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Matt Doherty: “Maybe My Face Just Doesn’t Fit”

Matt Doherty has revealed his frustration at playing a bit-part in the Republic of Ireland’s recent fixtures.  Doherty, who is one of the few players the Republic of Ireland have who consistently get minutes under their belt in the Premier League, believes that his “face doesn’t fit” at the moment in the Irish set-up despite putting in some excellent performances …

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Shane Ross Press Release Gets Sanita Puspure’s Name Wrong

A press release from Shane Ross congratulating Sanita Puspure on her gold medal in the single sculls event of the World Rowing Championships has come in for criticism due to the simple fact that it called Puspure by the wrong name.  It’s been a fantastic two days for Ireland at World Rowing Championships. Paul and Gary O’Donovan won gold in …

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Watch: Sanita Puspure Wins Gold At World Rowing Championships

Sanita Puspure won gold this morning at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria a day after Gary and Paul O’Donovan won gold in their respective event.  Puspure blew away the field as she put in a performance of a lifetime to win a much deserved gold medal after years of near misses at World and European events. Puspure was …

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Kieran Read of the All Blacks and Conor Murray

All Blacks Grip On No.1 Spot In Danger As Ireland Close In

The All Blacks’ grip on the number one spot in the World Rugby rankings is beginning to loosen after their shock 34-36 loss to the Springboks in Wellington on Saturday.  Steve Hansen’s side produced an uncharacteristic error-strewn performance as a lively South African side punished their southern hemisphere rivals en route to a famous victory. The result comes as a …

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Watch: Folau Heavily Criticised For Butchering Match Winning Moment

Israel Folau has come under some severe criticism for butchering a golden opportunity at the end of the Wallabies’ 19-23 loss to Argentina which would have won them the game.  It was a day of upsets in the Rugby Championship as earlier this morning, the Springboks pulled off a shock win against the All Blacks in Wellington. Argentina continued that …

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Nigel Owens during the match

NZ Media Claim Nigel Owens Mistake “Killed The All Blacks”

A report in the NZ Herland claims that a decision, or lack of decision, from Nigel Owens at the end of South Africa’s incredible win over the All Blacks cost Steve Hansen’s side the game or in other words, “killed the All Blacks”.  After the midway point of the second half, when Aphiwe Dyantyi’s try put the Springboks 24-36 in front, …

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Johann Van Graan: “There Were Special Moments There For Joey”

It wasn’t a bad night’s work for Munster as they cruised to a 49-13 win over the Ospreys at Irish Independent Park in Cork.  The southern province had the game, and the bonus point, wrapped up by halftime and the result, including the manner of it, will provide a much-needed confidence boost after last week’s disappointing result in Scotstoun. Munster’s …

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Joey Carbery

Ruthless Munster Rip Apart Ospreys En Route To Commanding Win

Munster 49 Ospreys 13 Sean McMahon reporting from Irish Independent Park  This Friday night saw the official unveiling of the new 3G pitch at Irish Independent Park and it was fitting that Munster produced a pacy, attacking game which was full of tempo on the artificial surface. Munster had the bonus-point wrapped up by the halftime interval as tries from …

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Connacht Release Brand New Alternate Kit

Connacht Rugby have released a brand new alternate kit for the 2018/19 season.  The new jersey is made with BLK’s exclusive Exotek fabric throughout the main body bound with reinforced cover stitch and lycra panelling. Exotek was created exclusively by BLK to enhance athlete performance while maximising player manoeuvrability. The new alternate jersey draws inspiration from the deep Atlantic Ocean, with …

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Ciaran Kilkenny Produced Some Astonishing Passing Stats In 2018

The intercounty football championship is over for another season and for many counties, they will face a winter trying to figure out how to topple the Dubs in 2018.  Dublin steamrolled their way to a fourth successive All-Ireland title and it’s difficult to envisage anyone stopping them on their ‘Drive For Five’ in 2019. There were no shortage of top …

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Interesting Stats Emerge From Dublin And Limerick’s All-Ireland Triumph

It was another unforgettable summer of GAA, especially for Dublin and Limerick. Dublin’s dominance continued as they steamrolled to a fourth successive All Ireland senior football championship and the ‘Drive For Five’ will certainly be the focus in 2019 for Jim Gavin’s side. Limerick, meanwhile, ended the 45-year wait for an All-Ireland as the Liam MacCarthy cup finally returned to …

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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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