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Pat McCarry

Pat McCarry has been covering rugby, across various shows and platforms, for over 16 years. He has two best-selling rugby books, The New Breed and Man & Ball, and penned a sell-out rugby play, Soldier Field, in 2019. He has written for SportsJOE, The42, Guardian, Press Association and Inside Rugby, among others.

17 Articles
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Opinion

Caelan Doris strikes out as clear Lions captaincy frontrunner

In the absence of Garry Ringrose, the Ireland No 8's leadership credentials may have caught the eye of Lions coach Andy Farrell

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
07 May 2024, 7:53
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Analysis

The era-defining moment that set Leinster on the road to success

The elite Irish province started their dominance in 2009 and will be desperate to put out a statement of intent against Northampto…

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
03 May 2024, 4:27
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Opinion

Munster have much to play for after blowing best Champions Cup shot in years

A tantalising European opportunity has been squandered, but the proud province are intent on defending their URC title.

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
25 Apr 2024, 6:12
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Analysis

Ryan Baird has unlocked raw power for Leinster and Ireland

In running Leinster's lineouts, the newly powered up, rangy back five forward has added another string to his bow

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
18 Apr 2024, 6:45
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Analysis

Ronan O’Gara’s latest Leinster mind game may be his best yet

The charismatic Munsterman has the Dubliners in his sights and the mind games have begun

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
10 Apr 2024, 12:09
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Analysis

Ireland's old guard nearing end... but key trio still needed

Succession planning is at an advanced stage but certain players will be needed for a while longer yet.

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
25 Mar 2024, 15:29
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Analysis

How 'Connacht man' Bundee Aki took the world by storm

The Ireland centre has laid waste to the biggest and meanest international opponents.

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
15 Mar 2024, 5:29
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Analysis

Why Ireland have the best back-row in world rugby

O'Mahony, Doris and Van der Flier have that perfect balance of experience, power and speed to become a formidable triumvirate

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
06 Mar 2024, 3:46
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Opinion

Old habits die hard but Farrell's Ireland must embrace favourites' tag

Ireland habitually traded on an underdog status but have 'leaned into' a new identity under Andy Farrell

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
22 Feb 2024, 9:08
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Analysis

Why Beirne and Keenan are Farrell's most zealous disciples

The progression of Ireland's immense lock and under-rated full-back mirror Andy Farrell's qualities as head coach

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
07 Feb 2024, 5:01
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Opinion

Jack Crowley and the men who would be 10

The spectre of Johnny Sexton will hang over the Ireland No 10 jersey for some time but a new era brings fresh competition

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
30 Jan 2024, 5:30
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Interview

Caelan Doris targets French tonic for Rugby World Cup wounds

The number eight is itching to pull on the Ireland jersey again after quarter-final heartbreak in Paris.

Pat McCarry
Pat McCarry
21 Jan 2024, 10:29
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