Wednesday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Matt Doherty says he’s willing to play in any position for the Republic of Ireland.

The Wolves wing-back’s club form has led some to suggest he should replace Ireland captain Seamus Coleman on the right side of defence.


A more advanced role for the former Bohs man against Gibraltar has also been mooted, and it’s something Doherty believes he can manage.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill says they’ll assess the fitness of Gareth McAuley and Corry Evans in the morning.

Both are doubts for tomorrow night’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Estonia in Belfast.

Striker Will Grigg is definitely out with an ankle injury – and will also miss Sunday’s clash with Belarus.

O’Neill admits it’s a blow to his plans.

RUGBY

RUGBY

Ireland will begin next season’s Six Nations at home to Scotland.

The fixtures for the next two seasons have been released, with the 2020 competition begining on February 1st.

Andy Farrell’s side will play away to England on February 23rd, and away to France in the final round on March 14th.

Grand Slam champions Wales begin the defence of their title at home to Italy.

The 2021 season begins away to Wales, and concludes with the visit of England to the Aviva.

RACING

81 horses remain on course for the Grand National at Aintree on April 6th after today’s forfeit stage.

Nearly half of them are Irish trained.

Mike Vince has more.