We’ll Leave It There So: Dundalk bow out, Heaslip’s options and all today’s sport

September 19, 2021 0 By HearthstoneYarns

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  • Dundalk’s European adventure is over after the League of Ireland champions lost to Macabbi Tel-Aviv in Israel.
  • Jamie Heaslip says he’s happy to continue playing rugby in Ireland, but is considering all other options as his IRFU contract comes to an end at the end of the season.
  • Jack McCaffrey seems keen to rejoin the Dublin footballers, but no word yet from manager Jim Gavin.
  • Davy Fitzgerald’s father has blamed social media activity for the former Clare manager’s resignation.
  • Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is hopeful that Johnny Sexton will regain full fitness in time for their inter-provincial clash away to Munster on December 26th.
  • Galway footballers Johnny Duane and Sean Armstrong are due to return to the inter-county fold next season.
  • Conor McGregor is expected to contest a $75,000 fine for throwing a water bottle at Nate Diaz during a press conference ahead of their UFC rematch.

Away

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  • Joey Barton has blamed the Scottish media for billing him to be the next Lionel Messi or Neymar ahead of his arrival at Rangers.
  • US broadcasters Showtime have expressed an interest in broadcasting Katie Taylor’s fight this weekend at the Manchester Arena.
  • The New York Yankees are bringing back Aroldis Chapman on an $86 million contract. 
  • The famous Mayo curse which is believed to be the cause of their All-Ireland drought, got a mention on Countdown.

The Best Thing We Shared

The over-due video compilation of Sean O’Connell’s entertaining weigh-ins.

On the Record

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Ryan McHugh gave his take on the evolution of the Dublin footballers.

I think they’re a lot more smart, a lot more streetwise. They’re just getting more experienced, they know how to win games. They’re such a good team with experienced players all over the pitch. Just runners coming from everywhere. You go out and you have to mark six forwards, it’s hard to leave men free. You don’t realise until you actually play against them.”

Where We Were Today

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Alan Waldron was chatting to Davy Fitzgerald at the Leinter Bord Na Mona GAA Series launch while Sean Farrell attended the Leinster press conference in the RDS.

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The Fixture List

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Leinster travel to face Northampton Saints for a Pool 4 clash in the Champions Cup tomorrow evening. Kick-off is at 19.45.

Showbiz, Baby!

This dog would put some NFL players to shame with this perfectly legal tackle on a young boy who has just caught a football.

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