Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Leinster and the IRFU have announced that Head coach Leo Cullen has been retained for a further two seasons.

The province have also confirmed that Senior Coach Stuart Lancaster , Backs coach Girvan Dempsey , scrum coach John Fogarty and Kicking coach and Head analyst Emmet Farrell will all stay.

Leinster reached the semi finals of the Champions cup this season where they lost to Clermont while in the Pro 12 they were defeated by Scarletts in the semi finals.

Here’s Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson on why they were keen to keep Cullen

Ulster have confirmed the signing of Springbok Jean Deysel from Super rugby side the Sharks .

The 32 year old back row has spent the last 3 months at Munster as injury cover.

GAELIC GAMES

The Tipperary footballers could be without goalkeeper Evan Comerford for the Championship.

The C.C.C of the Premier county board has proposed a 12 week suspension for “minor physical interference ” with a Referee during a club match.

Comerford, who was an all star nominee last season, has 3 days to appeal the proposed punishment.

Tipp are already without Philip Austin and Ciaran McDonald through injury for their Championship opener with Cork on Saturday week in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Limerick will be without two of their best young players for Sunday’s Munster Hurling Championship semi final with Clare in Thurles.

Shannonsiders boss John Kiely has confirmed to the Limerick Leader that Diarmuid Byrnes and Willam O’Donoghue will miss the game through injury.

SOCCER

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak seems to have ruled out a move away from the club for Sergio Aguero.

Mubarak says the 28 year olds future at the club was “never in doubt”

The Argentine is contracted to the club until 2020 but this season lost his place to 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus.

Ex Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham and England boss Roy Hodgson is the latest name being linked with the vacancy at Crystal Palace.

Sam Allardyce left the club after saving them from relegation from the Premier league.

Fifth placed Shamrock Rovers host third placed Bray in the SSE Airtricity league Premier division.

The Hoops are coming off the back of a 4-1 defeat to Cork City while Wanderers drew 2-all with Sligo last Friday.

Kick off is at 8.

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