Lunchtime Sports Update


Wales manager Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have been confirmed as members of the Manchester United squad for tomorrow’s Liam Miller Tribute match at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork.

Andy Cole, Louis Saha and Dion Dublin will also line out for the Red Devils.

Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and Stylian Petrov have been named in the Celtic and Ireland panel.

Former Irish international Stephen Kelly says it is increasingly likely that Declan Rice has played his last game for Ireland.

The 19 year old was one of the standout performers as West Ham held Chelsea to a nil all draw in the Premier League yesterday.

The London born teenager is contemplating his international future following renewed interest from England.

Rice has yet to make a competitive appearance for Ireland.

Having watched his performance against Chelsea, Kelly feels a switch is a strong possibility

Gary Breen says Mick McCarthy was wrong to suggest the Republic of Ireland would not have got out of their group at the World Cup in 2002 if Roy Keane has stayed in Saipan.

The former Irish boss recently stated that Ireland would have failed to advance passed the first round, because of Keane’s ‘frame of mind’ at the time.

Breen disagrees with McCarthy’s take


Sean O’Brien looks set to make his Leinster return in Saturday’s Pro 14 interprovincial against Connacht at the Sportsground.

The Ireland and Lions flanker made just six appearances for the Province last season due to hip and shoulder injuries, but he will return to full training this week.

James Ryan and Dan Leavy could also feature.

The lock and back row forward continue to follow return to play protocols after suffering head injuries during the weekend’s win over Edinburgh, but have yet to be ruled out.

Six uncapped players have been named in the Ireland Women’s squad for their November Series games against England and the U-S-A.

Munster wing Laura Sheehan and Leinster scrum half Ellen Murphy are among the new faces.

There is no place for former captain Niamh Briggs, but coach Adam Griggs hopes the 33 year old will be back for the Six Nations


Tiger Woods says the U-S Team is in high spirits as they prepare to defend the Ryder Cup.

The 14 time major champion joined his team mates on a flight to Paris just hours after wining his first tournament in five years.

He completed his come back from surgery with a two stroke victory at the Tour Championship in Georgia.

Woods says he is now focused on helping his team mates beat Europe at Le Golf National this week