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Friday Lunch Sport: Provinces Name Sides; Kildare Hurling Team Tonight

: 01/11/2019 - 12:58

The Leinster Rugby team, for tomorrow’s sold out Heineken Champions Cup fixture at the RDS.

Jordan Larmour starts in the number 15 jersey with Adam Byrne on the right wing and Dave Kearney on the left.

Rory O’Loughlin and Garry Ringrose are again the centre partnership.

In the half backs Luke McGrath is partnered with Ross Byrne.

The front row sees Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong scrum down with Scott Fardy and James Ryan behind in the engine room.

The back row features captain Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan at No. 8.

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Robert Baloucoune will make his Heineken Champions Cup debut on Saturday after being named in the starting team for the critical game against Racing 92 (Kingspan Stadium, 3.15pm).

Baloucoune is joined in the back three by Louis Ludik and Jacob Stockdale, who will earn his 50th Ulster cap.

Stuart McCloskey and Will Addison are re-united in midfield, with John Cooney and Billy Burns named at scrumhalf and flyhalf.

Rory Best returns to captain the side from hooker and will pack down beside Marty Moore and Eric O’Sullivan.

Alan O’Connor, one of just two players retained from the team that lost to Leinster last weekend, partners Kieran Treadwell in the second row.

Sean Reidy, the other player who was involved at the RDS, will line out alongside Jordi Murphy and Marcell Coetzee in the back row.

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Munster kick off of the weekend against Gloucester at Kingsholm tonight.

Four points separate the four teams in Pool 2.

Munster won 36-22 when the sides met at Thomond Park in October.

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Full back Tiernan O’Halloran has returned from a leg injury to take his place in the Connacht side to face Sale Sharks in the European Challenge Cup in the Sportsground on Saturday (Kick off 3pm)

He comes into a back line that also includes a new midfield pairing with Bundee Aki and Kyle Godwin both coming back into the starting team.

Jack Carty continues at out half where he is partnered by former Sale Sharks player James Mitchell.

In the front row Denis Buckley will make his 150th appearance for his province.

There is also a new second row partnership of Ultan Dillane and James Cannon, while in the back row Captain Jarrad Butler returns from injury and is number 8 alongside James Connolly and Eoghan Masterson.

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Dejan Lovren has been ruled out of Liverpool's Premier League game against Brighton at the Amex Stadium tomorrow.

The Croatian defender suffered a hamstring injury during the Monday's F-A Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Victory at the Amex Stadium will move the league leaders seven points clear of Manchester City who must wait until Monday to host Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Kildare hurlers and Antrim meet in the Keogh Cup semi final tomorrow in Abbotstown at 2pm.

Kfm will have updates of the game on Saturday Sportsbeat from 2.

The team will be announced around 9.30pm tonight and will be available on Twitter @kfmsport

Kfm will preview the game on this this evening’s Weekend Preview from 6.30pm

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Andy Murray has announced his intention to retire after Wimbledon due to a hip injury.

Murray is due to compete in the Australian Open next week

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Today’s racing is in Dundalk from 5pm

 

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