Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Jaco Taute is in contention to make his comeback for Munster this weekend.

The former Springbok centre is back in training after almost a year on the sidelines with a knee injury.


It’s a fitness boost to head-coach Johaan van Graan, who will be without star scrum-half Conor Murray for a couple of months with a neck injury.

van Graan says Taute could feature against the Cheetahs on Saturday – if he proves his match fitness.

The Reds are expected to have a new style with Joey Carbery at out-half this season but Irish Independent rugby writer Ruaidhri O’Connor doesn’t think it’ll be a huge change

GAELIC GAMES

Offaly are set to appoint John Maughan as their new senior football manager.

The Crossmolina man led his native Mayo to three All-Ireland Finals and has also previously been in charge of Clare, Roscommon and Fermanagh.

He’ll succeed Paul Rouse, who opted not to stay on after a spell as interim boss this summer.

Rouse had stepped in after the Faithful parted company with Stephen Wallace following their exit from the Leinster Championship at the hands of Wicklow.

Maughan will be put forward for ratification after securing the nomination from a selection committee.

Sports Editor with the Mayo News Mike Finnerty says it was never likely that Maughan would seek the Mayo job again

SOCCER

Gary Neville believes Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s facing the biggest challenge of his career.

Last night’s 3-nil defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford means they’ve now lost two of their first three Premier League games.

Former United captain Neville says Mourinho can’t let the situation get any worse

HOCKEY

World Cup finalists Ireland have learned their pool opponents at next year’s European Hockey Championships.

Graham Shaw’s side have been paired with England, Belarus and Germany for the tournament in Antwerp.

The Ireland’s men’s team will face the Netherlands, Scotland and Germany.

TENNIS

Roger Federer says there’s no pressure on him to do well at the US Open.

He starts his campaign against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka ((pron: yoshi-ee-toe nishi-oka)) in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Federer’s won 20 Grand Slam titles – with five of those coming at Flushing Meadows.

Elsewhere tonight, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic meets Hungarian Marton Fucsovics ((pron: foots-oh-vitch)).

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