Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Leinster will kick off the defence of their Champions Cup title at home to Wasps, and will then travel to France to take on Toulouse.

The group stage fixtures have been confirmed.


Leo Cullen’s men will face Bath in the back to back games in December.

Munster will take on Castre over the same weekends.

The Southern Province will open their campaign away to Exeter, before welcoming Gloucester back to Thomond Park.

Connacht will host Bordeaux in their opening Challenge Cup game.

SOCCER

Manchester City have confirmed they will be without Kevin De Bruyne for three months.

The Belgian midfielder injured his knee during training on Wednesday.

De Bruyne was due to travel to Barcelona for treatment, but the club have announced the issue won’t require surgery.

GAELIC GAMES

The teams for the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final are due to be named tonight.

It looks like Limerick have no new injury worries as they prepare for their first Liam McCarthy Cup decider since 2007.

John Hanbury is said to be a concern from defending champions Galway

The Rahoon-Newcastle defender picked up an ankle injury during Tribesmen’s semi-final replay victory over Clare.

It means 20-year-old Sean Loftus could be called in, having already deputised during the win over the Banner.

SWIMMING

Ellen Keane has eased into another final at the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin.

The 2016 Paralympic medallist was third in her 200-metres individual medley heat and fourth overall.

Sean O’Riordan, Jonathan McGrath, Patrick Flanagan and Ailbhe Kelly will also be aiming for medals at the National Aquatics Centre this evening.

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