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Sir Clive Woodward On Coaching England: ‘The Teamroom Was Electric. It Would Kick Off At Times’

The 2003 Rugby World Cup winning England team will forever go down as one of the greatest sides in English Rugby history. In the four years preceding England’s historic World Cup win in Sydney, the Red Rose had won three Six Nations titles, two Triple Crowns, one Grandslam and had never lost a home game at Twickenham. An astonishing run of success that saw Sir …

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Opinion: Provincial Draws Highlight The Need For A Two-Tier All-Ireland

The Sunday Game Championship Draw 2017, RTE Studios, Dublin 13/10/2016 Marty Morrissey, Munster GAA Chairman Jerry O'Sullivan and Tipperary Football manager Liam Kearns make The Sunday Game Championship Draw Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

During last week’s provincial football and hurling draws it was evident that perhaps a revamped structure would not only help the inter-county game, but also make it a lot easier to promote. Hurling already operates through a two-tier structure, but it’s the removal of the provincial segment I would suggest. Kerry and Galway hurlers are already competing in the Leinster …

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What Is Ireland’s Best Centre Partnership Ahead Of The Autumn Series?

The composition of Ireland’s backline could be very different this autumn. Long before Brian O’Driscoll had even retired, Joe Schmidt and the IRFU had identified Jared Payne as his replacement at outside centre for Ireland. Although the New Zealand born player was 29 when he made his debut against South Africa, he has offered Ireland the space to integrate the …

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Opinion: Poor Quality Is Driving Down Premier League TV Ratings

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: David De Gea of Manchester United saves from Emre Can of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

This week’s Monday Night Football game was hyped up as one of the matches of the season so far. In the eighth rounds of games, the Premier League table is beginning to take a bit of shape and victory for Liverpool would have put them level on points with early pacesetters Manchester City. For Manchester United, things haven’t been going great, …

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Opinion: Why International Football Is Not Actually In As Much Trouble As Fans Think

Always the man to address the hot button topics, Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher wrote an interesting piece in his Daily Mail column this week about the state of international football. The basic tenor of the article was that the World Cup qualifying rounds no longer have any value and, after two weeks of dross, now the “real” football can re-commence. Of course, …

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Opinion: English Rugby’s Golden Castles Built On Sand

A small group of English clubs are using their financial clout to take a stranglehold on both the Aviva Premiership and the European Champions Cup, but being funded by a number of multi-millionaires and billionaires means their success is not sustainable in the long-term, argues Paul Wassell. Talent-laden Saracens were the talk of the tournament on Saturday as the current …

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Ireland’s Five Most Important Players Ahead Of The November Series

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Irish rugby seems to be going through a smooth transition. A number of years ago Irish rugby fans were horrified at the prospect of Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and Gordon D’Arcy all retiring in quick succession. When you also consider that age and persistent injuries seemed to be catching up with the likes of Rory Best, Mike Ross, …

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Reviewing Shkodran Mustafi And Granit Xhaka’s Start In Arsenal Colours


This summer was yet another one of trials and tribulations for Arsenal fans. The transfer market is often a symbolism for negativity for the Gunners, and despite the early signing of Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka for £34 million, the early excitement that stemmed from the Swiss international’s arrival soon died down. The chase to sign a global superstar such as …

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Opinion: Why Jamie George Should Be England’s First Choice Hooker

You might not realise it, but England’s most difficult positional decision lies at hooker. Jamie George is a talented all-round hooker with a very bright future, but his potential selection ahead of captain Dylan Hartley could have significant ramifications for the Red Rose as a whole. It’s hard to deny the impact that previously troubled Northampton Saints man Hartley has …

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