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Kildare Tyrone

Tyrone Send Out Statement With Powerful Win Over Kildare

Kildare 1-15 Tyrone 2-22 Tyrone have progressed to the next round of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship thanks to a 2-22 to 1-15 victory over Kildare at St. Conleth’s Park in Newbridge. There was no repeat heroics from last year’s infamous ‘Newbridge or Nowhere’ when Kildare sent Mayo out of the Championship as they struggled to compete with the pace …

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GAA club finals

All-Ireland Club Finals Moved To January As GAA Condense Calendar

The GAA Ard Chomhairle have decided to move the senior finals of the AIB All-Ireland club senior championships to a new date in January.  The announcement was made on Saturday afternoon. Currently, the senior club finals take place on St. Patrick’s Day, but in an effort to condense the club calendar, the finals will be played in January. In 2020, …

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Limerick Tipperary Teams

Tipperary & Limerick Name Teams For Sunday’s Munster Final

Tipperary and Limerick have named their respective teams for Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Final at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 2 pm).  These two sides met at Semple Stadium two weeks ago in the final round of the Munster round-robin and it was Liam Sheedy’s men who prevailed by four points. However, Limerick boss John Kiely has recalled four of his …

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Rugby Laws Trial

A Number Of New Rugby Laws Set For Trial Next Year

World Rugby’s Law Review Group (LRG) met in London this week over two days and a number of new law variations look set to be trialled next year.  We previously discussed the various potential law changes earlier in the week but the ones which look set to be trialled pending further approval include: 50:22 Kick Proposal If the team in …

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rugby law changes

World Rugby To Take Next Steps With Potential Law Changes Post World Cup

World Rugby have announced that they will take the next steps towards potentially introducing law changes after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.  The law amendments under consideration are proposed with player welfare in mind and law experts, players, coaches, referees and elite competition representatives will meet in London this week to further build on the player welfare and …

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Sean O'Brien

IRFU Sanction Sean O’Brien Over Pub Incident [Report]

The IRFU have sanctioned Sean O’Brien due to an “incident of inappropriate behaviour” following Leinster’s PRO14 title win against the Glasgow Warriors.  The Irish Independent reports that O’Brien urinated on a member of the public in a pub in Dublin the day after Leinster clinched the title at Celtic Park. “The IRFU have investigated an incident of inappropriate behaviour by a …

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Football qualifiers tv

TV, Throw-In & Venue Details Confirmed For Round 3 Football Qualifiers

The TV, throw-in and venue details have been confirmed for the third round of qualifiers in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship.  The draw was made this morning which threw up some interesting encounters most notably Mayo against Armagh and Kildare versus Tyrone. The other two clashes will provide plenty of intrigue as Laois meet Offaly and Westmeath host Clare. …

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Israel Folau GoFundMe

Israel Folau GoFundMe Campaign Shut Down By Site

The GoFundMe campaign set up by Israel Folau to help fight his battle with Rugby Australia has been removed by the crowdfunding platform.  According to GoFundMe Australia, Folau’s campaign violated its terms of service and as a result, the campaign has been taken down and all money raised will be returned to the donors. Before the campaign was taken down, …

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Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton Withdraws From England Squad For Family Reasons

The RFU have confirmed that England and Sale Sharks winger Chris Ashton has withdrawn from the World Cup training squad due to family reasons. A 28-man squad have convened at Pennyhill Park today for a training camp with another get together set to take place at Lensbury between June 30 and July 4. However, Ashton will not be a part …

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Ireland Sevens

Ireland Fall To Narrow Defeat In Final Of Moscow Sevens

Ireland fell to a narrow 31-26 defeat in the final of the Moscow 7s in the Rugby Europe Men’s 7s Grand Prix Series.  Anthony Eddy’s side came into this final after securing wins over Spain and Germany in the quarter-final and semi-final, respectively. Although Ireland have qualified for next year’s HSBC Sevens World Series, there was added motivation at this …

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