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# Plan B

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2022
# Plan B
UFC and boxing legend Holly Holm becomes leading candidate to face Taylor at Croke Park
The former three-weight boxing world champion left the sport for MMA in 2013 in search of better opportunities, but may pivot back to face the Irish icon.
# England
Boris Johnson sticks with Plan B in bid to ‘ride out’ Omicron without lockdown
Mr Johnson said now is the time for the ‘utmost caution’ but argued the booster rollout has given substantial protection to the nation.
# uk restrictions
Boris Johnson sticks with Plan B in bid to ‘ride out’ Omicron without lockdown
Johnson said now is the time for the ‘utmost caution’ but argued the booster rollout has given substantial protection to the nation.
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# Plan B
Fans in England must show Covid pass or proof of negative test from today
The new measures will affect any sporting events with a crowd over 10,000.
# Plan B
New restrictions announced in England in bid to tackle Omicron variant
Boris Johnson said it’s clear the new strain is ‘growing much faster’ than Delta.
# Plan B
Tokyo Olympics will go ahead 'with or without Covid' - IOC
IOC vice president John Coates says these will be the “Games that conquered Covid.”
# Plan B
New Zealand set to host centralised Rugby Championship for 2020
A radical revamp of Super Rugby is also under consideration.
# Plan B
Western Force set to return as Australia plans for rugby restart in July
Sanzaar suspended Super Rugby in mid-March after the coronavirus pandemic closed international borders.
# Plan B
League of Ireland clubs to consider proposal for games behind closed doors
Working document ‘offers a real platform for debate about a return to football’, says Niall Quinn.
# CONTINGENCY
Anger and frustration entirely fair as World Rugby's greatest fear realised
Supporters, players, and coaches are entitled to be deeply disappointed with the cancellations.
# Angry
'It's ridiculous that there was no Plan B' - Italy's Parisse slams World Rugby
The Italians’ World Cup clash with the All Blacks has been cancelled.
# last ditch effort
Theresa May rules out second Brexit referendum in Plan B speech
May said she will hold further talks on the backstop.
# brexit plan b
Bilateral deal between the UK and Ireland ruled out
Theresa May is due to set out her next steps on trying to salvage her Brexit plans to the House of Commons today.
# Plan B
Last night's Catastrophe featured the most Irish financial solution ever
We’ve all been there.
# Plan B
What are Ireland's alternative options if Jon Walters isn't deemed fit to start against Sweden?
The current Player of the Year is touch-and-go to be ready for Monday’s Euro 2016 Group E encounter.
# Plan B
Rooney hoping to emulate Scholes in United midfield
The England skipper played in midfield during recent wins over Everton and Crystal Palace.
# Plan B
Here's what you should know about Conor McGregor's new opponent
It’s McGregor versus Mendes on 11 July.
# Plan B
Ireland is now really thinking about what happens if Greece leaves the eurozone
The government has confirmed talks with the Central Bank and the NTMA about the implications of Greece exiting the eurozone.
# plan bee
Whatever the referendum result - there'll be one clear winner ... Bees
Yes. Bees.
# Plan B
Irish women can now buy the most effective morning-after pill without a prescription
EllaOne can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex.
# Plan B
Spurs' Europa League game was thrown into disarray after three first half pitch invasions
You would think the stewards would get wise after the second incursion.
# Plan B
'Conor Murray can handle out-half pressure if Munster come calling' - James Hart
The Grenoble scrum-half knows a thing or two about facing the Top 14′s best following his breakthrough season with Grenoble.
# Plan B
Jackson favourite to start against All Blacks after Sexton's hamstring blow
Ian Madigan came on for his former Leinster teammate last night but may have to settle for a bench role again.
# Plan B
No ticket for the All-Ireland final? Watch it on the big screen instead
It’s not Croke Park but if you haven’t got a ticket, it might be the next best thing…
# crisis
UPDATE: Cyprus to create ‘solidarity fund’
The country’s president said a decision must be made today. Meanwhile, the Finance Minister remains in Russia for negotiations.
# Cyprus
Cyprus president demands bailout decision on Thursday
Earlier today the European Commission said it is up to the Cypriot government now to present an alternative scenario for the bailout.
# mercury
WHO? Never heard of them! Mercury Music Prize cheat sheet
You’ll be cranking up the Plan B, Field Music and Django Django at that party/family dinner this weekend.
# Plan B
England boss Hodgson plans change of approach
The ex-West Brom manager believes the side “must maintain possession better”.
# Plan B
Campaign group proposes €15bn stimulus to 'bust myth that austerity works'
Claiming our Future says its plan works within the bailout agreement but has admitted its proposals are not fully-formed as yet.
# Aviva
Aviva to hike cost of most popular health plan
The health insurer will increase its premiums for the second time this year, with its Level 2 plan now costing over €1,000.
# Plan B
EU leaders developing Plan B in case of Greek default
German finance minister says EU is preparing for the worst in case Greece fails to pass its austerity plan and can’t pay its bills next month.
# Plan B
Fading Star? No snap decisions on possible Kauto retirement, says Nicholls
Follow The Plan took the big one at Punchestown yesterday. But is it the end for an old favourite?