Evening Sports Update

RUBGY

Ultan Dillane, Dave Kilcoyne and Sean Cronin will all start in the Six Nations for the first time in Ireland’s match at Italy this Sunday.

32-year-old Cronin starts on the occasion of his 68th cap with captain Rory Best rested entirely for the game in Rome.

Head-coach Joe Schmidt says he has every faith in the Leinster hooker to take his opportunity

Dillane joins his Connacht team-mate Quinn Roux in the second-row with Kilcoyne joining Cronin and Tadhg Furlong in a new-look front-row.

The other change from the win over Scotland sees Jordi Murphy come into the pack to replace the injured Jack Conan.

Out-half Jack Carty could make his debut from the bench, he’s back-up to the starting Johnny Sexton after Joey Carbery strained his hamstring.

Robbie Henshaw misses the game as he continues to recover from a dead leg while a finger injury has ruled out Jordan Larmour.

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Former Leinster fly-half Ian McKinley is on the Italian bench for the game against the nation of his birth.

Braam Steyn switches to number-eight to deputise for injured captain Sergio Parisse.

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Ireland’s under-20s look to make it three wins from three this evening.

They’ve just kicked off away to Italy.

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Munster have made a late change to their team ahead of this evening’s Guinness Pro14 game at Ospreys.

With Jean Kleyn ruled out due to illness, fit-again Tadhg Beirne has been drafted into the second-row.

Kick off at the Liberty Stadium is at twenty-five-to-eight with Connacht away to Glasgow at the same time.

There’s a five-to-eight start at the R-D-S where Conference B leaders Leinster host the Southern Kings.

SOCCER

Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette for both legs of their Europa League last-16 tie with Rennes.

The forward’s been handed a further two-match ban following his red card in the first match of their meeting with BATE Borisov.

Unai Emery’s side overturned a 1-nil deficit to progress 3-1 on aggregate in London last night.

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There are two crucial games for sides fighting against relegation in the Premier League this evening.

Second from bottom Fulham who’re eight points from safety make the journey across London to face West Ham.

Cardiff – who are a point clear of the drop zone – host Watford.

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Defending champions Dundalk aim to get their first win of the new S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division season this evening.

The Lilywhites make the trip to Finn Harps.

Having beaten Cork on the opening night, St Pat’s go to a Sligo team managed by their former boss Liam Buckley.

U-C-D host Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers play Derry City and there’s a Munster derby at Turner’s Cross between Cork City and Waterford.

GOLF

Shane Lowry’s tee-ed off his second-round at the W-G-C Mexico Championship.

The Offaly man is one-under-par, seven shots behind first-round leader Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy holds a one-shot advantage over the field at 8-under-par.

NFL

Police in the US have charged the owner of the NFL Super Bowl winning New England Patriots with soliciting prostitution.

They say they have video of Robert Kraft that was captured during a widespread crackdown on trafficking in Florida.

His spokesperson says he categorically denies any illegal activity.