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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

Students Perform Heartfelt Haka At Sione Lauaki’s Funeral

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Students and old boys of Kelston Boys’ High School paid tribute to former Chiefs backrower Sione Lauaki with a passionate haka at the 35-year-old’s funeral in Auckland on Saturday. Lauaki, who passed away in Waitakere Hospital of kidney failure last Sunday, was buried in Waikumete Cemetery which happens to be just a couple of kilometres away from his old college Kelston Boys’ High …

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Christian Lealiifano Enters Remission And Opens Up On Battle Against Leukemia

Australia v England

Brumbies and Wallabies fly-half Christian Lealiifano has entered remission just six months after being diagnosed with Leukemia. Lealiifano received the positive news exactly 100 days after his diagnosis and spoke to reporters about how he had to overcome negativity in his battle against the life-threatening malignant disease. “As hard as it is to say, I’m definitely blessed to have gone …

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Rob Howley Releases Lions Duo For Club Games

Taulupe Faletau

Wales coach Rob Howley has released Lions duo Taulupe Faletau and Alex Cuthbert back to their clubs this weekend as the Six Nations takes a short break before returning next weekend. Faletau and Cuthbert, who both played during Wales’ 21-16 loss to England last weekend, join 12 other Welsh players who have also been released by Howley for this weekend’s games. …

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Watch: Nehe Milner-Skudder Scores First Try Since Return From Injury

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All Blacks and Hurricanes winger Nehe Milner-Skudder crossed for his first try of the pre-season on Friday during the Canes’ 33-27 win over the Crusaders in Waverly. Otere Black spots a gap. @Nmilnerskudder finishes. Canes 26, @crusadersrugby 27 in Waverley #PreSeason2017 pic.twitter.com/9NsrYawjmx — Hurricanes Rugby (@Hurricanesrugby) February 17, 2017 Milner-Skudder, who was sidelined for almost a year with a dislocated shoulder, …

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Gloucester Rugby Takeover Still Set To Happen Despite EPCR Delays [Report]

Mohed Altrad

ITV Sports reporter Matthias Kurth has reported that Mohed Altrad’s planned takeover of Gloucester Rugby is still set to happen despite the club and owner still waiting on approval from European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR). Well-placed source tells me that proposed takeover of @gloucesterrugby WILL still happen, despite EPCR stalling on final approval. #rugby — Matthias Kurth (@ITVMatthias) February 17, …

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Warren Gatland Hails Sam Warburton As ‘Outstanding’ And Highlights His Lions Qualities

Wales Training Session

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has hailed Wales flanker Sam Warburton’s performances in the Six Nations thus far as ‘outstanding’. Warburton, who captained the 2013 Lions to a 2-1 win over Australia, has been playing in a new-look Welsh backrow alongside Ross Moriarty and Justin Tipuric. Warburton has performed admirably through two games against Italy and England but …

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Bernard Foley Wants to Have ‘Tom Brady Effect’ On His Waratahs Teammates

Super Rugby Rd 7 - Waratahs v Blues

Wallabies and Waratahs fly-half Bernard Foley has said that he wants to have a ‘Tom Brady effect’ on his Waratahs teammates this season as he prepares to step into more of a leadership role under Daryl Gibson. The Waratahs have a number of debutantes in their backline this season with halfback Jake Gordon, inside centre Irae Simone and winger Harry Jones all set for …

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Shane Williams Backs Elliot Daly To Make Lions Starting XV

Shane Williams

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions winger Shane Williams has backed versatile England back Elliot Daly to start for the Lions against the All Blacks on this summer’s tour of New Zealand. Daly, who only made his England debut less than a year ago against Ireland, is being tipped by Williams to make this summer’s tour due to his confidence …

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Stephen Kenny Hoping Daryl Horgan And Andy Boyle Can Both Earn Ireland Call-Ups

Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan 8/11/2016

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is hoping that former lilywhites Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle can both earn Ireland call ups following the duo’s selection to Martin O’Neill’s squad for the World Cup qualifier with Austria in November. Horgan and Boyle were both selected for O’Neill’s 28 man squad against Austria with Horgan named on the bench for the game in Vienna, …

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Ronan Finn In Awe Of Damien Duff And His ‘Phenomenal’ Work Ethic

Damien Duff 23/9/2016

A lot has changed for Ronan Finn since he was last at Shamrock Rovers. In his two year spell with Stephen Kenny’s wildly successful Dundalk side, Finn has won two League of Ireland titles, one FAI Cup and the only League of Ireland Player of the Month award of his 11 year career. The Dubliner has blossomed playing alongside the likes of Richie …

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