics - Saturday 14 May, 2011

The Bootroom: where are Ronaldo’s goals coming from?

The Real Madrid superstar is on course to win his personal league race with Leo Messi for the title of Pichichi – Spain’s top scorer. But how is he doing it?

# tactics - Monday 9 May, 2011

The Bootroom: Lacklustre Chelsea out-thought and out-worked by United

Chelsea were blown away by a Man Utd side with more belief, more verve and who were simply better, writes Barry O’Donovan in his tactical analysis of yesterday’s Premier League showdown.

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