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Opinion: Expanding The World Cup Further Would Be A Disaster

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 18: FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 18, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has proposed expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. According to the BBC, Mr Infantino has suggested that 16 of these countries would be eliminated after a preliminary knockout round. This would ruin the World Cup. 32 teams at a World Cup finals is more than enough. As far as the beautiful game is concerned, the …

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The View From Georgia: Weiss Will Be Planning ‘Smash And Grab’ Victory Against Ireland

Ireland have relied on luck and last gasp heroics against Georgia in the past. Alastair Watt gives Póg Mo Goal the inside view from the visitors to Dublin. – What are the hopes for the current qualification series? The realistic aim is for Georgia to avoid bottom spot and anything higher than fifth would be a good outcome. Moldova are perceived as beatable …

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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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