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The Top 3 Sporting Movies Waiting To Be Made

For every Raging Bull there’s a Green Street. For every Escape to Victory there’s a Goal!. For every Caddyshack there’s a Caddyshack II. The history of sports movies lurches from the sublime to the ridiculous. David Sheehan counts down three stories that are ready made for Oscar worthy attention.   3. ‘A Danish Fairytale’ – Denmark come off the beach …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

After another action-packed weekend of international rugby, Matt Cassidy is here to analyse the performances of the week’s heroes and zeros.    Who’s Hot? Dave Foley The U.L. Bohemians man had a Test debut to remember as he was named Man of the Match at the Aviva on Sunday. Foley put himself about the pitch with numerous carries and tackles against the hard-hitting …

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Darren Cave: Opportunity For Me To Stop Complaining

Having watched the centre partnership of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy rock on the caps for Ireland, Ireland’s Darren Cave was biding his time. Despite being brought in to an Irish squad for the firsttimethe  during 2009 6 Nations, the Ulster centre has amassed just 7 senior caps since . Waiting for a chance in a role which saw O’Driscoll and D’Arcy become the …

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Georgian Rugby In Need of Piano Players

Todays’s fixture against Georgia may not be the most glamorous tie in the eyes of Irish rugby fans but for Ireland’s Georgian community it’s a weekend of celebration and recognition of their love for the sport. Shota Maisuradze is a Georgian ex-pat and rugby fan that has been living in Dublin since 1997. By his estimates there are between one …

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Sports Startup of the Week: Kitman Labs

In the first of a new series on startups in sport, Conor Heffernan caught up with the team at Kitman Labs to gain an insight into their extraordinary work.   Injuries don’t just cost teams victories they cost them money. Last year it’s estimated that across Major League Baseball, teams spent $665 million on salaries of injured players and their replacements. NBA …

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The Knock-On Effects Of The Heineken Cup

Raffaelle Rocca discusses the lasting effects of the now defunct Heineken Cup, all of which have helped to promote grassroots rugby in Ireland. The Heineken Cup changed the Irish rugby landscape forever. Since it began back in 1995, 26 new rugby clubs have been formed representing growth of 11 percent and with 161,534 registered participants, the game has never been …

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Craig Gilroy Putting Injury Woes Behind Him

Ireland winger Craig Gilroy believes the success is in the detail as Ireland prepare for Georgia this Sunday, writes Cillian O Conchuir. Having dispatched the Springboks, Head Coach Joe Schmidt has refocused the players on the task in hand and the Kiwi has left nothing to chance in preparing for a team that pushed Ireland close, 14-10 in the 2007 …

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Georgia On Our Minds: Lelos Deserving of Irish Fixture

Ireland’s victory over South Africa has sparked renewed interest in Sunday’s fixture against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Padraig Power, IRFU Commercial and Marketing Director said: “Ticket sales for the Georgia game had been pretty strong before Saturday’s game against South Africa but following the team’s incredible performance there has been a real surge in sales. “With the Australia game …

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Irish Rugby: Georgia On My Mind

This weekend sees a triumphant, Joe-Schmidt inspired Ireland team take on a Georgia side fresh off a heavy defeat to Tonga. Straight forward enough right? Fans who have recently taken to rugby, or follow on a relatively casual basis will be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the Georgian rugby team. Those of us who have not repressed the memory of …

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Potential Ireland XV To Face Georgia

With confidence in the Ireland camp at what must be an all-time high, we take a look at what team Joe Schmidt could pick to face Georgia this week. Joe Schmidt has the perfect opportunity to rest some key players in preparation for the Australia game on the 22nd of this month. It’ll be interesting to see what mix of …

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Zebo On Ireland Depth: Anyone Can Step Up & Do A Job

Ireland winger Simon Zebo insists Ireland can mix it with the best after their commanding 29-15 victory over South Africa. The win over one of the best sides in world rugby gives Ireland momentum going into their final two November internationals and the belief that they can beat whoever they play.”We’d have the confidence and belief that on our day we …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here with this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not’, as Ireland celebrate a famous win and England ponder what could have been.   Who’s Hot Ireland If Einstein was a rugby coach, Joe Schmidt would make him look unintelligent. Ireland’s coach produced a masterpiece in tactics as his charges out-thought and out-fought the Springboks in …

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Ireland XV Prediction

Following the win over South Africa, Jonathan Fitzpatrick selects his XV to start for Ireland in the Rugby World Cup next summer. With the beginning of the November internationals comes the beginning of Ireland’s World Cup cycle, as after this season they’ll be vying for the William Webb Ellis trophy across the water. What fifteen are in pole position for …

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On Set With Sebastien Chabal

Marketing consultant Adam Davidson writes about his recent experience of producing a TV advert for the online currency transfer service CurrencyFair.com with Sebastien Chabal. One otherwise ordinary day in a trendy borrowed flat in North London I had the pleasure of working with the formidable French Rugby international Sebastien Chabal as the lead talent in the new CurrencyFair.com TV ad. Now I’ve …

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AIL GOTW In Photos: Lansdowne 38-20 St Mary’s

Lansdowne recorded a comfortable victory over St. Mary’s this weekend and Pundit Arena’s Kevin Hegarty was in attendance, camera in tow. Within the first five minutes Lansdowne scored their first try thanks to number 14 Cian Kelleher. This was converted by former Munster man Scott Deasy. Mary’s hit back with a try of their own in the 15th minute through …

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Ireland Sort Through The Schmidt To Topple South Africa

Last night Ireland produced a sensational performance to overthrow a heavily fancied Springbok side in emphatic fashion, writes Jonathan Fitzpatrick. Heading into the game, nobody was thinking a 14 point Ireland win, with concerns, worries and questions facing Joe Schmidt and his team prior to the game, was a possibility. However, Ireland defied the odds and pulled out all the …

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Tommy Bowe: Under Schmidt, We Believe We Can Take Anyone On

Ireland wing Tommy Bowe believes Head Coach Joe Schmidt has changed the mentality of the Irish team to one that can compete with the best. Following their 29-15 victory over the Springboks Bowe believes that the training implemented by Schmidt, which is up their with test match toughness, has given them that bit of consistency seen from Ireland’s narrow defeat …

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Henshaw: I Don’t Think I’ve Hit Bigger Fellas In My Life

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw insists the 14 minute cameo against Australia last November provided the “shock to the system” needed to prepare him for a dogged 80 minutes against the Springboks. With Henshaw and Jared Payne creating a new partnership in the centre it was always going to be a big ask against such physical opponents, but Henshaw equipped himself …

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