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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

Ireland’s 10 Most Likely Lions Candidates

Jack McGrath

Ireland has developed a steady penchant for delivering a healthy contingent of Lions players every four years. In 2005, Sir Clive Woodward brought 11 Irishman on a 44-man tour of New Zealand. Four years later in 2009, and Sir Ian McGeechan selected 14 Irish players, and two replacements in John Hayes and Gordon D’Arcy, on the Lions tour of South …

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Opinion – Why Take The Risk With A Dylan Hartley Lions Captaincy?

Dylan Hartley

What makes a good Lions captain? What separates one great leader from another? Who do international players turn to when pressure mounts and cracks starts to appear in the midst of a Test match? These are just some of the questions that Lions Coach Warren Gatland will inevitably be asking himself as he considers his tour captain for New Zealand …

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Wonderboy on Woodley’s Racism Claims: “That’s Just Stupid”

MACAU - AUGUST 23: Tyron Woodley of USA looks up after winning his welterweight fight against Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea during the UFC Fight Night at The Venetian Macao Cotai Arena on August 23, 2014 in Macau, China. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

UFC Welterweight contender Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson has dismissed Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley’s claims that he is treated unfairly by the UFC due to the colour of his skin. Woodley, who drew with Thompson during their Welterweight title fight at UFC 205 in November, said no other fighter is treated like him and also cited how UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty …

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Cormier On Rumble: ‘I’m Going To Stand With Him, What’s The Worst That Can Happen?’

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03: Daniel Cormier is treated between rounds as he takes on light heavyweight champion Jon Jones during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones retained his title by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is set to face off against number one contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson at UFC 210 with Cormier set to defend his light heavyweight title for a second time against the hard-hitting Rumble. When the two last fought each other at UFC 187, Cormier won the vacant light heavyweight championship after submitting Johnson via a rear-naked …

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Bryan Habana Inks New Deal With Toulon

Habana

South Africa winger Bryan Habana has agreed to a new one-year extension with Toulon that will keep him at the Stade Mayol until the end of the 2018 season. Habana, who turns 34 in June, has scored 18 tries in 57 games for the three-time European champions, with Toulon confirming the winger’s extension on Twitter. 1 an de + au …

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Champions Cup Power Rankings Ahead Of The Knockout Stages

Saracens v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup

The Champions Cup pool stages officially came to a close on Sunday. Four-time champions Toulouse fought off a late fightback from last season’s Pro 12 champions Connacht, while Wasps wrapped up a bonus point victory over a spirited Zebre. Toulouse and Wasps will now join Clermont, Saracens, Leinster, Munster, Glasgow and Toulon in the knockout stages as the competition intensifies ahead …

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Toulouse Flex Their Muscles While Connacht Go Down Swinging

o'hall

The last time Connacht played Toulouse in France, they secured their first ever win on French soil with a hard-fought 16-14 victory in the old Heineken Cup. A second half try from Man of the Match Kieran Marmion was ultimately the difference between the two sides as Marmion’s close range effort lifted Connacht over the four-time European champions. It was …

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Five Uncapped Players Who Could Be Included In Ireland’s Six Nations Squad

Lions

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will name his 2017 Six Nations squad on Monday as Ireland will attempt win their third Six Nations title in the last four seasons after back-to-back championship wins in 2014 and 2015. Last year Schmidt named an extended 35-man squad that included the previously uncapped CJ Stander, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier and Stuart McCloskey, while the …

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