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Rugby Union: James O’Connor interview

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Aviva Premiership: London Irish v Bath
Saturday March 22
Madejski Stadium
BT Sport 5.30pm

Ahead of London Irish’s St Patrick’s Party game against Bath, Sport caught up with their Australian superstar James O’Connor in an extended edition of the interview that ran in our printed edition.

The Life of a Referee - 'I thought: 'How have I given that decision?''

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Pressure, pitfalls and pelted with cushions: Sport discovers what it’s really like to be a top-flight official

You’ve just made an error in your day job. Do you get [a] a quiet word in your ear from a colleague; [b] a reprimand and warning from corporate suits; or [c] tens of thousands of people screaming abuse at you and threatening you with everything under the sun? Welcome to the world of professional refereeing.

Nick Evans: 'It's cup finals for us from here on in'

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How big were the two Racing Metro wins for you guys?

Jonathan Sexton: 'The money represents how someone values you'

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Oh god, he doesn’t want to talk to us. We don’t want to sound paranoid, but as we’re shuffling nervously through Jonathan Sexton’s garden, having failed to get an answer at the front door, you can see where we’re coming from. After all, downtime has been at a premium for the Dubliner in a summer that has featured a successful Lions series, a wedding to his childhood sweetheart, a honeymoon in Vegas and a move to a new country and a whole new club. Why would he want to spend a free evening with us?

Time to shine

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The younger rugger lads to keep an eye on in the coming years

Just two years from 2015, and we are finally accepting that the flying car, hoverboard and conveniently located manure truck-filled world we saw in Back to the Future 2 might not come to fruition. On the plus side, the Rugby World Cup kicks off two years on Wednesday, when England get the tournament under way at Twickenham (start the countdown right now).

My Lions Diary: Tommy Bowe

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The Irish winger takes us behind the jubilant Lions scenes one last time

“What an amazing end to the series! Obviously I’m delighted with how it’s all gone over the past couple of months, and it was such a great way to finish it all off.

Lions: Tommy Bowe's tour diary

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The Lions winger talks about his return from injury and this weekend’s decider

I was delighted to get back playing, but the game was a tough one – I didn’t really get much ball to play with, which was frustrating.

The hand felt great, though – that was one of the real positives for me, anyway. I got through the game no problem at all. It’s amazing what a bit of adrenaline can do for you. And, with it being such a big match, the hand was the least of my worries.

British and Irish Lions: third Test preview

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Saturday July 13
Australia v British and Irish Lions
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Sky Sports 1 11.05am

So it comes down to one, final match. The Lions can expect a red-hot welcome in Sydney this weekend as this most thrilling of tours reaches its climax. Who will hold their nerve?

On the verge of greatness: The second Test

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One Test win down, one to go. After the drama of last weekend, we take a look at the task facing Warren Gatland's men in Melbourne

My Lions Diary: Tommy Bowe

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'Im chuffed to be fit again'

With series victory in sight, the winger writes from inside a happy Lions camp

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