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Eoin Neylon

Eoin is a sports fanatic who will watch pretty much anything sports-related. His main focus, though, is on GAA and Rugby. Although he still occasionally haunts the hurling field, he mainly watches and writes about the action these days.

Sonny Bill Williams Latest All-Black In Danger Of Missing Lions Tour

Lions fever is hotting up and with it, the injury list for the All-Blacks is lengthening. Inspiring centre Sonny Bill Williams is the latest injury concern for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. Williams left the field during the Auckland Blues’ Super Rugby win over the NSW Waratahs with a head injury and did not reappear after the Head Injury Assessment (HIA). Blues’ …

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2017 GAA Congress, Croke Park, Dublin 24/2/2017 GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

GAA President: Hurling Championship Needs To Be Changed

There has been much talk of the championship structure in football following the decision by GAA Congress to introduce the ‘Super 8’ format in 2018. Inevitably, talk of the hurling championship structure soon followed. The debate is sure to rage on as to what could or should be done to rejig it in various media circles. Speaking at the launch of …

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Ireland U20’s facing injury crisis ahead of World Championships

Ireland U20’s interim coach Peter Malone faces disrupted preparations ahead of the World Championships. With the competition set to get underway in Georgia at the end of the month, his side is now facing an injury crisis. A report in the Irish Times confirmed back three player Jordan Larmour will miss the tournament. The St Mary’s College man was in outstanding …

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Dublin Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Wexford Park, 11/6/2011 Wexford vs Kilkenny General view of a full Wexford Park Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Venue Confusion Surrounds Dublin’s Championship Opener

The Gaelic Football Championship opens this weekend in New York. As such, most of the focus this week will be on the Connacht championship and action on the field. However, there is a potential issue brewing in the Leinster Championship surrounding Dublin’s quarterfinal game. Dublin received a bye into the quarter-finals in the championship draw. There, they will play the …

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1B, O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois 18/2/2017 Laois vs Offaly Laois' Patrick Purcell Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

How The Hurling Championship Looks After Last Weekend’s Results

For some, thoughts of the championship are a few weeks away still. However, for the majority of counties the May bank holiday weekend represented their second championship outing of 2017. In the Leinster Championship qualifier group, it’s nicely set up for a clincher final weekend of games. Laois maintained their winning ways over Meath to sit atop the group. Last …

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Back Door GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay 28/9/2013 Clare vs Cork Shane O'Donnell holds the Liam McCarthy Cup while being lifted in front of Hill 16 by team mates Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

The Back Door at 20: How A Radical Overhaul Saved Hurling

At the 1996 meeting of the GAA annual congress, delegates considered a radical proposal. Since 1887, the hurling championship had been a straight knockout tournament. Provincial winners met in the All-Ireland semi-finals and the champions were the one team that never lost a single game. By the mid-1990’s however, the championship was in need of a shake up. By that …

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Connacht Rugby Squad Training, Sportsground, Galway 11/4/2017 Darragh Leader Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht Announce Contract Extensions For Two Local Stars

In a statement posted on Connacht’s official website, the province have announced contract extensions for two up-and-coming stars. Eoin McKeon from Galway and Darragh Leader from Castlegar have both penned new contracts after a turbulent year for Connacht. McKeon made his debut for the Westerners against the Scarlets in April 2010. Since then he has proved an effective back row in his seven …

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Champions League Semi-Final Line-Up Revealed

UEFA have made the draw for the last four of Europe’s premier club football competition. A pulsating set of quarter finals means Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Juventus and Monaco will be in the hat for the last four of the Champions League. The match ups give us a repeat of last year’s final. The Madrid derby last year prove one of …

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Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Semi-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 16/4/2017 Wexford vs Tipperary Wexford Manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan clash with Jason Forde of Tipperary

Davy Fitzgerald’s Ban Has Been Revealed

It has been confirmed that the GAA authorities have slapped an 8-week ban on Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. His incursion onto the field in his side’s Allianz league semi-final loss to Tipperary wasn’t his first infraction. This, coupled with the on-field altercation with Tipperary players Niall O’Meara and Jason Forde, has earned the Sixmilebridge man the punishment. Meanwhile, the ban will …

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Munster Rugby Press Conference, UL, Limerick 18/1/2017 Conor Murray

Mixed Injury News For Munster Ahead Of Mammoth Champions Cup Semi-Final

Days ahead of Munster’s European Champions Cup semi-final, the province has received mixed news on the injury front. An RTÉ Sport report states that CJ Stander look set to be ready for the clash with Saracens. However, they also rate Conor Murray’s chances of recovering in time as slim. Murray has struggled with a shoulder injury since the 6 Nations loss to Wales last …

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European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final, Thomond Park, Limerick 1/4/2017 Munster vs Toulouse Munster's Darren Sweetnam celebrates his try with Tyler Bleyendaal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Referees For The Champions Cup Semi-Finals Have Been Revealed

The Champions Cup semi-finals are fast approaching. With just over a week until kickoff, European rugby has today announced who will be taking charge of each encounter. Our #ChampionsCup semi-final referees! ▪️Munster v Saracens – Romain Poite ▪️Clermont v Leinster – Nigel Owens pic.twitter.com/4d5nEE2FqX — Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) April 14, 2017 Munster fans will, no doubt, not be best pleased. Romain …

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European Rugby Champions Cup Round 3, Ricoh Stadium Coventry 11/12/2016 Wasps vs Connacht Connacht’s Bundee Ak

Connacht Rugby Agree New Three-Year Shirt Sponsor Deal

Following on from Munster’s jersey sponsorship announcement, Connacht have announced a deal for the next three seasons. Outdoor and workwear company Portwest will link up with the western province in what is their first venture into rugby. Portwest purports to be the fastest growing workwear company in the world. In addition to their online sales, they have three high street outdoor shops in Galway and …

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REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Munster Rugby Open Training Session, Irish Independent Park, Cork 12/4/2017 Munster huddle at the end of training Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Munster Confirm Sponsorship Deal Lasting Until 2023

As the old saying goes: “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”. This would appear to apply to Munster rugby and their shirt sponsor Bank of Ireland. The renewed sponsorship deal will see the bank retain exclusive playing and training kit rights for the Munster senior and “A” teams. There are also new roles for Ireland international’s Peter O’Mahony and …

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27: Ian McGeechan, the Lions head coach looks on prior to the Second Test match between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld on June 27, 2009 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Five Greatest Ever British And Irish Lions Coaches

Warren Gatland may be the coach on everyone’s mind these days. With his potential selections for this year’s tour filling column inches, most people are focused on the players that might make the cut and how the potential 2017 edition of the Lions stacks up to the previous wearers of the famous red jersey. But what about the coach himself? …

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