Lunch Time Sports Update

Rugby

Joe Schmidt has defended the inclusion of Tommy Bowe in Ireland’s squad to face Wales.

Former Ireland winger Shane Horgan has labelled it a “nostalgic” selection but Schmidt has responded by saying;

“His aerial game is a real strength for him, and for Ireland.” He also Added, “That’s where they came after us the last time”

After Trimble suffered a hand injury, many had expected Andrew Conway, Craig Gilroy or Tiernan O’Galloran to get the nod. It will be Tommy Bowe’s 69th cap for Ireland if he comes off the bench.

Meanwhile, Kerry’s Ultan Dillane is out for 6-8 weeks following a successful operation on his shoulder yesterday.

Staying with Six Nation’s Action

Scotland make one change to their starting line-up for the clash with England this weekend at Twickenham. Hamish Watson comes in for the injured John Hardie in the back row.

The uncapped Cornell du Preez is on the bench. John Barclay again captains the side in the absence of regular skipper Greig Laidlaw. England have made three changes to their starting fifteen.

After he was dropped from the matchday squad which beat Italy last time out, Jonathan Joseph replaces Ben Te’o at outside-centre.

Ben Young’s is back at scrum-half instead of Danny Care – while Jack No-well comes in on the wing for Jonny May – who misses out completely.

Billy Vun-i-pola and Anthony Watson are back on the bench after returning from injury.

Soccer:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is refusing to confirm whether or not he’ll be at the club next season. The Gunners have lost five of their last seven games and on Tuesday were humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions league losing 5-1 on the night and 10-2 on aggregate.

Speaking today Wenger says despite these reports he hasn’t informed the players of his decision.

This was the Gunners boss response when he pushed on if he could still be there next season.

 

Wenger also takes the view of fans into consideration.

 

Meanwhile

Former Liverpool midfielder and Spain World Cup winner Xabi Alonso will retire from professional football at the end of the season. The Bayern Munich player, who’s 35, says it wasn’t an easy decision, but feels it’s the “right time”. Alonso was part of Liverpool’s Champions League winning squad in 2005. He played in Spain’s 2010 World Cup final victory over Germany, and also won two European Championships with his country.

 

Premier League

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has praised Ireland forward Jon Walters for his performance in last night’s scoreless draw away to Manchester City. It was the 33 year olds first league start since January, and Hughes says he led the line well with his teammate Saido Berahino.

 

Europa League:

Manchester United are in Europa league action this evening. They face FC Rostov in Russia at 6 in their round of 16 first leg encounter.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan could feature for the Red Devils tonight as he has returned from injury.

 

And

According to reports, LA Galaxy are looking to make Zlatan Ibrahimovic the highest paid player in Major League Soccer history.

According to Sports Illustrated, multiple sources have confirmed the attempt to pry him away from Old Trafford.

The Swedish Talisman is currently earning around 300,000 pounds a week or just under 19million a year.