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Leinster winger Barry Daly not trying to prove anyone wrong

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Barry Daly insists he's not out to prove anyone wrong after finally hitting the big time with Leinster.

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Joe Brolly playing the shame game against Colm Cooper

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Could Cooper yet be forced to walk naked in atonement through the streets of Killarney, asks Mike Quirke.

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Derek McGrath and Stephen Rochford futures to become clearer this week

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

The futures of Derek McGrath and Stephen Rochford should be considerably clearer by the end of next week.

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Optimistic Joe Kernan understands reasons for International Rules withdrawals

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Ireland International Rules manager Joe Kernan understands James McCarthy’s view that the country may never be able to field their strongest team, but he is happy with the hand available to him travelling to Australia.

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Crowded house: The ingredients for a packed Páirc Uí Chaoimh opening

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

On Sunday, Nemo Rangers take on St Finbarr’s in the replay of their county senior football final at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

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If Colm Cooper can’t get away with it, nobody can

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

There’s not much you could begrudge Colm Cooper. Not much at all. He is a man who transcended the game he mastered. The reasonable fortune he has accrued from the fame has been most deserving. A lot of what he will accrue in the future on the back of his name will be just as merited, writes John Fogarty.

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Warren Gatland ‘done’ with the Lions

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Warren Gatland has declared he is “done” with coaching the Lions after a tour to New Zealand this summer which he said he hated.

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Warren Gatland: 'I don’t know what planet Sean O’Brien is on'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

It has been almost a month since Seán O’Brien questioned Warren Gatland and his coaches for their handling of the Lions’ drawn series with the All Blacks this summer, but the tour’s head coach has finally come out swinging with his case for the defence.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain plays his way into Klopp’s selection thoughts

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Liverpool’s deadline-day signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in line for his first Champions League start for the club after impressing manager Jurgen Klopp.

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Guardiola: De Bruyne must win to belong in Messi bracket

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Pep Guardiola thinks Kevin De Bruyne will have to help Manchester City win trophies before he can be regarded as one of the greats like Lionel Messi.

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Cork City aim to repeat history and storm to victory against Derry

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

When the Cork City players cross the white line at Turner’s Cross tonight, they will see the effects of Hurricane Ophelia and feel the hand of history on their shoulders.

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Billy Holland: We must heed French lesson

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Billy Holland knows Munster will need to take heed of the French lessons learned in Castres two days ago as they look ahead to another, tougher, Gallic test on Saturday.

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Upwardly mobile Ireland await World Cup play-off fate

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

The latest Fifa rankings have seen Ireland move up eight places to 26 but, despite that significant improvement, of the eight countries to qualify for the World Cup play-offs, only Greece, at 47, are ranked below Martin O’Neill’s team.

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Rhys Webb could pay as Wales alter selection policy

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Rhys Webb could become the first high-profile casualty of Wales’ new senior player selection policy, with Wales head coach Warren Gatland admitting he feels for his star scrum-half, who has agreed to join big-spending French club Toulon next season.

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Munster confident Thomond Park will be ready for Racing visit

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Munster Rugby is confident Thomond Park will be ready to stage Saturday’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 after the stadium came through Hurricane Ophelia unscathed yesterday.

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World Cup play-offs Q&A

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

What is the point of the play-offs?

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Analysing Ireland's possible play-off opponents

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

John Fallon breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Ireland’s potential opponents...

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Pochettino: Kane can be our Totti

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions Harry Kane could join Real Madrid by claiming the striker can be Tottenham’s Francesco Totti.

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Heartbreak for St Michael's as Mallow win Cork Premier Intermediate final

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Mallow 1-17 - St Michael’s 1-16: A RETURN to senior football for Mallow after they defeated St Michael’s in the Cork Premier IFC final at the impressive new Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. 

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‘Ox’ might turn out the most bizarre deal of all

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

To be honest that fortnight ‘off’ (originally one of modern football’s most irritating foibles) is now welcomed more and more depending on who you support.

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Uninspired Lukaku rejects his ‘bully’ label

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

If an unambitious, uninspiring Manchester United performance at Anfield said little about their Premier League title credentials on Saturday, the same could be said of Romelu Lukaku’s status as the most productive striker in the English game.

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Politics takes a back seat to Barcelona’s first slip-up

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

All week the build-up to Barcelona’s visit to Atletico Madrid on Saturday night had centred on the difficult political situation in Spain, with a push towards independence in Catalonia, and the central authorities in the capital pushing back.

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‘Enemy of Football’ a target for snipers

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Good grief - what’s that awful smell? Did the wife leave the remnants of Friday’s fish out? Is it the smell of Brexit turning rancid? No, don’t panic; it’s just the rotting corpse of Saturday’s snore-draw at Anfield.

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Tyros shine as Leinster cut French giants down to size

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Leinster weathered the huge hits and the heavy bruising from Montpellier’s giants on Saturday – but the five points are what will leave the biggest mark after a winning start to their Champions Cup challenge.

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Downbeat Conte admits title fears

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Antonio Conte could never be accused of overhyping Chelsea’s chances of retaining their Premier League title, but the manager’s reaction to Saturday’s defeat at Crystal Palace only underlined the scale of the task confronting the defending champions.

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Stoke left stunned by brilliant de Bruyne

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

You have to go back 123 years to the last time a team started the season with 29 goals from their opening eight top-flight games.

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Bolger: We always knew it was going to be tough

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

When Cork City pitched up at Dalymount Park for their 30th league game of this 2017 campaign it marked four years to the very day since he had claimed the title with St Patrick’s Athletic thanks to a 2-0 win over Sligo Rovers in Inchicore.

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The business of running the GAA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

“Not half a dozen men have ever been able to keep the whole equation in their heads.”

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Heaven at last for magnificent Mallow

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Mallow hurlers suffered heartbreak in the Cork Premier IHC final, but there was joy for their supporters yesterday as their footballers showed tremendous character to be crowned Premier IFC champions at the newly revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh. 

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Erasmus will wait for JVG ‘the master of all’

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Rassie Erasmus has talked up his successor as Munster coach as a ‘master of many trades’ and reiterated that he will delay his own return to South Africa until Johann van Graan is ready to take over.

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