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Monday pm Sport: Sean O’Brien’s Transfer to London Irish Confirmed; This Evening’s Kildare Scoreboard Reviews Weekend Kildare Action

: 02/11/2019 - 17:13

London Irish have confirmed that Sean O'Brien will join them on a 3 year deal after the World Cup.

He is one of Leinster’s most decorated players, having come through the Leinster Academy system and having played 122 times for Leinster since his debut in September 20008 against the Cardiff Blues. He has scored 20 tries.

He was part of the PRO12 winning squads in 2008, 2013 and 2014 as well as the Guinness PRO14 win last season.

He has four Heineken Champions Cup medals, starting in the Heineken Cup Finals of 2011 and 2012, and also a Challenge Cup medal in 2013 and was named European Player of the Year in 2011.

The Tullow native made his Ireland debut in 2009 against Fiji and has won 54 Ireland caps, scoring six tries in total.

He was a member of the Ireland 2015 Six Nations winning squad and has also been on two British & Irish Lions tours, winning 11 caps.

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Joe Schmidt is hopeful that Jonathan Sexton and Tadhg Beirne will be fit for Ireland's next Six Nations game against Italy in Rome.

Sexton is following return to play protocols after suffering a head injury during Saturday's win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Eadestown native Beirne has been sidelined with a knee problem,

The Munster lock's absence has been compounded by injuries to Devin Toner and Iain Henderson.

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Paul Scholes will launch his managerial career this afternoon.

The 44 year old former Manchester United midfielder is expected to be confirmed as the new Oldham manager.

Scholes has been cleared to take charge of the League Two club, despite owning a stake in potential opponents Salford City.

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Following the weekend defeat to Fermanagh, next up for Kildare is Clare in St. Conleth’s Park in a fortnight.

In the Division 2 table,  only 1 point separates the top 6 teams.

Meath, Donegal and Fermanagh are on 4 points each, but Meath head the table on score difference.

Clare, Tipperary and Kildare have 3 points each; Armagh 2 and Cork 1.

Next Sunday, the hurlers play Derry in Division 2B in St. Conleth’s Park

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Phil Mickelson has won a record-equalling fifth Pebble Beach Pro-Am title.

He beat Paul Casey by three shots, after completing a weather-delayed final round of 67 this afternoon.

Mickelson joins Mark O'Meara in winning the tournament five-times.

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The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has lifted, with immediate effect, the ban on British-trained horses racing in Ireland.

Horses will be allowed race here once trainers can confirm they've been vaccinated against equine flu within eight-weeks of their race.

A decision on a resumption of racing in the UK won't be known before 10.30 tonight.

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Reminder that this evening’s Kildare Scoreboard, from 6.30pm, with Eoin Beatty, will review all the Kildare weekend sport, with results, reports and interviews.

 

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