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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

Irish Rugby Form XV

Ireland v Argentina - Quarter Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

As we edge closer to the end of 2015, we look back on another mixed year for Irish rugby with tremendous highs and some sobering lows too. A successful Six Nations championship defence was boosted by the emergence of Connacht as Pro12 leaders, but Ireland’s quarter-final exit to Argentina at the World Cup was unacceptable (despite numerous injuries to key players) and the recent …

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No Room For Messi, Neymar & Suarez In Champions League Group Stage XI

Luis Suarez has formed a formidable partnership with Neymar and Lionel Messi. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona trio Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have had a tremendous year together, breaking all kinds of records but all three failed to make UEFA’s Champions League team of the group stage, despite scoring ten goals and providing seven assists between them. Messi and Neymar have both been nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or but do not feature in …

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Leinster’s Rob Kearney Makes Bold Claim Ahead Of Toulon Game

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Three consecutive losses in Europe has not seemed to diminish the confidence of Leinster’s Rob Kearney, with the Irish full-back claiming that while reigning Champions Cup holders Toulon will be tough to overcome this Saturday, they are indeed beatable. Speaking ahead of Leinster’s critical return match at the Aviva Stadium with the star-studded French side, Kearney did not underestimate the size of the …

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George Ford Signs New Deal With Bath

Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints - Aviva Premiership

England fly-half George Ford has signed a new deal with Bath that will keep him at The Rec for another two years. Ford said it was an easy decision to stay in Somerset and comes as massive news for the club on the back of the signings of Welsh duo Toby Faletau and Luke Charteris for next season. Ford has …

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Japan Target Highlanders Coach To Replace Jones

Barbarians Portraits and Training

Reports from Japan are indicating that the Japanse Rugby Union are set to target Highlanders coach and Super Rugby winner Jamie Joseph to replace the recently departed Eddie Jones. According to Japanese publication Kyodo News (via 3news.co.nz), the union is currently negotiating with Joseph, with the aim of having an agreement finalised before the end of the year. Joseph is under contract until the …

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Brendan O’Brien Latest Journalist To Back Henshaw To Leinster

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Brendan O’Brien of the Irish Examiner is the latest Irish rugby journalist to back Robbie Henshaw to move to provincial rivals Leinster at the end of this season. Speaking to Action Replay Xtra Time about Luke Fitzgerald and his preferred position, O’Brien said that he thinks that Fitzgerald’s best position is at inside centre but that the possibility of Robbie Henshaw …

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Marland Yarde Commits His Long-Term Future To Quins

Harlequins v Sale Sharks - Aviva Premiership

England winger Marland Yarde has signed a new multi-year contract with Harlequins after the club confirmed the deal on their website this afternoon. Yarde has scored nine tries in 30 games for Quins after making the move across London from London Irish last year and is delighted to commit his future to the club, claiming it to be a very …

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Munster Issue Statement After Fans Boo Players

Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

Munster Rugby issued a statement this afternoon calling for supporters to “respect” players and opposition at all times during games at Thomond Park. The announcement comes in the wake of Munster’s 31-19 loss to Leicester at the weekend, where fans booed certain players, with outhalf Ian Keatley in particular coming under fire. Keatley’s performances at fly-half have been a major talking …

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Williams, Messam & Savea to join New Zealand Sevens Squad

South Africa v New Zealand - Semi Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

Gordon Tietjens’ New Zealand Sevens squad will have to make enormous strides if they wish to capture Olympic Gold in Rio next summer after the Kiwis lost to Argentina in the cup quarter-final and then to the USA in the plate semi-final of the Cape Town Sevens. Tietjens’ injury-depleted squad suffered their third loss to the USA in two tournaments but will be …

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Connacht Re-Sign Homegrown O’Halloran And Griffin

Bath Rugby v London Irish - Aviva Premiership

Connacht have announced that homegrown pair Tiernan O’Halloran and Eoin Griffin have signed new two-year deals that will keep the Galway duo in the west until the conclusion of the 2016/2017 season. It’s just reward for the pair and a clear sign that the province’s “Grassroots to Green Shirts” development path is working with Griffin returning from London Irish to continue …

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