Wednesday Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

Ireland have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations game with Italy in Rome.

Munster pair Chris Farrell and Tadhg Beirne have both come through their respective knee problems.

Meanwhile, the Irish coaching staff haven’t given up hope of Garry Ringrose overcoming his hamstring injury to play against France on March 10th.

And after avoiding suspension from a Pro 14 panel yesterday, Iain Henderson could make his first appearance of the campaing on Sunday.

Skills coach Richie Murphy is delighted to have the Ulster lock back on board.

Alby Mathewson will remain with Munster until the end of next season.

The former All Black scrum-half was signed as temporary cover for Conor Murray earlier in the season but has impressed on his 13 outings for the province.

Tyler Bleyendaal has also signed a contract extension to keep him with Munster until the summer of 2021.

GAELIC GAMES

All Ireland-winning goalkeeper Paul Durcan could be on the verge of a return to the Donegal senior football side.

The two-time All Star is back training with Declan Bonner’s squad according to a report in the Donegal Democrat.

Durcan has been away from the inter-county scene for the past three years while working in Doha.

The 35-year old returned home before Christmas, and has been training with Donegal for the past fortnight but is not an official member of the squad just yet.

SOCCER

Manchester City are without both John Stones and Gabriel Jesus (PR: Zhay-zoose) for tonight’s Champions League first leg away to Schalke (PR: Shal-keh).

Elsewhere tonight, Atletico Madrid play host to Juventus.

Both games kick off at 8.

Geneva will host the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier away to Switzerland.

The Swiss FA have confirmed the game will be played at the 30-thousand capacity Stade de Genève on October 15th with a 7.45 kick-off.

The meeting with Group D’s top seeds is Ireland’s penultimate game in the group.

Ireland’s last two games away to Switzerland have both been played in Basel, and this will be the Boys in Green’s first visit to the lakeside city of Geneva.

GOLF

Steve Stricker says he’s looking forward to spending more time with European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington.

Stricker was today confirmed as the man to lead the United States team at Whistling Straits next year.

The 51-year old played three Ryder Cups as a player, and has been a vice-captain for each of the last three editions of the tournament.

Stricker has already confirmed 2018 captain Jim Furyk as his first vice-captain, and is looking forward to locking horns with Harrington.

RACING

Laurina proved her well being ahead of next month’s Unibet Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival

Th Willie Mullins trained Mare easily took the listed Quevega mares hurdle at Punchestown ahead of stable mate Stormy Ireland.

The 6 year old is 3rd favourite for the race and following her win jockey Ruby Walsh spoke to Racing TV’s Gary O’Brien.

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