Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Keith Andrews feels Martin O’Neill’s position as Republic of Ireland manager is in jeopardy.

The former Irish international says a change is needed following last night’s humiliating 4-1 defeat to Wales in Cardiff.


It means O’Neill’s team have conceded nine goals in their last two competitive fixtures.

Andrews says the Nations Cup fixtures against Denmark and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in October are now vital

ATHLETICS

The second race in the An Riocht 5K series is on this evening at 7, in Riocht track.

Registration from 6 at the track.

RUGBY

Robbie Henshaw, Jordan Lamour and Devin Toner are back in the Leinster team for tomorrow’s Pro 14 match against the Scarlets in Wales.

Coach Leo Cullen has made 11 changes from the side that beat Cardiff last week.

Captain Rhys Ruddock, Ross Byrne Rory O’Loughlin and Josh Murphy are the only players to retain their place.

Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong come into the front row.

Connacht have made four changes to their team to face Zebre at the Sportsground.

Sean O’Brien and Gavin Thornbury will make their return from injury.

Quinn Roux and Eoin Griffin are also recalled.

GAELIC GAMES

Limerick have confirmed that All Ireland winner Richie McCarthy has suffered a serious knee injury.

The 30 year old defender ruptured his cruciate ligament while playing for his club Blackrock last weekend.

The injury occurred just three weeks 2013 All Star helped the Treaty County lift the Liam McCarthy Cup, and he is now facing a nine month spell on the sidelines.

RACING

Road To Riches, the dual Grade 1-winning chaser who ran third behind Coneygree in the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup, will be among 38 horses on offer at the annual Gigginstown House Stud dispersal at Goffs UK’s Horses-in-Training Sale at Doncaster on September 19.

The 11-year-old won nine races, including six chases for Noel Meade, and achieved his Grade 1 victories in the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal and the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown in 2014, the same year he landed the Galway Plate by 11 lengths.

Meade said: “Road To Riches is off to the sales and there has been plenty of interest shown in him by people thinking of a point-to-point/ hunter chase career for him. He was a great servant for us and we’re hoping he’ll find a nice new home.”

The Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase was another notable victory for the son of Gamut, who also won a bumper and two hurdle races for Meade.
Thunder And Roses, the 2015 Irish Grand National hero, is another among the Gigginstown draft, with the ten-year-old joined by the year-younger Lord Scoundrel, who landed the Galway Plate in 2016.