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Copa Libertadores

River Plate Refuse To Play Libertadores In Madrid

River Plate said Saturday they have refused to play the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in Madrid. The match between the Argentine arch-rivals has been moved to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium after it was twice postponed last weekend after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus. The match is due to be played in the Spanish …

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Shane Duffy Brighton Huddersfield

Watch: Ireland’s Shane Duffy Powers Home Equaliser For Brighton

At the beginning of the second-half, it’s currently 1-1 between Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion with the equalising goal for the Seagulls coming from Ireland’s Shane Duffy.  Huddersfield took an early lead when Mathias Zanka headed home with just 54 seconds on the clock but the Terriers’ fortunes took a turn for the worse when Steve Mounie received …

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Leeds Sheffield Howler Championship

Watch: Goalkeeper Howler Sends Leeds To Top Of The Championship

A dreadful blunder by Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson helped Leeds to a 1-0 win on Saturday, their first at Bramall Lane since they won the old First Division title 26 years ago. Spanish veteran Pablo Hernandez slotted the ball into an empty net after Henderson had passed the ball to Leeds youngster Jack Clarke, to send Leeds to the …

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Munster champions cup sellout

Eight Try Munster Put Edinburgh To The Sword In Dominant Win

Munster – 44 Edinburgh – 14 Munster secured a one-sided bonus-point victory as a superb first half showing put Edinburgh to the sword and secured the outcome of this game long before Nigel Owen blew the full-time whistle. Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Tadhg Beirne and Peter O’Mahony were all excellent but it was man-of-the-match Chris Farrell who stole the show …

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Walsh Park Waterford GAA

Waterford Denied Request To Play Home Games Outside Province

Munster GAA have denied a proposal put forward by Waterford which would see the county play their 2019 home fixtures outside of the province.  Walsh Park has been ruled as inadequate to host Munster championship games and the county has cited the fact they have to travel to other grounds for their home fixtures as a contributing factor to their …

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Drotske South Africa

World Cup Winning Springbok Drotske ‘Stable’ After Shooting

Former Springbok hooker and Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske was in a “stable” condition in hospital Friday after being shot during an armed robbery outside Pretoria. The 47-year-old, a member of the 1995 World Cup winning squad, was at his brother’s property when three men broke into the house on Thursday evening, police told local media. “From what we hear …

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Guilhem Guirado Montpellier Toulon France

France Captain Guilhem Guirado Toulon Departure Confirmed

France captain Guilhem Guirado will be moving to Montpellier at the end of the season, the Top 14 club announced on Thursday. “It was a very important decision which needed a lot of thought. Now it is official I am very happy to be joining Montpellier,” Guirado told the club website. Guirado’s current side Toulon said last month that the …

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Munster Conor Murray

Internationals Return As Munster Name Strong Side For Edinburgh

Munster have named their team which will take on Edinburgh on Friday night at Irish Independent Park in Cork and it includes a whole host of Irish internationals who were in action throughout the November window.  In total, there are 11 changes to the team which secured a bonus-point victory against Zebre in Parma on Sunday. The front-five is completely …

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Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Klopp Left To Hope For Anfield Magic As Away Day Ills Continue

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp now has to hope that Anfield will again bring the best out of his team in their decisive final Champions League group game against Napoli after Wednesday’s damaging defeat at Paris Saint-Germain. Last season’s runners-up are in serious danger of a group-stage exit from the competition after losing 2-1 to a Neymar-inspired PSG at the Parc …

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bundee aki leinster

Paddy Jackson Linked With Move Away From Perpignan

Paddy Jackson has been linked with a move away from his current club Perpignan should they be relegated from the Top 14 at the end of the season.  Jackson has been plying his trade with Perpignan since his contract was revoked by the IRFU and Ulster Rugby as a result of the fallout from the Belfast rape trial in which …

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Sam Burgess England Rugby

Sam Burgess Blames “Egos” And “Selfish Players” For 2015 World Cup Failure

The announcement of Andy Farrell as the new Ireland head coach after the 2019 World Cup has brought on plenty of commentary surrounding his time with England leading into the 2015 showpiece and with any conversation about that ill-fated tournament, the subject of Sam Burgess is never far away.  For Burgess, he has often been used as a scapegoat for England’s failure to …

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provinces ireland injury

Provinces Take Stock Of Injury Concerns After November Internationals

The November internationals are now over for Ireland and focus now switches to the Irish provinces as they enter the busy festive period.  The Irish provinces returned to Guinness PRO14 action at the weekend which saw wins for Leinster, Munster and Connacht while Ulster lost away to Scarlets. Another round of PRO14 action awaits this weekend before back-to-back European Cup …

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Stephen Kenny Ireland Dundalk

Dundalk Release Statement Over Stephen Kenny’s Departure

Dundalk FC have released a statement addressing the departure of their former manager, Stephen Kenny, who has taken up the vacant U-21 Republic of Ireland job.  Kenny who was unveiled to the media today as the new U-21 boss, has produced some superb work for the Lilywhites where he helped the Oriel Park outfit win four out of the last …

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