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John Elliott

John Elliott
Some liken John’s writing style to that of a yak let loose with a box of crayolas. But then again, there are those that say John is the Hemingway of sports writing. Actually, John is the only one who would say that. Most people go with the former description. An English and Sociology student at University College Cork, John is finally coming to terms with the fact that a career as a pro rugby player might not happen, so he chose to write about it instead.

Malakai Fekitoa: New Zealand’s Next Big Thing

As the Southern Hemisphere giants prepare to face their touring northern counterparts, John Elliott takes a look at the players who have impressed enough in Super 15 Rugby to be included in their national squads. In this edition we discuss Malakai Fekitoa, a player set to debut in the All Blacks’ forthcoming test series against England. It seems New Zealand’s perpetual assembly …

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Five Argentina Players To Watch Against Ireland

With the Irish rugby team facing into a two-test series against Argentina John Elliott takes a look at fistful of Pumas who may just make a serious impact against the tourists. Argentinian head coach Daniel Hourcade has omitted many of the biggest and most renowned names from his squad in what quite possibly is an attempt to save them for …

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Concussion Concludes Craig Clarke’s Connacht Career

Pundit Arena’s John Elliott discusses the sad announcement of Craig Clarke’s retirement from rugby due to a number of concussions. The game of rugby can be a cruel mistress at times. For both players and fans alike it can be merciless in so many ways. Be it the loss of a cup final by one point or being dropped from a squad due …

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Stephen Ferris & Other Irish Rugby Talking Points

John Elliott is here to bring us the latest news from the world of Irish rugby on a day when Stephen Ferris has announced his retirement from the game. Stephen Ferris Announces His Retirement from Rugby Irish and Ulster rugby fans today will be mourning the announcement that Stephen Ferris, the 28-year-old power-house backrow, has retired from rugby. Ferris who …

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Five Facts About James Coughlan’s New Home

As any Irish rugby fan worth their salt will already know, the big news emerging from the country’s southernmost province yesterday was that Munster stalwart James Coughlan will be departing for French shores next season. The Dolphin RFC man will be released from his contract a year early (by his own request) and leaves to join French second division side …

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