Morning Sports Update

 

Rugby

Ultan Dillane is hoping to be named a starter for Ireland’s Six Nations Clash with Italy.

The tralee man has been in great form of late but faces tough competition for a place as Tadhg Beirne returns from injury and Ian Henderson is free to play after being cited for a neckroll which was deemed a non-red card offence.

Sean Cronin, who has 67 caps to his name, is tipped to make his first ever Six Nations start this weekend.

Schmidt is expected to also name Dave Kilcoyne, Jordi Murphy and Chris Farrell in the starting lineup with Connacht’s out-half Jack Carty on the bench.

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In the Pro 14, Munster are away to the Ospreys tonight, with Jack O’Donoghue in line to make his first appearance since May.

The back rower has been out for almost 10 months with a knee injury, but is named among the replacements.

Connacht in their game away to Glasgow, while runaway Conference B leaders Leinster welcome Southern Kings to the RDS.

All of tonight’s games have 7.35 starts.

 

GOLF

Rory McIlroy leads the way after day one of the WGC Mexico Championship in Mexico City.

The Ulsterman carded seven birdies and an eagle on his way to an 8 under par opening round of 63 last night.

He’s one clear of world number three Dustin Johnson, with Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas on five under.

Meanwhile Shane Lowry is one under after a round of 70, despite three back nine bogeys.

 

SOCCER

Chelsea and Arsenal will find out their next Europa League opponents this afternoon.

The pair eased into the last 16 with comfortable aggregate wins against Malmo and BATE Borisov last night.

 

Horse Racing
Today’s homecard is Dundalk with the first off at 5 o’clock and the going is standard.

Warwick begins at 10 past 1 with the going good
Catterick is off at 20 past 1 with the going good
Exeter starts at half 1 with the going good to soft
Lingfield starts at 10 to 2 with the going standard

And later in the evening is Chelmsford which is standard and starts at quarter to 6