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Here’s what the world of sport had for us on Monday.

Jonathan Sexton and Sean Cronin Johnny Sexton gets a lift from Sean Cronin at today's Leinster training session at Donnybrook. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


Laura Woods, David Wallace and Melanie Nocher Laura Woods, David Wallace and Melanie Nocher launched the 'Swim for a Mile Challenge' today. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO


The best thing we shared

This unusual free-kick routine from a Japanese high-school team is a masterpiece…

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Where we were today

Ryan Bailey got the latest from the Leinster camp at Donnybrook, Sean Farrell met David Wallace in Dublin for the ‘Swim for a Mile Challenge’ launch, and Niall Kelly was at Croke Park to speak to Noel Connors about the Club Leadership Development Programme.

Noel Connors Waterford hurler Noel Connors at Croke Park today. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

On the record…

It’s difficult to go from foie gras to pâté. For now, Quade Cooper is perhaps not as I wish, but we must give him some time too. So, when I say today I’m not happy with our stars, it’s because we expect a lot — and then we were so spoiled here by (Tana) Umaga and Wilkinson. They need to be given time maybe.”

Quade Cooper hasn’t managed to impress Toulon club president Mourad Boudjellal just yet.

The fixture list

  • There are three Premier League games down for decision tomorrow night: Bournemouth vs. West Ham, Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace, Newcastle United vs. Manchester United (all 7.45pm).

Showbiz, baby!

Here’s the goal that pipped Lionel Messi to the Puskas Award this evening…

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