Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson will train next week.

The pair missed Saturday’s Six Nations win over Wales due to hamstring injuries and didn’t participate in this morning’s open session at the Aviva Stadium.


Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Rob Kearney and Bundee Aki were also rested.

Chris Farrell had an injury scare while training on the Lansdowne Road pitch.

The Munster centre was able to get back on his feet, and Schmidt says he should be fine for the upcoming game against Scotland.

Kerry lock Ultan Dillane has been released from international duty to travel to South Africa with the Connacht squad for Saturday’s Pro 14 match against the Cheetahs.

SOCCER

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be on a list of candidates to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The French man is under renewed pressure following Sunday’s disappointing League Cup final defeat to Manchester City, and there are reports that his 22-year reign will come to an end in the summer.

Liverpool came close wining the Premier League title under Rodgers in 2014.

He has won the Scottish Premiership, the Scottish Cup and lifted the League Cup twice taking charge at Celtic Park 2 years ago.

The traditional 7.45 Champions League kick off time has been abandoned.

From next season matches will be staggered each evening, starting between 5.55 and 8 o’clock.

UEFA has announced changes to the qualification rules.

The top four teams in Spain, England, Germany and Italy are now guaranteed a place in the group stages.

It means there are only six places available through the qualifiers.

HORSE RACING

Jockey Barry Geraghty says he’s delighted how Champion Hurdler Buveur D’Air came through his post race workout at Kempton.

It’s just over a fortnight until he defends his crown in what’s shaping up to be a really competitive renewal of the Hurdling Blue Riband.

Geraghty thinks the workout was just what was needed

SNOOKER

Ken Doherty is among the Irish players in first round action at the Welsh Open today.

The two time winner takes on Matthew Stevens in Cardiff this afternoon.

Gerard Greene faces one-time finalist Shaun Murphy the evening session.

Leo Fernandez has suffered a 4-nil defeat to Sam Craigie.

Kildare’s Josh Boileau (PR: Bol-Loo) lost 4-2 to Luca Brecel (PR: Bress-sell) of Belgium.

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