Lunchtime Sports Update

Soccer

The FAI will begin their search for a new CEO after John Delaney stepped down from his position.

Delaney has been appointed to the post of Executive Vice-President of the association, in an announcement following the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 win over Gibralter.


Chief Operating Officer Rea Walsh will take on the role in an interim basis.

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Meanwhile on the pitch, the Republic of Ireland will turn their focus to their next game against Georgia on Tuesday.

Mick McCarthy’s side will be looking to make it two wins out of two in the Euro 2020 qualifying group, following their 1-0 victory over Gibralter last night.

Captain Seamus Coleman knows Georgia will put it up to the Boys In Green:

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Stephen Kenny takes charge of the Republic of Ireland’s under 21s for the first time in a competitive fixture this evening.

His side host Luxembourg at the Tallaght Stadium in the opening round of European Championship qualifiers.

Kick off is 5 o’clock

GAELIC GAMES

The semi-finals of Division 1 of the Allianz Hurling League take place at Nowlan Park this afternoon.

All-Ireland Champions Limerick get the days action underway when they take on Dublin at half past 1.

Following that, it’s an all 1-B clash as Waterford take on Galway.

That game throws in at half 3.

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It’s also the final day of action in the Football League.

Kerry need at least a draw against Roscommon to seal a place in the Division 1 final.

Looking to join them will be Galway, as they need to beat Tyrone to secure their spot in the decider.

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Meath can win promotion back into Division 1 if they can earn at least a draw against Fermanagh.

Meanwhile, Down will move back into the second flight if they can avoid defeat against Louth.

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Galway will look to move back to the top of Division 1 of the Ladies National Football League.

They face Dublin in Moycullen for a 2 o clock throw-in.

In the other two games of the top flight, Cork lead Mayo on a scoreline of 1-6 to 1-5, while Monaghan hold a slender 1-6 to 8 point lead over Tipperary at Semple Stadium.

RUGBY

Munster and Ulster can look ahead to their respective Champions Cup quarter final games next week after they both earned wins in the Pro14 yesterday.

Ulster moved to second place in Conference A after a 33-19 win over Southern Kings.

While Munster came from 12 points down to claim a 33-12 bonus point win over Zebre at Thomond Park.

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So-called ‘jackals’ could soon be outlawed in new proposals by World Rugby.

The Sunday Times reports that the game’s governing body is keen to stop defenders getting over the ball after a tackle is made, and instead return to old-fashioned rucking.

It’s one of a number of changes being proposed by World Rugby to make the game more fluid.

RACING

The new flat season kicks off with an eight-race card at Naas this afternoon.

Racing gets underway at the Kildare venue at half-one.

There’s also a mixed seven-race card at Downpatrick where the first is off at a quarter-past-two.