Tuesday Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

Firstly, Tralee-man Ultan Dillane has kept his place in the revised Ireland squad announced today ahead of the third round of the Six Nations against Italy.

Iain Henderson is free to play in Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy on Sunday.

The Ulster lock appeared via video conference before a Pro 14 disciplinary committee after being cited for a challenge on Ospreys’ Sam Cross.

The panel determined that Henderson’s actions only would have warranted a yellow card, and so he has been cleared for the trip to Rome.

Along with Tadhg Beirne, Henderson returned to the Ireland squad today.

While Beirne’s Munster team-mate Chris Farrell has been passed fit despite concerns over a knee injury.

Garry Ringrose and Rhys Ruddock will remain with Leinster to have their respective hamstring issues treated.

Italy will be without captain Sergio Parisse for Sunday’s game after he suffered a concussion while in action for Stade Francais.

Sean O’Brien is hoping his international career can stretch beyond this year’s World Cup.

The Leinster back row is due to leave for London Irish after the tournament in Japan.

It was thought O’Brien would join the list of players exiled from the Ireland squad due to a move abroad, but the Tullow man wants to buck that trend.

SOCCER

Bayern Munich visit Anfield tonight for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Liverpool.

With Virgil van Dijk suspended and Dejan Lovren unlikely to be passed fit, Liverpool may start with a makeshit centre-half pairing of Joel Matip and Fabinho.

Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels are part of the Bayern Munich team that will face the five-times champions tonight.

The two men played under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

Kick off at Anfield is at 8 o’clock.

Underway at the same time is the meeting of Lyon and Barcelona.

West Brom will move within a point of third placed Leeds tonight with an away win against Queens Park Rangers.

Kick off at Loftus Road is at 7.45.

There’s a Highland derby in the Scottish Cup tonight.

Inverness host Ross County in a fifth round replay.

The winner will face Dundee United in the quarter-finals.

RACING

Connections will decide in the next 48 hours whether Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy will run this Saturday or head straight to the Blue Riband on the 15th March.

The horse has only had one run since landing the RSA Chase at last years festival, and that was in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park last month.

Presenting Percy wasn’t declared for his expected warm up race last weekend. He’s in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday and his owner, Philip Reynolds says no decision has yet been made.