Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

Munster have confirmed that both Chris Farrell and Tadhg Beirne have re-joined the Ireland camp for the trip to Rome.

Farrell was taken off in the first half of their win over the Southern Kings with a knee injury on Friday, and will have the injury assessed today.


Niall Scannell, John Ryan and Andrew Conway have all joined the Ireland squad after starting in Cork on Friday.

SOCCER

Roberto Firmino is the latest player to emerge as a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League first leg with Bayern Munich at Anfield.

The Brazilian forward missed training this afternoon with a virus.

Dejan Lovren also missed today’s session and is now almost certain to miss tomorrow night’s game at Anfield with a hamstring injury.

RACING

Sean McDermott rode his first winner in Ireland since December 2017 when partnering the Tom Mullins-trained Emily Square in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse on Wednesday. McDermott is based in Maryland in the USA but with no jumps racing there between November and March, he has spent the winner in Ireland. The Tralee man has been riding out for Mullins one day a week during his time here and ultimately had an easy time of it on the 12/1 chance which struggled to go the early pace but ran out an eight-length winner for owner Brendan Owens. McDermott, who flies back across the Atlantic early next month, was last on the mark in Ireland at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day in 2017 on the Mullins-trained Sparky Stowaway.

Robert Tyner struck again with Pack Your Bags which scored a six-length success in the 2m4f handicap chase at Clonmel on Thursday. The 13/8 favourite was ridden by Tralee man Phillip Enright and easily saw off Jimmy Mangan’s Ballybrowney Walk.

Jack Kennedy rode the first winner on the card at Navan on Sunday. On a day Gordon Elliott landed four winners, Kennedy got the ball rolling on 9/2 chance Milan Native in the 2m maiden hurdle. The highlight of yet another red-letter day at the venue for the trainer was very much the success of Tiger Roll in the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle. The winner will bid for a fourth Cheltenham Festival success next month where the Cross County Chase is the target and he will also have another crack at the Aintree Grand National, a race he won in the most thrilling fashion last season.

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