Thursday Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says he’s picked the combinations that best serve beating the All Blacks in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

There are three changes to the team for the quarter final against New Zealand from the one that beat Samoa last week.

Rory Best will captain the team for the 38th time with Peter O’Mahoney returning to the back-row.

Schmidt has chosen 12 players who beat the All Blacks last November – but says there were tough calls:

Meanwhile, New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has said Ireland have a “tenacious” style of play.

Codie Taylor is in at hooker while Jack Goodhue starts ahead of Sonny Bill Williams in midfield.

Hansen’s again opted for dual playmakers with Richie Mo’unga at fly-half and Beauden Barrett at full-back.

Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll thinks his old side can pull off a shock.

SOCCER

Brighton manager Graham Potter says they need to be careful with Aaron Connolly’s development.

The teenager made his Republic of Ireland debut last weekend just a week after scoring twice against Tottenham on his first Premier League start.

Potter knows it’s important not to put too much pressure on the Galway man

GOLF

Gavin Moynihan is in the clubhouse on three under par after a 68 during the opening round of the French Open.

South African George Coetzee leads on six-under

The other Irish player in the field is Paul Dunne who shot a six-over 77.