Wednesday Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

The Irish team are ready for their final World Cup Pool A game against Samoa.

Joe Schmidt’s side need to win to guarantee a place in the quarter-final against either New Zealand or South Africa.

Ireland second row, Iain Henderson says the players are already in knock-out mode ahead of Saturday’s must-win game against Samoa.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend says his team is building momentum at the Rugby World Cup.

It follows this morning’s bonus-point 61-nil win over Russia in Pool A.

Scotland could get a place in the last-eight with a win over hosts Japan on Sunday.

However, Townsend says their momentum is building:

Wales are likely to play either England or France in the rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

They sealed their place in the knockout stages with a group game to spare, after beating Fiji 29-17.

In today’s other game, the United States lost out to Argentina by 47-17.

England’s Pool C clash with France at the weekend is under threat from the Super Typhoon – with winds of almost 290 kilometres per hour.

World Rugby will announce tomorrow morning if Saturday’s match in Yokohama will be moved to a different venue in Japan.

The Telegraph also claims it could be behind closed doors, in the interest of supporter safety.

SOCCER

Shane Duffy has been declared fit for the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia on Saturday.

The Donegal man will travel to Dublin this evening to meet up with the rest of the panel, before they fly to Tbilisi tomorrow.

David McGoldrick won’t be fit for the game this weekend, however could still feature in the game against Switzerland on Tuesday in Geneva.

Mick McCarthy says it’s a big boost:

Reading have sacked manager Jose Gomes.

He leaves the team in the Championship relegation zone, with just two wins from 11 league matches this season.

Gomes helped the club beat the drop in the previous campaign, after being appointed in December last year.

BOXING

Two Irish boxers have advanced to the quarter-finals at the World Championships in Siberia.

Cork welterweight Christina Desmond beat Myriam Da Silva to book her spot in the last-eight.

Dundalk lightweight Amy Broadhurst will face Katie Taylor’s 2016 Olympics conqueror Mira Potkonen in the quarters – she beat a Polish opponent earlier.

A win for either boxer will guarantee them at least a bronze medal.