Lunchtime Sports Update


We should know within the next couple of hours if Bundee Aki is available or not for Saturday’s World Cup quarter final against New Zealand.

His disciplinary hearing is under way in Japan, after being red carded for a dangerous tackle in Ireland’s Pool A win against Samoa on Saturday.

The Connacht centre is unlikely to be cleared to face New Zealand in Saturday’s quarter final, despite Samoa coach Steve Jackson saying they would assist the player with his hearing.

Elsewhere, head coach Joe Schmidt has been given a clean bill of health, ahead of the showdown with the All Blacks.

Robbie Henshaw came through his first appearance of the tournament unscathed, while Joe Schmidt has no fresh injuries to report.

Ireland have beaten New Zealand twice in their last three meetings, and outhalf Johnny Sexton says you need to play the complete game of rugby in order to do so

Pool A winners Japan have climbed to their highest ever World Ranking, after securing their qualification for the quarter finals for the very first time.

Jamie Joseph’s side are now 7th in the world, leapfrogging the French who drop to 8.

Ireland remain 4th in the rankings, behind England, Wales and New Zealand.



The Republic of Ireland will train at their match venue in Geneva this afternoon, ahead of their crucial Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland tomorrow.

Following Saturday’s scoreless draw with Georgia, Mick McCarthy’s side know they must win at least one of their two remaining games in order to seal automatic qualification.

Mick McCarthy doesn’t appear to have any new injuries to deal with, but David McGoldrick has failed to recover from the groin injury which kept him out of the trip to Tbilisi.


England could guarantee themselves qualification for Euro 2020 tonight.

Gareth Southgate’s side are away to Bulgaria, knowing they can advance with a victory.

However, they would also need Kosovo to slip up against Macedonia.


Wales manager Ryan Giggs has played down concerns Daniel James was concussed during last night’s 1-all draw with Croatia.

The winger needed lengthy treatment following a heavy challenge in the first-half.

But Giggs says he was being “streetwise” by staying on the floor while recovering from the collision.



Finally there’s an 8 race card at Gowran Park today, with the first going off at 1.35.