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New Zealand name 23 to challenge the Lions in final test

By Raffaele Rocca / July 5, 2017 /

New Zealand have named the 23 to challenge the Lions in Saturday’s third Test series-decider. Warren Gatland’s tourists take on the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland this weekend looking to claim an historic series victory after they tied things up at 1-1 with a 24-21 triumph over their hosts in Wellington last time…

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2017 Thomond Swim to take place this Saturday

By Raffaele Rocca / July 5, 2017 /

Swimmers will start from the slipway at St Michael’s Rowing Club at 18:15 and then proceeding up the river Shannon turning just below Thomond Bridge. Competitors then swim down river past King John’s Castle, the Civic offices, Shannon Rowing Club before finishing back at St Michael’ s Rowing Club. To view route details please click…

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Louise Galvin called into Irish 7’s squad for Kazan tournament

By Raffaele Rocca / July 4, 2017 /

Munster and Bohs’ Louise Galvin returns to the Ireland Women’s 7’s squad for Kazan trip. The tournament in the Russian city is their final tournament of the season, and the second stage of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix. Anthony Eddy’s squad are bidding to qualify for next season’s Sevens World Cup in San Francisco,…

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NZ media less than happy with Sean O’Brien avoiding ban

By Raffaele Rocca / July 3, 2017 /

New Zealand media less than happy with Sean O’Brien avoiding ban. So after a mammoth disciplinary hearing lasting almost four hours, Sean O’Brien is free to play in the final test of the tour at Eden Park on Saturday. The Leinster backrow was one of the standout performers in Saturday’s epic encounter, but was cited for…

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Breaking: Sean O’Brien cleared to play in final Test

By Raffaele Rocca / July 2, 2017 /

Leinster and Ireland’s Sean O’Brien has been cleared to play it the final test. O’Brien had been cited for allegedly striking All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo in the Lions’ 24-21 win over their hosts at the Westpac Stadium. Following a hearing that lasted nearly four hours, O’Brien’s citing was dismissed by a disciplinary panel, clearing…

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Lions look set to lose Sean O’Brien for final Test.

By Raffaele Rocca / July 2, 2017 /

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien has been cited for dangerous play (swinging arm) during Saturday’s second Test victory over the All Blacks. The Carlow back row is alleged to have used a swinging arm on All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo in the 59th minute of the game. O’Brien faces a disciplinary hear this morning and with a…

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NZ Media reaction to the second test defeat for All Blacks

By Raffaele Rocca / July 2, 2017 /

New Zealand media reaction as the Lions beat the All Blacks. Owen Farrell’s 78th minute penalty is what ultimately settled this titanic struggle with the All Blacks but it was a moment of madness from Sonny Bill Williams that was the biggest talking point. The All Black centre’s reckless shoulder charge to the head of…

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Brave Limerick exit 2017 championship as Kilkenny progress

By Raffaele Rocca / July 1, 2017 /

John Kiely’s Limerick side lost out to Kilkenny in their Championship showdown at Nowlan Park on a 0-20 to 0-17 scoreline in a game that sometimes lacked quality but wanted for nothing in terms of intensity. It was the Cats ninth championship victory over Limerick as TJ Reid scored eight points for Kilkenny in what was…

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John Tuohy – I’m delighted with the result, the girls played outstanding stuff”

By Raffaele Rocca / July 1, 2017 /

Limerick camogie get vital win to get revive championship hopes. Limerick captain Niamh Mulcahy fired a phenomenal 15 points as Limerick just edged out Tipperary by 1-20 to 3-12 at Semple Stadium to keep their hopes of emerging from Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship alive. It was a sensational exhibition…

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WATCH: Highlights and reaction from the Lions 2nd Test victory

By Raffaele Rocca / July 1, 2017 /

Highlights and reaction from the Lions 2nd Test victory. Watch highlights from a dramatic night in Wellington that saw The British & Irish Lions level the Test series with tries from Taulupe Faletau and Conor Murray. Video credit: Sky Sports. Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing content…

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