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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

James Gallagher: “I’m Going To Be The Best Ever”

When James Gallagher scaled the Bellator cage fence in Belfast on Friday night there was a sense of redemption. The Strabanimal had just dominated Kirill Medvedovsky in what was supposed to be the toughest challenge of his career to date and he did it with ease. The 20-year-old never got out of third gear against Medvedovsky as he pressured the Israeli to the ground with …

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BAMMA 28 Delivers But Irish Prospects Endure Very Mixed Night

The second installment of BAMMATOR, the co-operative brainchild of Scott Coker’s Bellator and David Greene’s BAMMA, hit Belfast on Friday night as both promotions ventured into Northern Ireland for the first time in their respective histories. After a successful co-promotion in Dublin in December, Coker and Greene decided to team up once again to try and further embed themselves within the …

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Nothing Brings The Rugby Community Closer Together Than Death

You never really want to approach a subject like death with something as trivial as a quote from a Star Wars series, but if you bare with me, I think there is some relevance here. “You have no idea what you’ve unleashed here today…There are some things far more frightening than death,” were the The Grand Inquisitor‘s Last Words from the Star …

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Tributes Pour In For Dan Vickerman

Tributes have poured in from around the rugby world in the wake of the passing of former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman. Vickerman was found dead at his family home in Sydney on Sunday with no details yet available  regarding the cause of his death. The 37-year-old was capped 63 times by the Wallabies between 2002 and 2011 and his passing is the latest case …

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Alex Cuthbert: ‘I Wanted To Show People What I Was Actually Made Of’

Cardiff Blues winger Alex Cuthbert answered his critics with a stunning performance against Treviso during the Blues 57-20 drubbing of the Italian side at the Cardiff Arms Park. Cuthbert scored a try and produced a brilliant assist as he rebounded from a difficult week with Wales after he was released from Rob Howley’s squad following a heavily scrutinised performance against England last …

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Millwall’s Win Over Leicester Turns Ugly After Post-Match Pitch Invasion

Millwall’s 1-0 win over reigning Premier League champions Leicester turned ugly on Saturday after fans invaded the pitch following the full-time whistle. A late Shaun Cummings goal was enough to secure The Lions the win and a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, but celebratory scenes quickly turned sour with reports of missiles being launched by fans on the pitch. Millwall fans …

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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Superb Elastico Nutmeg Against Espanyol

Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo pulled off an outrageous elastico nutmeg in the first-half of the Galacticos 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. With Madrid attacking down the left flank, Ronaldo did supremely well to keep the ball in play before nutmegging Espanyol midfielder David López with a brilliant elastico. The move was ultimately nullified by the Espanyol defence but summarised the …

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Joost van der Westhuizen’s Final Moments: ‘Mom, You Must Let Me Go Now’

Joost van der Westhuizen’s brother Pieter van der Westhuizen has opened up about his brother’s final moments alive after the 45-year-old passed away at his family home in Johannesburg last week. van der Westhuizen, who lost his extensive battle with motor neuron disease last Monday, was reportedly taken off life support at his family home after years of treatment to combat the debilitating neurological disease. …

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Conor O’Shea Likens Coaching Italy To Recovering From Alcoholism

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland ItalyÕs head coach Conor O'Shea at the press conference after the match

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has compared coaching the Italian team to the challenges faced by a recovering alcoholic after Italy’s 63-10 drubbing against Ireland last weekend. After opening round defeats to Ireland and Wales, the pre-tournament optimism around O’Shea’s tenure has quickly simmered with November’s historic win over South Africa now a distant memory. With France, England and Scotland still to play, …

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