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Rep. Ireland Face Qatar This Evening; Snyman To Miss Another Season With Munster After Re-Rupturing ACL

Image: Caoimhín Kelleher via @FAIreland/Twitter

England meet Hungary at Wembley later

Soccer

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny says his team will need to earn a victory against Qatar this evening.

He enjoyed a first competitive victory with Saturday's 3-0 against Azerbaijan.

Caoimhín Kelleher will start in the friendly at the Aviva but Kenny has hinted he'll go with a strong starting 11.

The Ireland boss wants his team to show they can they perform in games where they're expected to win:

Kick off at Lansdowne Road is at 7.45pm.

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Republic of Ireland Under-21 boss Jim Crawford, has his UK based players available for this afternoon's European Championships qualifier against Montenegro.

Travel restrictions between Montenegro and the UK were relaxed at the weekend, enabling Ireland to have a full-strength squad.

Crawford's team sit third in Group F, three-points behind leaders Sweden.

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Northern Ireland go into their World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria later knowing their hopes of reaching the tournament in Qatar are all but over.

They need to make up a 6-point deficit to Switzerland to make the play-offs with only three group games remaining.

Defender Jonny Evans is absent for the match in Sofia with an injury.

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Scotland can move a step closer to securing a play-off spot with a victory against the Faroe Islands.

A victory for Steve Clarke's team would see them at the very least maintain their four point advantage over Israel and Austria in the race for second place in their group.

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England take on Hungary at Wembley this evening.

Captain Harry Kane and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford are both expected to be recalled, with manager Gareth Southgate promising plenty of chances from the team that thrashed Andorra 5-0 at the weekend.

England go into the match at the top of their group - 4 points clear of second placed Albania.

Gaelic Games

Andy McEntee's future as Meath senior football manager will be decided by the clubs of the Royal County tonight.

The County Board executive narrowly voted against retaining the former All-Ireland Club winning boss for the 2022 season last week.

A ballot of club delegates this evening will determine whether he stays in charge for a sixth campaign.

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Billy Sheehan is the preferred candidate to succeed Mike Quirke as Laois senior football manager.

The Kerry-native has the backing of their selection committee and will be put forward for ratification next Monday.

Sheehan's former Laois teammates Brian 'Beano' McDonald and Chris Conway will be his selectors.

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Paudie Murray is being linked with the vacant Cork minor hurling manager's position.

He's stepped down as Cork senior camogie boss after overseeing four O'Duffy Cup successes.

Rugby

RG Snyman will miss another season after Munster confirmed he has re-reptured his ACL.

The South African forward had only recently returned from a year on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Former Ireland winger Andrew Trimble says there's a mental battle ahead as he rehabs from another long-term injury:

Tennis

Dan Evans has missed the chance to reach the last-16 of the Indian Wells Open tennis.

The British number one took the first set but lost the next two to Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Cameron Norrie is through after a 2 sets to 1 victory against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray faces world number four Alexander Zverev of Germany, in the third round this evening.

Cricket

Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie will miss today's T-20 Cricket World Cup warm-up game against Papau New Guinea with a foot injury.

Balbirnie sustained the issue when batting at the weekend but an x-ray has shown "no serious damage"

He's set to be fit to lead Ireland at the finals.

Racing

The going is good at Punchestown this morning ahead of a seven-race card this afternoon.

The first is off there at 1.15pm.

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