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Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter
McGregor weigh-in

Conor McGregor Makes Weight Ahead Of UFC 246 Bout

The official weigh-in for the highly-anticipated UFC 246 bout between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone has taken place with both fighters weighing in at 170lbs. Cerrone and McGregor will face off in a headline welterweight bout on Saturday night / Sunday morning. From McGregor’s perspective, he will be hoping to claim his first victory in the octagon since he defeated …

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Fitzgibbon Cup

Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Preview: Two Exciting Derbies In Store

Following an intriguing opening round, the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup continues this weekend with plenty more action to enjoy. The second round begins on Friday evening when IT Carlow welcome GMIT to their grounds before the action continues all across the weekend. Read our preview of the games below. _____ Group A Maynooth University v DCU Dochas Eireann: Sunday, January …

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Munster

Nash Replaces Injured Earls As Munster Try To Salvage European Season

Munster’s Calvin Nash will make his Heineken Champions Cup debut in their final pool game against Ospreys this weekend in Thomond Park.  The game will also mark a first European start for Fineen Wycherley while Academy duo Ben Healy and Jack O’Sullivan have been named among the replacements. Following last Sunday’s 39-22 loss to Racing 92 in Paris, Johann van …

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Ulster Champions CUp

Ulster Make One Change For Champions Cup Showdown With Bath

Ulster have made one change to their side ahead of their final Heineken Champions Cup Pool 3 game against Bath at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.  Despite their loss to Clermont Auvergne at the weekend, Ulster remain confident of securing a Champions Cup quarter-final spot knowing that any manner of victory against Bath will see them progress. Tom O’Toole – who …

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Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup

First Class Rivals: Fiercest Of Rivalries Put Aside For Common Goal

In association with The GAA is built on the values of community and local bonds. Players and supporters are fiercely loyal to their clubs and counties and rivalries with surrounding areas naturally form. Very rarely is any middle ground formed between life-long rivals but that is exactly the unique premise that the Electric Ireland Higher Education Championships are built on. …

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Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon

Five GAA Stars To Watch In The Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup

The Electric Ireland Higher Education Championships return this weekend highlighting some of the best young talent in the country through the Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups. Over the years, the competitions have cultivated some of the top players in both hurling and football with a huge number of All-Ireland winners stemming from third-level tournaments. Following UCC’s success in 2019, this year’s …

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van graan carbery

Van Graan “Gutted” As Joey Carbery Ruled Out For Up To Four Months

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has said he is “gutted” for Joey Carbery following his latest injury setback on his return from a lengthy absence. According to Virgin Media’s Sinead Kissane, the 24-year-old is set to spend between two and four months on the sidelines after suffering a wrist ligament injury in Friday night’s game against Ulster which requires …

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Jack McCaffrey Jim Gavin Dublin

Jack McCaffrey Admits “Complete Surprise” At Gavin’s Dublin Departure

There was widespread shock late last November when on a seemingly quiet Saturday, Dublin GAA released a statement confirming Jim Gavin’s departure as senior football manager.  Just two months previously, the side completed a historic five-in-a-row and after the All-Ireland replay, all indications from Gavin himself suggested that he was ready to continue for another year. However, it wasn’t just …

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Michael Fatialofa

Worcester Provide Positive Update On Fatialofa Following Surgery

Worcester Warriors’ lock Michael Fatialofa is recovering well following surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord caused by swelling. The 27-year-old suffered a serious neck injury during his side’s clash with Saracens and was withdrawn on a stretcher after receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch. Fatialofa was transferred to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington in West London where he underwent …

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Saracens

Saracens Players Could Face Redundancy, Warns Interim Chief Executive

Saracens could be forced to dismantle their current squad in order to comply with the Premiership salary cap, their new interim chief executive has warned.  The London club were fined £5.36 million and docked 35 points by Premiership Rugby for breaching salary cap regulations in the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons by failing to disclose payments to players, leading to …

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Simon Zebo

Simon Zebo A Doubt For Champions Cup Visit Of Munster To Paris

Racing 92 could be without the services of former Munster player Simon Zebo for the visit of the Irish province to Paris in the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend. According to a report by James Harrington in the Irish Examiner, the former Ireland international has emerged as a doubt after he was withdrawn from Racing’s win over Clermont in the …

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club finals

QUIZ: Name Every All-Ireland Club Champion From Previous Decade

After an entertaining weekend of GAA action, we now know the pairings for the 2020 All-Ireland Hurling and Football Club finals.  Corofin return to Croke Park on January 19 to face Kilcoo, who have reached their first-ever All-Ireland decider, while prior to that, Ballyhale Shamrocks and Borris-Ileigh go head-to-head for the hurling title. Ahead of the intriguing clashes, we are …

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Corofin Kilcoo

Round-Up: Kilcoo Book Maiden Final While Corofin March Towards History

Reigning champions Corofin will face Kilcoo in the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Final later this month after the two sides booked their spots with respective wins over Nemo Rangers and Ballyboden St Enda’s today. In the first of this afternoon’s clashes, Corofin recorded a comfortable victory over Cork side Nemo Rangers in Ennis before Down’s Kilcoo reached their first ever …

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2020 calendar

Month-By-Month Guide To The 2020 Irish Sporting Calendar

With the Summer Olympics, Euro Championships and the Ryder Cup, 2020 will be an incredible year for sport. To ensure you don’t miss a second of the action, we’ve compiled all the key dates into one essential guide. _____ January 2020 4th: All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship semi-finals 5th: All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship semi-finals 19th: All-Ireland Senior Club Football …

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Brendan Maher

2020 Holds More Promise For Brendan Maher Following Defining Year

By any measure, it’s been a successful and memorable year for Borrisoleigh and Tipperary hurler Brendan Maher.  In 2019 alone, the 30-year-old won his third All-Ireland senior medal, was named an All-Star for the third time and inspired his club Borrisoleigh to their first Tipperary and Munster club titles in 33 years, all while establishing his own gym business. However, …

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Liam Williams

Scarlets Confirm Liam Williams Return Following Saracens Spell

Wales international Liam Williams will rejoin Scarlets for the 2020/21 season following a three-year spell with Saracens. Williams began his professional career with the Welsh side in 2011 but made the move to Saracens following a successful British & Irish Lions tour in 2017. In his first season at Allianz Park, Williams scored 10 tries in all competitions and has …

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kilkenny tipperary

Kilkenny Dominate Pundit Arena Hurling Team Of The Decade

As the decade comes to a close, we reflect on what has been a defining era of hurling.  Over the past 10 years, five counties have lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup during a period of structure changes, transitioning squads and ever-increasing competition. We have seen outrageous levels of skill and talent across the board from established and emerging players. Here at …

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