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Thurs pm Sport: Robbie Henshaw is Named in the Ireland Team vs Samoa; Listen: Schmidt on Eadestown’s Beirne Selection; Ireland U21’s in Euro Action This Evening

: 10/10/2019 - 16:53

Robbie Henshaw is back in the Ireland team for Saturday's Rugby World Cup match against Samoa.

The Leinster centre, who joins Bundee Aki, had missed all three of the previous games at the tournament due to a hamstring injury

Johnny Sexton starts at fly-half, while Jordan Larmour replaces Rob Kearney at full-back.

The front five is Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan.

The back row is made up of Eadestown’s Tadhg Beirne, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander.

Joe Schmidt has been explaining why Beirne has been retained

schmidt_on_beirne.mp3, by Thomas Maher

 

Ireland must win with a bonus point to guarantee their place in the quarter-finals.

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Scotland say contingency plans must be put in place for their game with Japan to go ahead.

Sunday's game is in doubt due to a super typhoon - which has already caused England against France and New Zealand versus Italy to be called off.

If Scotland's match is not played, Japan would advance to the quarter-finals ahead of them.

In a statement they added they "will be flexible" to accommodate a rearranged fixture.

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The Republic of Ireland's under-21s host Italy in European Championships qualifying this evening.

Stephen Kenny's side are top of Group A, having won their first three games.

Kick-off at Tallaght Stadium is at five-past-eight.

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Northern Ireland are in Rotterdam tonight to play the Netherlands in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier.

A win would give Michael O'Neill's side a great chance of reaching next year's finals.

Northern Ireland won their first four qualifiers, but were beaten last time out by Germany.

Scotland play Russia in Moscow seeking to end a run of three straight defeats in their group.

Wales could move within a point of Group E leaders Croatia by winning away in Slovakia.

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Last year's Joe McDonagh winners Laois host Galway on the first weekend in next year’s Leinster round-robin hurling championship.

The Eddie Brennan managed side will be away to Kilkenny in round two.

Holders Wexford are idle on the first weekend before play Dublin in Wexford Park on weekend two.

Dublin play Kilkenny on the opening weekend.

New Waterford manager Liam Cahill will face his native Tipperary on the opening weekend of next year's Munster round-robin Hurling Championship.

Defending champions Limerick will be at home to Cork.

Clare, have a bye in the first weekend and will play their four rounds on consecutive weekends..

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Graeme McDowell leads the Irish challenge on the opening day of the Italian Open.

The former US Open winner is two-under after a first round 69 in Rome - five shots behind clubhouse leader Tapio Pulkannen.

Shane Lowry had a 1 over 72

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Today’s racing was in Thurles from 2.05

 

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