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MacKenna On Monday: World Rugby’s Lack Of Contingency Plan Reeked Of Amateurism

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Last September, with a year to go until tournament kick-off, World Rugby were busy ticking boxes. To mark the final countdown to their premier competition, they rolled out the usual stats from numbers of visitors to economic benefits. Chairman of the governing body Bill Beaumont added that he believed “in the tremendous opportunity to further the sport across Asia, and …

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MacKenna On Monday: In This Ireland, Sport Is Merely For Some

Poor, old Eddie O’Sullivan. If he thinks he got it bad around the 2007 World Cup – despite three Triple Crowns in the handful of years that preceded it, and a winning record that only Joe Schmidt has ever bettered in the role of Ireland manager – then little did he know what was to follow in recent days. The country has moved …

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How McGregor’s Genius Resulted In His Detachment From Ireland

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It started with a cult following before descending into global superstardom. Love him or loathe him, it’s hard to ignore him.  Conor McGregor transcended a sport that was already growing at warp speed and he did it like no other before him. His crossing into the mainstream of popular culture was so meteoric that it has become hard to identify …

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Murphy Looking To Keep The Kingspan A Fortress For Ulster

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With the Rugby World Cup taking a rest day, attention turns to the Guinness PRO 14 which kicks off tonight with the meeting of Ulster and Ospreys. Excitement is building in Belfast ahead of the new season with Friday night rugby at the Kingspan Stadium set to return for another year of thrills and spills. The atmosphere at the ground …

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