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Jack O'Toole
22-year-old journalism student who writes about sports from time to time. Follow Jack on Twitter at @jackjotoole

Feature – Irish Players In The Premier League; A Dying Breed

Derby, ENGLAND- November 26: Robbie Brady of Norwich City and Alex Pearce (l) and Bradley Johnson (r) of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Norwich City at iPro Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

“Obviously, we want the best players to go to the UK of course, to play for Manchester United and Arsenal and Chelsea,” Ruud Dokter, High Performance Director of the FAI told the Irish Independent’s Daniel McDonnell in a sit down interview last year. “I respect players chasing the dream but reality shows it’s not always the best step.” The reality …

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Opinion – Why Don’t Players Openly Admit That They Move For The Money?

New Zealand All Blacks Media Access

Aaron Cruden is a really fine rugby player. Blessed with brilliant vision and natural playmaking ability, Cruden is at the peak of his powers at 28-years-old and is in the prime of his rugby career. A highly accomplished and decorated individual, Cruden has won the Rugby World Cup,  he’s won multiple Rugby Championships and he’s also won a Super Rugby championship with the …

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English Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

Northampton Saints v Bristol Rugby - Aviva Premiership

It was an up and down weekend for English sides in the penultimate round of the Champions Cup pool stages. Northampton restored some pride with a 28-21 win over Castres, Wasps showed great resilience to edge out Toulouse at the Ricoh Arena, while Exeter kept their qualification hopes alive with a 31-19 win over Ulster at Sandy Park. With England’s …

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Opinion – Toulon May Have Stars But They Desperately Lack Substance

Toulon’s Head Coach Mike Ford 18/12/2016

When Mourad Boudjellal took over as Toulon President in 2006, he promised to build a French rugby dynasty. A team that would go onto dominate both French and European Rugby winning three Heineken Cup/European Rugby Champions Cups, one top 14 championship and two Challenge Cup finals appearances. The club have attracted a glittering array of international talent over the last decade but …

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Report: EPCR To Investigate Munster Over Handling Of Suspected Conor Murray Concussion

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European Professional Club Rugby are reportedly set to launch an investigation into Munster’s handling of Conor Murray’s possible concussion after the Ireland scrum-half came off second best in a challenge with Glasgow lock Tim Swinson on Saturday. The incident in question occurred in the 62nd minute when Swinson caught Murray’s jaw with his elbow, after which the scrum-half lay motionless on the …

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Watch: James Davies Pathetically Dives In An Attempt To Get Saracens’ Will Skelton Sent Off

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Scarlets flanker James Davies has been accused of diving in the late stages of the Scarlets 22-22 draw with Saracens at the Parc y Scarlets. With the Scarlets leading 22-15 with just three minutes to go, Davies was accused of diving after pulling Saracens lock Will Skelton out of a Sarries maul. With the visitors rumbling into Scarlets territory, Skelton snapped …

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Watch: Adam Jones Nails Lions Quiz On Celebrity Mastermind

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Harlequins prop Adam Jones has won rave reviews around the Premiership for his professionalism and versatility, but the former Wales and Lions prop is now displaying his all-round skillset in the famed black chair on Mastermind. Appearing on the BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind, Jones blitzed through his 90 second specialist round on Lions Rugby history answering all 12 questions correctly. Jones …

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Watch: Superb Alex Lozowski Touch Pass Leads To Simple Saracens Try

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Reigning Champions Cup champions Saracens have taken an early lead in their Pool 3 away trip to the Scarlets after winger Nathan Earle broke the deadlock after 13 minutes. With Saracens building pressure and beginning to press on the Scarlets line, England hopeful Alex Lozowski gifted Earle an easy try with a superb touch pass to send the winger over …

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Watch: Yann David Sits Kurtley Beale Down With Massive Hand Off

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Toulouse centre Yann David enjoyed a busy first-half against Wasps with an industrious display in the Stade Toulousain midfield. Toulouse relied heavily on David to get over the gainline and when he did, he didn’t disappoint, fending off Wasps fullback Kurtley Beale with ease. In a game devoid of many try scoring opportunities int he first-half, David awoke the crowd at …

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