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Ireland Rugby Squad Back Training In Tours today

RUGBY

The Ireland squad are back training at their base in Tours  as they build up to Saturday's World Cup Pool game against Tonga in Nantes.

Back row forward Jack Conan, who has been battling a foot injury - has not taken to the pitch.

But Dan Sheehan and Dave Kilcoyne are involved in the session.


SOCCER

Republic of Ireland under-21's manager Jim Crawford is expected to make several changes for tonight's European qualifier against San Marino

Ireland opened their Group A campaign with a dramatic 3-2 win over Turkey last Friday.

Sinclair Armstrong will be available for the game - the QPR forward joined back up with the squad yesterday after making his senior debut on Sunday.

Kick off at Turner's Cross is 7.30.

Elsewhere in the Group, Norway host Latvia and Turkey meet Italy.


At senior level, Scotland host England in a friendly at Hampden Park.

That game starts at 7.45.


A Miami based investment firm is believed to be close to taking control of Everton football club.

777 partners have interests in Sevilla , Standard Liege and Hertha Berlin.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is believed to want to sell the club.

The Toffees narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season.


Paul Pogba's agent says the French footballer "never wanted to break the rules" after failing a drugs test.

The former Manchester United midfielder has been provisionally suspended and could face a lengthy ban after testing positive for testosterone.

The random test took place after Pogba played for Juventus against Udinese last month.

His agent - Rafaela Pimenta - says no further comment will be made until "counter analysis" has taken place.


GAELIC GAMES

Derry are looking for a new senior football manager after Ciaran Meenagh indicated he would not be taking the position on a full time basis.

The Irish Examiner report that Malachy O'Rourke may be the front runner to take over.

O'Rourke managed Derry's Glen to the All Ireland club final last season and had successful spells in charge of Fermanagh and Monaghan.

 


HORSE RACING

Laytown stages its annual race meeting on the beach today.

Rachael Blackmore and Paul Townend will bid for a winner there and the first of six races goes to post at 4.45.

There's also a meeting at Galway which begins at 3.50.

 

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