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Stability As Connacht Announce Coaching Contract Extensions

Connacht Rugby have received the boost with the news that they have tied down their coaching ticket for the foreseeable future.  Attack coach Nigel Carolan, forwards coach Jimmy Duffy and defence coach Peter Wilkins have all signed two-year contract extensions which will bring them up to the end of the 2020/21 season. The Connacht coaching ticket, in addition to new …

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Dick Clerkin GAA

“Do People Want The GAA To Give Them Money At The Gate?”

Dick Clerkin has doubled down on backing the GAA with regards to their recently announced ticket price hikes for Allianz League games.  The GAA announced last week that tickets bought on the day for Allianz League games will rise by 33% to €20 while also confirming that tickets for this year’s All-Ireland football and hurling finals will increase by €10 to …

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Emiliano Sala Cardiff City

Cardiff ‘Very Concerned’ Over Sala’s Disappearance

Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman said Monday the English Premier League club were “very concerned” over the disappearance of a light aircraft in which their record signing Emiliano Sala was a passenger. The Argentine striker, signed by Cardiff on Saturday from French club Nantes for a reported club record £15 million ($19 million), was flying to Cardiff aboard a small plane …

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Ireland wales

Beirne and Henderson Injuries Provides Good Test Of Ireland’s Depth

Since Ireland’s quarter-final exit to Argentina at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, building squad depth has been the number one priority for Joe Schmidt.  Injuries to Ireland’s front-line players like Peter O’Mahony, Johnny Sexton, Paul O’Connell and a suspension to Sean O’Brien proved crucial as Schmidt’s side faltered to an energetic Argentina side in Cardiff. It was a painful lesson …

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Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp Praises His “Warriors” In Midst Of Injury Crisis

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken his “warriors” to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp where he will search for a solution to his defensive dilemma. The Premier League leaders, four points ahead of Manchester City, are not in action this coming weekend because they were knocked out of the FA Cup in the last round. But James Milner’s sending-off …

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Gregor Townsend Scotland Six Nations

Gregor Townsend Adds Four New Players To Scotland Six Nations Squad

Gregor Townsend has been forced to add four new players to his Scotland squad for the upcoming Six Nations due to injuries.  Hamish Watson has dropped out of the squad due to a hand injury he picked up for Edinburgh in Friday night’s win over Montpellier at Murrayfield. There are also doubts over Sam Johnson (concussion), Johnny Gray (shoulder) and …

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Exeter Chiefs Jack Nowell

Contract Joy For Exeter As They Tie Down England Trio

Exeter Chiefs supporters have been given a boost after the disappointment of failing to progress to the Champions Cup knockout stages with the news that three key players have signed new deals with the club.  England internationals Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie have all signed two-year deals which will keep them at Sandy Park until the end of …

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Karmichael Hunt

Karmichael Hunt Given Second Chance With Waratahs Swap Deal

Disgraced fullback Karmichael Hunt was Monday given a chance to revive a rugby career overshadowed by a drug scandal, signing a one-year contract with the NSW Waratahs. Hunt, a former rugby league international who made his Wallabies debut in 2017, was stood down from all contractual obligations later that year over drug charges. The Queensland Reds star was fined Aus$10,000 and …

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Tadhg Beirne Munster Exeter Ireland

“Special” Tadhg Beirne Set For Scan After Bruising Win Over Exeter

Sean McMahon reports from Thomond Park.  Munster and Ireland will sweat on the fitness of man-of-the-match Tadhg Beirne, who picked up a knee injury in the second half of the southern province’s 9-7 victory over the Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park tonight.  Beirne, who played a pivotal role in Munster’s win and their subsequent progression to the knockout stages of …

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Saracens Centre Included In Ireland U20 Squad As McNamara Hopes For Improved 2019

2018 was a disappointing year for the Ireland U20s.  A third-placed finish during the Six Nations provided some optimism going into the summer for the World Championships but during that tournament in France the wheels came off somewhat. Ireland suffered defeat in all of their pool matches; against France, South Africa and Georgia. Noel McNamara’s side subsequently lost their ninth-place playoff …

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh Reach Knockouts For First Time In Seven Years With Montpellier Win

Edinburgh have secured passage to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup thanks to a 19-10 victory over Montpellier at Murrayfield.  The last time the Scottish club reached the last eight was way back in the 2011/12 season and not only content with that, but Richard Cockerill’s side have secured a home quarter-final. Edinburgh chipped away at the scoreboard in …

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