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Nike Raheem Sterling

Nike Stand By Raheem Sterling With New Advert

American sporting apparel company Nike has published a new advert which shows their support for Raheem Sterling.  Sterling was subjected to alleged racial abuse when playing for Manchester City against Chelsea last weekend at Stamford Bridge. The video of the incident shocked people around the world and it has subsequently opened up a wider debate about racism in sport and …

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Partizan Belgrade

Watch: Assistant Ref Comes Under Fire From Flurry Of Snowballs

First of all, it’s difficult to see how this match in the Serbian SuperLiga went ahead.  A recent match between Partizan Belgrade and Macva Sabac was played in blizzard-like conditions and it’s no surprise that the league will now enter a winter break which won’t see a return to action in the middle of February. Nonetheless, this weekend’s fixtures have gone …

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John Folau

Waratahs Confirm Signing Of Israel Folau’s Little Brother, John

Wallaby Israel Folau’s younger brother John will join his superstar sibling at the NSW Waratahs next season after turning his back on rugby league, the club announced Saturday. The 24-year-old winger previously played with the Parramatta Eels and made one appearance in the league format for Tonga. But he decided to switch codes this season and has been playing for …

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Leinster

Leinster Allay Fears That Bath Clash Could Be Postponed

Leinster have released a statement for supporters to allay fears that this evening’s Heineken Champions Cup clash against Bath at the Aviva Stadium could be postponed.  Strom Deirdre is currently battering the country and conditions are expected to deteriorate as the day goes on with a Status Orange weather warning to come into effect from 3 pm to midnight. Gusts …

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rory best

Superb Stockdale Try Helps Ulster To Bonus Point Win Over Scarlets

Ulster – 30 Scarlets – 15 Ulster secured a four-try bonus-point win over the Scarlets at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast which has provided the northern province with a real chance that they can qualify for the knockout stages of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup. A stop-start first-half saw Ulster go in with a 10-3 break thanks to a try …

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Paddy Jackson

Paddy Jackson Linked To A Move In England Next Season [Report]

Paddy Jackson has been linked to a move in England next season according to a report in the French publication, Le Progres.  After 11 games of the current Top 14 season, Perpignan currently lie at the bottom of the table with no wins and just four points to their name. Their most recent loss came to Connacht at the Sportsground …

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Liverpool Release Stunning New All Black ‘Blackout’ Jersey

Liverpool have released a stunning new all black or ‘blackout’ jersey which goes on sale today. The new jersey does come with a caveat, however. The players won’t actually wear this on the pitch – the new release is solely for the fans. The jersey contains all the same features as the current home offering but of course, it’s completely …

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Conor Masterson Liverpool Manchester United

Dubliner Conor Masterson In Liverpool Squad To Face Man United

20-year-old Dubliner Conor Masterson is in the Liverpool squad for Sunday’s visit of Manchester United at Anfield.  Masterson has been elevated into the senior squad as a result of the defensive injury crisis which is currently engulfing the Merseyside club; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are all unavailable. This leaves the only fit centre-backs as Virgil van Dijk and …

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Chris Farrell Joey Carbery Munster

Chris Farrell Ruled Out Of Castres Trip As Munster Release Injury Update

Munster have gathered today at their High-Performance Centre at the University of Limerick as they begin preparations for their upcoming trip to Castres in Round 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup.  The southern province accounted for the French champions at Thomond Park on Sunday but failed to get the winning bonus point. A much tighter affair is expected on Saturday …

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sexton injury doubt

Johnny Sexton Signs IRFU Contract Extension

2018 World Player of the Year, Johnny Sexton, has signed a contract extension with the IRFU.  The contract extension will see Sexton play his rugby in Ireland until the end of the 2020/21 season where he will be approaching his 36th birthday. Sexton has had a superb year in green and blue. He helped Ireland to a memorable 2018 which …

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Connacht Stadium Sportsground

Redeveloped Connacht Stadium Takes Next Step As Planning Submitted

The proposed redevelopment of the Sportsground, home of Connacht Rugby, has passed a significant milestone with the news that the club has submitted a formal planning application to Galway City Council.  The new stadium will include two stands on each side of the pitch with terraces behind the goals. The main stand will include the dressing rooms and corporate hospitality. …

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Bernard Jackman Dragons

Breaking: Dragons Have Parted Ways With Bernard Jackman [Report]

The Dragons have parted ways with head coach Bernard Jackman according to multiple reports this morning.  Jackman took over from Kingsley Jones ahead of the 2017/2018 season and he suffered a disappointing first season in charge which yielded just two victories in the Guinness PRO14. Although the first season was one to forget, progress was expected in Jackman’s second season in …

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Stade Francais Feature

Stade Francais Youth Academy Player In Intensive Care After Heart Attack

A French teenager is in a serious condition in intensive care after suffering a heart attack while playing rugby at the weekend. Nicolas Chauvin, 19, suffered the cardiac arrest while playing for the Stade Francais youth academy at Bordeaux-Begles, the Parisian club said on Monday. The teenager has also had surgery on a broken neck following Sunday’s match. Back-rower Chauvin …

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