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Uncapped teen sensation included as Cheika names Australia's World Cup squad

UNCAPPED ROOKIE JORDAN Petaia has been included in Australia’s 31-man squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Petaia missed most of the Super Rugby season due to a Lisfranc injury but the exciting 19-year-old back is set to feature at the World Cup, which gets underway on ...

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Imposing England and their 'kamikaze kids' loom large in front of Ireland

OUT OF THE FIRE, into the frying pan.

Any thoughts from Ireland’s players that they could look forward to cooler conditions upon leaving Portugal for London yesterday were rapidly extinguished thanks to a forecast of 29°C when they run out against England at Twickenham on ...

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Schmidt calls for consistency and choice amidst World Rugby's high tackle focus

IRELAND HEAD COACH Joe Schmidt has expressed concerns about World Rugby’s focus on heavily sanctioning high tackles, while appealing for more consistency in decision-making from referees around such incidents.

The game’s governing body has pushed referees and disciplinary committees to ...

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'You see life in a different way. I've enjoyed watching the games and slipping back in as a supporter'

HE CLIMBED THE steps of the Hogan Stand and lifted the Sam Maguire in 2014, but former All-Ireland winning Kerry captain Fionn Fitzgerald has watched from afar this summer.

Lifting the Sam Maguire with Kieran O'Leary in 2014. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Dr Crokes ...

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'It would be a massive, massive upset' - The Donegal side aiming to pull off an FAI Cup giantkilling

NOT MANY PEOPLE are giving Glengad United much of a chance on Saturday.

In fact, just getting to this stage in the FAI Cup is remarkable in itself.

They were the first-ever Donegal junior team to make the first round of the competition. They beat Home Farm in the preliminary stages, ...

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'It’s the next two weeks which will really determine whether he’s up and running'

THE SIGHT OF Joey Carbery on his feet and running yesterday as Ireland wrapped up their eight-day training camp in Portugal was certainly one for sore eyes.

Watching the Munster man crumple after trapping his ankle in a tackle against Italy two weekends ago, following an outstanding ...

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McIlroy one behind as Schauffele surges to share of Tour Championship lead

JUSTIN THOMAS rolled in a two-foot birdie putt at the 18th to join Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka atop the leaderboard of the PGA Tour Championship on Thursday, while Rory McIlroy took route 66 to lie one behind. 

The top trio were tied on 10-under par, although under the ...

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Out-of-favour Forster returns to Celtic on season-long loan

CELTIC HAVE SIGNED their former goalkeeper Fraser Forster on loan from Southampton.

Forster played for the Glasgow giants between 2011 and 2014, initially on loan from Newcastle United, before leaving for the Saints.

The 31-year-old initially thrived at St Mary’s but lost ...

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Linfield stun Qarabag to take slender lead into Europa League second leg

WINDSOR PARK WAS rocking tonight as Linfield stunned FK Qarabag — Dundalk’s Champions League conquerors — to take a slender 3-2 advantage into next week’s Europa League play-off second leg. 

Faycal Rherras’ early goal had put the visitors ahead but a Shayne Lavery brace and ...

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Celtic take big step towards Europa League group stages

JAMES FORREST CONTINUED an impressive run of scoring form and Odsonne Edouard produced a superb free-kick as Celtic beak AIK 2-0 to take control of their Europa League play-off tie.

Scotland winger Forrest drilled home early in the second half at Celtic Park to register for a fifth ...

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Munster and Connacht name teams for opening Celtic Cup games

MUNSTER HAVE INCLUDED three academy players in their ‘A’ matchday squad to play Ospreys Development in the opening round of the Celtic Cup at Musgrave Park on Friday evening [KO 7.30pm].

Prop James French and second rows Paddy Kelly and Eoin O’Connor are included in Peter Malone’s ...

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Tipperary unchanged for All-Ireland U20 hurling showdown against Cork

BACK-TO-BACK chasing Tipperary are unchanged for Saturday’s Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland U20 hurling championship final against Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds [6pm].

Manager Liam Cahill has, unsurprisingly, named the same starting XV that hammered Wexford in the semi-final earlier this ...

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Oxlade-Chamberlain earns long-term Liverpool contract

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The England midfielder joined Jurgen Klopp’s side from Arsenal in August 2017 and has made 47 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.

Those numbers ...

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Mayo's deadly inside trio epitomise the journey this side has been on

FROM THE 2017 All-Ireland final to a mass player walkout last summer, the past 23 months or so has been an absolute rollercoaster ride for the Mayo ladies.

And here they are, against all odds, back in Croke Park. 

Deadly inside trio: Grace Kelly, Rachel Kearns and Sarah Rowe. ...

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Archer takes six as he rips through Australia at Headingley

JOFRA ARCHER TOOK six wickets as England dismissed an Australia side without star batsman Steve Smith for just 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley on Thursday.

Fast bowler Archer, in only his second Test, took 6-45 in 17.1 overs — the first time he had taken ...

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'I am not here to be a rival to Ronaldo but I want to play until 40' - Ribery

FRANCK RIBERY HOPES to play on beyond the age of 40 after joining Fiorentina but says he does not intend to be a rival to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ribery’s 12-year stay at Bayern Munich concluded when his contract expired at the end of the 2018-19 season, in which he won a ninth ...

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The 'kid from Manawatu' who shook up Mullingar in 1991

“MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS DEFEATED Milltownpass 2-8 to 1-5 on the night,” read a piece on the Shamrocks’ website last summer.

“And it is recalled that Schmidt raced up and down the wing in a most impressive manner and scored at least one point in the process.”

The GAA ...

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Inside The Campus, where Ireland have been preparing for the World Cup

AWARE THAT THE heat will be a factor at the World Cup in Japan, Joe Schmidt was keen to bring his Ireland squad on a warm-weather camp during their preparations this summer, meaning a group of 40 players have spent the past eight days in Portugal.

While not replicating the humidity that ...

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Liverpool announce 'ambitious' Anfield redevelopment plans

LIVERPOOL HAVE ANNOUNCED they are planning an “ambitious” redevelopment of their Anfield Road stand.

The European champions opened the revamped Main Stand at their home ground three years ago.

But plans to increase the stadium’s capacity further are in the works, the ...

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Could Ross Byrne climb from 4th-choice out-half to Sexton's chief replacement before Japan?

MURRAY KINSELLA DIALED into this week’s The42 Rugby Weekly podcast from Portugal, where Ireland are undergoing warm-weather training less than a month out from their flight to Japan.

But while Murray’s spirits were nearing an all-time high as he sat on a veranda outside Eoin ...

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Serena and Sharapova set for blockbuster first-round clash at US Open

SERENA WILLIAMS WILL begin her quest for a seventh US Open title and record-tying 24th Grand Slam victory against long-time rival Maria Sharapova, following today’s draw.

It’s a blockbuster opening tie for Williams, and she holds a dominant head-to-head record against ...

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