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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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Today Was A Victory For France, But A Defeat For French Rugby

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: France players celebrate their victory as the final whistle blows during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

France edged Ireland in a battle of attrition today in Paris. On paper, two wins from two games is a perfect start for Guy Noves and Co. Les Bleus march on to Cardiff in two weeks time knowing that a win will give them realistic ambitions of capturing a first championship since 2011. However, while today was a victory for …

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Could Richie Hogan’s Simple Suggestion Save The Football Championship?

Championship Formats Should Be Changed Now Rather Than Later. Another season is under way in inter-county football, but the Championship structure will be placed under the microscope from people across the nation and come under scrutiny once again in a few weeks time. It has been well documented that there is a disease in inter-county football. A week hardly goes by …

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Warren Gatland Reveals His Favourites For The Six Nations

The Six Nations championship is just weeks away, and things are building up quite nicely. Wales, Scotland and France named their squads today, and Welsh coach Warren Gatland was speaking in advance of the tournament, which he described to be shaping up as “a little bit of an unknown quantity”, as reported by RTÉ. England and France are looking to bounce …

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The Pundit Arena GAA 2016 Preview

2015 is behind us, and while the summer championships were most definitely a let-down, we look forward to 2016 with a sense of anticipation. Can Kilkenny and Dublin defend their crowns? What is going to happen elsewhere? Who will be the Westmeath or Fermanagh of 2016? Some of our main GAA writers, Seán Ó Murchú, Seán Cremin, Donal Cashin and …

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Bolton’s Financial Mistakes Have Left Them Staring Into The Abyss

Around this time eight years ago, Bolton Wanderers would have just returned from Belgrade, having secured progression to the Europa League knockout stages with a 1-0 win against Red Star. This time next year, they could be playing in the third tier of English football. The grim reality for Bolton is that the points have gone out the same door …

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Five Contenders For the All-Ireland Club Football Championship

Yesterday in Pundit Arena, we highlighted five teams in the running to capture the All-Ireland Club Hurling title. Today, we turn to the big ball. Many of the traditionally strong clubs are in contention for the Andy Merrigan Cup this year, with a few new names knocking about too. As always, we’d love to hear from you. If you fancy …

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Video: TG4 Celebrate 15 Years Of GAA Club Championship Coverage

TG4 have provided an impeccable service to GAA club competitions over the last 15 years, and this has brought about the rise in popularity in the club game. To pick a standout moment over the period is almost impossible, but the Irish language television channel has made one hell of a stab at just that, compiling the best goals with some …

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August Didn’t Save Football, Let’s Hope September Can

BIC’s employees needn’t worry about the month ahead. Their children will be fed and watered, their standing orders will move cash to new bank accounts without a second’s delay, and they might even have enough notes left over for a celebratory pint or ten. ‘Thank God for Lixnaw’ they’ll say, ‘Mr. Fitzmaurice will head straight up when his day comes’. …

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Superb Le Tissier-esque Goal From Marco Matias Vs Leeds United

Goal of the week/month/season. The Sheffield Wednesday forward grabbed the first goal in a one all draw with Leeds United in the Championship with a stunning effort in the 37th minute. It’s arguably the best goal that the Yorkshire derby has ever seen. Matias, who signed a four-year deal with the club last month, flicked the ball over oncoming Leeds defender Liam Cooper with his right, …

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The August Bank Holiday Weekend Ain’t What It Used To Be For GAA Fans Anymore

Later today, the All-Ireland quarter-finals get underway under a blanket of unfamiliar indifference. For thirteen years, the August Bank Holiday weekend sat proudly as the best weekend on the GAA calendar. Four quarter-finals would take place over two days, virtually all of them at Croke Park, and for many it marked the real start of knockout championship action between the …

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Admit It Frank, Cork Hurling Has A Serious Problem

They say admitting there’s a problem is the first step to recovery. Come on Frank, repeat after me: ‘Cork hurling is in crisis, and has been for some time’. To be fair to county board secretary Frank Murphy and his ilk, they are not the only men and women that could be accused of an oversight. Oddly, very little national …

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Championship revamp: Like The McGuinness Idea….But Better

With change now inevitably on the way, it’s time to tackle this old issue one more time. As we all know, the last three championships have witnessed an increase in appetite for a revamp of football’s premier competition. The main issues plaguing the organisation are as follows: Championship does not ‘really’ get underway until August: The formative stages of this …

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