Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

Garry Ringrose is the front runner to start at outside centre for Ireland in their Six Nations clash with Scotland on Saturday week.

Chris Farrell, who was man-of-the-match in the win over Wales last Saturday, suffered a Championship ending knee injury in yesterday’s open training session at the Aviva Stadium.


Munster duo Rory Scannell and Sam Arnold are also in contention to join Bundee Aki in midfield against the Scots.

Ireland head-coach Joe Schmidt is considering releasing Ringrose to play for Leinster against the Scarlets this weekend before bringing him back into the squad next week…………..

Rassie Erasmus is set to be formally confirmed as the new Springboks head coach today.

He’ll replace Allister Coetzee who was sacked earlier this month after picking up only 11-wins from 25 tests.

Erasmus left his role as Munster’s Director of Rugby in November to take up a similar role with the Springboks.

But South African Rugby have promised a “major announcement” for today, which is expected to be Erasmus’ installation as head coach.

SOCCER

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal got one over former club Sheffield Wednesday as his side booked an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Tottenham or Rochdale.

They won their fifth-round replay 2-nil in south Wales thanks to goals from Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer.

Spurs and Rochdale meet in their own replay at Wembley this evening.

Sheffield United are up into the Championship playoff spots this morning.

Billy Sharp struck twice in a 3-1 win away to Reading last night.

Hull and Barnsley drew 1-all in their relegation battle – they still occupy the two places just above the drop zone.

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Rangers are just six points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic – who host Dundee tonight – after thrashing St Johnstone 4-1.

Hearts stay fifth and a place above Kilmarnock after the sides drew 1-all at Tynecastle.

This evening’s other games see Motherwell play Aberdeen and Hibernian take on Hamilton.

Two goals apiece for Pat Hoban and Michael Duffy helped Dundalk pick up their first win of the new SSE Airtricity Premier Division season last night.

Stephen Kenny’s side trounced Limerick 8-nil at a snowy Oriel Park.

Kenny Shiels continues to hold a hex over Bohemians.

Ronan Curtis got the games only goal as Derry City ran out 1-nil winners at Dalymount last night.

Eoghan Stokes also had a late Bohs penalty saved by Ger Doherty, as Shiels picked up an eighth consecutive win over the Gypsies as Derry manager.

Shiels says it’s a huge win for his young side………….

SNOOKER

Northern Ireland’s Gerard Greene has pulled off a shock in the Welsh Open first round.

The world number 90 whitewashed Shaun Murphy – the world number 7 – by 4-frames to nil in Cardiff.

Greene’s reward will be a second round meeting with Stuart Carrington.

Earlier, Ken Doherty was beaten 4-1 by Matthew Stevens.

CYCLING

The Track World Championships get underway today in the Netherlands.

Lydia Gurley is the first of the Irish team of six to see action.

She goes in the women’s Scratch Race, having been placed fourth in the European Championships earlier this season.

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