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Friday Lunch Sport: Croke Park Taking Over Cork’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh; Kildare In Action Tomorrow; Champions Cup Rugby Weekend

: 12/14/2018 - 12:46

The GAA in Croke Park is to take over the running of Páirc Uí Chaoimh for 15 years, after it emerged the cost of redeveloping the stadium came in almost €25m over budget.

The initial estimate for final costs of €86m is now expected to rise to up to €110m.

Croke Park Stadium Director Peter McKenna, quoted in the Irish Examiner, has reassured Cork fans that control over spending on county teams would not be affected

The two-and-a-half-year development of the Cork city stadium was initially projected to cost €70m and received grants from the GAA (€20m) and government (€30m).

The 45,000-capacity venue was completed in 2017.

McKenna also revealed that the stadium pitch, which cut up badly this year, would have to be replaced.

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Kildare have completed preparations for tomorrow’s Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup opener.

They play Carlow in St. Conleth’s Park at 2pm.

The team will be announced at 9pm tonight and will be available on our twitter @kfmsport.

Manager Cian O’Neill will be without Daniel Flynn and Niall Kelly who have left the panel due to studies and travel respecively.

Eamonn Callaghan and Johnny Byrne have retired from intercounty action.

On the plus side, Eoghan O’Flaherty and Ben McCormack return, while up to 11 of the victorious All Ireland U20 team are included in the panel.

Kfm will have live updates of the game, in association with Hanlon Concrete, Robertstown.

The Leinster team to play Bath tomorrow evening in the Champions Cup has been named.

Jordan Larmour moves to full back from the right wing with Kill’s Adam Byrne coming in. James Lowe continues on the left.

There is also a change in the number 12 jersey with Rory O'Loughlin starting alongside Garry Ringrose.

In the half backs Luke McGrath again partners captain Johnny Sexton.

There is only one change in the pack. Cian Healy, Seán Cronin and Tadhg Furlong in the front row and last week's Heineken Man of the Match James Ryan again partners Devin Toner.

Dan Leavy moves from No. 8 to the blindside, Jack Conan comes in No. 8, with Josh van der Flier continuing at openside.

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Tonight, Ulster will hope to follow up last week's bonus point win in Wales, with another victory over the Scarlets in Belfast.

Ulster have named an unchanged side.

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Paddy Jackson faces an Irish province for the first time since his Ulster departure.

He starts at out-half for Perpignan in their Challenge Cup match with Connacht in France this evening.
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Today’s racing is in Dundalk from 5.30.

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Reminder that this evening’s Weekend Sports Preview from 6.25 will preview all the weekend action.

We’ll hear from Cian O’Neill ahead of tomorrow’s O’Byrne Cup opener, Premier League, Champions Cup, racing and more.

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