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Six Nations Squad News – The Early Statistics That Suggest An Enthralling Championship Battle Awaits

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 14: The Six nations trophy is displayed during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Dan Mullan - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Two weeks out from another glorious instalment of the Six Nations, all but Italy have announced their squad for the first pair of fixtures and if nothing else, the respective squads make for very interesting reading. Coming off the back of a blistering November Test Series that saw England, Ireland and Scotland deliver strong and, at times, emphatic, performances, things are …

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Ten Players To Watch Out For In This Year’s Fitzgibbon Cup

This Thursday night sees the start of the 2018 Fitzgibbon Cup as the eagerly anticipated opening game sees Leeside rivals Cork IT and UCC face off in group C. With UCD also in this group, both Cork colleges will be eager to get off to a good start in this cut-throat competition. With 13 third-level institutions battling it out to be crowned …

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A Long List Of MMA Predictions for 2018

As 2017 enters its final days, the time is perfect to have a stab at predicting exactly how things will play out in the sport of mixed martial arts over the next calendar year.  2017 was a mixed bag in the world of MMA – and in particular the UFC – for many. Its opening half or so consisted of …

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Exclusive: EA Sports UFC 3 Heightens The Stakes With Their Most Dangerous Instalment To Date

The multi-faceted sport that is mixed martial arts may well be the most difficult on the planet to adapt into video game form, but with the third instalment in their UFC franchise, EA Sports have managed to capture the unparalleled madness of the fight business, both inside the octagon and beyond. Brian Hayes, the creative director of EA Sports UFC, …

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Homophobia Continues To Be Football’s Big, Gay Problem

NEWPORT, WALES - SEPTEMBER 13: Lawson D'Ath of Northampton Town wears Rainbow laces as part of a anti-homophobia campain during the Sky Bet League Two match between Newport County and Northampton Town at Rodney Parade on September 13, 2014 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Football clubs up and down the UK have this weekend pledged to support Stonewall’s “Rainbow Laces” campaign, in an effort to combat homophobia in the sport. The campaign has grown since beginning in 2013 (when Joey Barton was one of the few vocal leading footballing advocates) to the point where the majority of football clubs in Britain (as well as rugby clubs) …

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