Lunchtime Sports Update

lunchtime sports

RUGBY

There’s just one change to the Ireland matchday squad to face France in the final game of this year’s Six Nations campaign.

Robbie Henshaw is promoted from the bench to replace the injured Garry Ringrose in the centre alongside Bundee Aki.

Chris Farrell is named on the bench for the game in Paris on Saturday night.

Jacob Stockdale is at full back with Hugo Keegan and Andrew Conway on the wings while Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are the half-backs.

Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Andrew Porter are in the front row with Tadhg Beirne and James Ryan behing them.

Caelan Doris, Will Connors and CJ Stander complete the pack.

Kerry’s Ultan Dillane has been named on the panel for the crucial clash in the Stade de France. Kick-off is at 8:05 Irish time.

All four Irish Provinces will find out their opponents for the pool stage of the Heineken Champions Cup later when the draw is made in Switzerland.

Leinster and Ulster will be among the tier-1 sides in the new format, Munster are in tier-2, and Connacht are in tier-3.

That draw will start at 3.00pm Irish time.

=

Willi Heinz has been ruled out of England’s match with Italy on Saturday.

He’ll miss the Test in Rome due to a soft tissue injury – and has been replaced by Northampton’s Alex Mitchell in the squad.

The England head coach names his team tomorrow.

=

SOCCER

Manchester United and Chelsea are both in Champions League action this evening.

United host RB Leipzig looking to make it 2 wins from 2 in Group H

United midfielder Scott McTominay believes the team is improving now they’re approaching full fitness after a shortened pre-season due to the pandemic.

That game at Old Trafford is at 8.

Chelsea are away to Krasnodar in Group E.

It’s a 5.55 kick off in Russia.

Drogheda United will play in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division next season

A 2-nil win away to Cabinteely last night saw them promoted as First Division champions.

=

Liverpool will soon learn the extent of Fabinho’s injury after the Brazilian pulled a hamstring in last night’s Champions League win over Midtjylland.

Diogo Jota and Mo Salah scored the goals in the 2-0 win in Group D at Anfield.

Teenager Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in the team last night.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Williams to make an impact if he earns an extended run in the starting 11.

=

OLYMPICS

The President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland – Sarah Keane – is confident that the rescheduled Tokyo Games will go ahead next summer.

The 2020 Games were postponed for one year after the outbreak of Covid-19 around the world.

Doubts still remain if a vaccine has not been found by then.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is insistent that the Games will proceed in 2021 and Keane said today she thinks they will as well

=

RACING

There’s a meeting over jumps at Punchestown today, with the first off at 12.55.

An all weather fixture at Dundalk gets underway at 4.25.