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Jack O'Toole

22-year-old journalism student who writes about sports from time to time. Follow Jack on Twitter at @jackjotoole

James Gallagher: “I’m Going To Be The Best Ever”

When James Gallagher scaled the Bellator cage fence in Belfast on Friday night there was a sense of redemption. The Strabanimal had just dominated Kirill Medvedovsky in what was supposed to be the toughest challenge of his career to date and he did it with ease. The 20-year-old never got out of third gear against Medvedovsky as he pressured the Israeli to the ground with …

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BAMMA 28 Delivers But Irish Prospects Endure Very Mixed Night

The second installment of BAMMATOR, the co-operative brainchild of Scott Coker’s Bellator and David Greene’s BAMMA, hit Belfast on Friday night as both promotions ventured into Northern Ireland for the first time in their respective histories. After a successful co-promotion in Dublin in December, Coker and Greene decided to team up once again to try and further embed themselves within the …

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Nothing Brings The Rugby Community Closer Together Than Death

You never really want to approach a subject like death with something as trivial as a quote from a Star Wars series, but if you bare with me, I think there is some relevance here. “You have no idea what you’ve unleashed here today…There are some things far more frightening than death,” were the The Grand Inquisitor‘s Last Words from the Star …

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Tributes Pour In For Dan Vickerman

Tributes have poured in from around the rugby world in the wake of the passing of former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman. Vickerman was found dead at his family home in Sydney on Sunday with no details yet available  regarding the cause of his death. The 37-year-old was capped 63 times by the Wallabies between 2002 and 2011 and his passing is the latest case …

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Alex Cuthbert: ‘I Wanted To Show People What I Was Actually Made Of’

Cardiff Blues winger Alex Cuthbert answered his critics with a stunning performance against Treviso during the Blues 57-20 drubbing of the Italian side at the Cardiff Arms Park. Cuthbert scored a try and produced a brilliant assist as he rebounded from a difficult week with Wales after he was released from Rob Howley’s squad following a heavily scrutinised performance against England last …

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Millwall’s Win Over Leicester Turns Ugly After Post-Match Pitch Invasion

Millwall’s 1-0 win over reigning Premier League champions Leicester turned ugly on Saturday after fans invaded the pitch following the full-time whistle. A late Shaun Cummings goal was enough to secure The Lions the win and a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, but celebratory scenes quickly turned sour with reports of missiles being launched by fans on the pitch. Millwall fans …

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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Superb Elastico Nutmeg Against Espanyol

Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo pulled off an outrageous elastico nutmeg in the first-half of the Galacticos 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. With Madrid attacking down the left flank, Ronaldo did supremely well to keep the ball in play before nutmegging Espanyol midfielder David López with a brilliant elastico. The move was ultimately nullified by the Espanyol defence but summarised the …

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Joost van der Westhuizen’s Final Moments: ‘Mom, You Must Let Me Go Now’

Joost van der Westhuizen’s brother Pieter van der Westhuizen has opened up about his brother’s final moments alive after the 45-year-old passed away at his family home in Johannesburg last week. van der Westhuizen, who lost his extensive battle with motor neuron disease last Monday, was reportedly taken off life support at his family home after years of treatment to combat the debilitating neurological disease. …

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Conor O’Shea Likens Coaching Italy To Recovering From Alcoholism

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has compared coaching the Italian team to the challenges faced by a recovering alcoholic after Italy’s 63-10 drubbing against Ireland last weekend. After opening round defeats to Ireland and Wales, the pre-tournament optimism around O’Shea’s tenure has quickly simmered with November’s historic win over South Africa now a distant memory. With France, England and Scotland still to play, …

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Students Perform Heartfelt Haka At Sione Lauaki’s Funeral

Students and old boys of Kelston Boys’ High School paid tribute to former Chiefs backrower Sione Lauaki with a passionate haka at the 35-year-old’s funeral in Auckland on Saturday. Lauaki, who passed away in Waitakere Hospital of kidney failure last Sunday, was buried in Waikumete Cemetery which happens to be just a couple of kilometres away from his old college Kelston Boys’ High …

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Christian Lealiifano Enters Remission And Opens Up On Battle Against Leukemia

Brumbies and Wallabies fly-half Christian Lealiifano has entered remission just six months after being diagnosed with Leukemia. Lealiifano received the positive news exactly 100 days after his diagnosis and spoke to reporters about how he had to overcome negativity in his battle against the life-threatening malignant disease. “As hard as it is to say, I’m definitely blessed to have gone …

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Rob Howley Releases Lions Duo For Club Games

Wales coach Rob Howley has released Lions duo Taulupe Faletau and Alex Cuthbert back to their clubs this weekend as the Six Nations takes a short break before returning next weekend. Faletau and Cuthbert, who both played during Wales’ 21-16 loss to England last weekend, join 12 other Welsh players who have also been released by Howley for this weekend’s games. …

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Watch: Nehe Milner-Skudder Scores First Try Since Return From Injury

All Blacks and Hurricanes winger Nehe Milner-Skudder crossed for his first try of the pre-season on Friday during the Canes’ 33-27 win over the Crusaders in Waverly. Otere Black spots a gap. @Nmilnerskudder finishes. Canes 26, @crusadersrugby 27 in Waverley #PreSeason2017 pic.twitter.com/9NsrYawjmx — Hurricanes Rugby (@Hurricanesrugby) February 17, 2017 Milner-Skudder, who was sidelined for almost a year with a dislocated shoulder, …

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Gloucester Rugby Takeover Still Set To Happen Despite EPCR Delays [Report]

ITV Sports reporter Matthias Kurth has reported that Mohed Altrad’s planned takeover of Gloucester Rugby is still set to happen despite the club and owner still waiting on approval from European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR). Well-placed source tells me that proposed takeover of @gloucesterrugby WILL still happen, despite EPCR stalling on final approval. #rugby — Matthias Kurth (@ITVMatthias) February 17, …

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Warren Gatland Hails Sam Warburton As ‘Outstanding’ And Highlights His Lions Qualities

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has hailed Wales flanker Sam Warburton’s performances in the Six Nations thus far as ‘outstanding’. Warburton, who captained the 2013 Lions to a 2-1 win over Australia, has been playing in a new-look Welsh backrow alongside Ross Moriarty and Justin Tipuric. Warburton has performed admirably through two games against Italy and England but …

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Bernard Foley Wants to Have ‘Tom Brady Effect’ On His Waratahs Teammates

Wallabies and Waratahs fly-half Bernard Foley has said that he wants to have a ‘Tom Brady effect’ on his Waratahs teammates this season as he prepares to step into more of a leadership role under Daryl Gibson. The Waratahs have a number of debutantes in their backline this season with halfback Jake Gordon, inside centre Irae Simone and winger Harry Jones all set for …

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