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'It is unacceptable' - Ireland international hits out at signing of Gerbrandt Grobler

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As Munster defended their decision to sign drugs cheat Gerbrandt Grobler and the IRFU vowed to review their policies around signing players with a doping past, Ireland international Chris Henry has criticised the decision to recruit a…

'He can go and speak to whoever wants' - FAI deal still allows Martin O'Neill to talk with clubs

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John Delaney says Martin O'Neill is 100pc committed to Ireland - and that the FAI retain full faith in the Derryman.

Alexis Sanchez 'likely' to move to Manchester United as Arsene Wenger confirms swap deal with Mkhitaryan is close

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Alexis Sanchez to complete his move to Manchester United in the coming days and confirmed he is eager to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the deal.

Gerbrandt Grobler won't be involved in Munster's Champions Cup clash with Castres after being named in 'A' team

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South African Gerbrandt Grobler won't be part of Johann van Graan's plans for Munster in this Sunday's Champions Cup clash with Castres.

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'Bizarre news' - Eamon Zayed shocked as he is let go by American side Indy Eleven

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Eamon Zayed has had his contract with American side Indy Eleven terminated.

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Eddie Jones names eight uncapped players in England's Six Nations squad

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England have named eight uncapped players in a 35-man squad selected to prepare for the NatWest 6 Nations opener against Italy on February 4.

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'I feel like I'm nearly the most prepared for a season that I've ever been' - Rory McIlroy gets his 2018 off to a fine start

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Rory McIlroy overcame a slow start to enjoy a highly promising competitive comeback as defending champion Tommy Fleetwood set the early pace in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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IRFU drug policy falls short of zero tolerance

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This was supposed to be a celebration, but stepping back from the crowd and observing two chief executives fighting fires back-to-back was quite something.

McIlroy will get less money for winning than for showing up

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When the enormous cheques being paid to a handful of superstars simply to play in the tournament add up to twice as much as the total prize fund for which the field of 126 will compete, it will inevitably raise the eyebrows.

'Devastated, but it is what it is' - More injury heartache for Ireland's Jon Walters

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Jon Walters' short-term future is up in the air again after the Ireland striker posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed last night.

French test should stand to Leinster in their quest for European glory

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Leinster travel to Montpellier this weekend looking to cement their place as Europe's number-one seeds, which will of course have serious ramifications later on in their quest for European glory, but somewhere in the back of the players'…

Bastareaud banned for Irish test

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Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been suspended for three weeks after pleading guilty to allegations of verbally abusing Benetton Rugby flanker Sebastian Negri Da Oleggio in Champions Cup on Sunday.

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'A shambles' - Antonio Conte and pundits condemn VAR system after controversial night at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte suggested the new VAR system should be tested for longer before it is introduced into matches after a night of high drama saw the Blues beat Norwich in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea see off Norwich in FA Cup after VAR controversy, two red cards and a penalty shootout

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Video assistant referee controversy erupted as Chelsea beat Norwich on penalties in their FA Cup third-round replay.

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'If it's not a resigning matter then what does it say about their anti-doping policy?' - Paul Kimmage on IRFU response

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Paul Kimmage has said that the controversy surrounding Munster's signing of convicted doper Gerbrandt Grobler is a 'resigning matter' for IRFU chief executive Philip Browne.

John Giles: The special connection between the Irish team and the fans has been broken

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There is now a serious issue of trust between hardcore fans of the Ireland senior team and Martin O'Neill over his willingness to talk to Stoke about the job vacated by Mark Hughes and now filled by Paul Lambert.

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Private school withdraws threat of legal action as Leinster schools committee agrees to review eligibility regulations

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Cistercian College Roscrea has withdrawn its threat of taking High Court action over rules restricting pupils' involvement in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup.

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Uncapped Jordan Larmour named in Ireland Six Nations squad as Carbery makes injury return

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20-year-old Leinster fullback Jordan Larmour has been named in the Ireland squad for the 2018 Six Nations.

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John Aldridge: Compare how Klopp approached playing Man City to Mourinho - it is night and day

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Liverpool confirmed last Sunday that Manchester City are beatable if you have a go at them - and I hope more teams take a hint from this point forward and remove the fear factor.

