Evening Sports Update


Xander Schauffele’s set the clubhouse lead at 13-under at the B-M-W Championship with a second-round 64.

Rory McIlroy has finished his round at nine-under.


Tadhg Beirne is set to make his eagerly awaited Munster debut this evening.

The former Leinster and Scarlets lock has been named on the bench for their game against Glasgow in Scotland.

Another former Leinster player Jordi Murphy lines out with Ulster for the first time when they face Edinburgh in Belfast.

Munster scored six tries during their victory over the Cheetahs at Thomond Park last week.

Kick-off in both games is a quarter-to-eight.

Munster Women’s Head Coach, Laura Guest, has named her side to take on Ulster at Portadown RFC this Sunday, 9 September (kick-off 1pm).

There is one personnel change and two positional changes to the starting XV who defeated Connacht 24-7 at Irish Independent Park last Saturday to kick-off the squad’s defence of their Interpro title.

Eimear Considine replaces the injured Niamh Kavanagh in the backs and starts on the right wing, as Laura O’Mahony makes the switch from wing to full-back and Enya Breen moves to outside centre.

Niamh Briggs and Laura Sheehan maintain their positions at centre and left wing respectively, as Nicole Cronin and Rachel Allen-Connolly continue their out-half partnership.

The forwards will line out as they did against Connacht with Fiona Hayes and Chloe Pearse leading from the front in their co-captaincy roles.

Notable inclusions on the bench include Aine Staunton, who makes a return to the squad following a spell with injury, and Claire Keohane, who captained Ireland Women’s Sevens to a bronze medal in the 2018 Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series following back-to-back wins at the Kazan 7s last weekend.

Munster Women, proudly sponsored by Keane’s jewellers, v Ulster Women:
15. Laura O’Mahony (UL Bohemian RFC)
14. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian RFC)
13. Enya Breen (Bantry Bay RFC)
12. Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian RFC)
11. Laura Sheehan (UL Bohemian RFC)
10. Rachel Allen-Connolly (UL Bohemian RFC)
9. Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian RFC)
1. Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemian RFC) (C)
2. Kate Sheehan (UL Bohemian RFC)
3. Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian RFC)
4. Roisin Ormond (Ballincollig RFC)
5. Siobhan McCarthy (Railway Union RFC)
6. Edel Murphy (UL Bohemian RFC)
7. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian RFC)
8. Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian RFC) (C)


16. Andrea Stock (Bantry Bay RFC)
17. Clodagh Cronin (Durham University RFC)
18. Clodagh O’Halloran (UL Bohemian RFC)
19. Sarah Quin (Richmond RFC)
20. Aine Staunton (UL Bohemian RFC)
21. Christine Coffey (Thurles RFC)
22. Ciara Scanlan (St. Marys College RFC)
23. Claire Keohane (UL Bohemian RFC)



Jonathan Walters is set to miss the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Poland next Tuesday.

The veteran forward has been allowed to return to his club Ipswich as he bids to regain full fitness having recovered from a knee injury this summer.

Walters played the full 90-minutes in last night’s 4-1 defeat to Wales.

Liverpool’s teenage goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has joined up with the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Poland.

The Cork youngster has been capped at under-17 and under-19 level and penned a new contract with Liverpool last month.

He’s trained with the squad in Cardiff this afternoon following last night’s 4-1 loss to Wales.

Two teams with 100 percent Premier League records in August have been recognised for their good starts to the season.

Watford boss Javi Gracia has been named the top flight manager of the month for leading his side to 3 wins from 3 matches.

Tottenham winger Lucas Moura has claimed the player prize for the same period.

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane’s left the Germany squad for personal reasons.

The winger wasn’t picked for the World Cup despite an impressive season with City – he won the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year award.

This week he was criticised by international team-mate Toni Kroos ((pron: krose)), who said “Leroy’s body language is the same if we win or lose”.

Sane hasn’t started any Premier League games this season.


Defending champions Cork are unchanged from their semi-final win over Tipperary ahead of Sunday’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Final against Kilkenny.

Kilkenny manager Ann Downey has brought Miriam Walsh in at left-corner-forward with Edwina Keane dropping to the bench.

Anna Farrell goes to midfield with Denise Gaule switching to left-wing-forward while captain Shelly Farrell will operate at right-corner-forward.

It’s the third year in-a-row that the two counties have contested the decider and Cork are aiming to lift the O’Duffy Cup for a record 28th time.

Kilkenny were most recently champions in 2016.


Rafael Nadal aims for a place in the US Open final tonight.

The defending champion plays former winner Juan Martin del Potro in the last four.

After that match, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic takes on Kei Nishikori.