Ireland 2018 6 Nations Begins Away to France & Jockey Robbie Power Fractures Ribs

Ireland will open their 2018 Six Nations campaign away to France on 3 February, it has been announced.

Joe Schmidt’s men will host Italy the following week before Wales come to Dublin two weeks later.

Scotland visit the Aviva on 10 March before a another final-day showdown against England in Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day.

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Joe Schmidt has included a raft of new faces for the summer tour to the USA and Japan, but neither Jamie Heaslip or Rob Kearney are in the squad.

Heaslip and Kearney are currently on rehabilitation programmes after undergoing surgery for respective back and knee injuries

Munster’s Donnacha Ryan and Darren Sweetnam are not included either.

8 uncapped players are included: John Cooney, Dave Heffernan, Rory O'Loughlin, Andrew Porter, James Ryan, Rory Scannell, Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell.

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Arsenal need to beat Sunderland at the Emirates tonight if they're to keep their Champions league qualification hopes alive.

The Gunners kick off at 7.45 while at 8 Manchester City host West Brom knowing if they beat Arsenal's result they will clinch their spot in the Champions league next season.

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The GAA's Central Hearings Committee has confirmed that Antrim footballer Matthew Fitzpatrick has been handed a 48-week ban for giving false evidence at a hearing on May 4th, at which the CHC claim they were misled.

The ban stems from an incident during Antrim's Division 3 League defeat by Armagh in March.

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney was previously given a 12-week ban for an altercation with a match official in the same game

Antrim are said to be considering an appeal, and Fitzpatrick could still feature in Sunday's Ulster quarter final with Donegal.

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Dublin's defence of their All Ireland title has taken a blow with the news that Michael Darragh MacAuley might miss the Championship season.

The midfielder is struggling with a knee problem, and may require surgery.

Dublin begin their Leinster Championship defence against Wexford or Carlow on June 3rd.

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This evening’s local club fixtures:  all games at 7.30, first named at home:

Senior Hurling League Div 1

Naas V Coill Dubh

Maynooth V Leixlip

Clane V Eire Og Corra Choill

Celbridge V Confey

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Four Kildare golfers have played their way onto Ireland's team to face the USA in the International King's Cup at Lough Erne Resort from May 23rd to 25th.

Niall Clince and Kieran O'Brien, both of Craddockstown Golf Club and Dunmurry pair Darren Carey and Paul Sweeney will play the Americans in the Ryder Cup style event which honours golf legend Arnold Palmer.

Following four regional qualifiers, 60 players played in the final qualifier at Lough Erne, for a place on Ireland's 16 man team.

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Five time Grade one winner Annie Power has been retired.

The mare us in foal to Camelot.

She won all but two of her 17 races.

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Robbie Power faces at least two weeks on the sidelines after fracturing two ribs in a nasty fall at Killarney yesterday after a tumble from the 10-11 favourite Woodland Opera at the second-last fence in the Grade Three Chase.

Power has enjoyed a superb few months, including winning the Irish Gold Cup, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Punchestown Gold Cup aboard Sizing John, for whose trainer Jessica Harrington he won the Irish Grand National with Our Duke.

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Today's card in Killarney is off at ten to six.

 

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