Evening Sports Update

Soccer

Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Captain Seamus Coleman will start tomorrow night’s World Cup qualifier with Wales.

They are looking to go five points clear at the top of Group D.

O’Neill’s side have won three of their opening four qualifying matches.

Coleman says that’s down to their excellent team spirit.

Meanwhile O’Neill appears cautious about starting James McCarthy in the encounter.

The Everton midfielder only returned to training yesterday, after working through a hamstring injury.

McCarthy trained again today, but O’Neill can’t guarantee him a starting place at the Aviva.

The manager was also asked how they will deal with Gareth Bale but says he would not be divulging his plans to the press.

Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey says it’s vital they perform in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.

Defeat could see Chris Coleman’s side slip down to fourth.

Hennessey said it’s crucial they take something from the game.

 

The Republic of Ireland Under-19s get their European Elite qualifying phase underway this evening.

Tom Mohan’s side face their Italian counterparts in the Belgium town of Hamme, where kick-off is at 6pm Irish time.

Belgium have begun the group with a 2-1 win over Sweden.


 

F-A chairman Greg Clarke has criticised the behaviour of some England fans during their friendly with Germany last night.

The 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was marred by supporters booing the German national anthem, and singing distasteful songs towards the hosts.

Clarke says the chants were ‘inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing’.

 

Rugby
Peter Malone has been appointed the interim Ireland head coach for June’s World Under-20 Championship in Georgia.

He’s the current Munster Elite Player Development Manager, and will take up the reigns from Nigel Carolan.

The news follows Carolan’s appointment to Kieran Keane’s Connacht coaching team for next season.

Carolan has been the province’s Academy Manager for the past 13-years.

Forwards coach Jimmy Duffy will also be working alongside Keane.

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Jared Payne and Iain Henderson are in the Ulster team to face Dragons tomorrow night Rodney Parade.

Both men played for Ireland in last Saturdays win against England in the Six Nations.

Les Kiss’s side currently lie 4th in the Pro 12 table.

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Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has won the Six Nations Player of the Championship award.

It’s the second year in a row he’s been voted the tournament’s best player.

He helped Scotland to 4th in the table – and was instrumental in victories over Ireland and Wales.