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Hugh Farrelly is a journalist based in Dublin and has been contributing to ESPNscrum.com since 2009.
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Irish Rugby
May 2, 2013:  "So what can we expect from Ireland's new man and what can he expect as he takes on one of the top jobs in world rugby?" Hugh Farrelly analyses Joe Schmidt's credentials
Irish Rugby
Mar 6, 2013:  "Declan Kidney suddenly finds himself in unfamiliar territory and on unsure footing, becoming the chief target for some hysterical criticism." Hugh Farrelly writes
Six Nations - Ireland preview
Jan 25, 2013:  "If Ireland build up a head of steam in the Welsh capital, they will bring their coach along for the ride." Hugh Farrelly previews Ireland's Six Nations campaign
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Jun 26, 2012:  "The Irish, so proud and defiant the week before, were now, officially, a laughing stock." Hugh Farrelly reflects on Ireland's tour to New Zealand.
Leinster 42-14 Ulster, Heineken Cup final
May 19, 2012:  Can Leinster's latest Heineken Cup success inspire Ireland to an historic victory over the All Blacks next month? Hugh Farrelly looks at their chances
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Mar 27, 2012:  "Going to New Zealand is a daunting challenge at the best of times but June's excursion has become as formidable as Frodo's journey to Mount Doom," writes Hugh Farrelly
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Mar 7, 2012:  "In years to come, Ireland's performance in Paris will be rated among their finest, but the players were visibly crushed in the aftermath." Hugh Farrelly writes
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Jan 24, 2012:  "Ireland's safety-first attitude is undoubtedly influenced by the RWC seedings, based on ranking positions, which will be determined at the end of the year." Hugh Farrelly writes
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Sep 24, 2011:  "Ireland's tournament-jolting, path-opening, hemisphere-shifting victory against Australia last weekend took some getting over," writes Hugh Farrelly
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Sep 2, 2011:  "It was only a couple of weeks ago that we were writing how Ireland coach Declan Kidney would be happy with how his Rugby World Cup preparations were going. Scratch that." Hugh Farrelly writes
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Aug 16, 2011:  "Ireland coach Kidney will be relatively content with how preparations are going despite losing the first two of his four warm-up matches." Hugh Farrelly writes
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Jun 9, 2011:  "O'Brien was phenomenal throughout and has graduated from valued Leinster squad player to world-class back-row in one campaign." Hugh Farrelly hands out his end of season awards
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May 3, 2011:  "There are genuine reasons for Irish optimism at this point stemming primarily from Leinster's impressive progress." Hugh Farrelly believes Ireland are on the right track
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Mar 29, 2011:  "With the World Cup now a mere five months away, there is not enough time to adopt the southern way but that is not necessarily a bad thing for Ireland." Hugh Farrelly writes
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Feb 22, 2011:  "A second defeat would lead to calls for Kidney to cut his cloth and revert to the more pragmatic rugby that secured the Grand Slam." Hugh Farrelly writes
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Jan 18, 2011:  "Over the past two seasons there has been a shift in the balance of power in Ireland and now Leinster are very much in the ascendancy." Hugh Farrelly writes
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Dec 14, 2010:  "There is the perception that the loyalty of Ireland's top players has been somewhat taken for granted." Hugh Farrelly writes
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Nov 9, 2010:  "Ireland are sunk from the off if they do not run out in Dublin believing they can achieve that famous first win." Hugh Farrelly previews Ireland's most important autumn international
Heineken Cup
Oct 5, 2010:  "When it comes to this year's Heineken Cup, there is a genuine threat that Irish rugby could be about to witness a shift in the balance of power." Hugh Farrelly writes
Magners League
Aug 31, 2010:  "Cardiff Blues head coach Dai Young provided the most enlightening observation at last week's Magners League launch in Wales." Hugh Farrelly writes
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