Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

The Munster team to face Leinster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday at 6 in the Guinness PRO14 has been named by Head Coach Johann van Graan.

There are three changes to the side that secured a record PRO14 win over Ulster last weekend at Thomond Park.


Jean Kleyn comes into the second row in the only change to the pack with Darren Sweetnam and Sammy Arnold joining the backline.

Andrew Conway is set to make his 100th Munster appearance in the clash.

Peter O’Mahony captains the side in an unchanged back-row with two-try Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander keeping their places.

Conway starts at full-back with Sweetnam and Keith Earls on either flank.

Dan Goggin, a standout in the Ulster win with a two-try performance, is joined by Arnold in the centres.

The half-back pairing is unchanged as Joey Carbery is partnered by Alby Mathewson.

Front row trio Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Stephen Archer are also retained with Kleyn coming in to partner Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Alby Mathewson; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Ciaran Parker, Billy Holland, Chris Cloete, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Rory Scannell.

For Leinster Ross Byrne starts as Johnny Sexton is being rested.

Sean O’Brien will wear the number 8 shirt in his first start for Leinster since April.

Leinster coach Leo Cullen has also recalled Robbie Henshaw and James Ryan.

Connacht will be aiming to beat Ulster in Belfast for the first time in 58 years tonight.

The Northern Province have recalled Ireland captain Rory Best and wing Jacob Stockdale.

SOCCER

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says it is too early in the season to judge his team.

Reports claim the Red Devils will sack their manager if they lose to Newcastle in the Premier League tomorrow.

United are already nine points behind Manchester City and Liverpool, and in danger of going five games without a win.

Mourinho insists there is still time to turn things around

West Ham can draw level on points with United in the Premier League tonight.

The Hammers head to the Amex Stadium to play Brighton and Hove Albion.

Dundalk can wrap up the S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division title race tonight.

A draw at home to St Patrick’s Athletic will be enough to bring the trophy back to Oreil Park.

Cork make the trip to Tallaght to face third placed Shamrock Rovers this evening.

Bohemians welcome European hopefuls Waterford to Dalymount and Limerick entertain Derry.

The First Division playoffs get underway tonight.

Drogheda entertain Shelbourne in their first leg at United Park.

RACING

There is racing today at Gowran Park and Dundalk.

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