Lunchtime Sports Update

Rugby:

As excepted Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named an unchanged starting 15 for Friday’s meeting with Wales in Cardiff.

There’s one change on the bench with Tommy Bowe taking over from the injured Andrew Trimble.

Wales are also unchanged for the game.

The E.P.C.R Untoward Incident Review Group has concluded that the Munster medial team acted properly with the treatment of Conor Murray during their win over Glasgow Warriors in Scotland in the Champions cup. Murray was taken off the field with injury but returned to finish the match. In a statement the Group says medical team and more specifically, their Team Doctor, followed the right protocols and acted correctly.

Soccer:

More questions are being asked about the future of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger following their Champions League thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich. Last night’s 5-1 defeat meant they lost their last-16 tie 10-2 on aggregate. Wenger’s contract runs out in the summer – and some fans are calling on him to go. These supporters have been voicing their opinions

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Zlatan Ibramhimovic will be in the team for tomorrows Europa league clash with FC Rostov in Russia. The boss has also expressed concern about the playing surface for the match in Russia.

Manchester City can go second with a win at home to Stoke tonight. Kick off at the Etihad is at 8. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in five top flight matches – winning their last four. The City boss puts that down to the attitude of his squad.

Tonight in the Champions league round of 16 second leg, Barcelona welcome Paris saint Germain trailing 4-0 from the first leg while Borussia Dortmund host Benfica with the Portuguese side leading 1-0 from the first leg. Both of those matches kick off at 7.45.

Meanwhile Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has signed a new three-year contract. His deal with the Scottish Premiership champions runs until 2020. The Scotland international was a transfer target for Premier League leaders Chelsea in January, but their offers were turned down.

To International soccer:

Ireland’s women’s side are looking for third place at the Cyprus cup this afternoon.

Colin Bells side are currently in action against North Korea in the play-off.

Katie Mc Cabe scored in the win against Wales and says there’s a positive feeling in the camp.

 

To local soccer now and Padraig Harnett looks ahead to fixtures this weekend in the Kerry School boys and girls league, 15’s Division 1 and 2 and in the Tralee Trophy World 16’s Premier.

 

Cycling:

Cycling Ireland Technical Director Brian Nugent has won the Philips Lighting Sports Manager of the Month for February.

Team Ireland’s Mark Downey won Gold in the points race at the World cup in Columbia while he also won silver with his partner Felix English in the Madison Race.

Lydia Gurley won Bronze in the women’s Scratch Race, completing the most successful World Cup ever for Cycling Ireland.

A week later at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Los Angles, Mark Downey and Felix English went one place better winning Ireland’s first ever Gold medal in the Madison Race.

 

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