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Richard Barrett
Richard Barrett is a co-founder of Pundit Arena. You can follow him on Twitter via @TheBoyBarrett .

Schmidt Makes Five Changes As Cronin Gets Chance

After levelling the three-Test series at 1-1 last week, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt made two changes to the front row with Jack McGrath at loosehead prop alongside recalled hooker Sean Cronin. Hooker Niall Scannell and prop Cian Healy, who played in Ireland’s 26-21 win in Melbourne, were named among the reserves. In the back row, skipper Peter O’Mahony was selected …

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Leinster Rugby S&C Coach Explains Famed ‘Stuesday’ Sessions

It’s been an unforgettable year for all at Leinster Rugby, with the province swatting aside all opponents en route to an unprecedented Champions Cup and Pro14 double. Although there are myriad reasons for the success of the Boys In Blue in recent seasons, one of the key factors has undoubtedly been the impact of Stuart Lancaster, the former England head …

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Major Injury Scare For Brazil As Neymar Hobbles Out Of Training

Neymar hobbled out of a training session on Tuesday, setting alarm bells ringing in the Brazil camp as they prepare for their second World Cup group game against Costa Rica on Friday. “Neymar came out of training today with a painful right ankle,” said Vinicius Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). He put the knock down to …

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UCC Soccer Scholarships – A League Of Ireland Breeding Ground

As Daniel Pender’s cup-winning penalty smashed the back of the net on Tuesday two weeks ago in Turners Cross, the curtain was brought down on another hugely successful season for University College Cork’s senior football side. Following on from 2017’s Munster Senior League and Collingwood Cup titles, the Noel Healy-managed side added the Beamish Cup to the Donie Forde Cup …

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Quick Guide To Tuesday’s World Cup Action

Another action-packed day of World Cup football awaits us on Tuesday, here’s a quick overview of all three games. _____ Russia vs Egypt (19:00) World Cup hosts Russia face an Egypt side buoyed by the likely return of star man Mohamed Salah on Tuesday knowing a win will all but guarantee a place in the last 16. Liverpool wizard Salah …

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All Eyes On Salah As World Cup Hosts Take On Egypt

World Cup hosts Russia face an Egypt side buoyed by the likely return of star man Mohamed Salah on Tuesday knowing a win will all but guarantee a place in the last 16. Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team’s defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury sustained during last month’s Champions League Final. …

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Hurricanes’ Julian Savea Finally Confirms Move To Toulon

Former All Blacks wing Julian Savea confirmed Monday he was joining the French Top 14 club Toulon at the end of the Super Rugby season.  Speculation that the blockbusting Savea, known as “The Bus”, had signed a lucrative contract to move north has been swirling for some time but the wing and rugby officials refused to comment. However, New Zealand …

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Jake Gordon Joins Wallabies Squad For Irish Series Decider

NSW Waratahs scrum-half Jake Gordon has joined the Wallabies squad for the final Test against Ireland after Will Genia had surgery on a fractured arm, team officials said Monday. Gordon returned from Japan on Monday after playing for the Waratahs in an exhibition game against NEC Green Rockets in Tokyo at the weekend. The 24-year-old is yet to earn his first Test …

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