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Sportswoman of the Year Award for Jessica Harrington & O’Mahoney and Furlong Sign New IRFU Deals

: 12/15/2017 - 17:15

Horse trainer Jessica Harrington has been named the Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year.

Harrington saddled Sizing John for victories in the Irish Gold Cup, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup.

She also enjoyed a maiden victory in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse with Our Duke.

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Munster captain Peter O'Mahony has signed a new three-year contract with the province and the IRFU

O’Mahony, who captained the Lions on tour, was reported recently to be a target of French and English big money interest.

Tadhg Furlong has signed a three year IRFU contract to remain at Leinster to June 2021.
 
The Wexford native was the starting tight-head for all three Lions Test matches against New Zealand.
 
The 25-year-old made his debut for Leinster against Newport Gwent Dragons in November 2013 and has won 73 caps for this province.

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Injury accounts for only change to the Leinster team for tomorrow's game against the Exeter Chiefs at the Aviva Stadium.

Josh van der Flier takes the place of Rhys Ruddock in the back row.

Johnny Sexton retains his place at out half, having overcome the quad muscle injury he suffered in the win over the same opposition last week.
 

Keith Earls is set to make his Munster return in this weekend's Champions Cup clash with Leicester.

The Limerick winger was expected to be out for the rest of the year with a hamstring injury, but he has been named on the bench for Sunday's trip to Welford Road.

The team sees two enforced changes from that which beat the Tigers at Thomond Park las Saturday.

Darren Sweetnan and Kevin O'Byrne come in for Andrew Conway and Rhys Marshall, who are both suffering from concussion.
 

Ulster continue their push to reach the quarter finals tonight at home to Harlequins, just five days after beating the English side in London.
 

Joy Neville will make history this evening.

The former Ireland international will becoming the first woman to referee a European professional club fixture.

She takes charge of the Challenge Cup game between Bordeaux and Enisei in France.

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The Republic of Ireland will play a friendly international against France in Paris on Monday May 28th.

The Stade de France clash will be the first meeting between the sides since France's 2-1 victory over Martin O'Neill's side at Euro 2016.

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Moorefield train for the final time this evening, ahead of Sunday’s Leinster final. 

The squad had trained twice this week (Sunday morning & Tuesday evening). 

Adam Tyrrell and Ryan Houlihan are unavailable for selection as they are overseas with the Army and Cian O'Connor is unavailable due to his 1 game suspension after his sending off against Rathnew. 

There are no injury concerns and the team is expected to lineout as selected for last Sunday.

The team won’t be announced prior to throw in on Sunday afternoon. 

If Moorefield beat St Lomans, they will play the winners of Corofin vs Fulham London Irish on Saturday February 17th at a time and venue to be confirmed.

This evening’s Weekend Preview from 6.30 will preview the game with Leinster Leader Sports Editor Tommy Callaghan.

Kfm Sport will have full commentary of the match with Ger McNally and Peter McConnon, in association with Shay Dowling Carpets, Ladytown Business Park, Newhall, Naas.

Join Eoin Beatty on Sunday Sportsbeat from the earlier time of 1.30pm

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Today’s racing is in Dundalk from 5.30.

 

 

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