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: 03/08/2018 - 17:01

Joe Schmidt has made two changes to the Ireland starting team for Saturday's NatWest Six Nations against Scotland in the Aviva Stadium (Kick-off 2.15pm).

Garry Ringrose replacesf the injured Chris Farrell in the centre, partnering Bundee Aki.

Tghthead prop Tadhg Furlong replaces Andrew Porter.

Ireland team v Scotland: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong; James Ryan, Devin Toner; Peter O'Mahony, Dan Leavy, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Seán Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy, Kieran Marmion, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.

Sean O'Brien is on course to make his Ireland return in next week's Six Nations match against England at Twickenham.

The Leinster flanker has recovered from a hip injury to captain his Province in tomorrow's Pro 14 match against the Scarlets in Wales.

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Owen Farrell will captain England for Saturday's clash with France - with Dylan Hartley ruled out through injury.

Jamie George replaces Hartley at hooker for the match in Paris.

Elliot Daly returns to the left wing, while Jonny May switches to the opposite side - with Ben Te'o (pron: tee-oh) back in at centre and Anthony Watson now fullback.

Jonathan Joseph and Mike Brown drop to the bench.

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has named manyt new faces in the 30-man squad to play Turkey in a friendly later this month. 

Kieran O'Hara, Declan Rice, Enda Stevens, Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams have all been included. 

O'Hara is in Manchester United's development squad, while Rice is a first-team member with West Ham.

Former Shamrock Rovers left-back Stevens is currently with Sheffield United in the Championship. 

Lenihan and Williams have been prominent in taking Blackburn Rovers to the promotion places in League 1 and are former Under-21 internationals. 

Seamus Coleman returns to the squad a year after his leg break against Wales. Sean Maguire also returns,

Glenn Whelan and John O'Shea are not included, while Shane Long is the only player over the age of 30 in the squad. 

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O'Neill has hit out at what he's called the unexpected nature of his Northern Ireland counterpart's comments earlier this week.

Michael O'Neill claimed the FAI had made a habit of poaching Catholic players from Northern Ireland.

Players born in the North can play for the Republic as a result of the Good Friday Agreement.

But Martin O'Neill says he has never poached a senior player from Northern Ireland, and says Michael O'Neill should leave religion out of any such conversations.

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Arsenal are at the San Siro this evening looking to arrest a run of four straight defeats.

They face AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Kick off is at 6.

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Ruby Walsh has made a winning return to the saddle.

He steered 11-to-8 favourite Lareena to victory in the 2-mile Maiden Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.

The race was Walsh's first in four-months after he broke his leg in November.

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Keogh Cup Section B Round 3

Venue: Ballyteague, Ballyteague V Monasterevan  20:00

 

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