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Opinion: The Great Rugby Struggle Of Birmingham

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: The Aviva Premiership Trophy is displayed before the Aviva Premiership Final between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium on May 31, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Birmingham, England’s second city, is constantly growing and improving, and home to a world class test cricket ground and three top football clubs. However the city’s biggest rugby side Moseley are bottom of the Championship table and were relegated today. Back in the halcyon days of amateur rugby, Moseley was one of Britain’s great clubs. The club acquired freehold rights to its old …

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Confirmed: Aston Villa Relegated From The Premier League

during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 16, 2016 in Manchester, England.

It was virtually sealed last weekend, but now it is 100% official – Aston Villa will be playing in the Championship next season. Norwich City’s 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland earlier today had at least left their fate in their hands for a few more hours, but a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford sealed Aston Villa’s …

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Kieran Kingston Cuts Five Senior Players From Cork Hurling Squad

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Cork hurling had a dream weekend, as they defeated Galway in the league promotion/relegation play-off in Salthill, ensuring that they will play in Division 1A for 2017. The Rebels lost all five games up to that point, including heavy defeats away to Tipperary and Dublin. Manager Kieran Kingston has wielded the axe this evening however, as the build-up to championship begins. …

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The Rise And Rise Of Kerry Hurling: John Egan Talks The Small Ball In The Kingdom

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Kerry comprehensively defeated Laois on Saturday afternoon to maintain their status in Division 1B of the National Hurling League, and now look to push on this summer in the Leinster championship. Limerick legend Ciarán Carey has taken over as manager, as the Kingdom surpassed everybody’s expectations by recording wins over Offaly and Laois (twice). They had too much class for …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 2

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We’re on to the semi-finals for Division 1 of the National Hurling League, and what a round of games it was. Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Cork were all underdogs in the eyes of the bookmakers this weekend, but pulled off upsets. Wexford came up just short of causing the shock of the round at home to Waterford. All in all, it …

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Leeds Striker Gets Banned For ‘Doing A Luis Suárez’ On Opponent

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 20: Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United during Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Huddersfield Town at Elland Road Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Browne/Getty Images)

Leeds United forward Souleymane Doukara has been charged with violent conduct and suspended for eight games for biting an opponent. The incident occurred on February 23rd, when Doukara is alleged to have bitten Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta in his side’s 1-1 draw with the Cottagers at Elland Road. BREAKING NEWS: Leeds striker Souleymane Doukara banned for eight matches after being found …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 1

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The round robin stages of the National Hurling League are over, and we now turn to the knock-out section. The league is always a tricky one to call, and week-by-week form rarely shows a pattern. Here at Pundit Arena HQ, we will be running the hurling power-rankings throughout the season. Based on the performances of teams, we will see them …

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Mike Ashley Has Some More Bad News For Newcastle Fans

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley takes his seat prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has never been the most popular man with the club’s fans. Since his takeover in 2007, there have been all manner of supporter protests and demonstrations with the ultimate aim of forcing Ashley to sell the club. Not that he’s done much to help himself either. A succession of monumentally stupid managerial appointments (including twice hiring …

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Aston Villa Set To Sack Manager Rémi Garde Within 48 Hours

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Remi Garde Manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Aston Villa “drop like a stone” project continues apace. Rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table since October, it looks for all the world like it would take an absolute miracle for them to avoid relegation to the Championship. Here is how the bottom of the @premierleague looks after @SwansOfficial‘s win: #SNF https://t.co/P4iyP9iK1C pic.twitter.com/Yb40JfW06I — Sky Sports …

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Irish Footballer Apologises After Being Filmed Urinating Into A Glass At Cheltenham

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Samir Carruthers of MK Dons shows his emotions during the FA Cup Second Round Replay match between MK Dons and Chesterfield at Stadium mk on January 2, 2015 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers didn’t exactly have the best of days at Cheltenham yesterday. The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international made the front pages of several newspapers this morning after appearing to urinate into a pint glass in the corporate box at the annual racing festival before an accomplice, Northampton Town striker James Collins, threw the contents from the …

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Done Deal: Former Tottenham Boss Harry Redknapp Joins Derby County

during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Bolton Wanderers at Goldsands Stadium on April 27, 2015 in Bournemouth, England.

After over a year without a club, former West Ham and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has today joined Championship side Derby County, the club have confirmed. Redknapp joins the club in what is being called a “football advisory role” to assist interim head coach Darren Wassall before a full review of the club’s coaching structure is carried out at the …

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Forget Ford, All Eyes Should Be On England’s Owen Farrell Against Wales

during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 10, 2016 in Bagshot, England.

Everyone from the media to coaches to fans has spoken about George Ford’s diminutive stature, but the real focus should be on England’s makeshift 12, Owen Farrell. For only the sixth time in their international careers, Ford and Farrell will line up at 10 and 12 together, having already faced Samoa, Uruguay, Scotland, Italy and Ireland together. However, the ferocious …

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Ranking The Number Eights In The Six Nations Championship

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Sergio Parisse of Italy celebtates after beating Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield stadium on February 28, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

There was much debate today when a Welsh media outlet declared Toby Faletau to be a better number eight than Billy Vunipola. Of course, this is simply stirring things in the run-up to the mammoth Six Nations clash in Twickenham in two weeks’ time. However, there is some merit to this. Despite Vunipola’s amazing performance against Ireland last week, there …

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Video: RTÉ Release Barnstorming Promo For Ireland Vs England

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 24: Shane Horgan (L) of Ireland dives past Josh Lewsey of England to score his team's third try during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Ireland and England at Croke Park on February 24, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

For many in Ireland, the count for the general election is the highlight of the day. For the rugby fans amongst us, it is different. Ireland travel to Twickenham to take on England in the Six Nations Championship, hoping to stop the Red Rose on their quest for the Grand Slam, as well as breathe fire into their own campaign. …

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