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Alexis Sanchez agrees four-year Manchester United contract as Arsenal wait on Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Alexis Sanchez has agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract worth £14million after tax to join Manchester United.

Wednesday, Jan 17

'There was knowledge of his background' - IRFU to review policy on recruitment of known drug cheats after Gerbrandt Grobler controversy

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IRFU chief executive Philip Browne says the organisation will review its policies around signing players with a history of doping in the wake of the controversy surrounding Munster’s Gerbrandt Grobler.

'I always felt he would stay' - John Delaney confirms when Martin O'Neill will finally sign new FAI deal

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FAI CEO John Delaney says Martin O'Neill will sign his new contract to extend his stay as Ireland manager next week.

Grobler shadow hangs over Munster

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Ahead of the biggest game of their season, talk at Munster continues to be dominated by the presence of South African second-row Gerbrandt Grobler in their squad.

'It was cat stuff' - Kerry legend Mikey Sheehy 'embarrassed' by Kingdom support in Croke Park

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His old team-mate Páidí ó Sé landed himself in trouble for his reference to "animals" when speaking of the Kerry support in 2002.

Tuesday, Jan 16

'John and I have agreed terms' - Martin O'Neill offers brief update on contract situation but deal still not signed

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Martin O'Neill has said that he has 'agreed terms' with John Delaney over a new contract and that lawyers are currently looking over the deal before he puts pen to paper.

'He was young and foolish. He paid the price for it' - Conor Murray and Peter O'Mahony stand by Gerbrandt Grobler

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Munster and Ireland stars Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray have defended team-mate Gerbrandt Grobler, after the South African's place in the squad has come under scrutiny over his previous two-year ban for testing positive for steroids.

'Spare me that hypocrisy' - Paul Kimmage's message to IRFU over Gerbrandt Grobler signing

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Paul Kimmage has criticised what he views as "hypocrisy" from the IRFU over the signing of drug cheat Gerbrandt Grobler.

'I think we have a chance' - Jose Mourinho on bringing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is "relaxed" about the transfer saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez as Chelsea reportedly emerged as rivals for his signature.

Monday, Jan 15

Late gate-crasher to challenge Manchester United in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez

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Manchester City are reported to have pulled out of the race to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, but Chelsea are rumoured to have rivalled Manchester United with a bid for the in-demand forward.

Tommy Bowe announces he will retire from rugby at the end of this season

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Tommy Bowe has confirmed that he will call time on his rugby career at the end of this season.

Confirmed: Martin O'Neill will not be going to Stoke as Paul Lambert announced as new boss

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Paul Lambert has been appointed as the new manager of Stoke, the Premier League club have announced.

Comment: Martin O'Neill should have to re-apply for job after managerial mess

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In many industries, even when things are going well, somebody, somewhere is planning for the worst-case scenario and making sure that they have the best people to do the job required. In football, that means the top players or managers…

Sunday, Jan 14

Martin O'Neill rejects offer to take over at Stoke and is set to stay on as Ireland manager

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Martin O'Neill has rejected an offer to take over at Stoke City and will remain as manager of the Republic of Ireland, according to reports breaking last night.

Late anguish for Munster as Racing snatch win but Euro destiny still in their own hands

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Defeat for Munster, but their European destiny remains in their own hands.

Paul Kimmage: Three Billboards Outside Thomond Park, Limerick

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It's Oscar season, and of all the great movies coming down the tracks, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the one that most excites. It's a Martin McDonagh film, obviously, with Frances McDormand, naturally, and opens in the…

Saturday, Jan 13

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane offered Stoke job but length of contract may be a sticking point

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Stoke City have offered Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane a return to Premier League management as they desperately try to persuade the high-profile pair to leave the Republic of Ireland after four years in international football.

Martin O'Neill back in frame for Stoke job as Quique Sánchez Flores confirms he is staying in Spain

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Quique Sánchez Flores has turned down an offer to manage Stoke City.

'It's really not that big of a deal and nothing to worry about' - Rory McIlroy clarifies heart issue

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Rory McIlroy feels there has been an overreaction to news he has an irregular heartbeat.