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Billy Keenan

Billy is a 20 year old DCU Communications student & Rugby Correspondent for the Hybrid Award winning Action Replay- Extra Time podcast on DCUfm.

Scotland Suffer Another Injury Blow As John Hardie Ruled Out Of Six Nations

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 05: John Hardie runs with the ball during the Scotland captain's run at Murrayfield Stadium on February 5, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Zealand-born back-rower John Hardie will miss the remainder of  Scotland’s Six Nations with a knee injury. The former Highlander left the field of play on the 28th minute in Murrayfield during Scotland’s 29-13 victory over Wales. The Scottish medical team have confirmed that the 28-year-old damaged his MCL (medial collateral ligament) and is expected to be unavailable to play for several …

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Harrington Makes Huge Sense After Rory McIlroy’s Controversial Round With Donald Trump

Four-time major champion, Rory McIlroy, teed off with US President Donald Trump on Sunday while nursing a rib injury. The pair were joined by International Sports Management’s Nick Mullen and Trump’s friend, Rich Levine at the Trump International Course in Florida. After the round McIlroy gave his analysis of the President’s outing, telling NoLayingUp, a successful golf podcast that the …

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Five Players To Watch In This Year’s Super Rugby Season

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 05: Amanaki Lelei Mafi #8 of Japan runs with the ball during the international friendly match between Japan and Argentina at Prince Chichibu Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

The return of Super Rugby to our screens means there’s rugby on tap morning noon and night. Here in the northern hemisphere, we’ve emerged from the gloom of Winter. Spring is here and brings with it Super Rugby which has some of the most exciting players and brands of rugby on show in the world. If you can commit to some …

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Newcastle Falcons Secure Surprise Signing Ahead of Next Season

BARNET, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Maxime Mermoz of Leicester Tigers warms up prior to the Anglo-Welsh Cup match between Saracens and Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park on February 5, 2017 in Barnet, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

France international, Maxime Mermoz, who recently joined the Leicester Tigers on a short-term deal, has signed with the Newcastle Falcons for the 2017/18 season. The 30-year old joined the Tigers as injury cover for Matt Toomua and Manu Tuilagi after finding opportunities in the south of France few and far between. After tasting life in the Premiership, Mermoz has decided to join …

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Leinster Lose Out On Big Summer Signing As All Black Decides To Stay Put

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Israel Dagg of the All Blacks is tackled by Rob Kearney of Ireland during the international rugby match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

All Black Israel Dagg has confirmed that he will remain in New Zealand through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 28-year-old was recently linked to a move to the northern hemisphere, with Leinster and Toulon reportedly interested in the New Zealand fullback. However, Dagg has decided to remain in Christchurch, where he will continue playing for the Crusaders and …

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Ireland Hit With Freak Injury Concern Ahead Of Clash With Italy

Ireland Rugby Captain's Run

Ireland’s centurion Rory Best  missed Ireland’s captain’s run in the Stadio Olimpico ahead of their game against Italy. Ireland’s forwards coach Simon Easterby confirmed that Leinster’s James Tracy, who was not named in the eastern province’s team against Treviso, will provide cover at Hooker for Niall Scannell in case Best does not recover in time. The Ulster Hooker remained at the …

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Edinburgh The Ones to Feel The Brunt Of Ulster’s Big Summer Signing

Guinness Series 8/11/2014 Ireland vs South Africa Springboks South Africa's Marcell Coetzee

28 times capped Springbok, Marcell Coetzee, is finally set to make his long-awaited debut for Ulster this weekend. Having signed for the northern province in February 2016, the Sharks loose forward injured his ACL playing for the Durban franchise against the Lions in April. Coetzee was subsequently ruled out for approximately 9 months. The versatile back rower arrived in Belfast …

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Stuart Lancaster Has Had A Huge Influence On The Atlanta Falcons’ Run To Super Bowl LI

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Stuart Lancaster the head coach of England looks on at the start of the RBS Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on March 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Since Stuart Lancaster’s exit from the England coaching ticket post-World Cup, he’s been far from an idle man. Lancaster was part of panel that conducted an independent review into British Cycling following claims of sexism and discrimination within the camp. The FA (Football Association) turned to Lancaster, as well as cycling’s Sir Dave Brailsford, in order to learn from his unsuccessful World Cup …

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Three All Blacks In Need of A Big Super Rugby Campaign

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 22: Julian Savea of the All Blacks during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Eden Park on October 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Ahead of the Lions tour to New Zealand, the focus has mainly been on the players who will potentially travel in Warren Gatland’s squad.  But what of the All Blacks ? Here, we look at three established All Blacks who need strong performances with their franchises in order to retain their place in the starting team against the Lions. Aaron Smith …

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