Thursday 19 January 2017

In brief: Irish remain unchanged

Equestrian

Published 28/07/2010 | 05:00

The team that recently won the prestigious Aachen Nations Cup has been confirmed as Ireland's side for next week's Aga Khan Cup at the Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show, writes Louise Parkes.

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Team manager Robert Splaine faces an earlier challenge when Ireland compete in the sixth leg of the Premier Meydan FEI series at Hickstead this Friday.

Although lying third on the leaderboard, qualification for the elite series in 2011 is still not assured for the Irish.

They share the same score as Britain and Germany going into Friday's contest. A slip-up could prove costly -- the bottom four teams face relegation. The Dublin Horse Show will be the last leg of the series.

Rugby

New Zealand make two changes ahead of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia in Melbourne, with Jimmy Cowan and Joe Rokocoko both promoted to the starting line-up.

Cowan will wear the No 9 jersey ahead of an unlucky Piri Weepu, who was among the All Blacks' best against South Africa in Wellington.

Rokocoko has been rushed back into the run-on side at the expense of Rene Ranger after overcoming a hamstring injury.

Australia coach Robbie Deans has switched Matt Giteau to out-half and recalled utility Berrick Barnes as cover for the suspended Quade Cooper.

Tennis

CONOR NILAND celebrated breaking into the top 160 of the singles world rankings for the first time with a win in the opening round of the ATP Challenger Tour in Russia.

No 2 seed Niland sealed his place in the second round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Ukraine's Denys Molchanov yesterday.

The Limerick man, who improved to 158 in the ATP ladder, faces either Spain's Agustin Boje-Ordonez or Moldova's Andrei Gorban in the next round.

But Niland's Davis Cup team-mate, Louk Sorensen, made a first-round exit in the ATP Challenger Tour yesterday in Tampere, Finland. Sorensen lost in a marathon three-setter to Italy's Alberto Brizzi.

Camogie

The draw for the Gala All-Ireland senior camogie semi-finals has pitted Kilkenny against Wexford -- a repeat of this year's league final. Three-in-row chasing Cork face Galway, who they defeated in the 2008 All-Ireland final.

The last-four clashes form a double-header at Nowlan Park on Saturday, August 14.

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