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Wednesday Lunchtime Sport: Kearney And Earls Likely To Be Fit For Rugby World Cup Opener.

: 09/18/2019 - 13:36

RUGBY

Rob Kearney and Keith Earls are winning their races to be fit for Ireland's Rugby World Cup opener against Scotland.

Kearney has been nursing a tightness in his calf while Earls is recovering from a thigh niggle picked up in the recent win over Wales.

Centre Robbie Henshaw is the only Irish player ruled out of the Pool A clash.

Athy's Joey Carbery's expected to be on the bench.

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Wales boss Warren Gatland has revealed his sense of shock after coach Rob Howley was sent home for an alleged breach of betting and anti-corruption regulations.

The head coach says his assistant has been left "devastated" by the allegations.

Former fly-half Stephen Jones has flown out to Japan to replace Howley ahead of Wales' tournament opener against Georgia on Monday.

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Leinster have been hit with a double injury blow ahead of the new season.

Wing Barry Daly has suffered a nee ligament injury and Ciaran Frawley has undergone surgery for an ankle ligament problem

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SOCCER

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has stressed the importance of winning their opeing game in the Champions League.

They begin their group stage campaign in Ukraine this eveining against Shakhtar Donestk ((pron: don-etsk)).

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This evening’s local GAA fixtures:

Pittman Traffic Intermediate Quarter Final Replay: Venue: Manguard Plus Hawkfield, Allenwood V Sallins at 7:45

The winners will play Leixlip in the semi final.

Haven Hire Minor Hurling Quarter Final: Venue: Celbridge, St Michael’s V Éire Óg Corra Choill at 7 pm

There’s a date and time change for the Joe Fox Tool & Plant Hire Reserve F Football Championship Final:

The match between Rathcoffey and Rathangan will now be played on Saturday at 5.30 in Hawkfield

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CAMOGIE

All-Ireland champions Galway have received 14 All-Star nominations with 13 players shortlisted from beaten finalists Kilkenny.

Tipperary have nine players in contention with four each for Cork and Waterford while Limerick's Niamh Mulcahy is also on the shortlist.

The final team will be announced at the CityWest Hotel on Saturday October 19th and they'll travel to New York in November for an exhibition game against the 2018 selection.

Galway's Cathal Murray, Westmeath's Johnny Grevuille and Kerry's Ian Brick are all in the running to be named manager of the year.

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BOXING

Kurt Walker has the chance to secure a medal at the World Elite Boxing Championships in Russia this afternoon.

The European Games champion will face Mongolian southpaw Tsendbaater Erdenebat (pron: send-bat-er er-den-e-bat) in the quarter-finals with the victor assured of at least bronze.

They're due in the ring at around 3pm Irish time.

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RACING

There's seven races at Naas this afternoon.

The first is off at the Kildare track at ten-to-three.

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