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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt arrives prior to the 2018 Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series 2nd Test match between Australia and Ireland at AAMI Park, in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Sean Cronin and Jack Conan handed final Test chance as Joe Schmidt makes five changes for Australia decider Joe Schmidt has recalled Sean Cronin to his starting XV for Saturday’s series decider against Australia.
 
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Sean Cronin, Bundee Aki and Jack McGrath all made the cut for Ireland's starting team to face Australia. Comment: Third test selection broke very nicely for three players who were sweating for their places Brendan Fanning It remains to be seen if Ross Byrne gets off the bench in what we still call the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday. If he does, he will join the elite club of those capped for their country.
Ciaran Clark Man arrested in Spain after Ireland international Ciaran Clark knocked unconscious following bar attack Independent.ie Newsdesk A man has been arrested in Spain after punching Ireland defender Ciaran Clark during an attack in a bar in Magaluf.
Former Cork City and Hull City player Brian Lenihan. Photo: Sportsfile 'I feel lucky to have a second chance of life' - Ex-Hull defender Lenihan says mental health issues ended his career Daniel McDonnell Former Cork City and Hull City player Brian Lenihan has revealed that he retired from football due to mental health problems and a suicide attempt.
Neymar (Felipe Dana/AP) John Giles: Brazil have a World Cup problem and it's one I didn't see coming before the tournament John Giles BRAZIL have a problem with Neymar and it’s one I didn’t anticipate when I sat down to pick my World Cup winner.
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Soccer
 
Ciaran Clark Man arrested in Spain after Ireland international Ciaran Clark knocked unconscious following bar attack Independent.ie Newsdesk A man has been arrested in Spain after punching Ireland defender Ciaran Clark during an attack in a bar in Magaluf.
Former Cork City and Hull City player Brian Lenihan. Photo: Sportsfile Ex-Hull man Lenihan says mental health issues ended his career Daniel McDonnell Former Cork City and Hull City player Brian Lenihan has revealed that he retired from football due to mental health problems and a suicide attempt.
Neymar (Felipe Dana/AP) John Giles: Brazil have a World Cup problem and it's one I didn't see coming before the tournament John Giles BRAZIL have a problem with Neymar and it’s one I didn’t anticipate when I sat down to pick my World Cup winner.
Roy Keane backed his former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in his battle with Lionel Messi Roy Keane gives his verdict on the Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo debate as he nominates a clear winner Kevin Palmer Roy Keane has entered the enduring debate comparing the respective merits of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and he has no doubt who deserves to be hailed as the best player of this generation.
 
 
Gaelic Football
 
Dublin's Eric Lowndes. Photo: Sportsfile Lowndes keen to keep good times rolling for all-conquering Dublin Donnchadh Boyle Dublin defender Eric Lowndes is preparing for a Leinster SFC final clash with Laois but had things worked out differently, he might have thrown his lot in with Meath.
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford. Photo: Sportsfile Premier test will show if Mayo are on new journey Martin Breheny If Stephen Rochford had been allowed to choose Mayo's opponents from the eight possibilities in the Round 2 qualifier draw, Tipperary would have been his seventh choice in a field that also included Monaghan, Leitrim, Sligo, Clare, Carlow, Longford and Down.
Laois manager John Sugrue. Photo: Sportsfile Leinster final still a huge occasion - Sugrue Donnchadh Boyle Laois boss John Sugrue insists the occasion of a Leinster final has lost none of its lustre for the county despite the daunting task that awaits them as they take on Jim Gavin's all-conquering Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday.
Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile Bringing a top team to Fraher Field is great for Waterford - McGlinchey Martin Breheny It's 21 years since Waterford hurlers were eliminated from the championship before the footballers, an unusual turn of events that will boost the attendance in Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Saturday.
 
 
Hurling
 
Kilkenny’s Martin Keoghan attempts to get away from Kevin Cooney of Galway during the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U21 semi-final. Photo: Sportsfile Niland class helps Galway survive Cats rally Independent.ie Sportsdesk Galway are through to meet Wexford in the Leinster U-21 hurling final as Evan Niland inspired them to a two-point win over a Kilkenny side who came with a late rally in Tullamore.
Cork’s Conor Cahalane has his shot saved by Billy Nolan. Photo: Sportsfile Strong finish earns victory for Rebels Independent.ie Sportsdesk Cork made it into the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC final for the second year in a row, but it wasn't easy to get past a dogged Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night.
Colin Currie of Dublin in action against Liam Stafford of Wexford. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Super Sub Dwyer sends Wexford into provincial decider Independent.ie Sportsdesk A brace of second-half goals from substitute Mikie Dwyer helped Wexford to account for Dublin in their Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U-21 Hurling Championship quarter-final at Parnell Park last night.
Rory O'Connor of Wexford in action against Paddy Smyth of Dublin during the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Wexford at Parnell Park in Dublin. U-21 Hurling Championship Round-Up: Super Sub Dwyer sends Wexford into provincial decider A brace of second-half goals from substitute Mikie Dwyer helped Wexford to account for Dublin in their Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U-21 Hurling Championship quarter-final at Parnell Park last night.
 
 
Rugby
 
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt arrives prior to the 2018 Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series 2nd Test match between Australia and Ireland at AAMI Park, in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Sean Cronin and Jack Conan handed final Test chance as Joe Schmidt makes five changes for Australia decider Rúaidhrí O'Connor Joe Schmidt has recalled Sean Cronin to his starting XV for Saturday’s series decider against Australia.
Sean Cronin, Bundee Aki and Jack McGrath all made the cut for Ireland's starting team to face Australia. Comment: Third test selection broke very nicely for three players who were sweating for their places Brendan Fanning It remains to be seen if Ross Byrne gets off the bench in what we still call the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday. If he does, he will join the elite club of those capped for their country.
Ireland physio Colm Fuller does his Mícheal Ó Muircheartaigh impression for Tadhg Kennelly. Watch: Irish rugby team physio has Tadhg Kennelly in stiches with amazing Mícheal Ó Muircheartaigh impression This has to go into the hall of fame of Irish sporting impressions.
21 June 2018; Sean Cronin during Ireland rugby squad training at North Sydney Oval in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Joe Schmidt challenges Sean Cronin to prove his scrummaging mettle after recalling hooker for Wallabies decider Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt has challenged Sean Cronin to prove himself at the set-piece after recalling the Leinster hooker to the side for the decider against Australia.
 
 
Golf
 
Phil Mickelson. Photo: PA Mickelson says sorry as McIlroy calls fallout 'massive overreaction' Brian Keogh Rory McIlroy sympathised with Phil Mickelson for his US Open meltdown before branding recent set-ups "a bit of a lottery" and the fallout "a massive overreaction".
Kinsale’s St Andrews Links Trophy champion John Murphy defeated Worcestershire’s Oliver Farrell 4&2 to set up a clash with USA’s Walker Lee (stock picture) Five Irish into last 32 All five Irish qualifiers remain in contention at the 123rd Amateur Championship after they all secured their place in this morning's round of 32 at Royal Aberdeen.
 
 
Horse Racing
 
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: PA Desert Skyline to reach Gold heights for Elsworth Marcus Armytage Order Of St George attempts to become only the second horse since World War II - the other was Kayf Tara - to regain an Ascot Gold Cup, having won it in 2016 and been the narrowest of runners-up last year.
 
 
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