Tuesday 17 September 2019

Neil Francis

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‘If Ireland had brought their ‘A’ game to the Aviva against England and played as well as England did, they would have won.’ Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Neil Francis: 'Ireland must keep improving in this Six Nations and put a stop to a listless and lethargic start' 

In one of the 1984 USA presidential election debates between the incumbent Ronald Reagan and his democratic rival Walter Mondale, the tricky subject of age came into the equation. Reagan, one of the most popular American presidents of all time, had seen his huge lead in the polls gradually whittle away to high single figures. Aged 73, his performances had seemed a little fuzzy and...

Head coach Leo Cullen. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Neil Francis: Scarlets and Wayne Pivac know how to trouble Leinster 

On the final day of Champions Cup pool matches this year, everyone connected to their team would have been doing a little bit of mental and logistical arithmetic. Who would your team get? Where would they go? Toulon away? Phew! Clermont away? Jeez no! Saracens at the Allianz - wow. Even La Rochelle away - that is not somewhere where you get out of alive in a rugby sense, kind of like a Helmand province with a picturesque harbour and some nice restaurants outside the ground.