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Niamh O'Mahony

A fan of the beautiful game, Niamh is Head of Writer Development at Pundit Arena. Get in touch by dropping an email to niamh@punditarena.com or finding her on Twitter.

Toulon Have Sacked Diego Dominguez And Replaced Him With An Englishman

Toulon have parted company with manager Diego Dominguez and promoted recently hired backs coach Mike Ford to the top role in the club. The Argentine-born ex-Italian international has been under pressure to produce results in recent weeks following a sluggish start to the Top 14 season, and with additional reports of unrest in the camp, owner Mourad Boudjellal has now dispensed with his head …

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Mumm Will Miss Wallabies’ Clash With Wales After Accepting One-Week Suspension

Australian backrow Dean Mumm will miss his country’s opening game of their European tour after pleading guilty to a charge of striking and being handed a one-week suspension. The incident happened during the Wallabies loss to New Zealand over the weekend and left All Black Brodie Retallick suffering with concussion after the pair clashed at the back of the ruck. It was missed by …

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Wallabies And Toulon Star Denies He’s About To Announce His Retirement

A spell on the sidelines has prompted fresh speculation over the future of Wallabies and Toulon back Matt Giteau, with reports in France suggesting that 34-year-old veteran could retire at the end of the current season. The initial report originated from Midi Olympique but was widely reporting elsewhere – with the suggestion that injuries are taking a heavy toll on the Sydney native’s …

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Boost For Saracens And England As The Latest Owen Farrell News Is Hugely Positive

Saracens coach Mark McCall and England head coach Eddie Jones will both be happier men after it was confirmed that influential fly-half Owen Farrell is set to start his first game of the season this weekend. The Aviva Premiership side face the almighty challenge of taking on Toulon at the Stade Felix-Mayol in France on Saturday afternoon, and having at last recovered from the …

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Cork Hurlers To Face Tipperary In Thurles As Páirc Uí Chaoimh Won’t Be Ready In Time

Cork hurlers will concede home advantage to reigning All-Ireland senior hurling champions Tipperary next summer as the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh will not be completed in time for the fixture. The tie was one of the standout fixtures made in Thursday’s 2017 All-Ireland Hurling Championship draw and there were some initial suggestions that the match would be the ideal way …

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Mixed News For Manchester City: Aguero Is Fine But Key Defender Out For Three Weeks

Manchester City supporters, like most Premier League fans, are beginning not to like international windows and the competitive fixtures that they bring along with them. On Monday came the worrying news that striker Sergio Aguero had limped out of a training session with Argentina over the weekend. However, the player felt much improved on Monday and is now expected to play against Paraguay …

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Antonio Conte Willing To Part With Eden Hazard To Fund Arrival Of Key Target [Report]

Chelsea supporters: don’t read this while eating your cornflakes, but a report in one of Monday morning’s newspapers has claimed that manager Antonio Conte is willing to allow Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard leave Stamford Bridge in order to secure his number one transfer target. As reported on Saturday, media outlets published mixed updates on whether or not the Blues are closing in on signing …

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Manchester United Renew Interest In Everton’s Republic Of Ireland Talisman [Reports]

Linked with the Republic of Ireland captain on a number of previous occasions already, Manchester United have taken a fresh liking to Everton’s Seamus Coleman according to a number of reports in Sunday’s newspapers. Coleman dribbled and bundled his way by several Georgian players to score and secure the Republic of Ireland’s first World Cup qualifying win for the 2018 World Cup …

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COBHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Antonio Conte of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 23, 2016 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Mixed Reports On Whether Or Not Chelsea Have Secured Deal For No.1 Transfer Target

Having brought in a number of key signings during the summer, the new Premier League season was expected to be a much-improved one for Chelsea – especially with former Italy manager Antonio Conte at the helm. However, while the campaign started off brightly, two defeats and a draw have robbed the Blues of much of their ‘feel good’ factor and Conte is already …

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BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the media session held at Pennyhill Park on February 22, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones’ Plans Hit Again As England Suffer Another Significant Injury Blow

Bath winger Anthony Watson is likely to miss England’s entire Autumn Test series following confirmation that he suffered an injury in training earlier this week. The 22-year-old suffered a fractured jaw while in camp with Eddie Jones and his international team-mates in Brighton. Commenting on the situation to the Bath Rugby website, Watson’s club coach, Todd Blackadder, said: “Anthony broke his jaw in the England training …

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Watch: Remorseful Aaron Smith Apologises After Being Sent Home Over Airport Encounter

New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith has publicly apologised to his partner, family, his All Black team-mates and supporters after being handed a one-game suspension on Wednesday for “breaching team standards regarding behaviour”. The number nine was seen entering a toilet in Christchurch airport with a female companion and team management acted quickly by withdrawing the half back from selection for this weekend’s encounter …

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All-Ireland Finalists Receive 11 Nominations Each For GAA/GPA Football All-Stars

Having battled it out for the 2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship crown, it’s no surprise to see champions Dublin and runners up Mayo shares the honours when it comes to the 2016 football All Stars list. Revealed on Thursday morning, each county has 11 nominations following last Saturday’s All-Ireland final replay, which the Dubs captured by a single point at …

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Shkodran Mustafi Reveals How He’ll Win Over Arsenal Fans Following Big Money Move

Having needed to bring defensive reinforcements into the club during the summer, most Arsenal supporters were happy to see German international Shkodran Mustafi arriving at the Emirates Stadium back in August. Of even further intrigue was the sum of money agreed with Valencia for the services of the centre half, who has since made an impressive start to his career in the red and …

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Manchester City Star Blasts Neighbours United Over Treatment Of Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s ongoing situation at Manchester United has hit the headlines on several occasions already in recent months and the former German international was back in the spotlight on Wednesday evening. Asked about his compatriot’s current exile from United’s first team squad, City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan backed Schweinsteiger and insisted that, fully fit, he can still be a significant asset to …

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Laurent Koscielny Explains Why Olivier Giroud Faces A “Difficult” Situation At Arsenal

All summer long we were told that Arsenal were desperate to bring in a world class striker to strengthen the first team options at the Emirates. Jamie Vardy was only the first of a string of attacking players linked with a move to the Gunners and only a late, late deal for Lucas Pérez saw Arsène Wenger do any business in the most relevant part of the …

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Manchester United Fans Delighted As Antoine Griezmann Shares Growing Interest In Red Devils

Ever since recording a series of impressive performances for France at the 2016 European Championships, striker Antoine Griezmann has seen significant and growing interest in attaining his future services. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United – as well as a host of European clubs – are all said to be interesting in trying the pry the 25-year-old away from Atlético Madrid and manager Diego Simeone, …

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