Wednesday Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

Ireland have kicked off the World Under 20 Championship with a win.

Noel McNamara’s side beat England by 42 points to 26 in Santa Fe, Argentina (PRON: Santa Fay).

Ireland scored 6 tries in the win to collect the bonus point.

Their next opponents are Australia.

SOCCER

Corkman Conor Hourihane says perseverance has kept him in football.

The 28 year old Republic of Ireland midfielder will be playing in the Premier League with Aston Villa next season.

Hourihane nearly quit the game when released by Ipswich 8 years ago.

And now he’s preparing for a Euro 2020 qualifier in Denmark on Friday.

In the semi finals of the UEFA Nations League this evening, Portugal play Switzerland in Porto.

7.45 is the start time.

Elsewhere, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted he misses Italy amid reports he could leave London to become the new manager of Juventus.

The 60 year old led the Pensioners to the Europa League title last month.

And Liverpool are to release Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno this summer.

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic is the star attraction at the French Open today.

The men’s top seed plays Alexander Zverev (PRON: Sver-ef) of Germany in the quarter finals.

The other last 8 tie sees Austria’s Dominic Thiem (PRON: Team) meet Karen Khachanov (PRON: Catch-anov) of Russia.

In the ladies singles, Romanian third seed Simona Halep (PRON: Hah-lep) takes on Amanda Anisimova, with Madison Keys to face Ashleigh Barty.

CRICKET

India will open their campaign at the 2019 Cricket World Cup today.

They play South Africa in Southampton.

Elsewhere, it’s Bangladesh against New Zealand at the Oval.

RACING

Robbie Power will be out of action for at least four weeks after fracturing a vertebrae in a fall at Ballinrobe last Tuesday.

He was unseated from the Joseph O’Brien-trained Anywayyoulookatit at the first obstacle in a 3m 1f handicap hurdle, and has not ridden since.

Power tweeted the news on Tuesday saying he had been to see his orthopaedic specialist who said he would be out of action for 4-5 weeks with a fractured T7 vertebrae.

The jockey is the retained rider for the Potts family, and his biggest achievement came in 2017 when teaming with Sizing John to complete the Irish, Cheltenham and Punchestown Gold Cup treble in 2017.

He also rode 2007 Grand National winner Silver Birch.

There is jumping action at Wexford this afternoon with the first of seven National Hunt races due off at 2.10pm.

The going is good but that is likely to ease after substantial rain on Tuesday.

In the UK today, there’s an early start in Nottingham where they run at midday on ground that’s good and good to firm in places.

They also go in…

Newton Abbot from 1.50 – good, good to firm in places

Fontwell at 2.15 – good, good to firm in places

Kempton at 5.15 – standard to slow

Ripon at 6.30 – good to firm, good in places