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RuggaMatrix International 026 – Finals and More Finals

RuggaMatrix pulls off another scoop with a feature-length interview with Heineken Cup winning head coach from Leinster, Michael Cheika.

It’s a revealing ‘look’ inside the Irish powerhouse. Last weekend they beat Leicester 19-16 in the Final.

Cheika talks about the culture change that led to the team’s success and the joy of seeing a player like Chris Whitaker ending his career on a high. He looks back at the past four years and forward to his more than likely final one.

Ewen McKenzie has a busy week ahead but he’s always got time for RuggaMatrix. Stade Francais takes on Perpignan on Saturday in the second semifinal of the French Top 14 competition. By the time they play Toulouse or Clermont would have already qualified for the final. Things are obviously tense because he wouldn’t even tell us what his team is!

Les Kiss reports in from the United States after the Irish were less than impressive against Canada last week. It’s a much bigger challenge coming up this week according to Kiss against the Eagles who are coached by former Ireland mentor Eddie O’Sullivan.

Our in-depth analysis subject this week is … the DROP GOAL.

Should it be worth 3 points still? How do you defend against it? How do you coach it? Who are the gun kickers? Given the amount of finals lately, it’s a timely subject.

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