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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

Handrè Pollard Set To Make His Return To Rugby

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South Africa fly-half Handrè Pollard is set to make his return to rugby next month when the Bulls take on the Chiefs in a trial match at Ballymore. The Springboks playmaker has been sidelined since last February after rupturing his knee ligaments in a freak accident at Bulls training, and will now return to rugby for the first time in over 12 months when …

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Dai Young Provides James Haskell Injury Update

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Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young has provided a positive update on James Haskell after the England flanker was forced from the field just 36 seconds into his Wasps return. Haskell, who has been sidelined since July with a toe injury, made his return to the Ricoh Arena on Sunday only to be taken off within the first minute of …

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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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