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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

Lions Coach Backs His Own Number 8 To Become Next Springboks Captain

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: Lions coach Johan Ackermann during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Southern Kings at Emirates Airline Park on July 08, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Rynners/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Lions coach and former Springboks second-row Johan Ackerman believes that his side’s captain, Warren Whiteley, would be an excellent replacement to succeed Bulls hooker Adriaan Strauss as Springboks captain. Strauss, who was only named Springboks captain in May following the appointment of Allister Coetzee as head coach in April, announced his plans to retire from international rugby at the end …

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Granit Xhaka: ‘I Didn’t Come To Arsenal To Sit On The Bench’

Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka says that he didn’t come to Arsenal ‘to sit on the bench’. Xhaka arrived in North London for £33.8 million from Borussia Mönchengladbach back in May, but was only used as a second-half substitute for the Gunners’ opening day loss to Liverpool last month. However, having started the season on the bench, the Basel native has since formed …

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Chris Ashton Determined To Work His Way Back Into England Team

Saracens v Exeter Chiefs - Aviva Premiership Final

Saracens winger Chris Ashton has said that he is determined to play international rugby again after a recent meeting with England coach Eddie Jones. Ashton was excluded from Jones’ 32-man squad to tour Australia during the summer and has not played for England since Jones took charge of the Red Rose in November 2015. Jones has been very honest about …

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Michael Page Wants To See A ‘UFC v Bellator’ Show

Michael Page

Welterweight sensation Michael ‘Venom’ Page has said that he would like to see a cross-promotional MMA card featuring fighters from both the UFC and his current promotion, Bellator, squaring off against one another. Bellator, the main rival promotion to North America’s MMA juggernaut, has grown exponentially in recent years and has signed a host of former UFC fighters such as Rory …

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United Fans Panic As Key Defender Is Ruled Out For A Month

Manchester United

Manchester United fans have not reacted happily to news that Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly could spend up to a month on the sidelines after the 22-year-old helped Côte d’Ivoire qualify for the 2017 African Cup Of Nations on Saturday. The Elephants played out 1-1 draw with Sierra Leone in Bouaké yesterday and the result means that the Ivory Coast will have an opportunity to defend their …

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Aviva Premiership To Introduce Groundbreaking New Concussion Guidelines

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: The Aviva Premiership trophy is displayed prior to kickoff during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Aviva Premiership is set to become the first professional league in world rugby to trial real time pitchside concussion video reviews to help medical staff better identify players who have been exposed to head injuries. In a groundbreaking development, technology by MyplayXplay system will be used in all 135 Aviva Premiership rugby matches this season to help better determine whether a player …

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Zlatan: ‘I Was Close To Joining City Or Arsenal But I Couldn’t Turn Down Mourinho’

Rashford

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he was close to joining Arsenal and Manchester City in the past, but that he could not turn down the opportunity to reunite with former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Mourinho, who took over from former United manager Louis Van Gaal in May, enjoyed tremendous success with Ibrahimovic when the two …

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Wales Coach Gatland To Become Highest Paid Lions Coach Ever

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Warren Gatland, head coach of Wales looks on prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wales coach Warren Gatland is set to become the highest paid British and Irish Lions coach ever, according to a report from the Sunday Times (via Rugby Heaven). Gatland, who led the Lions to their first series win since 1997 when the Lions defeated Australia 2-1 in 2013, will reportedly be confirmed as the next Lions coach on Wednesday in Edinburgh. The …

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Michael Bisping To Georges St. Pierre: “Quit Being A P**sy”

UFC 100 - Thiago Alves v Georges St. Pierre

UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping has called out former Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre ahead of the Canadian’s pending return to the UFC. St.Pierre, who hasn’t fought in the UFC in nearly three years, was supposed to meet with the UFC’s new owners WME-IMG on Tuesday but according to MMAFighting the meeting never took place. St. Pierre’s management tried to initiate talks …

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Mickey Gall Has Some Harsh Words For CM Punk Ahead Of UFC 203

CM Punk

UFC Welterweight Mickey Gall has said that former WWE champion CM Punk moves like a “wounded animal” ahead of the pair’s welterweight bout at UFC 203 next Saturday in Cleveland. Gall, who is 2-0 in his professional MMA career, criticised Punk’s footwork and movement after footage emerged a fortnight ago of the former wrestler sparring during the UFC’s promotional series …

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