Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton says they’re ready to play the game of their lives in tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

It’ll be the Leinster captain’s first start in a quarter-final as Joe Schmidt’s side look to upset the back-to-back World champions.

Sexton says they’ve worked hard this week to be in the best shape possible

New Zealand haven’t played since their 71-9 win over Namibia on October 6th.

Out-half Richie Mo’unga admits that’s not ideal preparation for tomorrow’s game

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Grand Slam champions Wales are at full strength ahead of facing France in the last-eight on Sunday.

Backs Jonathan Davies, Dan Biggar and Hadleigh Parkes have all been passed fit.

Wing George North has recovered from an ankle injury.

In the pack Aaron Wainwright will be alongside Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi in the back row.

Alun Wyn Jones captains the team.

SOCCER

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he continues to have the full backing of the Old Trafford hierarchy.

They’ve had their worst start to a season in 30 years and are already 15 points behind Premier League rivals Liverpool who top the table.

Solskjaer admits it’s a transitional period for the club

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Bohemians can secure European football tonight.

Keith Long’s side will seal a Europa League qualifiers spot if they avoid defeat at Saint Pat’s.

Champions Dundalk go to Cork City, U-C-D host Shamrock Rovers at Belfield and Finn Harps take on Waterford.

While Cabinteely host Drogheda in the FIrst Division promotion playoffs.

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This month’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed.

The Spanish football authorities made the decision because of fears of civil unrest.

Protests are taking place in the Barcelona region of Spain against the Spanish Supreme Court’s sentencing of nine Catalan separatist leaders to prison for their part in an independence referendum.

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Five more men have been arrested over the racist behaviour which marred England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria.

It takes the total number who’ve been detained to 16.

Four supporters have already been banned from attending any sporting event for the next two years

GOLF

Justin Thomas has shot a nine-under-par round of 63 to move to the top of the leaderboard on day two of The C-J Cup in South Korea.

The American is two shots clear of the field at 13-under-par.

Graeme McDowell carded a second-round of 71 and is five-under into the weekend.

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Gavin Moynihan is four-under-par after three holes of his second round at the French Open in Paris.

He’s four shots behind halfway clubhouse leader Kurt Kitayama.

Paul Dunne will be back out this afternoon from six-over.

RACING

There’s a card on the all weather at Dundalk this evening – where the first is off at a quarter-past-five.