Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Rhys Ruddock looks set to miss Ireland’s Six Nations match against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

The 28 year old back row foward captained the Irish team that beat the Azzuri 54 -7 in the Autumn International at Solider Field in Chicago in November.


Leinster have revealed Ruddock suffered a hamstring strain in training last week and is entering a period of rehabilitation.

The Province have also revealed that Dan Leavy and Dave Kearney are unavailable for selection this week.

Leavy is continuing to rehabilitate his calf issue.

Kearney is following return to play protocols following a head injury.

Wales made 10 changes to their team for thier game against Italy.

Former Munster and Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan feels the Irish management team need to take a different approach

Dan Carter has confirmed he is returning to Racing 92.

The former All Black out half is joining Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan at the Parisian club mid season as a Medical Joker.

The 36 year old is an injury replacement for Pat Lambie who has been forced to retire due to concussion.

SOCCER

Bayern Munich will be missing some key players when they face Liverpool in the Champions League tomorrow.

Talisman Franck Ribery and German international Jerome Boateng have been left out the travelling squad.

Ribery misses the last 16 first leg at Anfield after becoming a father once again, while Boateng is suffering with stomach issues.

Chelsea can ease some pressure on manager Maurizio Sarri by knocking Manchester United out of the F-A Cup tonight.

The holders and last year’s runners up go head to head in a fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge.

Kick off is at 7.30.

Matt Doherty insists he will be fit to make his 27th consecutive Premier League appearance for Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

The Republic of Ireland right back played a pivotal role in yesterday’s fifth round win over Bristol City but hobbled off with nine minutes to go.

The 27-year-old dismissed fears of a serious injury when he left the stadium, so could still lineout against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is full of praise for the Irish defender

GOLF

Rory McIlroy has moved up one place to 8th in the latest Golf World Rankings.

The Ulsterman moves ahead of Rickie Folwer following his fourth place finish at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles last night.

England’s Justin Rose remains the World Number One ahead of the Americans Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.

Paul Dunne has risen 27 spots to 107th after finishing third at the World Super 6 in Perth.

ATHLETICS

Thomas Barr says he a parked his controversial exit from the National Indoor Championships 400 metres final.

The 26 year old Olympian dropped out of the race about being bumped off course in a collision.

Barr says he has learnt a valuable lesson ahead of the European Indoor Championships in two weeks time.

Ciara Mageean heads to Glasgow on the back of a record breaking week.

The 26 year old has set a new Irish 1,500 metres indoor record and won the 3000 metres title.

Mageean says her confidence is building

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