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Weds pm Update: Two Toulouse Players Banned; Kildare Hurling Captain Byrne Named on Ireland Shinty Team; Down Royal Racecourse to Close.

: 10/17/2018 - 17:20
Toulouse will be without a pair of key players for Sunday's Heineken Champions Cup game against Leinster.

Jerome Kaino has been banned for five weeks and prop Lucas Pointud for four-weeks, after both faced a disciplinary panel in Paris today.

Former All Black number 8 Kaino receives his ban for striking Bath's Jamie Roberts in their Pool 1 game last Saturday.

Pointud was found to have head-butted Nathan Catt.

The FAI Women's Cup semi finals take place this evening.

Last year's beaten finalists UCD Waves are away to Wexford.

Tolka Park hosts a Dublin derby between Shelbourne and Peamount United.


Hurlers from 13 different counties have been selected to represent Ireland in the annual Hurling/Shinty International clash, which takes place against Scotland in Inverness this Saturday.

The squad is captained by David English from Joe McDonagh Cup champions Carlow.

The Ireland team is backboned by the experienced trio of Waterford defender Noel Connors, Clare defender David McInerney and Tipperary’s Jason Forde who had such a prolific 2018 season for the Premier County.

Kildare senior hurling captain Brian Byrne of Naas is the only Kildare representative.


Munster under-20 Player of the Year Kerry’s Stefan Okunbar is to join Geelong Cats on a two-year rookie contract.

Okunbar was a member of Jack O'Connor's under-20 side, beaten by Kildare in this year’s All Ireland semi final and was viewed as a prospect for the Kerry senior side.


The organisers of racing at Down Royal racecourse have announced they're preparing for closure at the end of this year.

The decision comes after a dispute over future management of the track.

Down Royal's current site has been hosting racing since the 17th century.

Chairman Jim Nicholson says they will now seek another site to host the 12 meetings they've been allocated for 2019.


Today’s racing was again in Punchestown

2.05. No 7 Milliner 3/1 (H De Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore)

2.35. No 2 Conron 4/1 (J Harrington/R Power)

3.10. No 3 Slippery Serpent 2/1f (E O’Grady/P Townend)

3.45. No 2 Cadmium 15/8 (W Mullins/R Walsh)

4.15. No 6 Sub Lieutenant 8/11f (H De Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore)

4.45. No 6 Sizing Rome 7/2jf (J Dreaper/Mr. JJ Codd)

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