Thursday Lunchtime Sports Update

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SOCCER

Liverpool will face another top-flight opponent in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

They’ll follow last night’s 10-goal thriller against Arsenal with a trip to Aston Villa.

The sides have 13 League Cup titles between them.

The 1986 winners Oxford United will entertain the defending champions Manchester City.

Five time champions Manchester United will host League 2 side Colchester United.

Twice beaten finalists Everton will host three times champions Leicester City.

The matches are to be held on the week beginning Monday December 16th, but there will be discussions around Liverpool’s schedule as they are set to play in the Club World Cup in Qatar from December 18th.

Liverpool are scheduled to play 9 matches in December.

Jurgen Klopp wants an appropriate fixture plan.

RUGBY

England head coach Eddie Jones says he’s excited by the prospect of his team playing even better in the Rugby World Cup final.

He’s named an unchanged starting 15 from the side that beat New Zealand to face South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday.

Jones says the whole squad are focussed on what’s to come.

Scrum-half Ben Spencer’s inclusion among the replacements is the only change for Saturday’s showpiece in Yokohama.

Captain Owen Farrell says they couldn’t be in better shape.

Rassie Erasmus has confirmed that he’ll step down as South Africa’s head-coach after Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against England.

The former Munster boss will return to his director of rugby role with the Springboks after the tournament.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy is 5 under par and Shane Lowry is even par after their opening rounds at the World Golf Championship HSBC Champions in China.

Local favourite Haotong Li leads on 8 under after a round of 64.

Rory McIlroy says he didn’t expect to shoot such a low round.

ATHLETICS

Organisers of the Dublin Marathon have announced that participants from the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of the race will be assured of a place next year.

They’ve made the decision after becoming “aware of the concern caused by the changes to the entry process” following their announcement of a switch to a lottery system for the 2020 edition.

Anyone who took part in one of the last three marathons will receive a special code tomorrow and have up to 72-hours to confirm their place for 2020.

Two Kerry athletes have won the Dublin City Marathon in previous years – Jerry Kiernan in 1982 and 1992 and John Griffin in 1988 and 1989.