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Crunch Night for Ireland’s World Cup Ambitions & 2 Kildare Boxers Heading to India World C'ships

: 11/14/2017 - 12:53

Tonight, Ireland can become the 30th nation to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup finals.

David Meyler is expected to start after missing Saturday's nil all draw in Copenhagen due to suspension.

Martin O'Neill says his players and the supporters can take inspiration from the night Ireland beat Bosnia to qualify for Euro 2016.

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The Republic’s Under 21's are unbeaten in their European Championship qualifying group.

But Noel King's side face their toughest game to date away to Norway at 6 o'clock, Irish time.

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There are several international friendlies this evening as well.

Spur's Eric Dier captains England against Brazil in Wembley.

Wales play World Cup qualifiers Panama in Cardiff.

World champions Germany play France in Cologne.

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The Irish Rugby squad continues the build up at Carton House, Maynooth today to the November Test against Fiji.

Back-row forwards Sean Reidy and Jordi Murphy have been called up as replacements for the injured Tommy O'Donnell and Dan Leavy.

Ireland have beaten Fiji in their three previous meetings

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Ireland Rugby hopes its lobbying will be enough when the decision on who will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is announced tomorrow in London.  

South Africa the odds-on favourites after being recommended by the World Board's evaluation report last month.

The evaluation report gave South Africa an overall score of 78.97%; 75.88% for France and 72.25% for Ireland.

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 Jessica McCaskill has been named as Katie Taylor's latest opponent.

The Bray fighter will defender her WBA World Lightweight title against the American in London on December 13th.

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Two Kildare boxers, Katelynn Phelan and Marguerita Nevin, both aged 17, depart for India tomorrow as part of the 8 member Ireland team for the World championships.

Phelan has 7 All Ireland titles and is unbeaten in Ireland, while Nevin has won 5 All Ireland titles. 

***Both will be guests on this afternoon’s Kildare Focus with Ciara Plunkett from 2pm

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