Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

All Ireland champions Limerick have enjoyed a clean sweep in the PwC All Star Hurling nominations.

All 15 of the team that started last month’s final victory over Galway are shortlisted.


It is only the second time since 1996 that has been achieved.

The Tribesmen have nine nominees; Cork and Clare have seven and five.

Joe Canning could become the first player to win successive PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year awards.

The Galway forward joins team mate Padraic Mannion and Limerick’s Cian Lynch as the nominees.

Kyle Hayes, Darragh Fitzgibbon and Mark Coleman are in the running to be named PwC GAA/GPA young Hurler of the Year.

The winners will be announced on the 2nd of November.

RUGBY

Ronan O’Gara insists Ireland are capable of winning the 2019 World Cup.

The former Munster out-half has joined the likes of Keith Wood, Jack Kyle and Brian O’Driscoll in the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Ireland are considered second favourites to lift Webb Ellis Cup in Japan next year, behind New Zealand where O’Gara is coaching the Crusaders.

The Corkman is certain Joe Schmidt’s side can beat the All Blacks to the crown.

SOCCER

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill admits he is still in the dark over Declan Rice’s plans

The West Ham defender has been considering his international future following renewed interest from England, and sat out the recent games against Wales and Poland.

The Irish camp are said to be confident that he will return for next month’s Nations Cup double header, but O’Neill says he has had no update to Rice’s position.

ROWING

Paul and Gary O’Donovan return to the water at the World Rowing Championships today for the semi finals of the men’s lightweight double sculls.

The Skibbereen brothers won their quarter final yesterday.

Ronan Byrne and Phil Doyle are through to the Men’s Double semi finals after winning thier repechage.

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan finished fifth in thier Heavyweight Men’s Pair quarter final.

WRC

Shakedown has begun this Morning at WRC Rally Turkey.

Returning to the calendar after an eight-year break, this weekend’s rally is brand new, having moved to Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast.

High temperatures, Tyre Management and unknown road conditions will challenge the drivers over the course of the weekend.

Thierry Neuville leads the Championship from defending Champion Sebastian Ogier by 23 points, with Toyota Driver Ott Tanak just a further 13 points behind with just 4 rounds remaining.