Super Blues secure Duggan and O’Conor, Munster’s Stade Francais game postponed and Limerick GAA’s Allianz League fixtures finalised are the top stories in Wednesday’s sports update.
Soccer - Limerick FC deals for Duggan and O’Conor
MARTIN Russell has been handed a huge boost with the news that Shane Duggan and Paul O’Conor have signed new deals with the club. Limerick FC captain Duggan has rejected advances from other SSE Airtricity League teams to remain with his local club, despite their relegation to the First Division. Duggan’s fellow midfielder Paul O’Conor has also committed his future to Limerick FC by signing a two-year-deal. For the full story click here.
Rugby - Munster’s game in Paris postponed
MUNSTER’S European Champions Cup tie against Stade Francais scheduled to take place in Paris on Sunday has been postponed. Munster revealed that following discussions between competition organisers, EPCR, Stade Francais and local authorities in Paris this Tuesday afternoon, it has been decided to postpone this Sunday’s Champions Cup encounter at the Stade Jean Bouin. The decision comes in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday evening which claimed the lives of up to 130 people. An alternative date for the Pool 4 fixture is expected to be announced shortly.
GAA - Fixtures for 2016 Allianz Leagues announced
LIMERICK’S Allianz Hurling and Football League fixtures have been confirmed for 2016. TJ Ryan’s hurlers have just two home games out of their five group games in Division 1B, while John Brudair’s footballers will have four of their seven Division Three games at home. Saturday March 12 will be the only double-header of the league with the hurlers playing Laois at 5.00 and the footballers playing Westmeath at 7.00 - both under the floodlights of the Gaelic Grounds. For the full list of fixtures click here.
Soccer - Keane wants club management return
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has admitted that a return to club management after Euro 2016. Keane has had mixed spells in charge of Sunderland and Ipswich and says that Ireland manager Martin O’Neill knows of his plans. Keane and O’Neill have formed a great partnership during Ireland’s qualifying campaign and O’Neill has described the former Ireland captain as “an iconic figure that polarises opinion, but not in the dressing room.” Keane said that he has learnt a lot from O’Neill and that he is ‘enjoying his role’ with Ireland. “I certainly want to stay on for the Euros, then we’ll play it by ear,” said Keane the day after Ireland’s 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Rugby - World of Rugby mourns at Jonah Lomu’s death
Rugby is in mourning today after the news of the death of one of games the most iconic players. Jonah Lomu at the age of 40. The former All Black winger broke onto the scene in the 1995 World Cup in South Africa scoring seven tries in the tournament, four of which came against England in the semi-final. In all Lomu played 65 times for his country. Lomu had suffered kidney problems for a large part of his life and had to retire from the rugby in 2007. He is credited as being the first “superstar” of rugby.
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