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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 .

9 Devices That Could Change The Future Of Rugby

Is this the rugby of the future? Our beloved rugby has changed massively over the years, with more and more technological advances having an impact on the game. Nowadays, we have ref cam and Hawkeye. Gone are the days of black tape and scrum caps being the most advanced items in a rugby dressing room. This new rugby excites us all. …

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Liverpool Star Commits To England National Team

The ongoing discussion surrounding the international future of Jordon Ibe appears to have finally been resolved, with the Liverpool star apparently committing to the Three Lions. Ibe is eligible to play for both Nigeria and England due to the nationality of his parents, but has chosen for the latter according to current Nigerian national boss, Sunday Oliseh. It was hardly …

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Audio: Chelsea Boss Swears At Roberto Martinez During Post-Match Interview [The Mirror]

It’s been a tough start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea and it appears tempers boiled over after the loss to Everton on Saturday. The 3-1 defeat means the Premier League champions are lingering worryingly close to the relegation zone with their chances of retaining the title slipping away. No team in Chelsea’s current league …

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Outstanding Character Shown By Grief Stricken All Ireland Referee

The character shown by referee Paud O’Dwyer during Sunday’s Minor All Ireland Final was nothing short of heroic. Sadly, O’Dwyer’s mother passed away on Saturday, just 24 hours before the minor hurling finale at GAA HQ. However, O’Dwyer refused to step down and put his grief to one side to officiate the final between Galway and Tipperary. He put on …

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What Is Roy Keane Doing In This 16th Century Painting?

Roy Keane modelling for a 16th Century Renaissance painting. Wait, what?! Although the closest we’ve seen to Roy Keane’s artistic side was when he tried to permanently imprint Alf Inge Haaland’s knee with his studs, it appears that Keano does in fact have a strong connection to art. We all knew the former Manchester United captain had a coloured past, but this …

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“Honestly Ref, He’s Only A First Year Minor”

We’ve all been there. Knocking about the local GAA club in the evening, hoping to see a match, but then it happens. The lads are short players, and the game might not go ahead. There’s only one thing for it; you’ve got to answer the call. This was the scenario in Liatroim, Co.Down recently when the local GAA side played …

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Ex-Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne Is Absolutely Killing It In The NFL

Jarryd Hayne, you’re a freak of nature.. Former Australian Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne has taken to the NFL like a steamroller through butter, destroying everything in his path. Okay, so it’s only the pre-season, but the new San Francisco 49ers man has continued to upset the doubters with his gridiron graft. He’s chasing a spot on the season roster, and …

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Another Night Passes, Another Diarmuid Connolly Appeal Fails

You have got to admire the persistence… With just over 24 hours to go until the sold-out replay between Mayo and Dublin, the Metropolitans have continued their attempts to rid Diarmuid Connolly of the chains of suspension. Following the decision by the Central Hearings Committee to reject an appeal just twenty-four hours ago, the county board decided to take their …

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This Bollywood Rugby Movie Is The Best & Worst Thing We’ve Seen

Our only complaint is that they haven’t given a cameo to the Honey Badger. We love chocolate. We love a few beers. But put them together and you’re left with a terrible tasting confectionary chocolate liqueur. Thankfully, not all things we love are terrible when mixed together, and in this case it’s Bollywood and rugby. For those living under a …

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CONFIRMED: Ireland Squad Named For Rugby World Cup

The Ireland squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup has been confirmed by the IRFU, via their website, with Felix Jones and Marty Moore missing out. Isaac Boss also misses out, as Joe Schmidt has decided to select just two specialist nines. This means Ian Madigan will slot in as cover if the unthinkable were to happen to both Conor …

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Zero Majors, But Five Ferraris. Oh To Be A Golfer….

He may have never tasted victory at a Major Championship, but we’ve no doubt this stunning collection of Ferraris help Ian Poulter sleep at night. While the ultimate goal for all golfers is to raise aloft a Claret Jug, or get their hands on the famous green jacket at Augusta, earning enough cash to support a massive house and five Ferraris …

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Ian Madigan Dives Into The Tech World

A big year for Leinster and Ireland rugby star Ian Madigan just got even bigger, with the launch of his new tech product, Fantasy Rugger. Madigan was in Ballsbridge on Wednesday night for the launch of Fantasy Rugger, along with school friend and Fantasy Rugger CEO Michael Storan. Fantasy Rugger models itself as “the world’s most sophisticated fantasy rugby game” …

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Confirmed: Sonny Bill Williams Off To Rio

It has been confirmed that Chiefs duo Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam will lead the New Zealand Sevens Squad to Rio for the Olympics next year. The squad was announced on Wednesday by Sir Gordon Tietjens, and the Chiefs pair will join up with new captain Scott Curry and Wellington’s Ardie Savea in the squad. The squad announcement most certainly comes as …

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Scotland’s David Denton Goes Full Steamroller On 20-Stone Mike Ross

Scotland’s David Denton weighs just under eighteen stone and stands at 6 foot 5 inches. Ireland’s Mike Ross weighs twenty stone and stands at just over 6 foot 1 inches. Surely the Irishman’s cubed mass would render him a relatively immovable object? Wrong. During Ireland’s 28-22 defeat of Scotland, Denton steamrolled Ross on his way to creating a Scottish try. …

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Keegan Hirst Becomes Britain’s First Openly Gay Rugby League Star

The times they are a-changin’… Bob Dylan’s timeless message is certainly apt when one looks at the rugby landscape, and thankfully, it’s changing for the good. This weekend, Keegan Hirst of the Batley Bulldogs became the first openly gay British rugby league professional. Hirst, a father of two, made the decision to publicly announce his sexual orientation through an interview with the …

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