Thursday Morning Sports Update


Rob Kearney, Peter O’Mahony and Garry Ringrose will return for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Tokyo on Saturday.

Kearney missed the Samoa game due to a groin injury, but coach Joe Schmidt has gone for the tried and trusted, picking the experienced Leinster full-back ahead of the in-form Jordan Larmour.

O’Mahony has got the nod in the back row ahead of Tadhg Beirne, with Ringrose returning at outside centre.

Robbie Henshaw moves to inside centre, as Bundee Aki’s tournament is now over due to suspension which will not be appealed.

The Ireland team to play New Zealand at 11.15 on Saturday (Irish time) is:

15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Jonathan Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best (c)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Josh van der Flier
8. CJ Stander

The New Zealand team has been named.

Beauden Barrett has been picked at full back as coach Steve Hansen names 12 of the side that beat South Africa in the opening pool game.

Joe Moody, Sam Cane, George Bridge and Sevu Reece are picked.

None of that quartet played any part in the defeat to Ireland in Dublin last November.

George Ford has been dropped for England’s quarter final with Australia, which is also on Saturday.

Owen Farrell has been selected at number 10, with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade the centre partnership.

England coach Eddie Jones says Ford will feature at some point.


Gavin Moynihan and Paul Dunne are in the field for the French Open, which is underway in Paris.

Graeme McDowell is in a tie for ninth place on 4 under par after his opening round at the US PGA Tour’s CJ Cup in South Korea.

The lead is held on 8 under par by local favourite Ben An.


Ireland’s Shannon McCurley won a silver medal in the scratch race at last night’s European Track Championships in the Netherlands.

British cyclist Emily Nelson took the gold medal in the 40-lap race while Maria Martins of Poland won the bronze.


American boxer Patrick Day has sadly died 4 days after suffering a brain injury in a super welterweight fight against Charles Conwell in Chicago.

Day was knocked out in the 10th round and was placed in a coma.

He never recovered.


There is a seven race jumps card at Tramore today, beginning at 12.30.

The going is soft.

In the UK…

Carlisle at 12.15 – good to soft, soft down the hill

Brighton 1.25 – soft, heavy in places

Wincanton 1.40 – good

Wolverhampton 5.10 – standard

Chelmsford City 5.30 – standard