Analysis: How Scotland Outsmarted the All Blacks in the Opening Quarter at Murrayfield

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The last few seasons have seen a number of false dawns for this Scotland side. Despite a really energetic and talented squad, “This may well be Scotland’s year” is now something we seem to say and hear on an annual basis; we should probably be wary, then, of suggesting that their recent performance against the All Blacks could prove a real turning point for them.

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Analysis: Joey Carbery’s Play Shows the Benefits of a Creative Full-Back

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In the wake of Ireland’s disappointing defeat to Wales midway through the recent Six Nations championship, much was written about Ireland’s over-reliance on Johnny Sexton as the side’s sole playmaker. When Sexton was on the field, the opinion pieces went, they were too reliant upon him; when he was off it, the side looked lost for ideas.

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Analysis: Do Ireland Need a Second Playmaker?

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Is a problem shared really a problem halved? In rugby terms, it’s a divisive issue.

Should a coach pick a second playmaker at centre? Is it best to have a barrel-chested ball-carrier¬†outside your fly-half, or another pair of gentle hands? A man o’ war, or a metronome? There are several schools of thought in answering these questions, and these¬†were on full display during last weekend’s Six Nations fixtures.

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