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Joel Slattery

Joel Slattery
Sub-editor at Pundit Arena. Bad at predictions, Joel was also slightly uncomfortable writing this bio in the third person. Twitter: @JoelSlattery

Gatland Open To Playing All Blacks In November Series Decider

Auckland , New Zealand - 24 June 2017; British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, right, shakes hands with New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen prior to the First Test match between New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

After today’s thrilling 15-15 draw in the third Test, the Lions series ended in a somewhat anti-climactic fashion with neither side securing a series win. However, this may not be the end of the series, after all. Lions head coach Warren Gatland is open to the possibility of a historic fourth Test in order to secure a rightful winner. On …

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Joy For Tipperary Footballers As They Score Shock Win Over Cavan

hampionship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 12/6/2016 Tipperary vs Cork Tipperary Manager Liam Kearns celebrates at the end of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The Tipperary footballers, who were one of the big underdog stories in the GAA in 2016, have pulled off another upset, this time knocking Ulster giants Cavan out of the championship. The Liam Kearns-managed Premier, scored an unlikely 2-15 to 0-18 win in Kingspan Breffni Park. The Munster men trailed 0-12 to 0-6 at half time in this round 2B …

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Cork’s Hurling Revolution Has Not Been An Overnight Success

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1, Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork 2/7/2016 Cork vs Dublin Cork team huddle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

It was July 27, 2015 and, mere hours earlier, Cork had been knocked out of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship after losing to Galway in Thurles. The Rebels had been blown away in a 2-28 to 0-22 drubbing, conceding a first minute goal in a match where they never looked like winning. While a truly awesome display on the field from …

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Key Factors As Kilkenny Look To Keep 100% Qualifier Record Alive

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Quarter-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 2/4/2017 Kilkenny vs Wexford Kilkenny’s Brian Cody Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

For the second week in a row, Kilkenny are in the stand-out fixture in the hurling qualifiers. After sneaking past Limerick in a tense game in Nowlan Park, Brian Cody takes his side to Thurles to where Waterford provide the opposition.  Semple Stadium hosted the replay of the All-Ireland semi-final between the counties last year, and the Home of Hurling …

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Former Offaly Boss Learns Of Sacking In Cruelest Possible Way

Pat Flanagan’s tenure as Offaly senior football manager came to an end when his side lost to Cavan in the first round of qualifiers.  Despite giving the Division 1 team a tough outing before ending on the wrong end of a four-point defeat, there was cause for optimism in the Faithful County. However, at a county board meeting this week, …

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Record-Breaking Jones Ready To Silence The Doubters

When he takes to the field on Saturday, Alun-Wyn Jones will be playing in his ninth consecutive Test match for the British and Irish Lions, eclipsing the record set by Brian O’Driscoll. However, the big Welshman is not keen to reflect on records, even one that shows both real talent, consistency and longevity. Instead, there is only one focus on …

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