Murray and Sexton Declared Fit for England Game & Cheltenham Ready for the Off

Conor Murray has been passed fit for selection for Saturday's Six Nations against England at the Aviva.

The Ireland management team say the Munster scrum-half has responded well to treatment after he suffered a shoulder injury in the defeat to Wales.

Jonathan Sexton has cleared the head injury protocols and he, too, is fit to start on Saturday.

Tommy Bowe will see a specialist regarding a potential leg fracture and has been replaced in the squad by Suncroft’s Fergus McFadden.

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It appears that Ronan O'Gara will play a part in the new amalgamated Parisian club from the merging of Racing 92 and Stade Francais.

The clubs will join forces from the beginning of next season. The coaching staff is to be drawn purely from Racing.

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Martin O'Neill risks re-igniting a selection row with Everton manager Ronald Koeman after he named injured midfielder James McCarthy in his provisional squad to face Wales on 24 March.

The midfielder missed his side’s 3-0 victory over WBA at the weekend.

There are first senior call-ups for Brentford defender John Egan, son of former Kerry football great John,  and Reading midfielder Liam Kelly, while Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot returns to the squad for the first time in a year since being injured against Slovakia.

Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan are also included in the squad after impressing at Preston North End, following their move from Dundalk.

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Manchester United go into tonight's FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea with no recognised striker available.

Top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, while Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are all sidelined.

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There's an early top-of-the-table clash in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division with Derry City home to Dundalk.

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An injury time equaliser from Carlow put a huge dent in Kildare's promotion chances from Division 2A of the Allianz National Hurling league, as the two sides drew 2-17 to 1-20 in St Conleth's Park yesterday.

Match analysis with Pat Costello and Fiachra O'Muineachain and full interviews with manager Joe Quaid and players David Reidy and Paul Divilly in this evening’s Kildare Scoreboard from 6.20pm.

We’ll also have match reports of the Camogie and Ladies football games over the weekend.

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Today in the Top Oil South Leinster Post Primary Schools Senior Football “A” League Final   St. Peter’s Wexford   3-13  Patrician Newbridge   0-09   

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Yanworth heads a 12-strong field declared for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham tomorrow.

The seven-year-old is one of three runners for leading owner JP McManus

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Douvan will face nine rivals in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

The brilliant seven-year-old is unbeaten in 13 starts since joining Willie Mullins and is nine from nine over fences.

He has won at the last two Festivals in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Arkle Trophy and is a red-hot favourite to complete the hat-trick.

Final preparations are under way for jump racing's showpiece, the Cheltenham Festival which gets under way tomorrow.

***From tomorrow morning at 10.45 on the Kildare Today programme, Kfm will preview each day’s Cheltenham card with bookmaker Daragh Fitzpatrick, while each afternoon, Paul Power will preview and review every race, in association with Boylesports.

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The Women’s Basketball Super League Coach of the Month award has gone to Leixlip Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach Mark Byrne.  His side continues to enjoy a winning streak that has seen them finish 2nd in regular season.  They’re unbeaten since the National Cup final in January and beat Meteors 82-30 yesterday.

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Reminder:  to join Paul Power for Kildare Scoreboard this evening from 6.20pm:  results, reports and interviews of Kildare GAA games and club results, Camogie, rugby, racing, Superleague Basketball and more.

 

 

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