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Michael Corry

Sports Journalist based in Dublin. Hit me up if you have a unique story to tell. Email: michael@punditarena.com Twitter: @Corry_10 Instagram: @Corry_10
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Sixteen Champions Crowned In Cracking Weekend Of Club Action

What an epic weekend of county final action as 16 champions were confirmed across the country.  It started on Saturday afternoon when Cargin claimed back-to-back Antrim senior titles following an epic win over Lámh Dhearg. The action resumed on Sunday as 10 football finals and six hurling deciders went down tot he wire with one of the fairytale victories seeing …

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World Rugby Issue Statement Following SRU’s Strong Comments

With Typhoon Hagibis already wreaking havoc on the Rugby World Cup, there are lingering fears that Sunday’s crunch clash between Scotland and Japan may be cancelled. Of course, if this were to happen both teams would be awarded two points each and Scotland would ultimately be eliminated from rugby’s showpiece event. However, the Scottish Rugby Union have stated in no …

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How Isa Nacewa Returned To Leinster For One More Shot At Glory

In association with the Irish Blood Transfusion Services Isa Nacewa will forever be remembered as Leinster’s greatest ever signing.  After arriving in Dublin in 2008 not even he could have envisaged the trajectory of how his career would go. When Nacewa finally walked away from rugby at the end of the 2018 season, he finished with seven major honours including …

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Business As Usual For Ireland Despite Drama Of Typhoon Hagibis

Joe Schmidt claims it is “business as usual” for Ireland as they prepare for their final Pool A game with Samoa despite the disruptions due to Typhoon Hagibis. It was feared that Ireland’s match would be cancelled due to the typhoon, however, it is set to go ahead while England versus France and New Zealand versus Italy have both been …

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Sergio Parisse Slams World Rugby’s Lack Of Plan B As Ridiculous

Sergio Parisse has slammed World Rugby for having no Plan B after the decision was made to cancel their final Pool B match against New Zealand. With Typhoon Hagabis expected to hit Japan over the coming days, World Rugby confirmed that two matches would be cancelled with both sets of teams being awarded two points each. For Italy, the decision …

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Eddie Jones – “Someone Is Smiling On Us, The Typhoon Gods Maybe”

Fans have been left disappointed by the news that World Rugby has cancelled two matches this weekend due to the impending Typhoon Hagibis.  One of the matches affected by the storm is England’s highly-anticipated clash with France. England head coach Eddie Jones informed the media that his side had been notified of the cancellation, confirming that the decision was out …

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Henshaw Returns As Ireland Look To Nail Down Quarter-Final Spot

Robbie Henshaw has been named at outside centre for Ireland’s crunch clash with Samoa in the Rugby World Cup. Ireland face the Pacific Islanders on Saturday knowing that a bonus-point win will ensure qualification for the last eight of the tournament. With that in mind, Joe Schmidt has gone close to full strength for Saturday’s game. The usual front-row of …

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World Rugby Cancel Two Matches Amid Fears Of Typhoon Hagibis

Two of Saturday’s final group fixtures in the 2019 Rugby World Cup have been cancelled due to the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis. World Rugby cited safety concerns as the reason for the matches cancellation and have confirmed that each team will be awarded two points as per stated in the tournament rules. Pool B’s match involving New Zealand and …

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DJ Carey Set For Role With Kilkenny Senior Hurlers

DJ Carey is rumoured to be joining Brian Cody’s backroom staff as the longtime Kilkenny manager looks to revamp his team ahead of 2020. According to reports, the five-time All-Ireland winner has been sought out by his former manager to replace Derek Lyng after he walked away from the set-up. Carey walked away from his role as Kilkenny U20 manager …

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Much-Deserved Provincial Final A Legitimate Goal For Clare

After drawing Kerry at the semi-final stage in five of the last seven seasons, Colm Collins must surely believe that 2020 will finally be the year his efforts with Clare are rewarded with a provincial final berth.  The Munster SFC draw was made last night with heavy-hitters Cork and Kerry set to meet in the semi-final. Clare won’t have it …

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Cassidy & Kelly Proving That Old Dogs Can Be Taught New Tricks

The old adage you can’t teach an old dog new tricks was proven wrong this weekend in an absolutely cracking couple days of club championship action. At 38, Kevin Cassidy continues to age like a fine wine as the current Ulster Footballer of the Year was in sparkling form for Gaoth Dobhair in their Donegal SFC semi-final win over favourites …

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How McGregor’s Genius Resulted In His Detachment From Ireland

It started with a cult following before descending into global superstardom. Love him or loathe him, it’s hard to ignore him.  Conor McGregor transcended a sport that was already growing at warp speed and he did it like no other before him. His crossing into the mainstream of popular culture was so meteoric that it has become hard to identify …

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“Pathetic” Referee Slammed After Bizarre Dismissal In NIFL Premiership

A heavyweight clash took place in the Northern Ireland Football League Premiership last night as Belfast rivals Cliftonville and Glentoran met at The Oval. North Belfast’s Cliftonville have come of age over the last number of seasons winning back-to-back titles between 2012 & 2014. Cliftonville (and neighbouring club Crusaders) have broken the Linfield/Glentoran axis that had existed in the NIFL …

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Despite Rocky World Cup It’s Important To Savour Unique Experience

While Ireland’s World Cup campaign hasn’t gone the way many expected, it’s important to savour the unique experience that many of these players, as well as their families, are experiencing for the first time.  Opportunities like these don’t come along too often and Chris Farrell knows that. Having admitted that he found it difficult acclimatising to Japan on tour two …

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Stockdale Seeks Advice From Earls On The Pressures Of A World Cup

There can be no disputing that the pressure is mounting on this Ireland squad ahead of their final Pool A game with Samoa next weekend. Ireland’s all-conquering 2018 followed by a topsy turvy 2019 ensured that pressure was on Joe Schmidt’s side before the World Cup had even begun. Jacob Stockdale burst onto the scene during Ireland’s most successful ever …

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