Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Republic of Ireland international Shane Long could be back in action with Southampton tonight.

The Tipperary striker missed the Boys in Green’s recent games against Wales and Poland due to a toe injury.


The Saints are hoping he will be passed fit to line out in their Premier League showdown with Brighton at St Mary’s.

Long partnered Danny Ings up front in Southampton’s victory over Crystal Palace before the international break.

Kick off is at 8 o’clock.

RUGBY

Sean O’Brien is nearing his Leinster return.

The Province says the Lions and Ireland flanker will be integrated back into rugby next week.

Hip and shoulder injuries have limited the 31 year old to just six appearances for Leinster in the last 12 months.

England women’s 15-a-side players will be given full-time professional contracts from next year.

A proposal has been agreed by the RFU which will see 28 deals available from the start of January, along with seven elite player squad agreements.

GAELIC GAMES

Former Galway boss Anthony Cunningham has been installed as the favourite to become the new Dublin Senior Hurling manager.

Pat Gilroy stepped down last night, citing work commitments for his decision.

Having worked as one of Gilroy’s selectors Cunningham could provide an easy transition.

All Ireland winning Cuala manager Mattie Kenny is also said to be in the running for the role.

Dublin will parade the Brendan Martin Cup at the St Slyvester’s club in Malahide this evening.

The Dubs won their second successive All Ireland Ladies Senior Football title by beating Cork at Croke Park yesterday.

EQUESTRIAN

Ireland can win their first ever medal at the World Eventing Championship in North Carolina today.

The team of Cathal Daniels, Sarah Ennis, Padriag McCarthy and Sam Watson lie in second place heading into the final Show Jumping competition.

A top six finish will secure qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Toyko.

RACING

There is racing today at Galway, with the first of a seven race card underway at 4.15.