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Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter
Jaco Taute

Munster Confirm Jaco Taute Move To Leicester Tigers

Munster have confirmed that South African centre, Jaco Taute, will join Leicester Tigers at the beginning of the next season.  The announcement comes hours after the Premiership club confirmed the signing of Leinster centre, Noel Reid. Taute was first brought to the province in September 2016 as a replacement for the injured Francis Saili and made his debut the following …

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Noel Reid

Noel Reid To Join Leicester Tigers At End Of Season

Leinster Rugby have confirmed that centre Noel Reid will join Leicester Tigers from the start of the 2019/2020 season. The 28-year old made his senior debut for the province against Aironi in October 2011 and has made 120 appearances in a Leinster jersey since then, scoring 103 points. Reid also has one international cap to his name, which came during …

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Israel Folau

Israel Folau Code Of Conduct Hearing Set For May

A Code of Conduct hearing, requested by Israel Folau following his dismissal from Rugby Australia earlier this month, will take place on May 4. The 30-year-old was issued with a termination notice of his $4 million contract on April 15 following his controversial social media post in which he stated that “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists …

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Johnny Sexton Leinster

Gordon D’Arcy: Sexton’s Lack Of Game Time Doesn’t Concern Me

Gordon D’Arcy doesn’t believe that Leinster captain Johnny Sexton will struggle in this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final with Toulouse due to a lack of game time. The World Player of the Year hasn’t featured for Leinster since their 26-17 loss to Munster in December and has only 15 games to his name this season, lasting the full 80 minutes …

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Munster Saracens

Saracens V Munster: Choose Combined XV From Starting Teams

Saracens face Munster in a highly-anticipated Heineken Champions Cup semi-final in Ricoh Arena in Coventry tomorrow (Kick-off 3pm). Both Mark McCall and Johann van Graan have named their sides for the clash with the Irish province having to do without the services of Joey Carbery and Keith Earls with Tyler Bleyendaal and Darren Sweetnam named instead. Meanwhile, captain, Brad Barritt, …

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James Lowe Leinster

Lowe Gets The Nod As Sexton Named For Toulouse Semi-Final

Leinster have named their team for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse on Sunday with an injury to Jamison Gibson-Park meaning James Lowe will start.  The New Zealander is named on the wing alongside Rob Kearney and Jordan Larmour. Captain, Johnny Sexton, is set to make his first appearance of the year for Leinster following a quad injury sustained …

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Munster Keith Earls Saracens

Blow For Munster As Keith Earls Misses Semi-Final With Saracens

Munster have confirmed that Keith Earls will miss their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens through injury, with Darren Sweetnam replacing him on the wing.  The 31-year-old, who scored a brace of tries against Edinburgh in the quarter-final, picked up an injury during the game and did not train during the week. Mike Haley was a late withdrawal in BT …

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Tony Reddin

Forgotten Friday: The Immovable Force That Was Tony Reddin

“Try that again and they’ll be having a by-election in Cork.” – Tony Reddin to then Cork TD, Jack Lynch, during the 1950 Munster final.  Since the retirement of Darren Gleeson in 2017, Tipperary have been having trouble nailing down their man between the sticks. This season, Liam Sheedy has juggled between Paul Maher and Brian Hogan of Lorrha. However, …

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Angela Magana

Former UFC Fighter Magana Wakes From Coma Following Surgery

Former UFC strawweight, Angela Magana, has regained consciousness following complications during a surgery on Tuesday. Magana underwent emergency spine surgery after she was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome which was revealed following a nerve block procedure on a herniated disc. However, she failed to wake following the surgery and her coach, Gabriel Lamastus, took to social media to say the …

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Benvenuti Receives Two Week Ban For High Challenge On Archer

Tommaso Benvenuti has received a two-week ban for his high challenge on Stephen Archer during Munster’s 37-28 win over Benetton Treviso on Friday. The centre was reported by the Citing Commissioner in charge for an infringement of Law 9.20 – A player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders. The player was shown a …

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Conor Murray Tyler Bleyendaal

D’Arcy: Carbery Won’t Be A Loss If Conor Murray Can Make His Mark

Gordon D’Arcy believes Conor Murray will need to stamp his authority in their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens in order to fill the void left by Joey Carbery. Carbery has been deemed as “highly unlikely” to start the game after being withdrawn during their quarter-final win over Edinburgh after 36 minutes with the hamstring injury that prematurely ended his …

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Rory Best

Rory Best To Retire From Rugby Following World Cup

Ireland and Ulster captain, Rory Best, has confirmed that he will retire from rugby following the World Cup in October.  Best is Ulster’s most-capped international with 116 appearances (10 tries) and has helped Ireland win the Six Nations Championship on four occasions, including two Grand Slam successes (one as captain). He made his competitive debut for Ulster in 2004 and …

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Champions League semi-finals

UEFA Confirm Champions League Semi-Final Fixture Dates

Following last night’s quarter-final results, the fixture details for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals have been confirmed. Liverpool will travel to the Camp Nou on Wednesday, May 1 for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed their place in the final four with a 4-1 win (6-1 on aggregate) over FC Porto last …

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Gordon D'Arcy

Gordon D’Arcy: “Sport Is Inclusive, It Doesn’t Care Who You Are”

Former Leinster and Ireland rugby player, Gordon D’Arcy, believes anyone who wants to participate in sport must accept and live by approved societal norms. His comments come as Rugby Australia announced the termination of Israel Folau’s contract due to a “high level” breach of the professional players’ code of conduct, while stating that he had ignored formal instruction not to …

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Jarrell Miller Returns ‘Adverse Findings’ In Drugs Test

Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, Jarrell Miller, has returned an “adverse finding” in a drug-testing sample, according to promoter, Eddie Hearn. The American boxer is due to fight Joshua in a heavyweight title unification bout on June 1 in Madison Square Garden, having never fought for a world title before. The random drugs test, carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association …

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