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Rory Murphy

Rory Murphy
All-round lover of sport with a particular interest in golf and football. Very mild obsessions with Ji-Sung Park and Patrice Evra.

Warren Gatland Admits He Was Surprised By Steve Hansen’s Selection For The Opening Lions Test


Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen named their sides for the first test of the Lions series this week with both fifteen’s including plenty of surprises. Liam Williams will unexpectedly start for the Tourists and George North will be watching from the stands while Peter O’Mahony will captain the side but it was Hansen that really caught the rugby world off-guard …

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Football’s Most Reliable Journalist Reveals Chelsea’s Hefty New Bid For Virgil Van Dijk

Chelsea SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Southampton FC and FC Internazionale Milano at St Mary's Stadium on November 3, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Before his season-ending injury back in March, Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk was the outstanding defender in the Premier League. Ever since his move from Celtic, the Dutchman has proven himself to be impressively composed on the ball, effective as the last line of defence and an imposing threat going forward. With the Saints finishing in lowly 8th, the 25-year-old was …

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Damien Duff: It Took Retirement For Me To Realise How Much I Love Manchester United

Manchester United YOKOHAMA - JUNE 11: Damien Duff of the Republic of Ireland celebrates his goal with Robbie Keane during the FIFA World Cup Finals 2002 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Saudi Arabia played at the International Stadium Yokohama, in Yokohama, Japan on June 11, 2002. Republic of Ireland won the match 3-0. DIGITAL IMAGE. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Damien Duff remains one of the Republic of Ireland’s greatest ever exports to the Premier League but it could have even been an even more successful career, the Dubliner has revealed.   Duff had spells at Chelsea, Blackburn and Newcastle but almost joined the ranks of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side alongside fellow Irishman Roy Keane. In an interview with …

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Jose Mourinho Absolutely Destroyed On Twitter After Reports Of Tax Fraud Emerge

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League, semi final second leg match, between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on May 11, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho looks set to become the latest victim of that pesky Spanish taxman, following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric. Several publications are this afternoon reporting that the Manchester United manager will be prosecuted in Spain for tax fraud committed during his time in charge of Real Madrid. Twitter was quick to attack the …

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Sky Sports Dampen Cristiano Ronaldo Excitement With Their Latest Update

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 03: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

With Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly determined to leave Real Madrid following complications surrounding the tax he was paying, odds of a return to Manchester United are tumbling. A flurry of reports in recent days have suggested the Portuguese superstar is open to a switch back to the club where he made his name. The attacker left Old Trafford in the summer …

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All Blacks Receive Injury Boost Ahead Of Saturday’s Lions Test

The Lions begin their three-match series against the Lions on Saturday morning in Auckland’s Eden Park. It’s been a tumultuous preparation for the encounter from a Lions perspective with a smattering of decent wins interspersed amongst humbling defeats. The majority of the rugby world are expecting a comfortable win for New Zealand both this weekend and in the series as …

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