Good and bad injury news for U-21 hurlers, Warren denies poor ticket sales led to cancelling of Lee fight and Munster name their squad for World Club 7s are the big talking points in today’s Limerick sports update.
GAA - Hanley out as Hegarty and O’Brien battle to be right for Galway game
Limerick U-21 hurling manager John Kiely has some mixed injury news ahead of the U-21 All Ireland semi-final. Kilmallock’s Robbie Hanley has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury picked up in training last week. The good news is that Kevin O’Brien is finished his rehab after returning from a hand injury. Gearoid Hegarty is the other injury concern after picking up an ankle injury picked up in the Munster final. Hegarty started running again at the weekend but according to Kiely, their roles are “up in the air”. The Limerick team will be named on Thursday night after training.
Boxing - Saunders promoter insists that poor ticket sales had no bearing on fight move
Legendary boxing promoter Frank Warren has flatly denied that the slow sale of tickets for Andy Lee’s world title fight at Thomond Park had no influence on its move to Manchester. Warren insisted that ticket sales were strong for the fight and that Lee’s illness was solely to blame for the change. “I believe the ticket sales were going well. From our point of view we’d sold over 4,000 tickets in the UK for it, I think up until then we were 12,500, nearly 13,000. “I’m quite sure that by the time the fight was going ahead we would have been fully sold out,” Warren told 2FM’s Game On.
Rugby - Garryowen’s Wooton to captain Munster in World Club 7s
Munster 7s coach Colm McMahon has named a 12 man squad for this weekend’s World Club 7s event that takes place in Thomond Park. The squad features a mix of mix of academy, sub-academy and club talent in a side that will be captained by academy player Alex Wootton, of Garryowen. Wootton is one of four Ireland Men’s 7s representatives in McMahon’s squad alongside Young Munster’s Diarmaid McCarthy, Lansdowne’s Cian Aherne and Clanwilliam’s Alan Bennie. Munster are drawn in Pool 2 of the competition and will play against: Canadian Maples, Samurai and San Francisco.
Rugby - Cullen appointed as new Leinster head coach
Former Irish international second row Leo Cullen has been given a two-year deal to replace Matt O’Connor as head coach of Leinster. Cullen held the role as forwards coach in O’Connor’s final year and told the squad at training this morning that he had accepted the head coaching role full time. Kurt McQuilkin has signed on as defensive coach for two years while John Fogarty stays as scrum coach, Girvan Dempsey will be backs coach until the end of the World Cup and Richie Murphy will return to Leinster as skills and kicking coach in November when his Irish duties end.
Soccer - No Grealish but three uncapped players in Irish squad for Georgia and Gibraltar
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named three uncapped players in his extended squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers. Eunan O’Kane, Alan Judge and Adam Rooney are the uncapped players named in O’Neill’s 37-man squad but once again their is no place for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. “The situation with Jack is that I had a conversation with him and his father a week or ten days ago. I thought it was pretty fruitful and, Jack, I think he will decide very, very shortly. This is not something for overnight. This will take him for the rest of his career at international level so I can understand that,” O’Neill said.
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