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Carbery Starts As Munster Name Very Strong Team For Ospreys

Joey Carbery will earn his first start for Munster on Friday night as he has been named in the starting XV for the southern province’s clash with the Ospreys at Musgrave Park in Cork (KO 7.35 pm).  The former Leinster out-half has made two appearances for Munster so far which has seen him come off the bench in games against …

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Corkman Eddie Dunbar Joins Team Sky

Corkman Eddie Dunbar has joined Team Sky, the British professional cycling team have announced today.  The 22-year-old was on the lookout for a new team after the closure of Aqua Blue Sport who he was contracted to in 2018. Dunbar will has signed a deal with Sky until the end of the 2019 season and he is set to make his …

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“Close To Slanderous” – Mayo Manager Slams Controversial Allegations

Mayo ladies senior football manager Peter Leahy has labelled the recent comments from Cora Staunton as “close to slanderous” as the saga surrounding the player walkout continues to rumble on.  Staunton last week labelled the environment within the Mayo camp as unsafe which led to eight players from Carnacon departing the panel in addition to a further four players. Staunton …

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Ma’a Nonu Returns To New Zealand For 2019 Super Rugby Campaign

Ma’a Nonu will return to New Zealand ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby campaign after spending three seasons with French heavyweights, Toulon.  The 103 times capped All Black will go full circle with his career as he returns to New Zealand on a one-year deal with the Auckland Blues. This will be the third time Nonu will have played with …

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Israel Folau And David Pocock Return For The Wallabies

Flanker David Pocock and back Israel Folau were declared fit enough to be included in the starting lineup Thursday in a big boost for the Wallabies ahead of their weekend clash with Argentina. Both players were late scratchings from Australia’s team against South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday but were named in the starting XV for their Rugby Championship showdown …

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Leitrim GAA Have Sold The Naming Rights To Their Stadium

Leitrim GAA have become the latest county to sell the naming rights to their stadium in a bid to increase commercial revenue.  Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada will now be known as ‘Avantcard Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada’. Consumer finance business, Avantcard, who are based in Carrick-on-Shannon have secured sponsorship which will run from 2019-2021. “We are delighted to have a Leitrim based company showing …

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Zane Kirchner Leaves The Dragons For Bristol On Short-Term Deal

Former South Africa international Zane Kirchner joined Bristol Bears on a one month loan from Pro14 side Dragons on Wednesday as emergency cover with the Premiership side presently shorn of three backs through injury. The 34-year-old dashing utility back — who won the last of his 31 caps in the 2015 World Cup — has been called upon with the …

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Adam Ashley-Cooper Eyeing Shock World Cup Wallabies Return

Adam Ashley-Cooper is eyeing a return to Australia in a surprise bid to force his way into their World Cup squad, but Wallabies coach Michael Cheika insists he won’t be getting any favours. The veteran played the last of his 116 Tests against the All Blacks in late 2016 before moving to French Top-14 outfit Bordeaux, followed by the Kobe …

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George Weah Played In An International Friendly Last Night, Aged 51

Former Fifa World Player of the Year and current president of Liberia, George Weah, played for his country in an international friendly on Tuesday against Nigeria, despite being 51.  The 51-year-old played 79 minutes of Liberia’s 2-1 loss to Nigeria in Monrovia. The friendly was organised by Liberia to retire the famous number 14 jersey worn by Weah during his peak …

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Rugby World Cup Expansion Is On The Cards After 2019

We’re about a year away from the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan but already, plans are being made for the 2023 and 2027 editions of the tournament.  World Rugby have stated that they are giving serious consideration to expanding the tournament from 20 to 24 teams for the 2023 edition of the tournament although this expansion first occurring in …

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Andy Friend: “‘Who The Hell Is This Bloke?’ And Off He Went”

There was never going to be any doubt who would be chosen as Man Of The Match as Connacht swept aside Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday evening.  Former Ireland U20 captain and current second-year Connacht Academy back-row Paul Boyle won that award after producing an excellent performance which included two tries on his second successive start for the …

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Magnificent Paul Boyle Steers Connacht To Bonus Point Win

Connacht 32 Zebre 13 Sean McMahon reporting from The Sportsground  Connacht got their first win of the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season as they beat Italian visitors Zebre 32-13 at the Sportsground in Galway.  A brace of tries from 21-year-old Year 2 Academy back row Paul Boyle gave the western province a 17-3 lead at halftime, and it was a lead …

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Erasmus Heavily Criticised For ‘Ruthless’ Substitution

The honeymoon period of Rassie Erasmus’ time in charge of the Springboks looks to be well and truly over as the former Munster Director of Rugby has overseen two disappointing back-to-back defeats to Argentina and most recently, the Wallabies.  South Africa were 7-15 in front during the first half at the Suncorp Stadium but a litany of unforced errors saw the …

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Watch: RG Snyman Laughs Maniacally As Wallabies Try To Get A Piece

The Wallabies have recorded their first win of the 2018 Rugby Championship thanks to a tight 23-18 victory at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.  Michael Cheika’s side found themselves 17-18 down at halftime after an error-strewn opening 40 minutes but an improved second-half performance saw the home side eke out a win. The pressure was on Cheika going into this game after …

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Slow Start And Other Talking Points As Munster Blown Away In Glasgow

Munster suffered their first defeat of the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season on Friday night when they fell to a 25-10 defeat to the Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.  Although it’s only two games into the season, the manner of the defeat will be what concerns Munster supporters. Here we discuss some of the key talking points from the game. Slow-Start At …

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Woods Praises ‘Impressive’ Serena, Backs ‘Special’ Kaepernick Ad

Tiger Woods praised fellow comeback star Serena Williams for her US Open finals run on Friday while also lauding a new commercial for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Woods, a 14-time major champion, was a runner-up at August’s PGA Championship in his comeback season while Williams has advanced to the US Open final a year after giving birth to …

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