Wednesday Morning Sports Update

RUGBY

Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt has defended the use of the residency rule in picking his 31 man squad for the World Cup in Japan.

Jean Kleyn (PRON: Klain) was selected in the forwards, with Leinster’s Devin Toner missing out.

It prompted criticism from none other than World Rugby’s Gus Pichot (PRON: Pee-cho), which Schmidt rejected.

The coach says the likes of CJ Stander and Bundee Aki deserve to wear the green jersey.

SOCCER

The Republic of Ireland women’s team have kicked off their qualification campaign for Euro 2021 with a 2-0 win over Montenegro in Tallaght.

Tyler Toland and Katie McCabe scored the goals in either half.

Tom O’Connor is set to be named permanent boss this afternoon.

Defender Louise Quinn says Ireland need to break down teams more quickly.

GAELIC GAMES

Rory Gallagher is the new manager of the Derry senior footballers.

The Fermanagh native and former Donegal coach takes over from Damian McErlain.

TENNIS

Roger Federer is out of the US Open.

The Swiss legend was beaten in five sets by Bulgarian Gregor Dimitrov in the quarter finals in New York.

37 year old Serena Williams is into the last four of the Ladies Singles following a 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Wang Qiang (PRON: Wang Kee-ang).

RACING

There’s an 8-race card this afternoon at Gowran Park, with the first off at 2.05.

In the UK there’s racing at

Southwell – good, good to firm in places – 1.40

Uttoxeter – good, good to firm in places – 1.50

Bath – standard – 2pm

Chelmsford – standard – 5.45