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Richard Barrett is a Co-Founder and Head of Content at Pundit Arena. You can follow him on Twitter via @TheBoyBarrett .

Quick Guide To Tuesday’s World Cup Action

Another action-packed day of World Cup football awaits us on Tuesday, here’s a quick overview of all three games. _____ Russia vs Egypt (19:00) World Cup hosts Russia face an Egypt side buoyed by the likely return of star man Mohamed Salah on Tuesday knowing a win will all but guarantee a place in the last 16. Liverpool wizard Salah …

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All Eyes On Salah As World Cup Hosts Take On Egypt

World Cup hosts Russia face an Egypt side buoyed by the likely return of star man Mohamed Salah on Tuesday knowing a win will all but guarantee a place in the last 16. Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team’s defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury sustained during last month’s Champions League Final. …

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Hurricanes’ Julian Savea Finally Confirms Move To Toulon

Former All Blacks wing Julian Savea confirmed Monday he was joining the French Top 14 club Toulon at the end of the Super Rugby season.  Speculation that the blockbusting Savea, known as “The Bus”, had signed a lucrative contract to move north has been swirling for some time but the wing and rugby officials refused to comment. However, New Zealand …

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Jake Gordon Joins Wallabies Squad For Irish Series Decider

NSW Waratahs scrum-half Jake Gordon has joined the Wallabies squad for the final Test against Ireland after Will Genia had surgery on a fractured arm, team officials said Monday. Gordon returned from Japan on Monday after playing for the Waratahs in an exhibition game against NEC Green Rockets in Tokyo at the weekend. The 24-year-old is yet to earn his first Test …

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17-Year-Old Jordan Joseph Inspires France To Maiden U20 Title

Teenager Jordan Joseph inspired France to a 23-14 victory over three-time champions England on Sunday to claim a maiden World Rugby under-20 Championship title. Joseph, just 17 and recently signed with Top 14 giants Racing 92, was part of a French pack that outplayed their English counterparts, France’s Toulon fly-half Louis Carbonel kicking 23 points in an exceptional display with …

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French Full Back Benjamin Fall Has Red Card Rescinded

French fullback Benjamin Fall’s red card from the second Test against the All Blacks was cancelled Monday in a rare move hailed by France coach Jacques Brunel. “Wisdom has prevailed,” Brunel said after a World Rugby judicial panel ruled Fall’s mid-air collision with All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett was accidental and said he was free to play in next weekend’s …

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Three Things We Learned From Day 1 Of The World Cup

We look at the three key things learned following day one of the 2018 World Cup. Hosts Russia got the World Cup off to a flying start by hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game in Moscow. Fears that Russia may become just the second host nation to fail to qualify from the group stages have been quashed for …

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Schmidt Backs Scrummaging Scannell For Saturday’s Second Test

Coach Joe Schmidt says he is backing Niall Scannell’s scrummaging ability over Sean Cronin for his recall to the Ireland side for Saturday’s must-win second Test against the Wallabies in Melbourne. Scannell earnt Schmidt’s nod among eight Irish team changes following the Six Nations champions’ 18-9 loss to the Australians in the first Brisbane Test last week. The Munster hooker, who …

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Dustin Johnson Shares Lead As Unforgiving Shinnecock Slaughters Field

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson fired a one-under-par 69 to head a group of four players sharing the first-round on Thursday as a wind-whipped Shinnecock Hills offered a classic US Open test. As Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson saw their hopes of milestone major victories suffer serious setbacks, it was England’s Ian Poulter, and Americans Scott Piercy and Russell Henley who stood …

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Michael Hooper: We Expect Ireland Backlash In Melbourne

The Wallabies are prepared for a sterner contest from Ireland with adverse weather conditions expected for the pivotal second Test in Melbourne, skipper Michael Hooper said Friday. There is a forecast for hail during Saturday’s international with the Six Nations champions needing to win to keep the three-Test series alive after losing the first Brisbane Test 18-9 last week. Hooper, …

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Richie Smullen Finally Gets Deserved UFC Fight

SBG’s Richie Smullen will make his UFC bow on July 6th in Vegas, fighting on The Ultimate Fighter Finale 27 card. The Irishman, with a record of three wins and one draw, will fight Luis Pena in a lightweight bout at the Pearl Theatre. *BREAKING NEWS* Luis Peña will fight Richie Smullen at The Ultimate Fighter Finale, July 7th. ? pic.twitter.com/T0UkeVXThG …

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Confirmed: Gennady Golovkin & Canelo Alvarez Rematch

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will square off in their highly-anticipated rematch in September in Las Vegas, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya said on Wednesday. De La Hoya announced the tentative deal for a mid-September showdown at T-Mobile Arena after weeks of on-again and off-again bargaining by the two fighters’ camps. “I’m happy to inform that we have a …

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Stockdale Out As Schmidt Makes Eight Changes To Ireland Team

Joe Schmidt wielded the axe on Thursday morning, as he made eight changes to the Ireland squad to take on Australia in Melbourne on Saturday. Rob Herring has been relegated to the bench in place of Munster’s Niall Scannell, who will start in the front row. Sean Cronin has missed out on the matchday 23 altogether. Jacob Stockdale has been struggling to …

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Watch: Ireland’s Georgie Poynton Scores Stunner Against France

Georgie Poynton’s stunner capped off a fantastic result for the Irish Colleges and Universities team in Longford on Tuesday. The long-range free-kick proved to be the difference as Greg Yelverton’s side beat the French 2-1. To put the victory into context, Ireland had never beaten France prior to Tuesday’s victory, and Les Bleus currently sit at #2 spot in the …

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Woods & Mickelson Both Aiming For Major Milestone At US Open

World number one Dustin Johnson leads a string of in-form stars out to deny Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson another measure of major magic at the 118th US Open. Woods, whose pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major victories has remained stalled at 14 since his 2008 US Open triumph, will put his fused spine and gradually improving game …

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Freddie Ljungberg Returns To Arsenal As U23 Coach

Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has returned to the Premier League club as Under-23 head coach. Ljungberg helped Arsenal win the Premier League twice and the FA Cup three times in a nine-year spell from 1998 to 2007. He scored 46 goals in 216 appearances for Arsenal and, after retiring in 2014, the Sweden winger spent a season coaching Arsenal’s …

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