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Friday Lunch Sport: Provinces Name Champions Cup Teams; Maguire Name Man Utd Captain

: 01/17/2020 - 13:06

The Leinster Rugby team, to play Treviso in the final round of Heineken Champions Cup pool stage games tomorrow in Stadio Monigo has been.

There are no changes to the backline from last week's win against Lyon

There are a number of changes in the pack, as Leinster look to book a home Quarter-Final on the weekend of 3/4/5 April 2020.

Jordan Larmour is again selected at full-back, as is Dave Kearney on the right and James Lowe on the left wing.

Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose are the centre partnership.

Luke McGrath, who captains Leinster in Europe for the first time, and Ross Byrne again form the half-back partnership.

In the pack, Cian Healy is retained in the front row along with Seán Cronin and Andrew Porter.

Devin Toner comes into the second row at loosehead lock with James Ryan returning from a calf injury.

In the back row, Max Deegan moves onto the blindside from number eight, with Josh van der Flier retaining his position at openside.

Caelan Doris is at 8.

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Recent Ireland call-up tighthead prop Tom O'Toole has been named in the Ulster side for tomorrow's sold-out Heineken Champions Cup pool decider against Bath at Kingspan Stadium, kick-off 3.15pm.

O'Toole - who was this week named in the Ireland Six Nations squad - is the only change to the side defeated by ASM Clermont Auvergne last week.

Will Addison is named at full-back and is joined in the back three by Robert Baloucoune and Jacob Stockdale on the wings.

The familiar centre pairing of Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey will start in midfield.

John Cooney and Billy Burns retain their half-back partnership.

Jack McGrath at loosehead and Rob Herring at hooker are named with O’Toole in the front row.

Alan O’Connor will combine with Iain Henderson who captains the side in the second row.

Sean Reidy is retained at blindside flanker, with Jordi Murphy at openside
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Munster need a bonus-point victory over the Ospreys on Sunday and hope that other results to go their way if they're to reach a record 19th quarter-final.

No team news yet

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Kieran Marmion will make his first appearance in over two months as Connacht look to end their Heineken Champions Cup campaign on a high at Montpellier on Sunday afternoon.

Scrum-half Marmion, who's been sidelined since early November with a back injury sustained against the Ospreys, was not included in Andy Farrell's Six Nations squad on Wednesday,

He will partner Jack Carty at half back.

Kyle Godwin comes into the midfield to partner Bundee Aki, while Tiernan O’Halloran is named at full-back.

Neither Connacht or Montpellier can qualify for the knockout stages from Pool 5.
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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford remains a major fitness doubt for their Premier League clash with rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

The club's top scorer limped off with a back injury during their FA Cup third round replay victory over Wolves midweek.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he's unlikely to feature at Anfield.

United have also confirmed that Harry Maguire is their new captain.

He succeeds Ashley Young, who is transferring to Inter Milan after 8 seasons at Old Trafford.

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Shane Lowry is level par, after a 70, after his second round at the Abu Dhabi H-S-B-C Championship.

The defending champion is 9 shots behind clubhouse leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Rafael Cabrero.

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Reminder to join Eoin Beatty this evening from 6.30 for the Weekend Preview, feature a previews of tomorrow’s Kildare vs Meath John Kerins League game.  Kildare must win to make the final.  We’ll have live updates tomorrow from 2pm.

This evening’s programme will also preview the Premier League fixtures, Rugby’s Champions Cup, Racing and more.

 

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