Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

England’s Grand Slam hopes have been dented with the news Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations.

The loosehead suffered an ankle ligament injury in Sunday’s 44-points to 8 victory over France at Twickenham.


Vunipola put in a man of the match performance in England’s 32-20 victory over Ireland nearly a fortnight ago.

England’s next game in the Championship sees them face Wales in Cardiff on February 23rd.

Wales number 8 Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out of their entire Six Nations campaign.

The 28-year old hasn’t played since sustaining a fractured arm while playing for Bath last month.

That game was Faletau’s comeback from a broken arm.

Bath have confirmed that Faletau has undergone surgery to resolve his problem.

Connacht have confirmed that Denis Buckley has signed a contract extension with the province.

The prop’s new deal will keep him at the Sportsground until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Buckley has won over 150 caps for Connacht since make his debut back in 2011

SOCCER

The Northern Ireland Football League have poured cold water on the announcement of a cross border clash of the champions.

FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin today announced a two-legged game would be played between the SSE Airtricity Premier Division champions and the winners of the Danske Bank Premiership.

However, the N-I-F-L say they were unaware there would be a formal announcement today, and that further consultation is required before it can become a reality.

Cork City have added to their striking options just three-days out from the start of the new SSE Airtricity Premier Division season.

Liam Nash has joined the Leesiders on loan from English League One side, Gillingham.

The 23-year old has impressed manager John Caulfield while on trial during the pre-season.

Cork begin their SSE Airtricity Premier Division season away to St. Pat’s on Friday night.

RACING

Sizing John will not be returning to Cheltenham this year.

Trainer Jessica Harrington has revealed the 2017 Gold Cup winner has suffered a setback, and won’t race again this year.

The nine-year old’s last outing was a seventh place finish in the Savills Chase in the Leopardstown Christmas festival of 2017.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Bristol de Mai has been handed top weight in the 2019 Randox Grand National.

The weights have just been revealed as Mike Vince reports

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