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From The Caribbean To Siberia – Mark McDermott Is Out To Make History

Mark McDermott

In the space of six months, Mark McDermott went from working in the telecommunications industry in the Caribbean to coaching his first rugby session in over six years in the incredibly contrasting environment of Siberia.  A 2016 phone call would change everything. Three years later, he’s coaching at the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Russia. “It’s funny how things materialise. …

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Richard Kiely: “A 3-1 Fighter Is About To Knock Out Bellator’s Biggest Star”

Richard Kiely spoke to us here at Pundit Arena ahead of the biggest fight of his career, a Bellator Dublin clash with Michael ‘Venom’ Page. When the Bellator co-main-event contest between Michael ‘Venom’ Page and Richard Kiely was first announced back in July, my initial reaction was a mixture of both surprise and excitement. I’ve followed the career of the …

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Reggie Corrigan Column: This Irish Team Can Go Where No Irish Team Has Gone Before

Ireland Rugby

That Ireland victory over Scotland on Sunday was an impressive performance and Irish fans can start to get excited about this team’s prospects in Japan. I don’t ever remember an Ireland team coming into a World Cup under as much scrutiny as Schmidt’s current charges, and they reacted in the best possible manner on Sunday. The public scrutiny was unwarranted, …

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Couldn’t Ask Any More Of Irish Display But Bigger Test Awaits

Ireland World Cup

Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.  With 27 minutes on the clock, Ireland were 19-3 up in their toughest pool match of the World Cup, against opposition which have troubled them in the past and amid a backdrop which has questioned this squad’s mentality and ability on the field.  To be so on top so early on in this game was …

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Reggie Corrigan Column: Doping Is A Global Problem & We Cannot Presume Ireland Is Exempt

Reggie Corrigan World Cup

October 12th, 2018: Capetown –  The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), in their annual report, announces that six schoolboys at the 2018 Craven Week tested positive for steroids. SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant, dubbed the findings “alarming”. August 13th, 2019: Capetown – SAIDS inform 25-year-old South African winger, Aphiwe Dyanti, that he has tested positive for anabolic steroids and …

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Sambo McNaughton: “I Don’t Lie In Bed At Night Thinking I’m A Failure”

sambo antrim

Thirty years on from Antrim’s last appearance in an All-Ireland final, Terrance ‘Sambo’ McNaughton was honoured as one of six inductees into the GAA Hall of Fame earlier this week. Having qualified for just two finals in their history, Antrim’s presence in the All-Ireland decider following a 46-year absence sent the county and indeed, the country, into a frenzy. However, …

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