Evening Sports Update

Athletics:

There was a Bronze medal for a Kerry athlete in the Indoor World Athletics Masters Championships in Korea today.

At 5am Irish time Pat Murphy from the Castleisland Race Walking Club came third in the 3000 meters’ indoor race walk.

 

Rugby:

England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones says he’s to blame for the side’s Six Nations defeat to Ireland.

A 13-9 loss in Dublin cost the visitors a second successive Grand Slam title – and a world-record-beating 19th straight win. Jones says he’s learned from the experience.

Leinster are hopeful that Sean Cronin will make his return from injury for this Saturday’s Pro 12 meeting with Cardiff Blues.

The hooker was forced to miss Ireland’s Six Nations campaign with a hamstring injury.

Captain Isa Nacewa is also in line for a return after struggling with a knee complaint.

Meanwhile, Nigel Owens will take charge of Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter final with Wasps.

English official JP Doyle will referee Munster’s meeting with Toulouse at Thomond Park. Both of those games take place on April 1st.

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The Ospreys have announced the appointment of former Irish international hooker Allen Clarke as their new forwards coach.

Clarke will join up with the Welsh side from Ulster in the summer.

The 49 year old played eight times for Ireland between 1995 and 1998, and played his club rugby with Northampton and Ulster.

 

Soccer:

An international referee’s been given a life ban from football – after being found guilty of “unlawfully influencing” the result of a World Cup qualifier.

Ghana’s Joseph Lamptey took charge of the game between South Africa and Senegal in November last year.

The hosts won the match 2-1 – and were given a highly controversial penalty.

Lamptey’s now banned from “any kind of football-related activity”.

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Martin O’Neill says he’s never encountered an injury list like the one he’s dealing with this week.

Wes Hoolahan is the latest name to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Wales.

The Norwich playmaker had been included in O’Neill’s trimmed squad, but has been forced out with a thigh strain.

O’Neill is already without Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Harry Arter and the suspended Robbie Brady.

While captain Seamus Coleman sat out training today as a precaution due to an ankle knock. O’Neill says there’s no point in feeling sorry for themselves.

 

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Sticking with Friday’s game, and Ipswich forward Tom Lawrence has been forced to withdraw from Wales squad through injury.

He’s replaced by young Liverpool winger, Harry Wilson. He’s the second Reds teenager in the squad following a first call-up for Ben Woodburn.

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The FAI have postponed tomorrow night’s EA Sports Cup first round games following the death of Derry City captain Ryan McBride.

The 27-year old was found dead at his home just 24-hours after playing the full 90-minutes of the Candystripes’ 4-nil win over Drogheda. President Higgins has led the tributes to McBride.

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The Republic of Ireland Under-17’s have finished with a one-hundred per cent record in their European Elite qualifying group.

Already assured of a finals place ahead of today, they finished the group with a 2-nil defeat of group hosts Cyprus.

Aaron Connolly’s brace sees Ireland finish top of the group with three wins from three and no goals conceded.