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Brian Cody Expected To Continue The Course With Kilkenny Hurlers

It is being reported today that Brian Cody will decide to stay on as manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team.  The Cats have been in a transitional period over the last two years but 2018 was promising as Cody’s side claimed a league title, in addition to losing to eventual champions Limerick by just two points in the All-Ireland …

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‘Instinct’ Tells All Blacks It’s Mo’unga’s Time

Instinct told coach Steve Hansen the time was right to put Richie Mo’unga in the driver’s seat as the All Blacks brace for a powerful forward battle against Argentina in Nelson on Saturday. The All Blacks were giving nothing away on Thursday about how they will meet the challenge — either confronting Argentina head on or moving their pack to …

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Cheika Drops Bernard Foley For Must-Win Clash With Springboks

Bernard Foley was dropped Thursday in a major backline shake-up by the Wallabies, with the Springboks also ringing in the changes for a match they are both desperate to win after recent crushing Rugby Championship defeats. Australia have lost six of their past seven games and ceded the Bledisloe Cup to New Zealand for the 16th consecutive year after a …

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Eddie Jones Admits He Spoke To Andy Farrell About England Defence Role

Eddie Jones has admitted he contacted Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell about the possibility of fulfilling the vacant post in England’s coaching set-up.  Jones and England have been conducting an exhaustive search for someone to replace Paul Gustard who took up the head coach role with Harlequins during the summer. It’s not ideal for the England boss to lose one of …

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Antoine Griezmann: I Deserve To Be On Ballon d’Or Podium

France star Antoine Griezmann insists he deserves to be on the podium for this year’s Ballon d’Or after winning the World Cup and major silverware with Atletico Madrid. Griezmann came third in 2016 in the voting behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the most prestigious individual award in football, despite not winning anything. That year was agonising for the …

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English Premiership The Subject Of £275 Million Takeover

Rugby Union’s English Premiership has been approached over a potential £275 million ($352 million) takeover, according to British media reports on Tuesday. Former Formula One owners CVC Capital Partners are believed to have expressed interest in buying a controlling stake in the top tier league. The private equity company’s proposal is one of several avenues being explored by Premiership Rugby …

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Austin Healey: Leicester Tigers Are A Bigger Club Than Leinster

Austin Healey believes that the Leicester Tigers are a bigger club than current European and PRO14 champions Leinster and it’s this logic which he applies to the argument of Stuart Lancaster potentially taking over at the English club after Matt O’Connor’s recent departure.  O’Connor has departed from the Tigers after just one game of the new season where they fell to …

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Declan Rice To Release Statement On His Future Next Week [Report]

Declan Rice is expected to release a statement on his international future after Ireland complete their fixture with Poland next week.  The Republic of Ireland have been rocked by the news of Rice wanting to take time to consider his international allegiance after the West Ham midfielder met with Gareth Southgate in June. The 19-year-old is not in the squad …

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Liam Miller Tribute Match To Be Broadcast On TV

We’re less than three weeks away from the much anticipated Liam Miller tribute match which is being held at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday, September 25.  If you were lucky enough to have picked up a ticket for the sold-out match which will see a Man United legends side take on a Celtic/Ireland XI, then you look set for a …

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Serena Williams Lauds Nike For Kaepernick Campaign

Serena Williams reiterated her admiration for American football player turned activist Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday and praised apparel maker Nike for featuring him in a new ad campaign. “Especially proud to be a part of the Nike family today. #justdoit,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion tweeted before she headed out to book a US Open semi-final berth with a 6-4, …

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