Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Munster could be lining up Argentina utility back Santiago Cordero as a replacement for Simon Zebo.

The Corkman will leave the Province to join French club Racing 92 in the summer.


Cordero has made 33 Test appearances and was on the wing when the Pumas beat Ireland at the 2015 World Cup.

The 24 year old has also been linked with a move to the Leicester Tigers.

SOCCER

Chelsea renew rivalries with Arsenal in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The two London sides shared an entertaining 2-all draw in the Premier League last week.

Antonio Conte’s team have a busy January fixture list.

The Chelsea boss says needing a replay with Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup hasn’t helped matters…………………

Arsenal really could do with taking another step towards the League Cup final tonight.

Arsene Wenger’s side were dumped out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest at the weekend – and are five points outside the top four in the Premier League.

The Arsenal boss says he won’t let the circumstances affect him……………

Kick off is at 8pm.

Slaven Bilic is said to be out of the running to become new Stoke City manager.

The former West Ham boss had been heavily backed to replace Mark Hughes, but reports claim he is no longer being considered.

The Potters are said to on the verge of offering Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neil the job, although it may only be on short term basis.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence has died at the age of 77.

Lawrence made almost 400 appearances for the Anfield club between 1962 and 1971.

He helped Bill Shankly’s team win two league titles and the F-A Cup.

CRICKET

The Irish Cricket team will play India in two Twenty-20 Internationals at Malahide in June.

It will be the first time the sides have met on Irish soil since 2007.

The fixtures will come after Ireland’s maiden Test match against Pakistan in May.

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic remains on course to make his Grand Slam return at the Australian Open next week.

The Serb beat world number five Dominic Thiem at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne this morning.

It was Djokovic’s first competitive game since Wimbledon, as he has been out of action for six months with an elbow injury.

HORSE RACING

A record equalling 18 Irish trained horse feature in the 38 entries for the upcoming Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Defending champion ‘Sizing John’ and 2015 winner ‘Coneygree’ are among the group.

King George hero ‘Might Bite’, ‘Cue Card’, ‘Our Duke’ and ‘Bristol De Mai’ also feature.

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