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Gavin Spillane

Gavin Spillane
20 year old from Cork studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. Keen interest in writing about Rugby Union. Twitter: @GavSpillane

How Far Has Rugby Come In Dealing With Concussion?

Concussion has been a major talking point in rugby over the last 18 months, a word that it is hard to not mention when rugby comes up in conversation. We’ve seen Danie Rossouw fail to get to his feet after a head clash with Brian O’Driscoll in the Lions Test Series in 2009. Four years later, Richard Hibbard played on after he …

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Opinion: Scotland’s Taylor Could Thrive In Heated Midfield Contest

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Scotland's Duncan Taylor of Saracens breaks clear to score the first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Saracens at The Ricoh Arena on December 27, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Vern Cotter and Warren Gatland have unveiled their respective Scotland and Wales teams ahead of this weekend’s Celtic clash in Cardiff. Dan Biggar has made a speedy recovery from his ankle injury last weekend to retain his starting berth while more notably, Duncan Taylor has been drafted into the Scotland team to start at inside centre. Taylor has been in superb form for …

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Watch: When Sergio Parisse Absolutely Nailed A Drop Goal

Shame he couldn’t do this yesterday… After what can only be described as a bizarre conclusion to a close game, we look back into the archives and reminisce about the famous forwards who fancied their chances to land a drop goal. The likes of Zinzan Brookes, Adam Jones, John Ealesand Martyn Williams are names who come to mind. This video …

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Six Nations Preview: Italy V France 2016

After going head to head in the Rugby World Cup, France and Italy get the RBS Six Nations underway next Saturday in Paris at 3:25 pm. While their last meeting was a boring and littered with errors, fans and pundits alike will look forward to, what could be, an intense and entertaining affair. France will be looking to replicate the …

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The Task Facing Leinster Following That Wasps Drubbing

Unfortunately things do not get easier for Leinster after the 27-point drubbing they suffered at the hands of Wasps. The stage was set for the three-time champions to start their campaign with a win at home in what would have been a fitting welcome back for Johnny Sexton and Isa Nacewa. However, Leinster lost Nacewa to a knee injury he picked up during the week …

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Rugby World Cup: Best of Pool C

Although New Zealand were underwhelming in the pool stages, they still topped their Pool. Here’s a look at the all the best action from Pool C. 1.Fastest World Cup try New Zealand v Georgia was a memorable match for many reasons, the main one being Waisake Naholo scoring the quickest try in World Cup history. It took the man who recovered from …

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Japan’s Amazing Victory & 6 Other Moments To Savour From Pool B

There were some disappointing aspects of Pool B at this year’s World Cup; Jean De Villiers’ enforced retirement, Alesana Tuilagi’s five-week ban and the pitch invader during South Africa’s win over Samoa being chief amongst them. Equally, there were some moments of absolute brilliance and all those months of waiting paid off when we saw rugby’s global showpiece unfold in …

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The 7 Best Moments From Pool A Of Rugby World Cup 2015

A look at the best moments from Pool A. When the World Cup was drawn back in November 2012, everybody knew that the pool containing England, Australia, Fiji, Wales and Uruguay was set to light up the tournament and it didnt disappoint. A pool dotted with Fijian flair, breakdown excellence and an early exit for England, it truly has been a World …

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This Weekend’s Rugby World Cup Dream XV

After an outstanding opening weekend of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it’s time to pick the best fifteen from the eight matches played so far. Realistically, every single member of the Japanese squad deserves to be in the Dream XV after their heroics against South Africa. As a result, we’ve decided not to include any of them in our selections. Quite …

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