Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

For the first time in history, the Republic of Ireland can qualify for a tournament tonight, with a game to spare.

Mick McCarthy’s side take on Switzerland in Geneva from 7.45.

The Boys in Green are top of Group D, level on points with Denmark, heading into the tie.

A win would be enough to seal their place at next summer’s finals.

Captain Seamus Coleman though says that tonight will be a major test

Enda Stevens is set to return at left-back with Matt Doherty expected to drop to the bench.

Teenage striker Aaron Connolly could be handed a start up front, having earned his first cap in last weekend’s draw at Georgia.

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The Republic of Ireland’s under-21s are currently in European qualification action.

Steven Kenny’s side are taking on Iceland in Reykjavik as their bid to reach Euro 2021 continues.

The hosts lead 1-nil at half-time thanks to a Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen penalty in the 29th minute.

RUGBY

Leinster prop Cian Healy says you need a 100% perfect performance to beat New Zealand.

Healy was involved in Ireland’s two recent wins over the All Blacks in the last few years.

He’s hoping theis experience will stand to them ahead of Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final

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Scotland could be punished for suggesting they might take legal action, when their Rugby World Cup match with hosts Japan was under threat of being cancelled.

The game did eventually go ahead – despite a typhoon hitting the country – and Gregor Townsend’s side lost, sending them out of the tournament.

World Rugby say they’re now looking into the “comments and behaviours” of the Scotland Rugby Union ahead of the fixture.

GAELIC GAMES

Waterford hurling legend Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh has brought the curtain down on his inter-county career.

The Stradbally clubman made a record 76 Championship appearances for the Deise and earned four All-Stars across 17 years.

Walsh played in two All-Ireland finals and was the winner of three Munster Championships.

RACING

Two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable is to stay in training for next season, it’s been confirmed today.

The five-year-old was just pipped on the line earlier this month as she went to make history by winning the race for a thrid time.