Wednesday Evening Sports Update

RUGBY

Sean Cronin’s Rugby World Cup is over after suffering a neck injury in training.

He’s been replaced by Ulster hooker Rob Herring ahead of the quarter-final against the All Blacks in Tokyo.

The 29-year-old was part of Joe Schmidt’s training squad ahead of the tournament in Japan

Former Ireland lock Mike McCarthy believes Ireland may miss Devin Toner in the line-outs this weekend.

Joe Schmidt left the 33-year old out of his World Cup squad.

McCarthy feels the Leinster lock would’ve done well against the All Blacks line-out:

SOCCER

Enda Stevens says there was a lot of disappointment in the Republic of Ireland dressing room following the loss to Switzerland.

The Boys in Green went down to the Swiss 2-0 in Geneva last night.

The countdown is now on November 18th when Denmark come to the Aviva Stadium with the winner going to Euro 2020.

The Sheffield United left-back says Mick McCarthy wasn’t happy there was too many mistakes:

Dundalk have secured the future of Patrick Hoban (PR: Hoo-ban) until the end of the 2021 season.

The Galway man has been in his second spell with the League of Ireland champions since 2018.

The 28-year-old has scored 93 goals in 165 games for the Lilywhites.

La Liga have asked for this month’s meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid to be moved, due to protests in Catalonia.

The Spanish top flight want the ‘El Clasico’ match switched to Madrid, with Barcelona then playing at home in March next year.

Nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday for their part in a failed bid for independence.

Two more people have been arrested for making racist gestures during England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win in Bulgaria.

Six have been detained in total – with another nine being investigated.

The match was stopped twice after some of the home fans directed monkey chants at England’s black players.

Bulgarian president Rumen Radev says the image of his country has been unfairly tarnished by the events.

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold’s attacking proficiency has earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The wing back has been officially recognised for claiming the most Premier League assists by a defender in a single season.

It’s after he contributed 12 as Jurgen Klopp’s side missed out the title by a single point to Manchester City during the last campaign.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he’s taken the good and bad experiences from the managers he’s played under into the job.

He’s made an encouraging start to his time in charge at Stamford Bridge, after spending last season leading Championship side Derby to the play-off final.

Lampard says Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho made the biggest impression on him:

GYMNASTICS

Rhys McClenaghan admits he ‘cried like a baby’ after securing qualification for next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.

The 20-year-old landed Ireland’s first-ever medal at the World Gymnastics Championships last weekend – taking bronze in the pommel horse final in Stuttgart.

It also booked McClenaghan’s spot at the Olympics and he says that’s lifted a weight from his shoulders

ATHLETICS

The marathon and race walking events at next summers Olympics have been moved from Tokyo to northern Japan.

It’s because the climate is cooler in the city of Sapporo.

It comes after a number of athletes were forced to end their races early due to the heat during the women’s marathon at the recent World Athletics Championships in Doha.