Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

Munster have announced that Billy Holland, Stephen Archer and Kevin O’Byrne have all signed new two year contracts.

Archer has featured in every game for the province this season, while Holland has only been absent from the matchday 23 once in the campaign.


O’Byrne made his European debut in October for the province, before going on to make a first Champions Cup start against the Leicester Tigers in December.

Ulster and Connacht are both set to name their teams this lunchtime, for their respective European games this weekend.

Ulster host Pool 1 leaders La Rochelle on Saturday in the Champions Cup.

Connacht can make it five wins out of five in the Challenge Cup with victory away to the Worcester Warriors.

SOCCER

Roy Keane could join Martin O’Neill at Stoke City.

The Potters are said to have held talks with the Republic of Ireland boss about their vacant manager’s post.

Reports claim O’Neill wants to continue to work with Keane as his assistant.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says it was disappointing they didn’t take their chances in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final with Arsenal last night.

They’ll head to north London later this month all-square after a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

But Conte thinks there are some positives they can take into the deciding match………………….

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he left Alexis Sanchez on the bench for tactical reasons.

There’s increased speculation the Chile forward could join Manchester City in the current transfer window – with his contract due to expire in the summer.

But Wenger insists that wasn’t behind his team selection at Stamford Bridge……………….

Sligo Rovers have added to their squad for the coming season, recruiting former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan.

Morgan most recently played non-league football for Halifax, but featured for Liverpool in the Europa League in 2012.

GAELIC GAMES

In the FBD League, a last minute Brendan Gallagher goal saw Leitrim claim a 1-10 to 13 points draw against Mayo in Castlebar.

In Kiltoom, Roscommon ran out comfortable 3-19 to 2-10 winners against Sligo.

In the McKenna Cup in Ulster, holders Tyrone maintained their 100 percent record in Section A beating Cavan 2-22 to 7 points.

Fermanagh are also three wins out of three in their group, with maager Rory Gallagher getting one over his former county Donegal, on a 1-13 to 1-10 scoreline.

And Derry recovered from a poor first half, to beat Down 1-14 to 2-10 at Celtic Park, Niall Toner scoring a late goal to send the Oak Leaf County top of their group.

There were also wins for St Mary’s and Monaghan, while Armagh and Ulster University drew 1-9 to 12 points.

BOXING

It looks like Katie Taylor’s Irish homecoming will be on April 14th in Dublin.

Taylor became WBA Lightweight champion in Cardiff in October, before defending that title last month in York Hall.

No opponent has been revealed for the fight.

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