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Four Lessons Learned From Ireland’s Autumn Internationals

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 26: Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of Ireland issues instructions prior to the international match between Ireland and Australia at the Aviva Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

While in rugby coaches often say they learn more about their players in defeat than in victory, there could be little doubt that someone as attentive to detail as Joe Schmidt learned a huge amount from Ireland’s successful November campaign. Having become just the second team in history to topple the three southern hemisphere powerhouses in the same year Ireland reaffirmed …

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Elephants, Ants, And Conor McGregor Vs Floyd Mayweather

It was just over a year ago that I noted, “The name Floyd Mayweather Jr. never seems to be far from the lips of the UFC’s two biggest stars, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey,” before making the argument that MMA’s most prominent pair were merely trying to muscle their way into and bathe briefly in a bigger star’s glow with …

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Five Conclusions From The All Blacks’ 2016 Season

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Kieran Read of the All Blacks leads the haka before the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The All Blacks looked mentally and physically exhausted in Paris but still managed to turn on the brilliance when it mattered to win the final match of their international season. So, what have we learned about the All Blacks in 2016? ______ 5. The House Of Barrett Is The Future Beauden Barrett had another spellbinding game in Paris, where he …

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Will Steven Gerrard Ultimately Regret Not Moving To Chelsea In 2005?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Chelsea fans give a standing ovation to Steven Gerrard of Liverpool as he leaves the pitch at Stamford Bridge for the final time during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As the tributes pour in following the retirement of Steven Gerrard from professional football after a glittering career in the game the question will be asked, has Gerrard missed out on an even better career with the decisions he made during his Anfield stay? Speaking to The Guardian in January 2015, then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed his biggest regret in …

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Rising Stars: Six League Of Ireland Youngsters Who Could Be The Next Big Thing

2016 UEFA European Championship Group E, Stade de France, France 13/6/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Sweden Ireland's Shane Long and James McClean Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

With Dundalk currently flying high in the Europa League, the League of Ireland is enjoying a welcome spell in the limelight. Attention is being attracted from sources previously oblivious to the Irish domestic game. The league’s top young talents are constantly being drawn across the water to English outfits but there are now even clubs from further afield interested in …

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Opinion: Why Rooney’s Career Should Not Be On The Wane

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United warms up during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

As the fallout continues from the Wayne Rooney ‘drinking at a wedding’ story, is there a wider issue at play here: the importance of the modern day footballer looking after themselves in a bid to prolong their careers? First and foremost, Rooney is human. He isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last footballer to take a drink. Also, there …

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Opinion: Nothing’s Changed For Arsenal; They’re Still Mentally Weak When It Matters

during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016 in Manchester, England.

Saturday’s visit to Old Trafford exposed something in Arsenal which they thought they had vanquished. Since their opening day defeat to Liverpool (and subsequent draw against Leicester), they have sought to improve their mental resilience and prove that they can finally banish the ghosts of the past decade and challenge for the Premier League title. However, their performance on Saturday …

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Opinion: What Are England’s Best Back Three Options Going Forward?

VILAMOURA, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 01: Mike Brown passes the ball during the England training session held at Brown's Sport Complex on November 1, 2016 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

When Eddie Jones announced his England team to face Fiji on Friday, the return of Semesa Rokoduguni to international rugby on the right wing, widely tipped by the media, indeed came to fruition. What was not anticipated however, was that Elliot Daly, only getting his first start last week for England in his preferred position of outside centre, would be …

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The Rise, Fall And Resurgence Of Israel Dagg

“I’ve been disappointed, you always want to be in the World Cup All Blacks squad, but what’s happened has happened,” said Israel Dagg after he was omitted from New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup squad last year. “You never know, I could be over there in a couple of weeks, I’ve got to play like I’m still going to be involved.” …

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Opinion: British & Irish Football Needs To Turn Its Back On The ‘Get Rid’ Mentality

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: John Stones of England beats Cesar Azpilicueta of Spain to the ball during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

‘Get rid of it’ is a common cry in football matches of all levels across Britain and Ireland, and it’s the cry that now accompanies Manchester City and England’s John Stones around the pitch too.  England’s recent 3-0 win over Scotland was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggested with many blaming Stones for Scotland’s chances. This is one of …

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5 Established Stars At Risk Of Missing Out On Lions Selection

Australia v British & Irish Lions: Game 3

Time is running out for a number of players to force their way into Lions reckoning. As interesting as it maybe, selecting a Lions squad so far in advance of the tour kicking off is pure folly. However, with limited international game time now available, players can certainly rule themselves out of the reckoning this early in the season. Although a …

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Opinion: Why Losing To Nate Diaz Was Absolutely Essential To Conor McGregor’s Growth

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5: Nate Diaz (R) slaps Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

What a night UFC 205 turned out to be. All 3 title fights delivered in pretty much every sense of the word and despite losing 2 of its most anticipated bouts in the lead-up, the card still managed to be full to the brim with exhilarating match-ups involving several legends, veterans, title-contenders and showstoppers.  However, it was the Notorious Irishman, …

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UFC 205: Alvarez Vs McGregor – Predicting Saturday Night’s Winners

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC president Dana White seperates UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor of Ireland (R) and UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The biggest fight card of all time bar none. The UFC heads to New York for the first time ever, and Madison Square Garden is the stage where history will unfold. Here we predict the outcomes for all of Saturday night’s fights. _______ Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez Featherweight champion Conor McGregor will look to become the first ever fighter in the UFC to …

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