Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

It’s match day as Ireland take on Wales in their Six Nations showdown.

Ireland can go top of the table to put pressure on their title rivals.

Joe Schmidt’s side would overtake current leaders England if they win.

The hosts are trying to avoid a third straight defeat.

It’s a first test in Caridff for Leinster centre Garry Ringrose and he expects a response from the Welsh

Wales flanker and former captain Sam Warburton is keen to avoid a third successive defeat

Former Welsh flanker Martyn Williams fancies the home side tonight

Wales are out of the running for the title after losing their last two matches.

Ireland forward Iain Henderson – who starts on the bench – expects a backlash from Wales

SOCCER

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his relief that none of his players were injured in last nights 1-all draw away to FC Rostov in their Europa league round of 16 first leg.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan with the Reds goal.

Mourinho says he was happy with how they played on such a bad pitch

In the SSE Airtricity league there’s 6 Premier league ties tonight.

At 8 Shamrock Rovers host Derry, Finn Harps take on Galway and Drogheda welcome Cork City.

At 7.45 Bohemians meet Bray, Dundalk face Limerick and Sligo Rovers take on St Pats.

In the first division Athlone host Longford, Cabinteely welcome Wexford and UCD host Waterford.

In the Championship second placed Brighton host Derby County.

Kick off is at 7.45.

Paris Saint-Germain say their players were “confronted and threatened” by angry fans as they arrived back in France – following their Champions League collapse at Barcelona.

Some of the squad’s cars were vandalised at the airport.

The side conceded three goals after the 87th minute to lose 6-1 on the night at the Nou Camp – and 6-5 on aggregate.

In a statement, the club says it condemns the “extremely hostile and aggressive climate” they faced.

GOLF

Seamus Power is well placed ahead of day two of the Valspar Championship.

He’s just five off the lead after an opening round 66.

Jim Herman’s flawless 62 sees him head the field on 9-under par.

Graeme McDowell endured a torred first day, carding a 4-over par 75.

CRICKET

Ireland face Afghanistan in their second T-20 international in India this morning.

The boys in green lost by 6-wickets to the same side on Wednesday.

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