Lunchtime Sports Update


Jamie Heaslip has signed a new deal with Leinster and the IRFU.

The Union have confirmed the new agreement will keep him in Ireland until the end of the 2019 World cup in Japan.

The 33 year old Lion has won 93 caps for Ireland scoring 13 tries and has started 36 of Ireland’s last 41 Test matches.

Connacht will be able to call on four of their Irish internationals for their Guiness PRO12 tie with Newport Gwent Dragons this weekend.

Kieran Marmion, Tiernan O’Halloran, Finlay Bealham and Kerry’s Ultan Dillane have all been released from the Irish squad for the game.

However centre Stacey Ili is a doubt after suffering a minor ankle injury in the game against Cardiff last weekend.

There’s good news for Ulster ahead of their Guinness Pro 12 meeting with Glasgow Warriors this Saturday.

Craig Gilroy, who scored a hat trick for Ireland last weekend against Italy, has been made available to the Belfast based side for the match.

Tommy Bowe may also feature.


Reports continue to circulate that Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has lost the dressing room.

The Foxes are just 1 point above the relegation zone and haven’t scored a league goal since New Years eve.

Ian Stringer of BBC Leicester says it’s most unlikely the clubs Tai owners will force Ranieri

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is to return home to Belgium to see a doctor about a calf problem this week.

The club say the injury is not serious – but it’s enough for him to miss a warm weather training camp in Dubai.

As they’re out of the FA Cup, Everton don’t play again until the 25th of February – and Lukaku’s expected to be fit for that.

Former England defender Jamie Carragher reckons striker Sergio Aguero’s lost his place in Manchester City’s starting line-up because he doesn’t work hard enough out of possession.

Gabriel Jesus has been preferred – but an injury allowed Aguero to make an impact off the bench in last night’s 2-nil win at Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Carragher insists the stats show Aguero he literally doesn’t put in as many miles

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has urged Anthony Martial to make the most of his ability.

The France forward has not always featured in the first-team this season – but he impressed in Saturday’s 2-nil win over Watford in the Premier League.

He set-up Juan Mata’s goal and scored the second.

Neville believes Martial can be world class

Harry Winks has committed his long term future to Spurs.

The 21 year old midfielder has signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2022.


Cheltenham Racecourse has announced the results of an Economic Impact Analyis, carried out by the University of Gloucestershire to determine the benefit to the racecourse and to the region of Irish people visiting the annual Cheltenham festival.

One in 3 tickets for the festival are now purchased by Irish visitors – and almost half the attendees are either Irish visitors or Irish people living in the UK.

In a quite remarkable shift in the balance of power, there were more Irish trained winners at last year’s festival for the first time in history.

Ian Renton, Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, says the growing success of Irish trained horses has contributed to the overall growth in Irish attendance at the festival