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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

England Name 45 Man Elite Playing Squad

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England Head Coach Eddie Jones has named his 45 man elite player squad ahead of the upcoming November internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia. Jones has called up seven unubscapped players into his latest EPS squad with Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) Sam Jones (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps) and Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers) coming into the forwards while scrum-half Dan Robson (Wasps) …

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FIR Withdraw Italian Bid For 2023 Rugby World Cup

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 20: The Webb Ellis Cup on HMS Iron Duke during the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in partnership with Land Rover and DHL ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015 on August 20, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Getty Images for England Rugby 2015)

The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) have officially withdrawn their bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after news emanated from Italy last week that Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympics was rapidly losing momentum. Roman Mayor Virginia Raggi publicly withdrew his support for Rome’s 2024 Olympic Games bid last week and with the city unlikely to be chosen as the next …

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Nate Diaz On Conor McGregor And Eddie Alvarez – “F**k Them Both”

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Nate Diaz has said that both UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and lightweight contender Conor McGregor are both “scared” to fight him and that UFC President Dana White “can get off Conor’s nuts.” Diaz defeated McGregor at UFC 196 before losing to the Dubliner in a rematch at UFC 202, and although he was overlooked for a trilogy fight with …

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Pic: Leinster Release New European Rugby Jersey

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Leo Cullen, Coach of Leinster Rugby during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Leinster Rugby at Ricoh Arena on January 23, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Leinster have released a new alternate home jersey for the 2016/17 Champions Cup with the Blues set to unveil their new kit against Castres in the opening round of the Champions Cup on the 15th of October. The new @leinsterrugby 2016/17 European jersey #CommittedToTheGame pic.twitter.com/1JYihHEgGm — Canterbury (@canterburyNZ) September 28, 2016 Canterbury claim that the new kit boasts the latest technologies from Canterbury’s …

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Eddie Jones Appoints Former World Cup Winner To England Backroom Team

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England Head Coach Eddie Jones has appointed former Saracens and England flanker Richard Hill to England’s backroom team as Hill joins the English coaching ranks as a team manager leaving his current role as pathway liaison manager for the RFU. Hill was capped 71 times for his country and was an instrumental part of the 2003 World Cup-winning side under Sir Clive …

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Vern Cotter Signs With Top 14 Club

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 8: Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Montpellier have confirmed that former Clermont coach and current Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter will replace current Head Coach Jake White at the end of this season. White, who reportedly applied for the vacant England job last year after Stuart Lancaster was dismissed following England’s World Cup exit, allegedly failed to have his contract renewed after Montpellier President Mohed Altrad found out that the South African was …

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Is Dane Coles The Exception To The Rule Or Is He Changing How We View Hookers?

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Dane Coles of the All Blacks looks on during a New Zealand All Blacks training session on September 13, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Dane Coles is not the first mobile, skilled hooker we’ve ever seen play professional rugby. Despite popular belief, Saracens hooker Schalk Brits has been displaying his all round game for more than a decade now, Leicester’s Tom Youngs has made the successful transition from running lines in the centres to throwing in the lineout and Huia Edmonds, a one-time Wallaby and …

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Analysis: Have The All Blacks Become The USA Basketball Of World Rugby?

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Kieran Read and TJ Perenara of New Zealand check the TMO with the team during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

There is a belief in some circles that FIBA’s decision in 1989 to allow professional basketball players to compete in the summer Olympics ruined the game of international basketball. Between 1972 and 1988 the United States men’s basketball team had won just two Gold medals from four possible tournaments. The US had famously boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s decision to …

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Jamie Redknapp Blasts West Ham’s Antonio Over Poor Defending

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Bertrand of Southampton and Michail Antonio of West Ham United battle for the ball during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on September 25, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has criticised West Ham midfielder turned defender Michail Antonio for his failure to track Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand’s run in the build up to Southampton’s opening goal at the London Stadium on Sunday. Bertrand had found some space down the left wing before playing Nathan Redmond in behind the Hammers defence, who in turn cut the ball back to Charlie Austin …

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