Thursday Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

Head coach Joe Schmidt has named 12 of the Ireland team that started the win over Scotland for Saturday’s final Pool A match against Samoa in Fukuoka.

Robbie Henshaw will start his first game of the tournament at centre having recovered from a hamstring problem.

In all Schmidt makes 11 changes to the Ireland team that beat Russia.

Tadhg Beirne is given a start on the blindside in the back row, with Peter O’Mahony on the bench.

Joey Carbery is one of the backup players, but Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose are rested entirely.

The Ireland team to play Samoa at 11.45am Irish time on Saturday is:

15. Jordan Larmour
14. Keith Earls
13. Robbie Henshaw
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson
5. James Ryan
6. Tadhg Beirne
7. Josh van der Flier
8. CJ Stander

The World Cup is going to suffer serious disruption because of Typhoon Hagibis, which is to hit Japan.

Ireland’s game against Samoa will proceed in Fukuoka on Saturday, but the final Pool stage matches between England and France and New Zealand and Italy are off.

It means England will top Pool C ahead of France and New Zealand will top Pool B ahead of South Africa.

A decision on the staging of Sunday’s showdown between hosts Japan and Scotland will be made on the day.

If that match in Yokohama was called off, Japan would qualify as Pool A winners, Ireland would finish second and Scotland would go home.

This is all provided that Ireland beat Samoa.

Alan Gilpin is the tournament director of World Rugby and he’s defended this morning’s decisions.

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland Under 21’s take on Italy this evening in a European Championship qualifier.

Stephen Kenny’s men have a 100 percent record so far.

Kick off at Tallaght Stadium is at 8.05.

Northern Ireland’s senior team are away to the Netherlands in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

That match begins in Rotterdam at 7.45.

Elsewhere, Wales are away to Slovakia and Scotland have made the trip to Russia.

BOXING

There was little rest for Christina Desmond and Amy Broadhurst who qualified yesterday for the World Championship quarter-finals.

Both women will box for medals later today in Siberia.

They are due into the ring after 12 for their last-8 bouts and a win for either boxer will lead to a guaranteed bronze medal.

GAELIC GAMES

The search for a new Clare senior hurling manager goes on.

The deadline for an appointment has been delayed until October 21st to allow the recruitment process to remain open.

Louis Mulqueen and Brian Lohan have been interviewed for the post.

RACING

There’s racing at home today in Thurles where the first of a 7-race card goes to post at 2.05. The going there is yielding and good-to-yielding in places.

In the UK…

Worcester, good to soft, they start at 2.10

Exeter, good, good to firm in places – 2.20

Kempton, standard to slow, 5 o’clock

Southwell, standard, 5.10

Ayr has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.