Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Munster have secured the services of Jean Kleyn until 2022.

The South African lock has signed a three year contract extension.


The 25-year-old, who will be eligible to play for Ireland next year, has scored six tries in 42 appearances since joining the Province in 2016.

SOCCER

Alex Ferguson has paid a glowing tribute to Liam Miller ahead of this afternoon’s charity match in Cork.

A team of Manchester United legends will take on a selection of Miller’s former Irish and Celtic teammates at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Recovering from a brain haemorrhage, Ferguson has expressed “considerable disappointment” that he can not attend today.

Writing in the match programme the 73 year old reveals he was “smitten” when he first saw Miller play for Celtic and was determined to bring the Cork midfielder to Old Trafford.

Dundalk can all but wrap up the S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division title race this evening.

Victory over Derry City at Oriel Park will move the Lilywhites 12 points clear at the top of the table with just four games to play.

Dundalk also hold a 24 goal advantage over second place Cork City.

Stephen Kenny’s men are aiming to lift the trophy for the fourth time in five years.

Manchester City begin their bid to retain the English League Cup tonight.

Seven months after lifting the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era at Wembley, City travel to the Kassam Stadium for a meeting with League 1 outfit Oxford United.

Manchester United welcome Championship promotions chasers Derby County to Old Trafford.

Rams manager Frank Lampard will be hoping to get the better of his old boss.

Also tonight, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City meet in an all Premier League encounter at Molineux.

Bournemouth play Blackburn,

Burnley away to Burton Albion,

Fulham travel to Millwall,

Crystal Palace take on West Brom at the Hawthorns.

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