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Murray Kinsella Irish-based freelance sports journalist

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About Murray Kinsella

Murray is a freelance sports journalist based in Ireland. He has a strong interest in the technical aspects of rugby and his league of preference is the Top 14 in France.

Murray Kinsella's latest articles

Scoring off First Phase

Executing a practiced move off a set-piece can be both effective and rewarding for a coach. Murray Kinsella highlights some recent examples of tries from first phase ball and how to best execute these situations.

Better and better makes All Blacks the best

Can the All Blacks keep winning?

Ireland looks on the bright side of life

Murray Kinsella assesses Ireland’s prospects in the forthcoming Autumn internationals

The Importance of Motivation

What drives the best players to become better players? How do you motivate individuals in a team sport? And who is responsible for making sure a player ‘turns-up’ mentally? Murray Kinsella discusses…

How To Avoid Choking

Teaching players to get out of the choke tackle.

A Captain’s Role is ever Changing

Motivation, leading from the front or tactical acuity – what do you want from your captain?

Blanco and Biarritz staring into the void

With their ageing stars and inability to invest in the squad, Biarritz look to be swimming against the tide to avoid relegation from the Top 14.

The 'chop tackle' as perfected by Dan Lydiate

What exactly makes Lydiate such a good defender? The fact that Paul O’Connell admitted to asking the 25-year-old to do individual tackling coaching with him during the Lions tour speaks volumes.

Is Total Rugby a Dream or an Achievable Goal?

Watching the first four rounds of the Top 14 in France, I have been continually frustrated by the number of try-scoring opportunities wasted through poor basic draw and pass skills

Why a good kick-off can be the difference between winning and losing

Murray Kinsella looks at how the All Blacks effective ‘restart strategy’ frequently gives them the ability to change to momentum of a game