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Meath’s Conor Nash Signs New Deal With AFL Club Hawthorn

Former Meath minor footballer, Conor Nash, has signed a new deal with AFL side Hawthorn, the club has confirmed today.  Nash, a talented athlete who excelled at football and rugby throughout the underage grades, made the move to Australia in 2016 when he signed for ‘The Hawks’ as a Category B Rookie. Nash has enjoyed a breakthrough season for the Melbourne …

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Cheika Says Wallabies On Course, Despite Losses

Australia coach Michael Cheika has acknowledged fans have a right to be angry after yet another Bledisloe Cup disappointment but insisted he is still the right man to lead the Wallabies. Australia are on the verge of handing the All Blacks a 16th straight Bledisloe series victory after a second-half capitulation saw them lose 38-13 in the opening fixture in …

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Johnny Sexton Reckons Leinster Will Be “Up Against It” This Season

Leinster are entering some unfamiliar territory this season.  Leo Cullen’s side will be going into the 2018/19 season as reigning Guinness PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup champions. Before 2017/18, the last time Leinster won the PRO14/PRO12 was in the 2013/14 season and you have to go two years previous to when they last won European rugby’s top competition. Being champions …

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Tadhg Beirne Ready To Scale More Heights After Exhausting Season

The northern hemisphere club rugby season is just around the corner with the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season kicking off on Friday, 31 August. The competition was formally launched today in Glasgow with the final set to be a memorable one as it’s being held in the iconic Celtic Park. Head coaches and star players for the competing clubs were all …

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“All The Limerick Lads Are Jumping On The Bandwagon!”

On Sunday, Limerick will attempt to end 45 years of heartbreak when they take on Galway in the All-Ireland Senior hurling final at Croke Park.  1973 was the last time Limerick lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup and we should expect a cracker in Dublin on Sunday at the country’s two best teams go head-to-head over 70 minutes. In all sporting …

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Beauden Barrett Credits His Time In Ireland For Incredible Skill Against Australia

All Black playmaker Beauden Barrett on Saturday revealed how long-dormant soccer skills picked up in Ireland helped his scintillating display in New Zealand’s 38-13 demolition of Australia. Barrett has faced calls to make way for in-form fly-half Richie Mo’unga, who helped the Canterbury Crusaders to back-to-back Super Rugby titles this year. But the two-time World Rugby player of the year …

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Jose Mourinho: Manchester City “Cannot Buy Class”

Jose Mourinho has said that Manchester City “cannot buy class” when quizzed on what he thought of the documentary on the Premier League champions which has aired on Amazon Prime this week.  Throughout the week, snippets and footage of the documentary have been released online which offers viewers a rarely seen before glimpse into life behind the scenes at the …

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All Blacks Punish Wallabies Mistakes To Win Bledisloe Opener

The All Blacks have beaten the Wallabies in the opening game of the Rugby Championship 13-38.  The Wallabies were leading 6-0 as halftime was approaching but the All Blacks, in their typical fashion, punished their opponents with tries from Aaron Smith and Jack Goodhue on either side of the interval to undo all the good work from Michael Cheika’s side …

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Munster Get Preseason Off To A Good Start With Narrow Win

Munster got their preseason fixtures off to a good start with a 32-28 win over London Irish at Musgrave Park in Cork.  There were some familiar faces as former Ireland and Munster head coach, Declan Kidney returned to Cork as Technical Consultant of London Irish along with former Ulster Director of Rugby and Ireland coach, Les Kiss. Despite dominating the …

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Leinster Suffer Heavy Defeat At Home In Final Preseason Game

Leinster suffered a 17-42 defeat to the Newcastle Falcons in their final preseason game of the summer at Energia Park in Donnybrook this evening.  The PRO14 and European Champions got off to a disappointing start when Falcons’ Tom Penny got the first try of the game thanks to an offload from Toby Flood; Simon Uzokwe and Santiago Socino both made …

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