Thursday Lunchtime Sports Update

RACING

This afternoon’s racing at Thurles has been given the go head.

All of today’s meetings in the U-K have been cancelled due to an outbreak of equine flu.


Officials say Irish horses that ran at Ayr and Ludlow yesterday have been isolated, and that British horses will not be allowed to travel.

The racing industry will be hoping that the disease is contained well before the Cheltenham Festival, which runs from March 12th to 15th and relies on the participation of well over 100 Irish-trained horses.

The first of a seven race card gets underway in Thurles at 1.15.

RUGBY

Leinster back row Jack Conan could be handed his second Six Nations start when the Ireland team to play Scotland is named this afternoon.

Conan is tipped to replace the injured C-J Stander as one of four changes to the side that lost to England at the weekend.

Ireland have lost three of their last four games at Murrayfield and Scotland won by five points two years ago.

Schmidt says his team can’t afford another slow start.

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are also expected to be recalled, while Quinn Roux should take the place of the injured Devin Toner in the second row.

Ireland scum coach Greg Feek says the Connacht lock made a impact from the bench last week.

Warren Gatland has made 10 changes to the Wales team for their game against Italy in Rome.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones drops to the bench, so centre Jonathan Davies will skipper the side for the first time.

SOCCER

Former Republic of Ireland international Chris Hughton has called for action after one of his team was targeted by West Brom fans last night.

Cameroon defender Gaetan Bong was subjected to boos and chants when he came off the bench during Brighton’s 3-1 F-A Cup win at the Hawthorns.

Brighton boss Hughton says the Football Association must protect players.

GOLF

Shane Lowry tees off his first American tournament of 2019 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California today.

The Offaly man will be aiming to continue the form that saw him win the Abu Dhabi Championship three weeks ago and claim a 12th place finish at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Lowry has never missed the cut at the AT&T and had top-25 finishes in 2017 and 2015.