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Jack O'Toole

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

Opinion – New Tackle Laws: Smart, Safe Or Soft?

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Watching Richard Barrington bring up his 100th cap for Saracens on Saturday reminded me of everything I love about rugby. At 27, Barrington will most likely never play for England. He’ll never join the likes of Phil Vickery, Jason Leonard and Jeff Probyn in the pantheon of great English props, but he is however a club centurion, a tag that …

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Munster Fans Celebrate After Their Side’s Massive Win Over Racing 92

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Munster’s 32-7 win over Racing 92 on Saturday afternoon was a fitting performance to send off former head coach Anthony Foley in style. Foley was pronounced dead just hours before the previous scheduled fixture between these two sides back in October, suffering an acute pulmonary oedema at the Munster team hotel in Paris, and on a day which caused so much heartache …

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Watch: CJ Stander Scores Galloping Try As He Bursts Through The Racing Defence

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If ever there was a try to sum up a player’s playing style, this was it. With Munster leading 11-0 at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, CJ Stander raced up and charged down Benjamin Dambielle’s kick before his side eventually regathered the ball shortly thereafter. With Munster on the counter-attack, Stander ran inside Dambielle before brushing off Chris Masoe on his way to …

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Who Replaces Vunipola And Robshaw In England’s Backrow?

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Chris Robshaw, James Haskell and Billy Vunipola of England pose with the Calcutta Cup following their team's victory during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones really enjoyed a stellar 2016. He guided England through an undefeated international season, won the Six Nations and England’s first grand slam in 13 years and he also avenged the nation’s humiliating Rugby World Cup pool loss to Australia with four consecutive victories over the Wallabies last year. Jones achieved an unprecedented amount of success in his first season as England …

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Les Kiss On Scarlets Penalty Try: ‘This Is The New World We Live In’

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Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has lamented referee Marius Mitrea’s decision to yellow card Sean Reidy and award the Scarlets a second half penalty try during Ulster’s 16-13 loss to the Welsh side on Friday night. A first-half try from Jacob Stockdale and a pair of penalties from Paddy Jackson ensured Ulster would lead 13-6 at halftime, but in the second-half, …

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Opinion – Does The UFC Really Have One Rule For Conor McGregor And One Rule For Ronda Rousey?

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When we first start playing sport, we’re all thought the basic and fundamental principle of equality. Equality is defined as the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities, but in sports, it can be used as both a motivator and as a benefit. ‘It doesn’t matter where you’re from, or what your background is, we’re all the same here’, …

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O’Gara On Racing – “They Need To Realise Just How Good The Champions Cup Is”

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Racing 92 assistant coach Ronan O’Gara has said that the reigning Top 14 champions need to realise ‘just how good of a competition the Champions Cup is’ and that Racing’s league schedule may have played a part in his side’s European demise this season. Racing, who were Champions Cup finalists last season, were bounced from the competition in the first two …

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Shane Horgan Backs Conor Murray For Lions Captaincy

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Former Ireland and Lions wingers Shane Horgan has backed Munster scrum-half Conor Murray to captain next year’s British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand after a stellar 2016 with both Munster and Ireland. Murray, who was a tourist in 2013 on the Lions tour of Australia, has been in outstanding form for Munster over the last few weeks and …

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Warriors Coach Frustrated With Concussion Protocols

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Carl Hogg, Head Coach of Worcester Warriors looks on prior to the Aviva Premiership match between Bristol Rugby and Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate on December 26, 2016 in Bristol, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Worcester Warriors Head Coach Carl Hogg has vented his frustration with the Premiership’s return to play protocols after learning that his halves duo of Jonny Arr and Tom Heathcote could be sidelined for longer than he initially expected. Scrum-half Arr has not featured for the Warriors since suffering a concussion in Worcester’s 26-12 Aviva Premiership defeat against Wasps earlier this month, while fly-half …

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