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Exclusive – IRUPA CEO Omar Hassanein: The Stigma Of The Macho Rugby Player Is Being Broken Down

Omar Hassanein

IRUPA CEO Omar Hassanein was in Belfast on Tuesday night to speak as part of IRUPA’s Tackle Your Feelings panel discussions concerning mental health issues in rugby. Ulster and Ireland winger Tommy Bowe was at the event and said that it was encouraging to see “that IRUPA have committed to helping the rugby community and beyond come together and learn how to tackle their feelings”. …

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Exclusive: Doug Howlett Opens Up On The Mentality Of Being An All Black, The Haka, And Julian Savea Catching His Try Scoring Record

There’s not too many guys in world rugby you’ll meet that will come across nicer or more genuine than former All Blacks and Munster legend Doug Howlett. The Aucklander sat in an office space in Dublin on Tuesday and spoke to a handful of reporters openly and candidly about everything from his young family, how his former friend and teammate Jerry Collins had the entire All Blacks squad …

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Ranking The Very Best: England’s Top Five Wingers

We take a look at the five most talented wingers available to England right now, including some big names here but having to leave out some fantastic individuals out as well. 5) Christian Wade Despite prodigious talent, Christian Wade just cannot seem to get a look-in when it comes to England selection. Part of a scintillating Wasps side this season …

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Mayo For Sam: Are They Getting Closer Or Further Away?

Joe Brolly All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Croke Park, Dublin 1/10/2016 Dublin vs Mayo Mayo’s goalkeeper Robert Hennelly consoled by Andy Moran after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

It is at the stage now where even people from Dublin would have felt sorry for Mayo last Saturday. For the fifth year in a row, Mayo lost to the team that have won the All-Ireland title. Each year has been as heart breaking as the other. We ask the question though; are Mayo closer to lifting Sam Maguire or …

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Champions Cup: Our Round Table Predictions For This Season’s Tournament

As the European Rugby Champions Cup gets underway later this month, we’ve taken a closer look at the pool stages, potential quarter and semi-final fixtures and predicted a winner for the final next May… _ Wasps have an incredibly strong side this year and will be a prominent figure throughout Europe and the Aviva Premiership. Their pool could arguably be considered as …

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Wenger’s Most Expensive Arsenal XI Is Ridiculous

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has celebrated his twentieth anniversary in charge of Arsenal, and fifteen trophies later, we reflect back on his most expensive signings in an all-time starting eleven. Often criticised for not utilising the club’s vast financial resources, Wenger has actually made high-profile and expensive acquisitions over the years. However, many of the players included in this particular team are …

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UFC Fight Night 96: Lineker Vs Dodson – Predicting The Winners

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14: John Lineker of Brazil celebrates after defeating Rob Font by unanimous decision in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With the UFC 205 press conference stealing the majority of the limelight this week, the promotion’s event in Portland has flown under the radar. The four-fight main card is set to be headlined by two bantamweights loaded with punching power in a fight which could have serious title implications. It’s time to take a look at what fights to keep …

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Opinion: Big Sam – The Last Of The Great Football Characters

TRNAVA, SLOVAKIA - SEPTEMBER 04: Sam Allardyce manager of England looks on prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F qualifying match between Slovakia and England at City Arena on September 4, 2016 in Trnava, Slovakia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

After sixty seven days, one victory, one pint of wine and a Chinese Sam Allardyce’s reign as England manager has ended in ignominy. When Big Sam was appointed just over two months ago there was that feeling of inevitability that he was not the man to rejuvenate the fortunes of the English national side much like Roy Hodgson and Steve …

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Opinion: Allardyce’s Arrogant Devotion To The ‘Big Sam’ Persona Destroyed His England Dream

BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Former England manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the media as he leaves his family home on September 28, 2016 in Bolton, England. Allardyce left his position as the national football manager after only one match in charge following allegations made by a national newspaper. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce’s assertion that ‘entrapment’ was a key factor in England departure was true to an extent, but his inability to kick an old habit was key to his downfall. After the 1-0 victory in Slovakia earlier this month, now remembered as Allardyce’s only match in charge of the national team, the former manager revealed that he attributed the win …

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Opinion: The Sam Allardyce Debacle Leaves A Real Sour Taste

TRNAVA, SLOVAKIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Manager Sam Allardyce rubs his forehead as he inspects the pitch prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group F match against Slovakia at City Arena on September 3, 2016 in Trnava, Slovakia. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce is no longer England football manager. After a 24 hour debacle, Alllardyce’s position became untenable as he was caught on camera to be helping undercover personalities on how to find loopholes around third-party ownership in football transfers. Big Sam was wrong and has paid the ultimate price, but this whole story has so many dispicable elements to it.  …

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Analysis: Have The All Blacks Become The USA Basketball Of World Rugby?

There is a belief in some circles that FIBA’s decision in 1989 to allow professional basketball players to compete in the summer Olympics ruined the game of international basketball. Between 1972 and 1988 the United States men’s basketball team had won just two Gold medals from four possible tournaments. The US had famously boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s decision to …

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Why USA’s ‘Best Ever’ Ryder Cup Team Will Probably Be Second Best, Again

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 26: Captain Davis Love III of Team USA speaks during a press conference prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 26, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Captain Davis Love’s last pick is (finally) in and his “best ever golf team” is complete to take on a Team Europe lineup labeled “the worst team they’ve had in years”. Home advantage and vastly superior average world rankings over a Poulter-less European team may suggest a Minnesota mauling for Darren Clarke’s side… I wouldn’t bet on it. Ryder Cup week …

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