Lunchtime Sports Update

Horse Racing:

14 to 1 shot Willoughby Court has won the first of the day at Cheltenham the Novices Hurdle.

The David Bass ridden runner just held off 2 to 1 favourite Neon Wolf at the finish.

Messire Des Obeuax was third at 8 to 1.

Jack Kennedy who rode on Brelade finished in 6th while Bryan Cooper rode Shattered Love and finished in 12th.

 

Rugby:

Ireland rugby union forward Sean O’Brien says England’s run over the last 18 months has been incredible.

Eddie Jones’ side go to Dublin on Saturday looking for a record 19th straight win.

It would also hand them successive Six Nations Grand Slams.

O’Brien says it’s England’s fight that’s really impressed him.

 

There’s one change to the Irish women’s team to face England in Friday nights Championship decider in Donnybrook.

Larissa Muldoon takes over from Mary Healy at scrum half.

In the men’s Six nations Wales have named an unchanged side for their clash with France this weekend.
Soccer:
In the Champions league

Monaco host Manchester City in their round of 16 second leg.

City take a 5-3 lead into that game.

In the nights other encounter Athletico Madrid hold a 4-2 lead going into the second leg of their meeting with Bayer Leverkusen.

Both games kick off at 7.45

Meanwhile

Ireland are taking on Scotland in the second match of their women’s UEFA Under-17 Elite Qualifying Round .

That match starts shortly.

Dave Bells side are looking for a second victory of the group having beaten Serbia 1-0 in the first match.

The boys under 17 side are also in qualifier action when they play Faroe Islands in Cyprus later this afternoon.

Staying with football and

Finn Harps Ethan Boyle and Derry’s Ronan Curtis have been selected for the Irish under 21 squad for Saturday weeks European qualifier at home to Kosovo.

Also included is QPR’s Ryan Manning from Galway.