Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

Munster have confirmed Ian Keatley is leaving the Province at the end of the season.

The Irish international out half is heading to Italy to play for Benetton Treviso.

The 31 year old has made 180 appearances since joining Munster from Connacht in 2011.

Keatley has scored 1,247 points during that time, most notably, the winning drop goal in a pivotal Champions Cup win at Sale in 2014.

Munster lock Tadhg Beirne and Ulster back Will Addison are set to be named in Ireland’s Six Nations squad for the first time today.

Joe Schmidt is due to unveil a 38 man panel as the countdown continues to next month’s opening match against England at the Aviva Stadium.

Beirne made his international debut during the summer tour to Australia while Addison’s first cap came in the win over Italy in November.

With Luke McGrath injured and fitness doubts over Kieran Marmion and John Cooney, the uncapped Connacht scum half Caolin Blade could also be included.

Former Leinster half back Andy Dunne says Blade has one key area to work on.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named seven uncapped players in his squad for the Six Nations.

Ireland play the Scots in thier second game of the tournament at Murrayfield.

Injuries to Fraser Brown and George Turner means the Scots have a trio of new hookers, with David Cherry, Jake Kerr and Grant Stewart all coming into the setup.

GOLF

Shane Lowry has had a great start to 2019.

The Offalyman holds a three shot lead after his opening round at the Abu Dhabi Championship, the first European Tour tournament of the year.

Lowry lies on 10 under par following a course record equalling round of 62.

2010 Open winner Louis Oosthuizen fellow South African Richard Sterne and Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera lead the chasing pack.

U-S Open and P-G-A Championship winner Brooks Koepka is a further two shots back.

SOCCER

The F-A Cup last 32 line-up will be completed tonight.

Accrington Stanley await the winners of the last third round replay.

Southampton welcome Derby County to St Mary’s after the sides played out a 2-all draw at Pride Park

Kick of is at 7.45.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal and Rodger Federer remain on course to meet in the semi final of this year’s Australian Open.

Nadal has completed a straight sets win over New Zealand’s Matthew Ebden to join Federer in the third round.

Women’s singles defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden this morning and could face Maria Sharapova next.

The former Champion and number 30 seed, Maria Sharapova has just taken the first set in against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson.