Wednesday Lunchtime Sports Update

SOCCER

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy feels Jack Byrne can bring a lot to the international side.

The Shamrock Rovers star made his debut in last night’s 3-1 friendly win over Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium.

McCarthy acknowledged it wasn’t a competitive fixture, but says Byrne’s performance was a big positive:

Italy will be next on the radar for Stephen Kenny’s Irish under-21s meanwhile.

17-year-old Spurs star Troy Parrott came off the bench to inspire them to a 3-1 win away to Sweden last night in the Euro 2021 qualifiers.

Two people have been arrested in connection with an inquiry in Belgium into alleged fraud involving the transfer of football players.

Prosecutors say they were detained in raids in Belgium, London and Monaco yesterday and today.

The raids are connected with an investigation into the 18 million euro transfer of Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Belgian club Anderlecht to Newcastle in 2015.

RUGBY

The Irish rugby squad depart for the World Cup this afternoon from Dublin Airport.

The 31-man squad includes Keith Earls, who picked up a knock in the last warm-up win over Wales.

Joe Schmidt’s side get their tournament underway against Scotland on September 22nd in Yokohama.

HOCKEY

Hockey Ireland have confirmed Donnybrook Stadium as the venue for the Irish Women’s Hockey Olympic qualifiers in November.

The two-legged ties against Canada will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of November in Energia Park.