Munster v Ulster in first interpro of the season, Russell ready for final push and Munsters welcome AIL leaders this weekend are the major talking points in Wednesday’s Limerick sports update.
Rugby - Interpro’s begin with Ulster at Thomond Park on Friday
Munster will be hoping to welcome back some of their Irish World Cup contingent for Friday’s Guinness Pro12 game against Ulster in Thomond Park. Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan were with the squad in Limerick on Monday and could feature at some stage but Conor Murray and Keith Earls won’t be involved. Anothony Foley’s side are at the start of a hectic spell that will see them play on 16 consecutive weekends.
Soccer - Destiny awaits as Limerick face must win clash
Limerick FC manager Martin Russell believes that his team do not have to go “all guns blazing” in their do or die game against Sligo Rovers on Friday evening. Russell expects no favours from a Sligo side who look all but safe after beating St Pats last weekend.“They are a professional outfit with a professional manager and they will want to finish the season in the right way. “We just have to focus on putting in a performance as always that gives us a chance of getting a win.”
Rugby - Young Munster welcome league leaders as AIL returns
Young Munster entertaining leaders Old Belvedere in Tom Clifford Park on Saturday. Garryowen, Limerick’s only other top division side, make the trip to Dublin to play Lansdowne. Shannon have home advantage against second-placed Old Wesley while Bohs travel to Blackrock in 1B. In Division 2A, Thomond have a local derby of sorts as they play Nenagh at home. In 2C Old Crescent put their 100% record on the line against Wanderers while Bruff welcome Midleton to Kilballyowen Park. All games kick off on Saturday at 2pm.
Soccer - O’Neill unveils 39 man provisional squad for playoff
Martin O’Neill has named a provisional 39-man squad for Republic of Ireland’s UEFA 2016 European Championship Qualifying Play-Off against Bosnia & Herzegovina with the first leg taking place in Stadion Bilino Pole, Zenica on Friday, November 13, and the second leg in Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Monday, November 16. Both Irish captain John O’Shea and Jonathan Walters miss the first leg in Bosnia due to suspension. The squad will be shortened ahead of assembling on November 9.
Rugby - Gatland vetoes Faletau’s Bath move
Wales head coach Warren Gatland have refused Newport Gwent Dragons and Welsh back row forward Taulupe Faletau’s move to Bath. The Welsh Rugby Union and Gatland need to approve international players moving outside Wales and the WRU has turned down the Dragons’ request to agree Faletau’s transfer. The WRU has written to the club and the letter explains the decision is based on the commitment in the rugby services agreement to limit the number of players being selected from outside Wales in future.
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